So, you’re in Nashville, the capital of Tennessee and the home to many legendary country music venues like The Grand Ole Opry, Country Music Hall of Fame and of course, the beating heart of Nashville itself, the good ole honky-tonks that draw both visitors and rising country music stars alike. Not a bad place to land! But, how do you find the best places to eat? Glad you asked, because I have scoped out some places you won’t want to miss!
Nashville is full of heart and soul and their restaurants reflect that! Entertaining, delicious and little–known holes in the walls to fit your every mood!
Looking for an upscale dining experience but want a unique and memorable time? Voted one of America’s 100 Best Restaurants by Open Table, while Eater Nashville called it “One of the hottest restaurants in Nashville.” Clearly, House of Cards, is a must stop meal. This restaurant is right smack dab in the heart of downtown Nashville, on the lower level below the Johnny Cash Museum building. This restaurant not only wow’s your taste buds but, from the moment you arrive, your breath will be taken away with the beauty of the “hand crafted bar, to the multimillion-dollar collection of art, European antiques and magic related artifacts. House of Cards features magicians performing on the restaurant floor at all times, as well as multiple nightly magic shows.” The menu boasts amazing, top-quality American cuisine and craft cocktails. Close your eyes and imagine starting your meal with Duck Fat Braised Pork Belly, Fig Chutney & Arugula Salad followed by a grilled Domestic Rack of Lamb or 45 Day Aged CAB Prime Filet Mignon with a side of Three Cheese Macaroni! I don’t think you can go wrong with any of these mouth-watering choices brought to you by Chef Keith Droz. And as if that isn’t enough, House of Cards boasts an impressive cigar menu for those of you who like to indulge. Make sure to secure your night and create some one of a kind memories by going to HOCNashville.com/reservations.
Prefer a venue where you can let your hair down, kick back and play a little corn hole? Check out The Centennial, a friendly, clean upscale-dive bar…think funky, no frills, except for its Patrick Swayze mural… only 4 miles away from the bustling Honky-Tonks. This restaurant opened in 2015 and has been receiving rave reviews ever since! In fact, in 2017 they were voted “best wings in Nashville!” Pair those with their house centennial sauce and you’ve got a “knock your socks off” taste bud experience. They offer Happy Hour 7 days a week, Tuesday-$2 Tacos, Thursday-$6 Burgers (select burgers) and their beer selection is on point! According to locals, you can’t beat the food, atmosphere and friendly service. 5115 Centennial Blvd, Nashville, TN 37209
Neither of those really tickle your fancy? Then hit up Nashville’s very own Country Star Owned bar! Who doesn’t love Blake Shelton and his “Swanky- Tonk” bar Ole Red. This bar is crazy fun and you never know just who might take the stage that night! In fact, Blake Shelton himself has been known to show up on many occasions. This is your definition of a honky-tonk bar! Live country music, great bar, chill scene and homemade country faire like Redneck nachos, Southern tater tot poutine and fried chicken just to name a few. Pop on in, everyone’s welcome! 300 Broadway, corner of Broadway and 3rd.
Wherever you decide to go, you will be welcomed with good ole’ southern hospitality and we can assure you you’ll have a blast! How do we know? Easy, because Nashville and Honky Tonk are synonymous with a real good time! See y’all soon!