The Best Southern Restaurants in Nashville, TN

Just as much as Nashville is the home for amazing country music, it's also the home of amazing country-style southern food. If you're stopping by Nashville for any amount of time, you simply can't miss some of these delicious home-style restaurants.

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The Best Southern Restaurants in Nashville, TN

Posted by Gary Ashton on Monday, August 27th, 2018 at 10:17am.

The Best Home-Style Southern Restaurants in Nashville, TN

Just as much as Nashville is the home for amazing country music, it's also the home of amazing country-style southern food. If you're stopping by Nashville for any amount of time, you simply can't miss some of these delicious home-style restaurants.

Husk Southern Restaurant

Featuring an award-winning chef and plenty of amazing dishes, Husk should be at the top of your list if you love true southern cuisine. You'll find items, such as the fried chicken skins and the Fudge Farms pork chop on the menu here.

Husk was born in Charleston and received rave reviews; now in Nashville, it's the opinion of at least one critic that it has surpassed the original. Chef Sean Brock, another Beard-recognized master, continues to feature new Southern cuisine, from an original take on fried chicken to a thoroughly unique hamburger! The charming dining spot is located in a historic residence, just adding to its enviable Southern charm.

The Southern

Walkable from Broadway, the Southern is a unique southern experience located near Broadway. The Southern is not another cheesy touristy restaurant-with-fake-honkytonk. Visitors at the Southern can get a delicious steak or even oysters, all within a beautifully modern and posh setting. The food at the Southern can make everyone feel at home in the Deep South, and they make amazing cocktails to boot!

The Loveless Café

Southern Style Restaurant: The Loveless CafeMost famous for its biscuits, country ham, and red-eye gravy, The Loveless Café serves southern style cooking and has since way back in the 1950s. Loveless has received acclaim from numerous national publications with USA Today naming it America’s “Top Down-Home Dining Spot”.

Be sure to visit Loveless Café if you are on a hunt to try the “world’s greatest scratch biscuits”. This café is one you will keep coming back to, not just for the food, but for the whole dining experience.

The menu is full of classic Southern food staples and most of the ingredients are farmed and produced in Tennessee. Fresh, delicious and healthy food is what you can expect from your visit to The Loveless Café as all menu items are made from scratch each day. Full breakfast is served in Loveless Café all day, every day and the supper menu is served from 11am to closing daily. They serve:

The Loveless Café is found at 8400 Highway 100 in Nashville. They are open from 7am to 9pm daily.

Wendell Smith's Restaurant

Wendell Smith's is found in the back of a liquor store and provides breakfast all day, homemade desserts and so much more. This choice is one of the top places for southern sides and sandwiches. The menu does rotate daily.

Arnold's Country Kitchen

When you arrive at Arnold's Country Kitchen, you may not be drawn to the building. However, once you step in, you will understand quickly why this is a favorite of many locals. They have been serving both ordinary folk and country music stars for over 30 years.

They serve up some of the best friend chicken, fried green tomatoes and banana pudding. They even won an award for their American Classics in 2009. The restaurant is found at 605 Eight Avenue South.

Monell's Dining and Catering

Monell's Dining and Catering Southern Style RestaurantMonell’s is a restaurant located in Nashville’s Germantown open seven days a week. Their motto is “serving south to your mouth since 1995” with a menu of great southern food served family style in a historic setting. All meals are served with a skillet fried chicken and you can indulge in the meat of the day, several hot southern vegetables, salads, biscuits, dessert and a drink.

Monell’s is your spot to get great southern food served family style. Located in historic Germantown of Nashville, Monell’s feature old-fashioned dining where you’ll enter as strangers and leave as friends.

Monell’s has a unique experience in which you can eat as much as you’d like and then you’ll pass the bowl down to your left. No one is allowed to use their cell phones at the table during dinner allowing diners to interact with one another. You’ll enjoy the meat, vegetables and salad of the day at a set price with a service fee of 18% added to groups of 8 or more.

Expect pricing of $12.77 for lunch on weekdays $13.68 on Saturdays and $19.22 on Sundays. For dinner, it costs $14.65 Tuesday through Thursdays and $17.39 for Friday and Saturday dinner. Weekends feature breakfast for $14.95. Children under 3 are always free while older children will get a special children pricing.

Puckett's Grocery & Restaurant

Puckett’s was founded in the 1950s and provides a country store with plenty of fresh groceries and a great southern meal. You can enjoy music here, along with plenty of barbecued meats and southern sides. They have even won many awards for their dishes.

Mere Bulles

Mere Bulles is one special and authentic restaurant, which opened five years ago in Brentwood, Tennessee. It always offers people the chance to enjoy a warm, inviting atmosphere while having a nice, unforgettable brunch, lunch or dinner. It’s the kind of place that makes local residents want to return to it once they have tried it, and has helped Mere Bulles build a growing following of loyal customers.

Whether you’re looking for a meal alone or together with the people you love, Mere Bulles’ friendly and inviting atmosphere will ensure that you have an amazing time. From the time you walk in to the restaurant until the time you leave, you’ll have made lasting memories of fun and good times.

Swett's Restaurant

Swett's started in the 1920s as a tavern and became a meat and three establishment in the 1950s. It's family-owned and provides some of the best dishes on a daily basis.

Hattie B's Chicken

Are you in the mood for some of the best chicken in town? If so, you need to head on over to Hattie B’s Hot Chicken. At Hattie B’s everything is made when you order. That means your chicken will always be fresh and delicious.

The menu at Hattie B’s offers a great selection of plates, desserts, and drinks. Some of the plates include SM White, SM Dark, 1/2 Bird, tenders and wings just to name a few. All plates come with 2 sides bread, and pickles. Hattie B’s nails both the chicken and delicious sides; there’s often a line out the door for this place, and for good reason.

Some of the sides you can choose from include:

  • French Fries
  • Southern Greens
  • Baked Beans
  • Black Eyed Pea Salad
  • Pimento Mac & Cheese
  • Homemade Cole Slaw

One of the things that makes Hattie B’s so unique are the various heat levels at which they can prepare chicken. You have the southern which is no heat, the Hot which provides a bit of heat, the mild or medium which gives you a touch of burn, the damn hot which is well, damn hot!

For your convenience Hattie B’s has two locations in the Nashville area: One in West Nashville at 5209 Charlotte Ave, and one in Midtown at 112 19th Ave S.

SILO Germantown

Silo features "farm to fork dining" with a menu featuring many Southern traditional dishes. They have a great beer and bourbon selection, as well.

The Acme Feed and Seed

Southern Country Food at the Acme Feed and SeedAcme Feed and Seed doesn't sound like the name of a restaurant, but more like a farm supply store instead. Why? The Acme Feed and Seed Restaurant is located in the old Acme Farm Supply building. The owner, Tom Morales, decided to keep the building's name and original look. You do not want to miss out on what this place has to offer.

Yes, the Acme building has four stories and each one of them is in use for the new restaurant. The first floor is the focus of Tom's concept: an upscale Honky-Tonk, called "funkytonk." You can enjoy live music, a menu of diverse gourmet street food, a bar with 28 local beers on tap, and a boutique that features local artisan goods and Acme-branded items. Some of the dishes on this menu include pulled pork tacos, ribs, burgers, chicken fired steak, catfish, and more.

The second floor features a Southern bar and lounge that is suitable for intimate groups, parties, games, and sporting events. Food is available in servings of 2, 4, 6, and 8, and you can order a variety of things such as beef and pork sliders, drumsticks, ribs, Tex-Mex bowl, and more. You can also find Sam's Sushi Bar on this floor.

The third floor is called The Hatchery and is for private event rentals, concerts, and entertainment. The top floor is a rooftop bar that has an amazing view of downtown.

The Acme Feed and Seed Restaurant is preserving a piece of history while bringing even more culture and uniqueness to Nashville. The selection of dishes and live music will draw you back for more.

Copper Kettle Green Hills

Not only can you get a great meat and three meal here at Copper Kettle Green Hills, but you can also get an excellent Sunday Brunch. They provide a different type of experience with European-inspired sandwiches alongside the standard country fare, and so much more.

Nashville is the perfect stop for anyone interested in a taste of southern-style comfort food. Check out one or more of these delicious restaurants for a taste of home you won't soon forget!


Gary Ashton

The Ashton Real Estate Group of RE/MAX Advantage

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