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Delia Jo Ramsey / Eater Nashville

5 Nashville Tourist Trap Restaurants That Are Actually Good

A handful of spots are worth braving the crowds for, on some (well-timed) occasions

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| Delia Jo Ramsey / Eater Nashville

It can be hard to keep up with the city’s changing culinary landscape, but the variety of new restaurants certainly makes it easier to avoid the influx of tourists which seems to grow exponentially with each Broadway visit. And while it is probably safe to say most Nashville residents are glad to circumvent the groups of pedal taverns and bachelorette parties sprinkled around the city’s busiest areas, these are the tourist hot spots that are worth braving the crowds for (or maybe just saving for Monday when the masses have mostly exited).

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Loveless Cafe

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8400 TN-100
Nashville, TN 37221
(615) 646-9700
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On a busy weekend one can easily wait a few hours for a table at Loveless Cafe, which draws in tourists seeking its famed buttery biscuits and country charm. The Loveless has changed quite a bit in recent years, adding a few stores on property to help entertain visitors during long wait times. Pro tip: They’re now on OpenTable during non-peak times, so snatch that table on a Tuesday late lunch and skip the insanity.

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2. Hattie B's Hot Chicken - Midtown Nashville, TN

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112 19th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 678-4794
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Hot chicken has become a forever Nashville fixture, and Hattie B’s is one of the most popular places to find the fiery fried fowl. Of the three Nashville-area restaurants, the Midtown location is the spot that draws some of the longest lines, but place a to-go order at any locations to save a good deal of time. You can count the jealous glares of line-waiters as a calorie-free appetizer.

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3. Monell's Dining and Catering

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2601, 1235 6th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37208
(615) 248-4747
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Groups from out of town love to frequent Nashville essential Monell’s to experience an authentic Southern meal, but the communal tables, atmosphere, and family-style setting lend to a memorable dining experience that locals also love. Plus, the food is actually very good, which makes the occasional long wait worth it.

4. Biscuit Love Gulch

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316 11th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 490-9584
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Just driving by the line at Biscuit Love in the Gulch used to be enough to trigger a panic attack and a quick swerve of the steering wheel to another direction, far from town. But, now that the restaurant has added two additional locations in Hillsboro Village and in Franklin, the wait is a tad more palatable.

5. Arnold's Country Kitchen

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605 8th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 256-4455
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Visitors unfamiliar with the concept of a meat-and-three rejoice in the opportunity to experience Arnold’s Country Kitchen for some no-frills southern cooking. Between the tourists and the locals, on any given weekday Arnold’s lunch line can get pretty long, but those who have tasted the mac and cheese, fried chicken, or pecan pie, know it’s worth the wait.

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1. Loveless Cafe

8400 TN-100, Nashville, TN 37221
Loveless Cafe [Official Photo]

On a busy weekend one can easily wait a few hours for a table at Loveless Cafe, which draws in tourists seeking its famed buttery biscuits and country charm. The Loveless has changed quite a bit in recent years, adding a few stores on property to help entertain visitors during long wait times. Pro tip: They’re now on OpenTable during non-peak times, so snatch that table on a Tuesday late lunch and skip the insanity.

8400 TN-100
Nashville, TN 37221

2. Hattie B's Hot Chicken - Midtown Nashville, TN

112 19th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203
Hattie B’s Hattie B’s

Hot chicken has become a forever Nashville fixture, and Hattie B’s is one of the most popular places to find the fiery fried fowl. Of the three Nashville-area restaurants, the Midtown location is the spot that draws some of the longest lines, but place a to-go order at any locations to save a good deal of time. You can count the jealous glares of line-waiters as a calorie-free appetizer.

112 19th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37203

3. Monell's Dining and Catering

2601, 1235 6th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37208

Groups from out of town love to frequent Nashville essential Monell’s to experience an authentic Southern meal, but the communal tables, atmosphere, and family-style setting lend to a memorable dining experience that locals also love. Plus, the food is actually very good, which makes the occasional long wait worth it.

2601, 1235 6th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37208

4. Biscuit Love Gulch

316 11th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203

Just driving by the line at Biscuit Love in the Gulch used to be enough to trigger a panic attack and a quick swerve of the steering wheel to another direction, far from town. But, now that the restaurant has added two additional locations in Hillsboro Village and in Franklin, the wait is a tad more palatable.

316 11th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37203

5. Arnold's Country Kitchen

605 8th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203

Visitors unfamiliar with the concept of a meat-and-three rejoice in the opportunity to experience Arnold’s Country Kitchen for some no-frills southern cooking. Between the tourists and the locals, on any given weekday Arnold’s lunch line can get pretty long, but those who have tasted the mac and cheese, fried chicken, or pecan pie, know it’s worth the wait.

605 8th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37203

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