Experience the Best of Local Cuisine at These Southern Restaurants

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.



Located in the heart of the SoBro district downtown, The Southern Steak and Oyster does all kinds of things just right. Take their Bananas Foster bread pudding for example. Perfectly fine to order in the morning, but you should maybe start with...  Read More



For a truly memorable dining experience, score one of 32 seats with full view of the chefs at this second-story boutique restaurant. This isn't just a meal, but a form of entertainment, where menus don't really exist and multi-course meals and...  Read More



Part club, part bar and part restaurant, South manages to do all three with flair. Inspired by its deep southern roots, South creates a casually chic atmosphere that offers quality entertainment with true hospitality. The southern inspired menu...  Read More

Hillsboro Village


This hip yet casual bar and restaurant is known for its ambiance, and yes, it's cabanas. The private, semi-secluded cabana dining areas come with sheer drapery that can be closed off for ultimate privacy. The varying decor of the rest of the...  Read More



This Southern-influenced, neighborhood bistro in historic Germantown is a savory collaboration between Clay Greenberg, former executive chef of Virago and Lime, and Paul Cercone, previous owner of Normandy Farm Artisan Bakery in Charleston,South...  Read More



Mason's features historic Southern dishes that represent the best of what both home cooks and professional kitchens have passed along for generations. The down home classics are prepared with classic French techniques to create a unique dining...  Read More



Chef Holden-Bache has made his mark all across Nashville and fans have followed him everywhere, from his first stint in town at the famed Nick and Rudy's Steakhouse before joining Executive Chef Tyler Brown at Capitol Grille at The Hermitage...  Read More

Capitol Grille
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Chef Tyler Brown and his team are as well versed in the techniques of BBQ, dry-aged beef and smoking meat as they are in sous vide cooking, making the Capitol Grille a favorite among professionals and locals for business lunches and pre-theater....  Read More



Does it get more decadent than crispy fried chicken skins, served with honey and hot sauce? If it does, you'll probably find it at Husk, the Nashville outpost of James Beard award winning Chef Sean Brock's Charleston outpost. Southern fare is...  Read More


Meet 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...  More About Hollie