Nashville's Top Lunch Spots Shine Light On Sandwiches and More

Hollie Deese

By , Local Expert, Nashville
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Lunch is an important meal. It get's us over the hump of the workday, symbolizing a time to take a break from your job and fuel yourself. Luckily, lunch spots in Nashville are abundant, and all of them aim to do more than simply give you enough energy to get going. They are angling to show Music City diners that fancy dinner plates have nothing on a hearty midday meal, prepared to perfect. At the classic Monell's, feed off the energy of your fellow diners as well as the delicious Southern soul food at the communal dining table. And over at Butterbean Bakery and Bistro in Gallatin, you can be assured that the ingredients...  Read more »

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    Woodland's Indian Vegetarian Cusine

    From the moment Woodland's opened it has been converting people to Indian and vegetarian food.

    Local Expert Tip: "With one of the best lunch buffets in the city, you never knew you liked vegetables so much."

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    Silly Goose

    For nearly four years people from all over the city have flocked to Silly Goose for sandwiches, fresh fish and delicious juices.

    Local Expert Tip: "Consider their sandwiches, sides and delicious gallons of citrus mint and ginger green tea for a fancy picnic. "

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    Butterbean Bakery and Bistro

    • Average Main Course Price: $8
    • Neighborhood: Gallatin

    With a produce stand onsite, you can buy the fresh veggies you just ate at lunch.

    Local Expert Tip: "You are making a big mistake if you don't try one of the gluten-free cupcakes."

  • 4

    Yellow Porch

    • Cuisine: Eclectic, Ethnic
    • Average Main Course Price: $18.50
    • Neighborhood: Berry Hill

    The lunch menu is sophisticated and full of classics, but still feels fresh.

    Local Expert Tip: "With a frequently updated lunch menu and daily special, even biggest die-hards can't get tired of it."

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    Burger Up

    Now a staple of 12South a symbol of its growth, they now have a second location in Cool Springs.

    Local Expert Tip: "If you love the wood used in the design, you can find your own reclaimed planks at Woodstock Vintage Lumber."

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    Germantown Cafe

    Conveniently located just blocks north of downtown and LP Field, the café is a great choice for business lunches.

    Local Expert Tip: "Make a reservation - this Music City fave gets busy fast and stays that way."

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    Mitchell Delicatessen

    With locally-sourced ingredients on tasty sandwiches and a rare self-serve salad bar, Mitchell Deli is a no brainer.

    Local Expert Tip: "Pick up a package of Benton's bacon and a dozen farm fresh eggs to cook for breakfast tomorrow."

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    Monell's Dining and Catering

    The menu changes each day but you know you will always find a bit of comfort on your plate.

    Local Expert Tip: "Bring newbies from out of town for the quintessential meat-and-three experience."

  • 9

    The Wild Cow

    Vegetarians will love their creative menu options, and fresh fans will love the local ingredients.

    Local Expert Tip: "Try and dine on Thursday when they donate 10 percent of their sales to a rotating charity of the month."

  • 10

    Rae's Gourmet Sandwich Shoppe

    • Cuisine: Deli
    • Average Main Course Price: $6
    • Neighborhood: Downtown

    They do one thing and they do it well. If you crave a sandwich downtown, this is your spot.

    Local Expert Tip: "Rae's only operates during lunch hours during the week, so don't bother coming by on a Saturday."



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