The Eater 38 is an attempt to answer the question, “Can you recommend a restaurant?” It is a curated list of restaurants covering the entire metro Nashville area — spanning myriad cuisines and price points.
Clever solutions for providing hospitality throughout the pandemic ran the gamut in Middle Tennessee, and continue to impact the dining landscape here as COVID-19 vaccines are administered across the United States. Restaurants are building patios in parking lots, installing takeout windows or outdoor kitchens, offering robust to-go options on the menu, and launching new side businesses.
With all these factors in mind, the Eater 38 has been updated for the fall of 2021 and includes longtime Nashville staples, restaurants with loyal followings, and those really stepping up to the challenges brought on by the health crisis. The restaurants listed below have also been open for six months or longer and were selected to not only reflect the changes the pandemic has created, but to properly showcase diversity of Nashville’s dining scene. Removal from the Eater 38 does not mean a restaurant isn’t still great and won’t return in the future, but allows for new additions, keeping the 38 a fresh, inclusive, and representative list.
For other Nashville picks, check out the heatmap (a collection of the city’s hot new dining options that opened in the last six months).
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