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Apr 1, 2011 05:55 PM

One Dinner in Nashville

If you culd only have one dinner in Nashville would it be at Monells, City House or ? Coming from Los Angeles and would like food we don't eat here.

City House
1222 4th Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37208

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  1. City House is pizza. Monell's is fine country food. Loveless Cafe also has good country food. Arnold's too. If you want fine dining go to The Capitol Grille.

    Loveless Motel and Cafe @ 8400 Highway 100, Nashville, TN 615 - 646 - 9700.
    Arnold's Country Kitchen @ 605 8th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 615 - 256 - 4455.

    6 Replies
    1. re: Littleman

      CIty House is a LOT more than pizza. Jeez. Have you even been?

      CIty House IS rustic Italian, handmade everything. Not red-sauce-drenched, cheese-laden, heavy Italian-American, but wonderfully crafted food using local ingredients, and the restaurant does a lot of its own butchery. The chef is a native Southerner so he plays with the common Southern US and rustic European affinity for the pig. City House is one of the best restaurants in Nashville. I had a wheat berry salad there a month or so ago that was one of the best things I've ever eaten. Ever. Anywhere. And the pizza is, indeed wonderful.

      If you want traditional southern food, though, Monell's is a good choice. It is served family-style, so you'll sit with strangers. You could also look at Southern Bred in East Nashville. Arnold's is open only for lunch. Loveless is a drive out west of town.

      If you are up for a drive, you could also go down to Nolensville and go to Martin's Barbecue.

      1. re: TLF

        I've got to agree with TLF. City House is much more than pizza and is the best restaurant in Nashville, IMO.

        The pizza is great (especially the pork belly w/ a fried egg pizza) but there is so much more. The best way to do it is go 4 courses w/ an appetizer, pizza (to share), pasta and main course and if you are going with a lot of people ask about the family style menu and you will get to try pretty much on the menu.

        I think the Capital Grill is pretty average personally and Miel is the only other fine dining establishment I would go to since Zola closed down.

        I don't live in Nashville so there may be something new

        City House
        1222 4th Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37208

        1. re: klebb

          1808 Grille is also first-rate fine dining.

          But -- I don't think that City House, 1808, or Miel give you anything you can't get in L.A. Whereas you're not likely to have anything like Monell's there. If you want to eat some southern food, it cooks it spectacularly well, and because it's family-style all-you-can-eat, it will let you sample a wide variety of food at one meal.

          City House
          1222 4th Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37208

          1. re: nm1

            Monell's is a great choice. I'm from Toronto, but have been to Nashville often. Monell's is such a unique experience with it's amazing Southern cooking and family-style dining. One Nashville-specific experience that I salivate for, however, is Prince's Hot Chicken. Mmmm.

            1. re: Yongeman

              While I do enjoy Prince's, the wait and the drive sometimes keep me away. Bolton's or 400 Degrees are both centrally located and a lot more accessible for visitors. I’m a big fan of the chicken on a stick at Bolton’s

              @Yongeman- I grew up in Hamilton and Scarborough, I was just in Toronto last September. What I wouldn’t give to have a street dog from TO.

              1. re: pete k

                Ha! That's funny pete k. They're on every corner here. What I wouldn't give for some hot chicken! I guess the grass is always greener ; )

    2. I'd go to Loveless for the biscuits alone. While there are a ton of worthwhile restaurants in the Nashville area, IMO none beats the Loveless Cafe for authenticity, great food, and a truly regional experience. Not to be missed. Try the preserves.

      1. As much as I love City House (and shame on you, Littleman, for characterizing it as "pizza"...that is like characterizing New York as "hot dogs"), I have to say that if you only had one meal, Monell's is much more representative of Nashville and Southern cuisine. And because everything is family style and all you can eat, you can try a lot of different things and not worry about ordering the "wrong" thing. I don't think you'll be disappointed.

        City House
        1222 4th Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37208

        1. Another restaurant often overlooked and really a granddaddy of the nashville scene is F. Scott's in Green Hills. I have dined here about 5 times in 10 years and every time I say, why don't I eat here more, it's always good and classy. Many of the top restaurants in town have had there chef's working here, including City House and Margo's Cafe.

          City House
          1222 4th Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37208