Nashville is the perfect place for foodies and culinary adventurous types.  I know the first thing that comes to mind when people think of Nashville is cowboy boots and country music. But there’s so much more to this place than that. It’s full of diversity here.  Not just in music, but also in cuisine. You’ll experience a good fusion of flavors, which is one of the reasons why I love living here.

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If you don’t know by now, I love to eat.  On top of that, I love eating out with my family and friends. I cook most days of the week, but on date nights and weekends, I love visiting my favorite Nashville restaurants to eat ALL the delectable things.

 

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The Puffy Muffin – Brentwood

It’s the perfect blend of cafe and bakery.  You’ll find 2 Puffy Muffin locations in Nashville. One in Brentwood and another in Cool Springs. The Hubbis and I prefer the one in Brentwood, which is one of our day time date spots.  It’s my hubby’s first choice for grabbing a delicious lunch on his days off.  His favorite dish is their Blackened Tilapia, shown below. I really love their Quiche (options change daily) and Fried Green Tomatoes. 

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The Puffy Muffin – Brentwood, TN Blackened Tilapia

 

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The Puffy Muffin – Brentwood, TN Spinach Quiche

If you’re ever looking for delectable desserts, sweet breads or cakes, this is the place. Breakfast and Lunch are served until 2:30p.m.; dinner until 5p.m. and they’re closed on Sundays.  Their wedding cakes are gorgeous too btw.

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The Puffy Muffin – Brentwood, TN Bacon Quiche

Caney Fork River Grille – East Nashville/Opry Mills

What makes this place one of a kind, is the wild game menu and campsite decor. I wrote about my first experience at Caney Fork about a year ago. You can check out that post here

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Caney Fork River Grille, Nashville, TN

One of the reasons why I decided to try this place for the first time, was that they had alligator on the menu.  It’s something I always wanted to try.  I’m so glad I finally did.  If you missed my tasting video, check it out here

On my latest visit, I decided to try their BBQ ribs and fried corn.  Oh my goodness!!! The fried corn was friggin’ deeeelicious!!  Not to mention the ribs were fall off the bone good and the sauce is very tasty.  Maybe it’s just me but, nowadays, it seems like it’s so hard to find good bbq with a decent sauce to match.

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Fried Gator Tail – Appetizers – Caney Fork River Grille, Nashville, TN

When you arrive you get a basket of warm corn fritters (shown below) sprinkled with powdered sugar.   Just imagine the taste of fried dough with sweet corn in every bite.  They’re pretty addictive. 

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Corn Fritters – Caney Fork River Grille, Nashville, TN

 

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BBQ Ribs, Fried Corn and Baked Beans. Caney Fork River Grille, Nashville, TN

 

Loveless Cafe – Bellevue

Loveless Cafe is a popular tourist attraction. I’ve met quite a few local foodies that don’t prefer to eat here for that reason, but it’s a spot that I fell in love with because of their biscuits and jams.  Everyone can’t make a good biscuit. Some places make the claim.  But at Loveless, I can sit and devour a plate of them.  

They’re light and fluffy with just the right amount of butter brushed on top.  You never have to worry about running out because they’re really generous with the bread. All you do is, ask for more.  Plus, they make a superb peach jam and apple butter to go with.

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My son and niece having fun at Loveless Cafe – Nashville, TN

What I really like about this place is that whenever there’s a long wait, there’s plenty to do to keep the kids busy while we wait.  On our latest visit, my niece came along with us.  While she and my son got to spend most of their summer together, the rest of us haven’t seen her in years so this was a treat for us.

Loveless has a gift shop, small market, motel, artisan gift boutique and a few mini recreation areas to play in, for families waiting to be served.  There’s also a beautiful barn in the back where formal events, like weddings, are hosted. 

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Hams and Jams Country Market Loveless Cafe – Nashville, TN

One of my favorites that is no longer on the menu, is their corn casserole.  I really hope they bring that back this fall. It was so freakin’ yummy. If you’re unsure of what to order on your first visit, I recommend the fried chicken. 

Service here is always great. This place stays busy, so I’d also recommend using open table if available or calling ahead for the wait time. But if you do decide to head here on a Saturday evening, the wait goes by quick if you have fun exploring the grounds. 

I’m working on a full post of our Loveless experiences with videos, so if you’re interested, stay tuned.

NY Pie – West Nashville

My house if full of picky eaters, which tends to get annoying when I’m ready to eat.  I basically eat everything, but my hubby and kids have to be special, so this limits our family dinner options when we’re out.  They really get on my nerves with that. Ugh!!

The one thing we can all quickly agree on is pizza.  One night we were out late in West Nashville and decided to stop in to try a slice. Everyone in the car was starving and we had run out of options. I told my hubby to run inside and see what the food looks like.  He and my son went inside and gave me a quick thumbs up through the window lol. 

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NY Pizza – West Nashville

NY Pie reminds me of home in Upstate NY.  The sauce and toppings are laid on heavy. The slices are huge. Plus they serve customers on metal saucers that keep your slices hot.  When the menu includes cannoli made with real ricotta (because I’ve tasted quite a few imposters using cream filling in the south…yuck!), antipasti and garlic knots, it’s worth giving it a try.

I know a lot of places have pizza on the menu, but I can’t even begin to explain how hard it is to find authentic NY pizza in the south. It’s even harder to find good authentic Italian food.  Options are limited.  So, if you’re traveling from the North and are looking for great pizza place while you visit, be sure to check this place out.  I highly recommend it. 

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NY Pizza – West Nashville

LJ’s Asian Cuisine – West Nashville

One thing you won’t miss out on while in Nashville is great sushi.  There are quite a few sushi places here that foodies can enjoy, but I want to highlight one of my newest hidden gems.  I recently came across this place because someone stuffed a menu in my door.  The options on the menu looked so good, I decided it was worth a try.

I took a gamble on going here for my birthday dinner and I’m glad I did.  This place is small, no frills, has great service and the sushi is GOOD!! Prices are right too.  They serve Chinese, Thai and Japanese dishes on the menu. LJ Asian Cuisine is located on Annex Ave, near the At Home store in West Nashville.

On my visit, I ordered 2 rolls.  The Dinosaur Roll is a deep-fried combination of crab, white tuna, scallion, cream cheese and caviar wrapped in sushi rice and nori.  It’s topped with Yum Yum Sauce, Eel Sauce and sesame seeds.

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Spider Roll and Dinosaur Roll – LJ Asian Cuisine – West Nashville

I also ordered the vegetable tempura as an appetizer and a Spider Roll (fried softshell crab, cucumber, avocado and caviar).

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Spider Roll – LJ Asian Cuisine – West Nashville

 

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Deep Fried Dinosaur Roll – LJ Asian Cuisine – West Nashville

 

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Deep Fried Dinosaur Roll – LJ Asian Cuisine – West Nashville

On my next visit, I want to try their Rock N Roll, which is another deep-fried roll of BBQ Eel, salmon, cream cheese, caviar and scallion.

I really hope I got your salivary glands going with this post.  I’m not one for making a lot of promises, but I can promise you one thing, on your next visit to Nashville. You’ll never have to worry about finding good food.

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What’s are some of your Nashville foodie spots?

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Founder, Editor-in-Chief of Women's Lifestyle Blog, Naturally Stellar | Beauty Contributor for Hype Hair Magazine | Freelance Writer and Content Creator| Candice is a passionate Nashville-based writer with a love for beauty, urban lifestyle, songwriting, travel, food and business. When she's not busy being Wonder Woman to her family, out exploring or catching up on her British dramas, you can find her sharing something interesting on her blog. Which more than likely she probably wrote at Noon, while eating a bowl of Captain Crunch.

17 Responses

  1. Tiffany H.

    I want to try the Caney Fork restaurant because I love BBQ. I tried alligator in Louisiana and I actually enjoyed it. The corn fritters sprinkled in sugar sounds yummy.

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  2. mimicutelips

    Everything looks so freaking delicious. I hope to make it back for a visit next month. I will definitely check out these places. Good food is always on my agenda.

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    • Candice S.

      There’s a lot to do here Carissa. I’m gonna do a fun tour with my kids during their fall break. There’s so much we haven’t checked out yet. Hey, I have family in Alabama too. What part do you travel to?

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  3. staciesayzso

    All of this food looks really good (except for the seafood since I don’t like it.) Just another reason for me to come visit Nashville!

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  4. Ty

    The way my taste buds are set up…My picky nicky self is going to starve one day for lack of trying new stuff. LOL! These are all some cool restaurants I could probably do the pizza. LOL!

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  5. terrihugg

    You are a brave soul for trying alligator. It couldn’t be me. However, this food alone is convincing me a trip to Nashville is due.

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    • Candice S.

      I’ve been accustomed to eating wild game since I was a kid, so now I’m very open to it. Actually, some wild game tastes better than farm raised meats to me. But I do get why it’s not everyone’s cup of tea.

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  6. Kita

    I keep saying I’m going to drive up to Tennessee for the food. Hot fried chicken is top of the list for me but I am saving this because YASS!

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    • Candice S.

      You know what? In all the time I’ve been here, I’ve never tried the hot chicken. I’m usually down for whatever but hot or burn your mouth foods, never appealed to me. I probably should give it a try though. There has to be something to it if it’s so popular. But then again, it took me years to build up the nerve to start eating avocado.

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  7. loveatanystage

    I feel so bad. I’ve only been to one of those places smh. Puffy Muffin is close to my office and I go for lunch sometimes. I guess that means I need to get out and explore.

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    • Candice S.

      Or it could just mean that Nashville has a TON of places to discover. There are so many places that I haven’t tried but I’m sure gonna have fun taste testing my way through them 🙂

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