Nashville is known as Music City, but churning out lyrical hits is not all it's famous for. The state capital offers residents and visitors a diverse selection of restaurants that offer both national and international dishes. Food & Wine magazine once borrowed a line from George Jones to describe it as "hotter than a two-dollar pistol." We've rounded up some of the latest Nashville restaurant openings in 2019.
1. Pelican & Pig
The Pelican & Pig is a beautifully designed "fine-casual" dining experience with a creative menu. Many of the dishes are created over a wood-fire and can be enjoyed in their rustic dining room, bar, or at the chef's table. The owners, Nick and Audra Guidry, participated in the entire development, and it shows. Menu favorites include the six-day sourdough bread and shrimp with grits.
2. Liberty Common
One of Nashville's most Instagrammable restaurants, Liberty Common is a French-inspired brasserie adding intrigue to downtown dining. It's located near Ascend Amphitheater and features different seating areas, high ceilings, and a marble bar. Participate in a true “French” experience with outside dining in classic rattan chairs where you can people watch.
Nashville veteran chef, John Stephenson, opened his first restaurant Hathorne. Located in Sylvan Park, the new eatery was opened with much anticipation. The property was once a church fellowship hall, and you can see its heritage inspired a lot of the decor. There are high vaulted ceilings and pews lining the wall. Items on the menu are designed to be shared with friends and family.
4. Bar Otaku
Bar Otaku is an immersive experience. Everything from the lighting to the wall art expertly represents the Otaku style. "Bar Otaku is a Japanese izakaya from Nashville chef, cookbook author, and restaurateur, Sarah Gavigan." An izakaya in Japan is known as an informal pub, and the concept has been thoughtfully carried over. The menu is diverse, offering otsumami, fried agemono, and grilled yakimono.
5. Twilight Tavern
What was once Bajo Sexto on Charlotte Avenue is now Twilight Tavern. It's a sports bar that offers a little reprieve for those who want somewhere to stop and enjoy some food and drink during rush hour. The menu is full of usual suspects like burgers and fried chicken. But the interior is a little different. It's blended the industrial look with modernism. The blue interior complements the garage doors and wood/metal details.
5. Stateside Kitchen
Stateside Kitchen is located in the Dream Hotel on 4th Avenue. The menu is lead by Executive Chef Michael Kopfman and "focuses on fresh flavors and locally sourced ingredients." The Dream Hotel is notorious for its luxurious and modern beauty, and the Stateside Kitchen sits beneath its Gehry-esque glass atrium designed by Nashville design firm Meyer Davis Studio. It’s a dining experience for all the senses.
Santo shares the same owners as Epice, the Lebanese bistro on 12th South. Santo adds much-needed diversity to the Green Hills area providing "an elevated, relaxed dining environment." The interior is incredibly sleek and modern. It almost errs on the side of minimalism which complements the beautiful menu. You can visit Santo for lunch and dinner.
7. Hugh-Baby's BBQ & Burger Shop
Not a new restaurant for Nashvillians, but one of the tastiest, Hugh-Baby's BBQ & Burger Shop just opened its third location off Thompson Lane. Regardless of which location you choose to visit, you'll feel transported in time with their modern, diner-like interiors. They have a wrap-around bar with stool seating and beautiful wooden tables that accompany both intimate and large groups.
8. Emmy Squared Pizza
With locations already established in Brooklyn and the East Village in NYC, the Detroit-style pizza joint has come to Nashville. While it's well-known for its pizza, the menu is quite diverse, offering plates of spicy chicken and delicious burgers. One step inside and it feels like anything but a pizza place. The monochromatic colors of Emmy Squared are punctuated by details such as arched doorways, tiled floors, and mirrored walls. It feels fresh and modern.
9. The Rutledge
The Rutledge is located just outside of Nashville in Franklin, Tennessee. They use the freshest ingredients when making both their menu items and cocktails. Dubbed an "American grill," nothing about the design of the dining space feels that way. There is a long, white curved bar with upholstered stools and a metal base. Dine in one of their tables or booths with deep luxurious custom design seating set under LED lighting.
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