Get the best of local cuisine at the Top 10 Southern restuarants

Hollie Deese

By , Local Expert, Nashville
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There is a change happening in Nashville, and it's starting from the ground up. As long as that ground is filled with okra, potatoes, corn and other fresh vegetables. As more and more chefs embrace farm ingredients and regional cuisine, Southern food in Music City has gone far beyond the meat-and-three's and barbecue joints normally associated with the area. Not that those places aren't loved deeply. But a new guard of restaurants are showing diners just what can be done with okra and sweet potatoes that has nothing to do with mashing and frying. At Lockeland Table, chef Hal Holden-Bache serves up a a jar of chicken liver...  Read more »

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    At James Beard award-winning Chef Sean Brock's renowned restaurant, Husk, each dish is a celebration.

    Local Expert Tip: "Taking fresh to a whole new level, the menu is updated twice daily."

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    Capitol Grille

    Executive Chef Tyler Brown is a leader in embracing new techniques while honoring the region's culinary roots.

    Local Expert Tip: "Make a night of it, order a bottle of wine, and get a romantic room at The Hermitage Hotel."

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    Lockeland Table

    Roasted chicken with pepper jam, pimento cheese grit cake and collard greens is a perfect example of the new style.

    Local Expert Tip: "Hit up Happy Hour for a selection of $6 snacks, like deviled eggs and chow chow four ways and General Hal's chicken wings with pomegranate and orange marmalade glaze."

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    Taste the authentic flavors and indigenous ingredients that make up the Southern food experience at Mason's.

    Local Expert Tip: "Get there on Wednesdays for $5 burgers and $3 drafts."

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    • Cuisine: American, Southern
    • Average Main Course Price: $20
    • Neighborhood: Germantown

    This Southern-influenced neighborhood bistro focuses on the bounty of regional farmers and producers.

    Local Expert Tip: "The shrimp and grits are done just right with a tomato ragout and house bacon."

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    The regularly changing menu highlights the Southern best of each distinct season.

    Local Expert Tip: "Check their website and social media for announcements about wine tastings in the intimate downstairs lounge."

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    Cabana specializes in casual Southern comfort cuisine in a calm and cozy, yet energetic vibe.

    Local Expert Tip: "Try to reserve or secure a cabana at Cabana's. The intimate feel will set the ambiance for the night."

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    • Average Main Course Price: $12
    • Neighborhood: Midtown

    If the name didn't tip you off, the list of "provisions" like pimento cheese dip and fried pickle chips will.

    Local Expert Tip: "Go for Sunday brunch after noon and enjoy bottomless mimosas and Bloody Mary's for $15."

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    The Catbird Seat

    • Average Main Course Price: $100
    • Neighborhood: Downtown

    Erik Anderson is one of the chefs changing what people think about Southern food in Nashville.

    Local Expert Tip: "Follow their social media pages to get instant notifications of cancellations."

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    The Southern Steak and Oyster

    The fish n'sweet potato grits with braised cabbage and spicy tasso vinaigrette is indicative of what you'll find.

    Local Expert Tip: "Go ahead and park in the Pinnacle garage and be sure to ask for validation."



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