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Dining Experts Name Nashville’s Best Dining Neighborhoods

Doubling down on East Nashville with some love for Germantown and more

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As is Eater’s annual tradition, we’re closing out 2018 by surveying local food writers on various restaurant-related topics, and we’re publishing their responses in these final days of the year. Readers, please feel free to chime in with your own thoughts in the comment section below.

Q: What is Nashville’s best dining neighborhood?

Nancy Vienneau, restaurant critic, The Tennessean; food journalist, Nashville Lifestyles Magazine: Not the best neighborhood, (that would have to go to East Nashville, with Folk, Lyra, Peninsula, Margot, Butcher&Bee, Lockeland Table, Two Ten Jack, just for starters) but for as much as I cringe about what is happening on Lower Broad, I love seeing the transformation north of Broadway--Printer’s Alley and surroundings: Black Rabbit, Gray & Dudley (chef Rob Newton, who replaced Levon Wallace, is doing great work) Deacon’s New South in the L&C Tower, The Noelle Hotel, The Fairlane Hotel/Ellington’s, Woolworth’s on 5th, chef Derek Brooks has elevated dining at the Capitol Grille/Oak Bar in the Hermitage Hotel.

Erin Byers Murray, Nashville Lifestyles magazine editor: Germantown

Chris Chamberlain, food writer at Nashville Scene, Sounds Like Nashville: I think Wedgewood-Houston isn’t getting enough attention, but any neighborhood that boasts Bastion, Hemingway’s, Jackalope and Corsair is worth figuring out how to park.

Beth Sachan, founder and food writer at Eat. Drink. Smile: East Nashville

Courtney Hood, founder of Blonde Voyage Nashville: East Nashville with Germantown a close second

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: East Nashville