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Local Food Experts Share Their Most Anticipated Nashville Restaurants of 2022

Charleston and Brooklyn imports top the list

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Welcome to the Year in Eater 2021 an annual tradition that looks back at the highs, lows, and in-betweens of the Nashville restaurant scene. Today, a few Nashville food writers, editors, and chefs share the restaurants they’re most excited about arriving in 2022.

What restaurant or restaurant-related (pop-up, etc.) return or debut are you most excited for in 2022?

Andy Little, executive chef at Josephine and James Beard semi-finalist: Roberta’s in 12 South.

Maneet Chauhan, President and Founder of Morph Hospitality: I visited Charleston for Charleston Wine + Food for many years and fell in love with Xiao Bao the first time I entered the door. I’m thrilled to have them here in Nashville in 2022.

Chris Chamberlain, food writer at Nashville Scene, Sounds Like Nashville, and other publications: Julio Hernandez is a really talented chef, so I’m looking forward to Maiz de la Vida having a permanent home in the Gulch.

Jackie Gutierrez-Jones, food and beverage writer at Eater Nashville, Nashville Lifestyles, Time Out, Lonely Planet: I’m ecstatic to have Black Dynasty Ramen back in my life. I know, I know... technically it re-opened in late 2021, but those life-giving bowls of broth and noodles deserve an early shout-out.

Delia Jo Ramsey, Eater Nashville editor: Xiao Bao.