Arnold’s Country Kitchen
Think of Thanksgiving dinner, then imagine being able to eat thanksgiving dinner any day you wanted for a low price. That’s Arnold’s country Kitchen, a family owned lunch spot in Nashville that’s famous for its delicious southern cooking and desserts. The restaurant is set up like cafeteria where patrons stand in line to pick their meat and two sides before finding their tables. Many people come through the restaurant, from country singers to tourist and locals, making it a bustling and lively little spot.
Opening hours: Mon to Fri 10.30-2.45pm
Watch out for: The casual, friendly local vibe.
Address: Arnold’s Country Kitchen, 605 8th Ave S, Nashville, TN, USA, +1 (615) 256-4455
The Smiling Elephant
One of the best and few Thai restaurants in the Nashville area, The Smiling Elephant is a family-owned restaurant with a truly welcoming vibe. The food is delicious and a real local favorite, and patrons can expect everything from vegetable spring rolls to steamed Chinese dumplings to the classic peanut-infused pad Thai to grace the menu. Drinks wise, the restaurant is dry and there’s currently no BYOB policy in place, meaning this one’s not great if you fancy a tipple to accompany your evening.
Opening hours: Mon to Thu 11am-2.30pm/5-9pm, Fri 11am-2.30pm/4.30-9.30pm, Sat 4.30-9.30pm
Watch out for: The pad Kra is delicious!
Address: The Smiling Elephant, 2213 8th Ave S, Nashville, TN, USA, +1 (615) 891-4488
Sinema Restaurant and Bar
Sinema Restaurant and Bar is appropriately named after the building that it’s housed in, which used to be the old Melrose cinema in the 1940s. It’s a fine dining restaurant and serves exquisite American cuisine. It has been voted in Nashville as the number one for best dessert, number two for best ambiance and number three for romance, so customers can expect plenty of atmosphere and flavor at this one!
Opening hours: Mon to Thu 4.30-11pm, Fri and Sat 4.30pm-12am, Sun 10.30am-2.30pm
Watch out for: Happy hour everyday at 4.30pm.
Address: Sinema, 2600 Franklin Pike #102, Nashville, TN, USA, +1 (615) 942-7746
The Standard at the Smith House
If you think that southern food is super cheap and only sold in back alley hole-in-the-walls then you won’t be expecting the refined likes of The Standard at the Smith House. The Smith House is the only grand townhouse left in Nashville, built in 1840. It is a historical monument in the heart of downtown and has emerged as one of the best restaurants in Nashville for its suave take on regional cuisine.
Opening hours: Mon to Thu 5-9pm, Fri to Sat 5-10pm
Watch out for: The Standard Private Cigar Club, which was voted as the one of best cigar clubs in the US.
Address: The Standard, 167 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN, USA, +1 (615) 254-1277
Party Fowl is most famously known for its fowl (obviously!), and it’s true: they’ve got the hottest chicken on the block. This is a chilled and casual restaurant that is good for a night of drinking beer and watching a local Titans game on TV. They have 20 local beers on tap and 58 different wines to drink down with their southern-style fried chicken.
Opening hours: Mon to Thu 11am-10pm, Fri 11am-11pm, Sat 10am-11pm, Sun 10am-10pm
Watch out for: The cigar-smoked Manhattan and hickory-smoked Margarita cocktails.
Address: Party Fowl, 719 8th Ave S, Nashville, TN, USA, +1 (615) 624-8255
By Sekilah Calvin