This week’s Eater Awards voting continues today with the Dining Neighborhood of the Year category. All 24 Eater cities and the Eater national site will grant prizes for Restaurant of the Year, Chef of the Year, and Design of the Year. In Nashville, there will also be wild card categories this year for Neighborhood of the Year and Restaurant Import of the Year.
Each category will crown an editor’s choice winner and a reader’s choice winner — all to be announced on Wednesday, December 5. Vote for the reader’s choice winner in the Neighborhood of the Year category in the poll below.
Here’s a quick recap, categorized alphabetically by neighborhood.
Downtown is seeing an influx of restaurants hoping to cater to locals (enter Woolworth on 5th, Red Perch in the Arcade, brand new Green Pheasant and soon-to-open southern brasserie Liberty Common) plus hotels with restaurants and rooftop bars are opening what’s starting to feel like every block. Additionally, who can forget the very Instagram-friendly milkshake shop or the won’t-stop epidemic of celeb-stamped bars?
East Nashville continues its hot dining trajectory with Peninsula, Folk, Lyra, and so many more restaurants having opened in the last few months alone. Bake shops are also on the rise with the additions of Slow Hand and Brightside. Tap cocktail bar Walden and pretty island lounge Pearl Diver added to the list of destinations for libations. Tailgate Brewery’s newest outpost gave East Nashville residents a new place to hang.
Diners in Germantown added gorgeous cocktail go-to Geist, sports bar Neighbors, and Tandy Wilson’s non-stuffy Mop/Broom Mess Hall to their list of options this year. Beloved Nashville native and pop-up chef Vivek Surti’s Tailor opens next week, and Ford Fry’s trio of spots is in the works for early next year.
While a more concentrated area, the Gulch welcomed huge gets for Nashville this year in Emmy Squared and Sunda, plus saw 404 Kitchen’s expansion and the addition of Gertie’s Bar. A favorite bourbon and burger joint also came to town from Knoxville.
What a time to be in Nashville, right?
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