Everyone knows that Nashville is the home of country music and honky tonk bars. But I don't think everyone knows how booming of a city it is in more ways than just music. Every type of industry is growing and people are coming from all over the nation to check out what Nashville has to offer. I loved all the live music, the Vegas-like party scene, the beautiful views of Tennessee from outside of the city, and the energy the city gives off. But I can't leave out one important thing that I loved: the food!
I was expecting a lot of deep fried, greasy southern food that I've heard all about. Instead, I got a lot of great modernized southern food that wasn't fast-food like as I imagined it would be. Out of all the growing industries, the food and restaurant industry in Nashville is one of the largest growing of them all. Well-known owners and chefs from cities like NYC, LA, Vegas, and Miami are starting to open restaurants in Nashville because of the high demand of different types of cuisine. There are not just fried-chicken joints throughout the city anymore, but rather there are 5-star italian and sushi places, modernized southern bbq joints, and ecclectic high-end restaurants.
I had a great time immersed in such a different culture from the midwest! If you get the chance to go to Nashville, I definitely recommend it. I'll tell you about the places I ate at, so you have some recommendations if you get that chance to go.
The Southern Steak & Oyster
This place takes on a modern, fresh version of southern food. Apparently they have really great burgers and have the freshest oysters in the state of Tennessee, but I went for the brunch. I'd been waiting for months to finally try a chicken & waffles dish, and once I saw it on the menu I didn't look any further. You can either get spicy or regular fried chicken, and it comes with thick waffles and sweet maple syrup. My first chicken & waffles experience was an A+
This restaurant is one of a kind in the city, as it has a very eccentric menu with options I don't think you could find anywhere else in Nasvhille. For an appetizer, we had the Roasted Cauliflower because it was recommended from someone we met the day before. Usually I wouldn't find cauliflower super appealing or special, but WOW was this cauliflower dish different. The vegetable was roasted in truffle oil to perfection, and included feta cheese and roasted red pepper dipping sauces. It also came with olives, almonds, and other little snacks. For my main meal I got a charcuterie salad that was also way more than I expected. It was filled with a bunch of sliced meats, dried olives, fried mushrooms, nuts, and sauces that decorated the plate. It wasn't only delicious, but it was beautifully plated and #artsy
No matter what you order at this place, you can't go wrong. This probably holds true at any other local bbq place in Nashville too! We started with the fried pickles, and had a lot of them! Then for my meal I had pulled pork, and there were 3 bbq sauces to choose from on the table. I like it this way because then you can add as much or as little as you want! Each meal comes with your choice of 2 sides and I chose mac n' cheese, which was fantastic, and the cole slaw, which was a little too tangy for me. In addition to all this, you get a slice of their jalapeño corn bread. I'm used to sweet corn bread, but this spicier, more savory version was very different and great!
These are just three of the many places I tried, and there are a ton more that I wished I had time to eat. I guess I'll have to go back sometime soon...
About this Section
This section highlights any type of noteworthy experience I've had with food. It also covers some of my traveling adventures! I am an avid traveler and love trying out new cuisines and local foods wherever I go. I will give any and all the details of the food I've tasted around the world.