And on the eighth day … well, we just kept eating. As it turns out, eight days isn’t even close to enough time to talk about all the great food Nashville has to offer, so here are a few more of our favorites, in no particular order:
Certain members of the Scene staff have earned the nickname “picklehead” from Hot Diggity Dogs co-owner Gayle Davis. That’s because we can’t resist ordering their incredible deep-fried pickle spears every time we visit — which is pretty often. Speaking of incredible deep-fried things, Gabby’s Burgers and Fries has the best sweet potato fries in town, and their burgers are top-notch as well. And speaking of top-notch, the folks at Burger Up find creative ways to serve up some of our favorite patties — and they use local beef, which earns high marks from us.
Nolensville Road’s Las Americas — home of the delectable pupusa, a stuffed pan-fried corn cake — is going to win pretty much any cost-benefit analysis: We defy you to find more delicious made-to-order food for less coin anywhere in Nashville. While it isn’t cheap, Seoul Garden, also on Nolensville, has the best setup for grill-at-the-table Korean food around. Watanabe, in East Nashville’s Riverside Village, serves their own version of Korean staple bibimbap, and also features a thoughtful pan-Asian menu and masterful sushi. Speaking of raw fish, Samurai Sushi is always a good bet for dinner, and whichever side of The Rock Block we’re rocking out on later on — Exit/In or The End — our favorite pre- and after-show hangout is still The Gold Rush, where booze and bar grub commingle freely. And if we’re in the mood to indulge before a Belcourt flick, we hit Savarino’s — home to some of the city’s best sandwiches, a killer fettucine with vodka sauce, and decadent Italian pastries.
The food truck movement has made it to Nashville, and perennial rolling favorite Mas Tacos Por Favor (now with a charming brick-and-mortar restaurant as well) has been joined by tasty mobile newcomers like The Grilled Cheeserie, whose main item you can probably guess, and Labor of Love, whose main item is less easy to guess but incredibly, authentically good: Philly cheesesteaks. You read that right, and they’re nothing to LOL at. And with the weather warming up, we’re looking forward to the cold refreshments from Izzie’s Ice, also mobile but most often docked at its new home base on 14th Street in East Nashville.
When we’re not outside downing street food, we like to partake in some of the city’s more upscale eating, including our Gulch neighbors Watermark, whose lunch specials keep us coming back. We’re also gaga for the inventive tapas at erstwhile Top Chef competitor Arnold Myint’s Cha Chah, and wild for the creations offered up at Margot and Nashville’s first green-certified restaurant, the inventive and delightful Tayst.
When we’re in the mood to tie one on, we like to slake our thirst on everything from the fancy — the Oak Bar and its classy gravitas, Patterson House and its multidimensional ice — to the less tony charms of 3 Crow, Melrose Neighborhood Pub (also home to a tasty local-beef burger) or The Red Door (east or west).
Of course, there’s plenty more we didn’t have room for here, so don’t let another week go by before you get out and dig in.