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Where Nashville Food Writers Loved to Eat in 2018

The people who eat for a living weigh in on their restaurant standbys this year

Welcome to Year in Eater 2018 — the continuation of an Eater tradition where Eater Nashville surveys local restaurant journalists and bloggers, asking them to weigh in on the year in Nashville dining. Their answers to the annual “Year in Eater” survey will be revealed in several posts this week. Responses are cut, pasted, and (mostly) unedited, and are listed in no particular order. Be sure to check back throughout the week for more Year in Eater coverage.

Shown below are the places local dining authorities returned to time and again for off-duty dining purposes. Let us know the restaurants you frequented this year in the comments below, on Facebook, or on Twitter.

What were your top Nashville restaurant standbys of 2018?

Chris Chamberlain, food writer at Nashville Scene, Sounds Like Nashville, and other publications: Much to my doctor’s chagrin (he follows me on Twitter,) Arnold’s and Martin’s continue to be my defaults when I’m seeking hearty comfort food. Which is just about always.

Erin Byers Murray, Nashville Lifestyles magazine editor, food writer, cookbook author: Henrietta Red, Nicky’s Coal Fired, VN Pho & Deli, Epice, Tansuo, and Hugh-Baby’s.

Beth Wallace Sachan, founder and food writer at Eat. Drink. Smile: Butcher & Bee, Martin’s BBQ (I’m addicted to the smoked wings with Alabama white sauce), Etch, and Vui’s Kitchen.

Nancy Vienneau, restaurant critic, The Tennessean; food journalist, Nashville Lifestyles Magazine: Anatolia’s, Margot Cafe and Bar, and Hugh-Baby’s.

Kristin Luna, freelance travel/food writer and founder of travel blog Camels & Chocolate: I found myself going back to more “oldies” — or, in Nashville terms, restaurants that have been opened a handful of years—in 2018 than ever, places like Farm House, Lockeland Table, Rolf & Daughters and Butcher & Bee that never disappoint, simply because I find it too overwhelming to choose from all the new restaurants that have cropped up this year. And I still think there’s no beating dinner City House, no matter what kind of food you prefer.

Margaret Littman, author of Moon Nashville and Moon Nashville to New Orleans Road Trip guidebooks, freelance writer for Nashville Scene, the Telegraph, PUNCH, Nashville Lifestyles and other publications: Pastaria and Butcher & Bee.

Delia Jo Ramsey, Eater Nashville editor: I change it up a lot, but a few frequently craved and reliable spots are on a somewhat regular rotation of mine. Some go-tos include Margot, Arnold’s, Henley, and Etc. — plus I’ve spent many working lunches or cooler nights cozied up with carbs at City House, Emmy Squared, Nicky’s Coal Fired, and Otaku Ramen.

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