There’s a difference between a college town (e.g. Knoxville, Tennessee), and a town with a college. The former is defined by the school itself, with restaurants, bars, and shops staking their identity to the campus and often going dark during student breaks.
But a city with a few colleges tucked into its borders is a different beast. It strums along and thrives regardless of football schedules and summer break, offering a greater diversity of dining options and experiences.
Nashville falls squarely in the latter category, a sprawling metropolis that isn’t defined by its three major universities — Vanderbilt University in Midtown, Belmont University in Hillsboro, and Tennessee State University near North Nashville and the Nations — but instead, weaves their school spirit into its own cultural quilt. That means some of Music City’s best spots to grab a late-night slice of pizza or a fancy dinner when the parents are in town aren’t necessarily within short walking distance of campus, and may require some other transportation to get there.
But that’s all part of the adventure. Here’s Eater’s guide to dining around Nashville: college edition.Read More