It usually starts with a craving. Small at first, but then it's all you can think about until you have it. Maybe it's the Thanksgiving-themed Gobbler sandwich at The Food Company in Green Hills, piled high with turkey, cranberry relish, house-made boursin white cheddar cheese, arugula and red onion on cranberry walnut bread. Or it could be the shrimp vindaloo with potatoes in a tangy sauce of tomatoes and onions at Best of India. Maybe it's even the Barnyard dog at The Dog of Nashville, which gives a nod to Music City with pulled pork barbecue and creamy coleslaw. Whatever it is, you just have to have it and you're never going to find it in your own kitchen. So fire up the computer or grab your phone and order some carry out. Music City is filled with favorite little takeout spots all over town in all kinds of flavors, so fulfilling whatever craving is a piece of cake. Oh, you can even get that too. Sure, you can grab a table at any of these delicious dine-in spots as well, but some nights you just need to eat at home on your couch. And those are the nights you need takeout most of all.
Fans have been ordering the hand-tossed pies from Castrillo's since 2001. Some flavorful favorites incldue The Dylan, with olive oil, Parmesan cheese, tomatoes, chicken, spinach, bell peppers and garlic or the super-spicy Flamethrower with jalapenos, banana peppers, pperoni, Italian suasage, crushed red pepper and cayenne pepper. Of course, it isn't all pizza at Castrillo's, with calzones, wings, subs, pasta dishes and salads sharing menu space. Portions are filling and will last beyond the intended meal. The crew who works the counter are friendly and helpful if you are unsure about what to order, but you can't go wrong with one of the pizzas. (615-226-2900)
Best Of India
Faithful customers line up for the lunch buffet, thanks to the delicious bounty of options. For a more refined experience, swing by at dinner for more of the classic Indian dishes like spicy boneless chicken in a thick curry sauce, tandoori chicken marinated in yogurt and grilled, and lamb saag cooked with spinach. Vegetarians have plenty to be happy about, even at dessert over sweet kheer made from milk and basmati rice, flavored with nuts, raisins, and cardamom seeds. Wash it all down with a mango lassi, a classic Indian drink, prepared with fat-free yogurt and mango pulp. Delivery available in a limited range. (615-352-5335)
The Pied Piper Eatery
The extensive menu at The Pied Piper Eatery makes this a great takeout spot if no one can agree on what to eat. Start with breakfast - served all day - then move on to the burgers, which are all 1/3-pound pure Angus beef patties, seasoned and grilled on an open flame. The Wisconsin special comes topped with three cheeses, while the blackened Nawlin's option comes with bleu cheese crumbles and bacon. The family-owned and operated diner is known for its friendliness to kids, so go ahead and bring the whole crew. Keep an eye out for rotating specials, soups, and other sweet and savory menu items. (615-228-2795)
Taziki's Mediterranean Cafe
This Alabama-based chain can always be counted on for fresh, delicious Mediterranean fare, and proves fast food doesn't have to be processed and greasy. You can even go online to find out the nutritional information about all of the menu items before you place your order. Taziki's first location was opened in Birmingham, Ala., after owners Keith and Amy Richards returned from a life-changing trip to Greece. Now there are Taziki's all over, with four in the Nashville area alone. And that's fine by fans of the light lunch and hearty dinners they can grab on the way home, like the slow-roasted lemon-herb chicken stuffed with fresh herbs and served with a reduction of onions, white wine, and fresh oregano. (615-724-2276)
Baja Burrito is a Nashville staple. The locally-owned independent burrito shop in Berry Hill always has a line, but it's always worth the wait and the atmosphere is bright and happy, probably due to the communal love of the food and rapport with the long-time employees. Plus, any negativity is immediately forgotten at first bite. Fans swear by the fish tacos, served singly or in a basket of three. Burritos are the big draw though, prepared right in front of you with chicken, steak or veggies and rice, beans, salsa, sour cream and cheese. Kids can enjoy little cheese quesadillas or tacos while you dig in, and after, everyone can enjoy a Las Paletas popsicle. Delicious. (615-383-2252)
Noodles & Company
Pasta is the great unifier, and no matter if you're craving classic spaghetti and meatballs or spicy Pad Thai, Noodles & Company has it hot and fresh and fast enough to grab during lunch or on the way home from work. Carb lovers are in heaven with a number of Mediterranean, American and Asian options to choose from. The house special Truffle Mac, also known as "Fancy Pants," is their signature macaroni and cheese sauce spiked with white truffle oil, sauteed baby portabella mushrooms and topped with Parmesan cheese and house-made toasted breadcrumbs. And despite it's name, Noodles & Company does sell more than just pasta. Soups, salads and sandwiches round out a menu that should make everyone in your office happy. (615-383-7740)
Mitchell Delicatessen first opened its doors in 2008 with the idea to provide East Nashville with a full service delicatessen that only used the highest quality, natural ingredients from local sources. Residents responded - they ran out of food their first day - and Mitchell's has been bustling ever since. Their sandwiches are what made them famous, including the Reuben with locally-raised corned beef and turkey, apple and brie with jalapeno-cranberry relish. Most of their meats are cured or smoked in house and they even hand make their own sausages and roast beef. A small selection of carefully picked cheeses, dairy, fresh fruit and vegetables from local farms are also available, as it a self-serve salad bar. Mitchell Deli is also available for catering weddings and special events. (615-262-9862)
The Dog of Nashville
The Dog of Nashville was on the forefront of the hot dog movement in town when it opened its doors in 2007, first on Nolensville Road, then later on Belcourt in Hillsboro Village. And not only was it one of the first, it is one of the best with a slew of specialty dogs that have won a number of local awards. Owner Adam Deal is a Chicago native, so you can be sure the Chi-Town has all the markers of the original, including neon green relish, a poppy seed bun and sports peppers. Of course, that classic is just the beginning. The Rise & Shine is topped with bacon, cheese sauce and a fired egg, while the Barnyard gives a nod to Nashville with pulled pork barbecue and creamy coleslaw. (615-292-2204)
The Food Company
For more than 15 year, The Food Company has been keeping tummies full in Green Hills and beyond, thanks not only to their daily menu, but delicious catering options as well. Sandwiches are a standout, like the Gobbler with turkey, cranberry relish, house-made boursin white cheddar cheese, arugula and red onion on cranberry walnut bread. A simple BLT is elevated thanks to Benton's bacon, avocado and chipotle mayo on farm bread. Sides are so much more than french fries - think kale salad and hearty soups. The food in the cases is available until 6 pm, so swing by before hitting Green Hills traffic so dinner arrives him ready with you. (615-385-4311)
Marche Artisan Foods
Brie, brie, brie! Calling all cheese lovers. Located in the heart of historic East Nashville, Marche Artisan Foods is a cafe with European flair. Situated inside the Walnut Exchange, a former telephone switching building, this cafe boasts a rustic feel that ratchets up its unparalleled ambiance. In addition to the full coffee and espresso bar, diners can find house-made pastries, fresh fish, meats, cheeses and other decadent grocery items. Breakfast and lunch menus change seasonally, and the other dinner menu options are updated monthly. Of course, backed by East Nashville favorite Margot McCormack, diners expect nothing less than delicious perfection. (615-262-1111)
About Hollie Deese
Hollie Deese is a Nashville-based writer who has spent the past 10 years falling in love with the sights, sounds and flavors of Music City. Hollie has 15 years experience as a writer and editor for regional and national publications, including The Tennessean, USA Today, Nashville Interiors, and the Nashville Ledger.
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