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Where to Dip Chips in the Best Melty, Cheesy Bowls of Queso in Nashville

Dip all of the tortilla chips in these melty containers of hot cheese — all of these available in to-go form

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Sopapilla’s signature hatch chile-loaded queso
| Delia Jo Ramsey / Eater Nashville

Some call it queso. Some call it cheese dip. Whatever the preferred terminology, it’s quintessential comfort food that many people can agree to love dipping fresh, crisp tortilla (or flour) chips (or soft tortillas) in. On repeat.

Nashville has never been known as a hotbed of Tex-Mex restaurants, but with a few exciting options in town, there are now well over a dozen fine establishments serving up gooey, melty bowls of cheese that warrant tenacious tortilla chip dipping. Here, find a handy, heavily researched list featuring 20, count them, 20 of Nashville’s best bowls of queso. There are even two vegan-friendly variations thrown in for good measure.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Redheaded Stranger

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Hot, melty American cheese and cheddar combine forces in bowl form, benefitting all of Nashville, at Bryan Lee Weaver’s Eastside counter-service taco spot. Here it comes served with flour tortillas, not crispy tortilla chips, so add on extra to dip into that bowl of classic yellow queso.
*Open for dine-in, takeout, and patio dining.

Redheaded Stranger bowl of queso Andrew Cebulka / Redheaded Stranger

Rosepepper Cantina

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The buffalo white cheese dip with chorizo, served with crispy flour tortilla chips is some of the best in town — and that pairs well with one of Nashville’s most popular (and strongest) margaritas.
*Open for dine-in, takeout, patio dining.

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The Wild Cow

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Is this a traditional queso? Not by any means. But worth nothing for vegans: the ‘queso’ at East Nashville’s The Wild Cow. Their vegan take is a tapioca-based rendition that is soy-free and nut-free. It comes served with salsa verde and non-GMO chips.

*Currently open only for takeout and delivery.

Butchertown Hall

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The Germantown taco and barbecue spot uses Queso quesadilla cheese to achieve that cheese-pull-perfect consistency in their queso. Housemade Mexican chorizo and pico make this one of the few map options featuring meat.


*Open for indoor and patio dining, plus takeout.

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Jewish Cowboy at Rosemary

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Another pop-up perk in queso form is the Jewish Cowboy, serving up Middle Eastern/Texan fusion at RBQ in East Nashville. Follow along with them on Instagram for the next pop-up dates, but the dairy-free/soy-free/gluten-free/nut-free “Magic Queso” is available every day at the East Nashville hang.

Mother's Ruin

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Nashville landed the first outpost of the NY-based bar, a great late-night option (open daily until 2 a.m.) for queso in Nashville. The green chile queso is topped with chopped and served with corn chips, and the option to add spicy chorizo.

*Open for dine-in, patio dining, and takeout.

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Nectar: Urban Cantina

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Nectar Urban Cantina’s poblano queso rings in at $6, over in the Donelson neighborhood. Tortilla chips dunk easily into the silky blend of extra melt cheese, jalapenos, and poblanos.

*Open for indoor and outdoor dining plus takeout.

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Pancho & Lefty's Cantina

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The rustic Mexican restaurant brings a praise-worthy bowl of spicy white queso to diners Downtown and in Sylvan Park. Poblano peppers pile on some added interest.

Bakersfield Nashville

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The wildly popular loaded queso at downtown’s Bakersfield is soupy in nature, then they add chipotle and poblanos, caramelized onion, and sherry. Queso quesadilla and sharp cheddar cheeses serve as the base of what many in the city call their favorite cheese dip variation. Chorizo and short rib versions are also available — order online for pickup or have it delivered.

Chips and queso at Bakersfield Nashville Bakersfield Nashville / Official Photo

Saint Añejo

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Head to M Street’s Mexican food hang for a green chile-laden queso con chorizo with smoky salsa and thin house chips. There’s also a massive tequila and mexcal selection, and of course margaritas to wash it all down.

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White Duck Taco Shop

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Head to downtown’s 6th and Peabody and find Ole Smoky moonshine tastings, beer, a truck serving Prince’s hot chicken, and a good bowl of white queso (featuring queso fresco) and tacos at Nashville’s outpost of Asheville-based White Duck Taco Shop.

Superica

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Ford Fry’s Gulch temple of Tex-Mex offers a rainbow of choices for cheese-fiends: with four classic queso options and four variations of queso fundido. The compuesto is a popular choice — with the addition of picadillo, guacamole, and sour cream to the Tex-Mex gold standard, American cheese. Open for dine-in, patio dining, and takeout with online ordering and curbside pickup.

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The only big chain included in this list — any queso map would be incomplete without the Austin-based Tex-Mex mainstay. Chuy’s spicy chile con queso is a house blend of melted cheese, green chile sauce, and ranchero sauce. A meatier option is available in the queso compuesto — the same aforementioned queso, with ground sirloin, guacamole, and pico de gallo thrown into the mix.

Nada’s traditional queso is a four-cheese blend — but can be kicked up a notch with spicy “kreeper” habanero salsa, chorizo, and spicy escabeche. Bonus points for being the only “queso presentation” in Nashville — the server pours the melted smoky gouda atop the habanero salsa table-side.

San Antonio Taco Co

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The OG Nashville queso destination and staple among longtime locals offers up one of the city’s best hot bowls of cheese. No frills or flair here, just a styrofoam bowl filled with a top secret (probably off brand American) cheese, and house spices.

Satco queso, taco, and enchilada Delia Jo Ramsey / Eater Nashville

Chago's Cantina

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The chorizo-loaded queso fundido is the cheese-pull worthy star of the show at the Belmont Boulevard. Chef and owner Chad Head uses a blend of white American and mozzarella cheese here.

Chago’s queso fundido Delia Jo Ramsey / Eater Nashville

Ladybird Taco

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Austin-inspired Ladybird Taco is open only for takeout and patio dining daily from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ordering is available online for one of Nashville’s newest and best takes on queso. Choose from original or add chorizo or house-smoked brisket to make a meal of it.

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Taqueria del Sol

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With locations in 12 South and on Charlotte on the Westside, the Atlanta-based taco joint serves a solid bowl of white queso. They use the standard Land O’Lakes extra melt American cheese, which is melted down with pickled jalapenos, then garnished with more fresh chopped jalapenos, adding an extra kick not found in many Nashville bowls of queso.

Sopapilla's

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The Cool Springs New Mexican restaurant offers quadruple the queso options for dipping — but the Sopapilla signature chile con queso is a stellar place to start. The inclusion of Hatch chiles in a piping hot bowl of queso is always a good move, and Southwest transplant Steve Dale incorporates them with a blend of assorted yellow cheeses, house spices, and onion. Other options include queso topped with chipotle shrimp, brisket, or charred kale.

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Garcia's - Cool Springs

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Garcia’s has a couple of decades and a duo of locations under its belt, alongside a solid cup of white jalapeno cheese dip. The par-for-the-course melted white cheese starts a bit runny, then thickens after some dipping and cooling off. The standard bowl rings in at $6, while the fan-favorite flaming skillet of queso fundido with chorizo costs $11.

Garcia’s jalapeno cheese dip Delia Jo Ramsey / Eater Nashville

Redheaded Stranger

Redheaded Stranger bowl of queso Andrew Cebulka / Redheaded Stranger

Hot, melty American cheese and cheddar combine forces in bowl form, benefitting all of Nashville, at Bryan Lee Weaver’s Eastside counter-service taco spot. Here it comes served with flour tortillas, not crispy tortilla chips, so add on extra to dip into that bowl of classic yellow queso.
*Open for dine-in, takeout, and patio dining.

Redheaded Stranger bowl of queso Andrew Cebulka / Redheaded Stranger

Rosepepper Cantina

Delia Jo Ramsey/Eater Nashville

The buffalo white cheese dip with chorizo, served with crispy flour tortilla chips is some of the best in town — and that pairs well with one of Nashville’s most popular (and strongest) margaritas.
*Open for dine-in, takeout, patio dining.

Delia Jo Ramsey/Eater Nashville

The Wild Cow

Is this a traditional queso? Not by any means. But worth nothing for vegans: the ‘queso’ at East Nashville’s The Wild Cow. Their vegan take is a tapioca-based rendition that is soy-free and nut-free. It comes served with salsa verde and non-GMO chips.

*Currently open only for takeout and delivery.

Butchertown Hall

Delia Jo Ramsey / Eater Nashville

The Germantown taco and barbecue spot uses Queso quesadilla cheese to achieve that cheese-pull-perfect consistency in their queso. Housemade Mexican chorizo and pico make this one of the few map options featuring meat.


*Open for indoor and patio dining, plus takeout.

Delia Jo Ramsey / Eater Nashville

Jewish Cowboy at Rosemary

Another pop-up perk in queso form is the Jewish Cowboy, serving up Middle Eastern/Texan fusion at RBQ in East Nashville. Follow along with them on Instagram for the next pop-up dates, but the dairy-free/soy-free/gluten-free/nut-free “Magic Queso” is available every day at the East Nashville hang.

Mother's Ruin

Mother’s Ruin/Facebook

Nashville landed the first outpost of the NY-based bar, a great late-night option (open daily until 2 a.m.) for queso in Nashville. The green chile queso is topped with chopped and served with corn chips, and the option to add spicy chorizo.

*Open for dine-in, patio dining, and takeout.

Mother’s Ruin/Facebook

Nectar: Urban Cantina

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Nectar Urban Cantina’s poblano queso rings in at $6, over in the Donelson neighborhood. Tortilla chips dunk easily into the silky blend of extra melt cheese, jalapenos, and poblanos.

*Open for indoor and outdoor dining plus takeout.

Nectar/Facebook

Pancho & Lefty's Cantina

The rustic Mexican restaurant brings a praise-worthy bowl of spicy white queso to diners Downtown and in Sylvan Park. Poblano peppers pile on some added interest.

Bakersfield Nashville

Chips and queso at Bakersfield Nashville Bakersfield Nashville / Official Photo

The wildly popular loaded queso at downtown’s Bakersfield is soupy in nature, then they add chipotle and poblanos, caramelized onion, and sherry. Queso quesadilla and sharp cheddar cheeses serve as the base of what many in the city call their favorite cheese dip variation. Chorizo and short rib versions are also available — order online for pickup or have it delivered.

Chips and queso at Bakersfield Nashville Bakersfield Nashville / Official Photo

Saint Añejo

Saint Anejo/Facebook

Head to M Street’s Mexican food hang for a green chile-laden queso con chorizo with smoky salsa and thin house chips. There’s also a massive tequila and mexcal selection, and of course margaritas to wash it all down.

Saint Anejo/Facebook

White Duck Taco Shop

Head to downtown’s 6th and Peabody and find Ole Smoky moonshine tastings, beer, a truck serving Prince’s hot chicken, and a good bowl of white queso (featuring queso fresco) and tacos at Nashville’s outpost of Asheville-based White Duck Taco Shop.

Superica

Delia Jo Ramsey / Eater Nashville

Ford Fry’s Gulch temple of Tex-Mex offers a rainbow of choices for cheese-fiends: with four classic queso options and four variations of queso fundido. The compuesto is a popular choice — with the addition of picadillo, guacamole, and sour cream to the Tex-Mex gold standard, American cheese. Open for dine-in, patio dining, and takeout with online ordering and curbside pickup.

Delia Jo Ramsey / Eater Nashville

Chuy's

The only big chain included in this list — any queso map would be incomplete without the Austin-based Tex-Mex mainstay. Chuy’s spicy chile con queso is a house blend of melted cheese, green chile sauce, and ranchero sauce. A meatier option is available in the queso compuesto — the same aforementioned queso, with ground sirloin, guacamole, and pico de gallo thrown into the mix.

Nada

Nada’s traditional queso is a four-cheese blend — but can be kicked up a notch with spicy “kreeper” habanero salsa, chorizo, and spicy escabeche. Bonus points for being the only “queso presentation” in Nashville — the server pours the melted smoky gouda atop the habanero salsa table-side.

San Antonio Taco Co

Satco queso, taco, and enchilada Delia Jo Ramsey / Eater Nashville

The OG Nashville queso destination and staple among longtime locals offers up one of the city’s best hot bowls of cheese. No frills or flair here, just a styrofoam bowl filled with a top secret (probably off brand American) cheese, and house spices.

Satco queso, taco, and enchilada Delia Jo Ramsey / Eater Nashville

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Chago's Cantina

Chago’s queso fundido Delia Jo Ramsey / Eater Nashville

The chorizo-loaded queso fundido is the cheese-pull worthy star of the show at the Belmont Boulevard. Chef and owner Chad Head uses a blend of white American and mozzarella cheese here.

Chago’s queso fundido Delia Jo Ramsey / Eater Nashville

Ladybird Taco

Delia Jo Ramsey/Eater Nashville

Austin-inspired Ladybird Taco is open only for takeout and patio dining daily from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ordering is available online for one of Nashville’s newest and best takes on queso. Choose from original or add chorizo or house-smoked brisket to make a meal of it.

Delia Jo Ramsey/Eater Nashville

Taqueria del Sol

With locations in 12 South and on Charlotte on the Westside, the Atlanta-based taco joint serves a solid bowl of white queso. They use the standard Land O’Lakes extra melt American cheese, which is melted down with pickled jalapenos, then garnished with more fresh chopped jalapenos, adding an extra kick not found in many Nashville bowls of queso.

Sopapilla's

Sopapilla’s queso Delia Jo Ramsey / Eater Nashville

The Cool Springs New Mexican restaurant offers quadruple the queso options for dipping — but the Sopapilla signature chile con queso is a stellar place to start. The inclusion of Hatch chiles in a piping hot bowl of queso is always a good move, and Southwest transplant Steve Dale incorporates them with a blend of assorted yellow cheeses, house spices, and onion. Other options include queso topped with chipotle shrimp, brisket, or charred kale.

Sopapilla’s queso Delia Jo Ramsey / Eater Nashville

Garcia's - Cool Springs