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Sep 15, 2012 11:09 AM

Traveling solo to Nashville - where to eat?

I'm going to be traveling by myself to Nashville for work next Thurs - Sun. What are some restaurants that are comfortable for a solo diner? I'm happy sitting at the bar and eating - any places to recommend? Would also love to try some good southern food and have been reading about Eastland Cafe and Loveless Cafe. Are both those a good place when eating alone? Thanks for your help!

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  1. Eastland Cafe is a nice bistro-style neighborhood restaurant with modern cuisine made from often local food. Has a small bar area and is fine for solo dining. They also have a very good happy hour for food and drink.

    Loveless is on the other end of the scale in terms of food and atmosphere. Traditional southern food in a restaurant last decorated in (my guess) the 1960s. No alcohol, thus no bar.

    Look also at City House -- a small bar but also a bar facing the cook's area. Another option I'd recommend is Lockeland Table (new restaurant by former chef at Eastland).

    For southern or southern-influenced with bars, The Southern, Watermark, Cabana, Silo. A much more casual option would be either Edley's or B&C (Melrose area on Franklin Rd.) Both have good BBQ and lots of southern sides, plus beer (B&C) and alcohol (Edley's).

    1. Nothing's more Southern than a meat and three and Arnold's on 8th ave. South is one of the best. It was recognized by the James Beard Foundation for excellence. Don't be put off by the line. It moves quickly and there's always seating, especially for one. There are specials every day. The meat loaf is the best I've had as are the turnip greens. The fried catfish and the chicken and dumplings also excel. The pies are mighty fine too. If I had to recommend one place that's Nashville and exceptional Arnold's would be it (with apologies to my hot chicken brothers and sisters.)

      1. Get off I 40 at Exit 210 and go to Arnold's for good country food.
        Arnold's Country Kitchen @ 605 8th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 615 - 256 - 4455.

        Good country food is at Exit 204 on I 40. Get off and go right on Robertson Ave. then take your first left on Charlotte Ave. go past the shopping center on your left and take a left on 53rd Ave. N and Wendell Smith's is on your left open for breakfast, lunch and dinner serving good soul and country food. Wendell Smith's @ 407 53rd Ave. North, Nashville, TN 615 - 383 - 7114.

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        1. re: Littleman

          Thanks for all your recommendations. I'm going to try Arnold's for lunch and am thinking B&C, Silo and Eastland Cafe for dinners. Or, are there any recommendations for good fried chicken?
          And is B&C really great for BBQ?

          1. re: vinogirl212

            I think B&C, Edley's, and Martin's (south of town in Nolensville) have excellent BBQ -- with all BBQ places it CAN vary day to day, depending on when the pig came off the fire. I've never had bad at any of these places, but know that it varies from good to OMG. Edley's has the edge on sandwiches beeause of the amazing buns. I'd give B&C the edge on sides, with Edley's a close second.Again, what they'll have available will vary each day, so when you look at the menus don't be surprised if somethings online aren't available when you go, or that there will be things that weren't online.