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Downtown Nashville recs for both foodies and non foodies

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Hi all,

I'm traveling to Nashville for Zac Brown band music festival Sept 21-22. We plan on a Friday night dinner out and a Sunday brunch on the way back to Cincinnati, Ohio. We are staying downtown at the Hampton Inn close to Riverfront park. The dilema is this: Out of the 6 of us, 3 of us are non-foodies and would balk at more upscale restaurants. (I would love to go to Arnolds, but they wouldn't like it.) Their preference is O'Charleys or Applebees anyday.

So are there any reccomendations that would make everyone happy? For example, the 6 of us travelled to Louisville, KY and I researched day and night to find Doc Crows. Perfect! Slightly casual, still nice, local, and GREAT food.

We don't mind walking to get to restaurants and want to stay downtown. Still want a nice restaurant experience, no diner stuff, but local restaurants preferred. 10-20 bucks for entree. Steak/seafood/bbq type place for dinner. Any fun brunch place is fine. No kids. All carnivores.

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  1. Merchants Restaurant downtown sounds like it would fit your bill. You can hop in a cab and a take a short to midtown where you'll have many options. I would try Tavern for brunch.

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    1. re: pete k

      thx! will look into those!

    2. I'm a little confused as you say they wouldn't like upscale and they wouldn't like Arnold's. You know Arnold's is at the opposite end of the spectrum from "upscale?"

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      1. re: TLF

        Goodness! I meant City House, not Arnolds. I would love to go to both, but City House would be too upscale, while Arnolds too casual. Thanks for catching that!