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 pate, sealed with East Tennessee's revered Benton's bacon fat, with grilled Tuscan bread and smoked peach preserves. Brandon Frohne has honed his culinary skills most recently doing the Forage South pop up dinners and has taken his classic regional recipes and infused them with classic French techniques at Mason's in the Loew's Vanderbilt Hotel, yielding something so unique and at the same time so familiar, diners can't help but fall in love. And at Cabana, you can never go wrong with the lump crab hush puppies or bacon cheddar grit bites.
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