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9 Places to Find Great Chinese Food in Nashville

All of the comforting hot pots, noodles, spicy Sichuan dishes, and dim sum 2022 absolutely requires

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Mr. Aaron’s spicy“original chili noodz”.
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That chill in the air can only mean one thing: Nashville needs bubbling hot pots, steamy bowls of egg drop soup, and fried rice — stat. Chinese food fills the belly, warms the soul, and can be easily delivered to a couch that’s primed for a night of Netflix binging. The city may not have a Chinatown to call its own but there are a handful of spots around town that can fulfill a hankering for umami-packed stir-fries and pillowy balls of bao. Pass the chili oil, please.

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1. China Cottage

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1795 Gallatin Pike N
Madison, TN 37115
(615) 865-6854
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Many Nashvillians head to this strip mall in Madison for China Cottage’s bubbling hot pots and other Chinese classics. Popular choices here include General Tso’s tofu, crab rangoon, crispy beef, and the seafood hot pot.

4204 Gallatin Pike
Nashville, TN 37216
(615) 915-3102
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Ryan and Ann Bernhardt’s East Nashville location may not check all the marks on a Chinese food purist’s bingo card, but their inventive Southern take on the cuisine is most definitely worth noting — and ordering. Standouts include chicken fat fried rice, chiu-chow home fries, and fiery “chile noodz” featuring Mr. Aaron’s original chile noodles. The menu changes frequently, so be sure to pop on over to their website and check out their offerings before placing an order.

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3. Steam Boys

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1200 2nd Ave N
Nashville, TN 37208
(615) 678-6336
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Germantown’s fast-casual ode to comfort Chinese cuisine offers a variety of options for those craving warm, steamy baskets of bao. Along with their addictively fluffy buns, Steam Boys also

serves up handmade dumplings stuffed with pork or shrimp, xiao long bao (soup dumplings), hearty noodle soups, bao and dumpling bowls, and liters of Thai milk boba tea to go. Additional locations in Hermitage and Nolensville offer a similar menu.

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4. Tánsuŏ

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121B 12th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 782-6786
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Maneet Chauhan’s first foray into Chinese cuisine is a fancier option for the comforting cuisine in town, with contemporary takes like foie gras and porcini sui mai, Nashville hot chicken lo mein, and Kasundi beef short rib on the current menu. At Tansuo, the upscale atmosphere matches the food, with attention to detail at every turn — like a ceiling dripping with elegant lanterns and plenty of private, cozy banquettes.

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5. Lucky Bamboo China Bistro

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5855 Charlotte Pike
Nashville, TN 37209
(615) 760-5930
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This Charlotte Pike strip mall spot has long been a favorite for Nashville locals. Sichuan cold appetizers like mala beef tendon and sliced beef tripe are solid choices here, as are the rice rolls and mapo tofu.

6. Meet Noodles

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2121 Belcourt Ave
Nashville, TN 37212
(615) 679-9941
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This Brooklyn transplant dishes up blisteringly spicy bowls of Chongqing noodles, also referred to as “xiao mian” in Chinese, which translates to “little noodles” in English. In Chongqing, xiao

mian are popular wheat-based, numbingly spicy noodles served either with or without soup, using Sichuan pepper, plus a wide variety of meats and vegetables — the perfect antidote to a

chilly fall evening. Meet Noodles Nashville menu offers 16 varieties of noodle bowls along with special snacks like sesame seed balls, dumplings, and takoyaki.

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7. Sichuan Hot Pot & Asian Cuisine

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5680 Nolensville Pike
Nashville, TN 37211
(615) 750-2582
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As the name implies, hot pots are the star attraction at this spot off of Nolensville Pike. Diners are greeted with burners on their table that hold simmering pots of assorted broths (think:

herb, tomato, lamb, curry, and winter melon). The pots can be filled with an extensive list of ingredients such as beef, shrimp, chicken, and a variety of fresh mushrooms and veggies. Chow rice cakes, chow mei fun, and chow ho fun (stir-fried noodles) round out the menu along with dim sum, which is available daily from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.

8. China Spring

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8165 TN-100
Nashville, TN 37221
(615) 662-3883
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China Spring has been providing locals with all of the typical U.S. Chinese restaurant staples in reliably generous portions since 1999. Cantonese-style lo mein, moo shu, fried rice, egg rolls and egg drop soup are all options on the menu and are offered with a variety of fillings that range from beef, pork, and chicken to shrimp and lobster. The General Tso platter and bourbon chicken are popular go-tos.

9. Corner Asian Café

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10656 Concord Rd
Brentwood, TN 37027
(615) 941-7204
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A consistent win for casual, family-friendly dine-in or for takeout, this strip mall success story in Brentwood serves up stellar regional Chinese food — something not often easily found in Music City. Here, the pro move is to stick to the Schezuan side of the menu, where standouts include everything from crispy scallion pancakes, salt pepper spare ribs, and potato threads to spicy beef tendon and chili oil-coated crispy frog legs. 

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1. China Cottage

1795 Gallatin Pike N, Madison, TN 37115

Many Nashvillians head to this strip mall in Madison for China Cottage’s bubbling hot pots and other Chinese classics. Popular choices here include General Tso’s tofu, crab rangoon, crispy beef, and the seafood hot pot.

1795 Gallatin Pike N
Madison, TN 37115

2. TKO

4204 Gallatin Pike, Nashville, TN 37216
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Ryan and Ann Bernhardt’s East Nashville location may not check all the marks on a Chinese food purist’s bingo card, but their inventive Southern take on the cuisine is most definitely worth noting — and ordering. Standouts include chicken fat fried rice, chiu-chow home fries, and fiery “chile noodz” featuring Mr. Aaron’s original chile noodles. The menu changes frequently, so be sure to pop on over to their website and check out their offerings before placing an order.

*TKO is currently open only for curbside takeout and delivery.

4204 Gallatin Pike
Nashville, TN 37216

3. Steam Boys

1200 2nd Ave N, Nashville, TN 37208
Delia Jo Ramsey / Eater Nashville

Germantown’s fast-casual ode to comfort Chinese cuisine offers a variety of options for those craving warm, steamy baskets of bao. Along with their addictively fluffy buns, Steam Boys also

serves up handmade dumplings stuffed with pork or shrimp, xiao long bao (soup dumplings), hearty noodle soups, bao and dumpling bowls, and liters of Thai milk boba tea to go. Additional locations in Hermitage and Nolensville offer a similar menu.

1200 2nd Ave N
Nashville, TN 37208

4. Tánsuŏ

121B 12th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37203
Tánsuŏ

Maneet Chauhan’s first foray into Chinese cuisine is a fancier option for the comforting cuisine in town, with contemporary takes like foie gras and porcini sui mai, Nashville hot chicken lo mein, and Kasundi beef short rib on the current menu. At Tansuo, the upscale atmosphere matches the food, with attention to detail at every turn — like a ceiling dripping with elegant lanterns and plenty of private, cozy banquettes.

121B 12th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37203

5. Lucky Bamboo China Bistro

5855 Charlotte Pike, Nashville, TN 37209

This Charlotte Pike strip mall spot has long been a favorite for Nashville locals. Sichuan cold appetizers like mala beef tendon and sliced beef tripe are solid choices here, as are the rice rolls and mapo tofu.

5855 Charlotte Pike
Nashville, TN 37209

6. Meet Noodles

2121 Belcourt Ave, Nashville, TN 37212
Delia Jo Ramsey/Eater Nashville

This Brooklyn transplant dishes up blisteringly spicy bowls of Chongqing noodles, also referred to as “xiao mian” in Chinese, which translates to “little noodles” in English. In Chongqing, xiao

mian are popular wheat-based, numbingly spicy noodles served either with or without soup, using Sichuan pepper, plus a wide variety of meats and vegetables — the perfect antidote to a

chilly fall evening. Meet Noodles Nashville menu offers 16 varieties of noodle bowls along with special snacks like sesame seed balls, dumplings, and takoyaki.

2121 Belcourt Ave
Nashville, TN 37212

7. Sichuan Hot Pot & Asian Cuisine

5680 Nolensville Pike, Nashville, TN 37211

As the name implies, hot pots are the star attraction at this spot off of Nolensville Pike. Diners are greeted with burners on their table that hold simmering pots of assorted broths (think:

herb, tomato, lamb, curry, and winter melon). The pots can be filled with an extensive list of ingredients such as beef, shrimp, chicken, and a variety of fresh mushrooms and veggies. Chow rice cakes, chow mei fun, and chow ho fun (stir-fried noodles) round out the menu along with dim sum, which is available daily from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.

5680 Nolensville Pike
Nashville, TN 37211

8. China Spring

8165 TN-100, Nashville, TN 37221

China Spring has been providing locals with all of the typical U.S. Chinese restaurant staples in reliably generous portions since 1999. Cantonese-style lo mein, moo shu, fried rice, egg rolls and egg drop soup are all options on the menu and are offered with a variety of fillings that range from beef, pork, and chicken to shrimp and lobster. The General Tso platter and bourbon chicken are popular go-tos.

8165 TN-100
Nashville, TN 37221

9. Corner Asian Café

10656 Concord Rd, Brentwood, TN 37027
Delia Jo Ramsey/Eater Nashville

A consistent win for casual, family-friendly dine-in or for takeout, this strip mall success story in Brentwood serves up stellar regional Chinese food — something not often easily found in Music City. Here, the pro move is to stick to the Schezuan side of the menu, where standouts include everything from crispy scallion pancakes, salt pepper spare ribs, and potato threads to spicy beef tendon and chili oil-coated crispy frog legs. 

10656 Concord Rd
Brentwood, TN 37027

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