Welcome to the Eater 38, the answer to the question, “Where should we eat?” This essential group of restaurants covers the entire city, spans myriad cuisines and price points, and collectively satisfies all dining needs — from where to go for a reliable quick bite to where to blow half a paycheck on dinner.
Each quarter the list is updated to reflect restaurants that have been omitted, those that have newly become eligible (restaurants must be open at least six months), and those that are being welcomed back into the 38 fold. 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 representation of the dining that Nashville has to offer. For the Summer 2022 update, we’ve added Audrey, Sean Brock’s year-old Appalachian restaurant, classic Southern spot Nashville Jam Co., and revived Thai grocery and restaurant International Market.
For newer Nashville restaurants, 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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