The Best Places to Get Soul Food in Nashville

Catfish and sides | © Kurman Communications / Flickr
Catfish and sides | © Kurman Communications / Flickr
The South and soul food are very much synonymous. That’s why we want to share our picks for the best places to get soul food in Nashville. Whether you’re a soul food addict or a curious newbie, these are the hottest spots in town for some “good for the soul” Southern “fixins.”

Husk

Restaurant, American, $$$

Part of what makes Husk restaurant so appealing is the open kitchen concept, where chefs interact with guests and personally deliver food to their tables. Founder and award-winning Chef Sean Brock, along with Chef de Cuisine Brian Baxter, takes forgotten flavors and ingredients that were once popular in the South and puts a modern twist on them to create Southern dishes such as sassafras-glazed pork ribs, acorn griddle cakes, and house-cured country ham.

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Sally’s Famous Kitchen

Restaurant, American, $$$

Open daily, Sally’s Famous Kitchen was named after a mother and mother-in-law. The restaurant serves classic soul food dishes such as pulled pork, fried chicken, catfish, and peach cobbler every day, with a variety of day-specific items offered throughout the week. Special offers are sent out via email each week, and Sally’s also has a drawing for free food.

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Loveless Cafe

Cafe, Restaurant, American, Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten-free, Fast Food, Street Food, $$$
Catfish and sides
Catfish and sides | © Kurman Communications / Flickr
The Loveless Cafe has been a Nashville staple for more than 65 years. The restaurant, which also has several on-site shops, is known for its made-from-scratch dishes that are served morning, noon, and night. The breakfast menu is available all day. Some of the favorites among diners include the steak biscuits, homemade meatloaf, and banana pudding.
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Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Sun:
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Mon:
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thu:
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Fri:
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sat:
8:00 am - 7:00 pm

H&T’s Home Cooking

Restaurant, American
BBQ Ribs
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Opened by Hattie Palin and her husband Thomas in 2005, H&T’s Home Cooking provides homestyle meals that remind patrons of mama’s cooking. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner six days a week and prides itself on offering Southern hospitality to its customers. The menu at H&T’s changes daily, but some of the items to choose from are country fried steak, pot roast, chicken and dumplings, and baked tilapia.

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Dixon’s Soul Food

Restaurant, American, $$$

In the South, the “meat and three” is a common offering on restaurant menus. At Dixon’s Soul Food, customers can choose from a “meat and two” or a “meat and three.” Foods served include fried pork chops, hot chicken, turnip greens, and catfish. Desserts such as banana pudding and cobbler are also available, as well as breakfast foods like grits and homestyle potatoes.

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Lunch
Tue - Sun:
11:00 am - 3:30 pm

Monell’s

Cafe, Restaurant, American

Known for its family-style dining, Monell’s has a menu full of Southern soul foods. Each day features different menu items, but all are Southern classics. Whether you’re in the mood for chicken and dumplings, meatloaf or barbecue ribs, Monell’s serves something you’ll enjoy seven days a week. All meals come with Southern vegetables, bread, drinks, and dessert.

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Bolton’s Spicy Chicken & Fish

Restaurant, American, Fast Food, Seafood
Bolton’s Spicy Chicken & Fish is owned by Bolton Mathews, nephew of Bolton Polk, who passed on his hot chicken recipe to Mathews before his death. In addition to chicken plates and fish sandwiches, Bolton’s also serves pork plates and Southern-style veggies.
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Arnold’s Country Kitchen

Restaurant, American, $$$
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Jack and Rose Arnold opened Arnold’s Country Kitchen in 1982. The family-owned business usually has a line out the door, while customers wait for the “meat and three” offerings to be cooked and prepared. Each day on the menu, there are Southern foods such as roast beef, meatloaf, stewed okra, mac and cheese, and fried green tomatoes.

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Lunch, Dinner, Dessert
Mon - Fri:
10:30 am - 2:45 pm