Originally published on Aurora Mcclausland.
When you think of Nashville, your mind instantly goes to country music and the honky tonks. While it’s true that Nashville is definitely known for the honky tonks and the live music, it isn’t the only thing to enjoy while you’re there. In fact, Nashville has become somewhat of a food Mecca. If you’re hoping to find a Starbucks and a Wendy’s for your midday meal, Nashville isn’t the place for you. One of the best things about the food culture in Nashville is that you’ll find hundreds of thriving independent businesses. Each with food more delicious and incredible than the last. Here are just a few of the spots you have to make sure you visit next time you find yourself in Music City.
1. The Soda Parlor
Opened by the popular Youtuber Olan Rogers, you’ll fall in love with this restaurant. Stop in for a waffle “mundae” and a soda float, before heading upstairs to enjoy the vintage video games and board games.
2. Chagos Cantina
Finding authentic Mexican Food outside of the Western United States is almost impossible. I guarantee that the Mexican Food at Chagos will blow your mind. As someone who grew up in New Mexico, I’m not lying when I say this was some of the best Mexican food I’ve ever had.
3. Five Daughters Bakery
You’ve probably heard of the croissant donut before. Don’t even bother eating a croissant donut from anywhere besides Five Daughters Bakery, because it just won’t be half as good. Their donuts have 144 flaky, buttery layers and when I took the first bite I’m pretty sure that I died and went straight to heaven. They have a few different locations throughout Nashville, so you have no excuse to not go buy half a dozen donuts and indulge immediately.
4. Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream
Luckily, there are Jeni’s outside of Tennessee as well, so you can indulge all over the US. They have multiple locations scattered throughout the Nashville area, though. Their unique flavors will leave you with a watering mouth and a desire to have Jeni’s open in your own city.
This restaurant was inside the Gaylord Opryland Resort, but it’s worth a visit even if you’re not staying there. The entire hotel is worth a visit, with 9 acres of indoor gardens and an atrium INSIDE the hotel. If you’re looking for the most incredible dining experience, you need to pay a visit to Cascades. And the entire restaurant is surrounded by waterfalls, which is a reason by itself to go.
This is just scratching the surface of the hundreds of incredible unique restaurants in the Nashville area. What are some of your favorite places to eat in Nashville?
Featured image via VisitMusicCity.