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Where to Eat and Drink in Sylvan Park

Head southwest of downtown Nashville for a taste of this quaint neighborhood’s locally owned bars and restaurants

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If Nashville’s Sylvan Park neighborhood feels like a small town right on the heels of a big city, it’s because it is. There are streets lined with charming homes and a friendly, suburban neighborhood vibe. But drive just a few minutes north and you’ll find yourself right in the heart of downtown Music City. The suburb-meets-city situation brings all the best dining you can expect to find in either of those communities, with plenty of high-end eating options and mom-and-pop cafes to choose from — and everything in between.

Here are 15 spots you should try on your next visit to Sylvan Park.

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Hathorne

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A casual vibe meets fine dining at this former fellowship hall-turned-neighborhood restaurant that has racked up several “best restaurant” accolades over the years. Share a few small plates over dinner like a seasonal salad and crispy frites, or opt for weekend brunch (the brunch burger is sizeable and perfectly juicy) served on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Hugh-Baby's

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One of Nashville’s best burgers can be found at Hugh-Baby’s, a fast-casual joint from Pat Martin of Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint with locations across town (and a bonus outpost in South Carolina). Burgers are built with smashed patties, veggies, and tangy comeback sauce that also makes an excellent dip for fries. If you’re not a burger fan, you can opt for a hot dog, chicken or catfish sandwich, or a plate of chili cheese fries instead.

Hero Doughnuts

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This breakfast shop has Nashville locals covered whether they prefer to start their day the sweet or the savory way. Starting with brioche dough, the doughnuts here are hard to pass up, topped with classics like vanilla glaze, strawberry, chocolate, or sprinkles, with special filled donuts available seasonally. For a heartier breakfast, opt for a protein-packed power plate or loaded hash browns.

Common Ground - Sylvan Park

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Whether you’re looking for elevated fare or comfort food favorites, you can find it at Common Ground’s Sylvan Park outpost. Everything from chef Eric Babula’s Wagyu strip to the smashburger is worth visiting for, but the bar program here is equally as impressive as the food menu. Helmed by Wes Taylor (formerly of The Patterson House and M Street Entertainment) and certified sommelier Matt Ramos (formerly of Yolan and Kayne Prime), the cocktail list includes spins on classics with cheeky names, like the “Don’t BNA Hole.”

Sylvan Supply

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Sylvan Park’s one-stop shop, Sylvan Supply is a mixed-use complex packed with dining options converted from a collection of industrial buildings. There’s something for every palate here, from the coastal fare found at Red Perch to a secret ramen shop, Black Dynasty, housed inside Bearded Iris brewery. The not-so-secret but equally as delicious Otaku Ramen can also be found here, as well as the health food-focused Radish and specialty shop, Grey’s Fine Cheese.

Miel Restaurant

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Traditional French fair made its way to Sylvan Park when Seema Prasad opened Miel’s doors in 2008. Focused on sustainability and locally sourced ingredients, the rotating menu may include some of the restaurant’s greatest hits, including seafood risotto, braised short rib with heirloom polenta, and a half chicken with confit potatoes and braised carrots.

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If Nashvillians are wondering what’s for dinner, there’s a good chance they’ll find the answer to the question at…Answer. With dishes inspired by the South and beyond, diners will find menu items here like halibut with spaghetti squash, fried green tomatoes topped with pimento goat cheese and lobster, and beef and bacon albondigas — all of which are standouts.

Sylvan Park’s resident tapas spot, Lola offers a full suite of Spanish favorites like papas bravas, croquetas, and cheese and charcuterie board options. During warmer weather, the patio is packed with locals enjoying social hour from 4 to 6 p.m. daily, featuring classic cocktails and small plates for under $10 each.

Edley's Bar-B-Que

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If someone’s looking for good barbecue in Nashville, they’ve likely come across the Edley’s name. The classic smokehouse menu includes ribs, pork, brisket, chicken, and turkey, paired with indulgent sides like macaroni and cheese, grits casserole, and baked beans. No matter what platter visitors choose, every meal at Edley’s is best rounded out with a scoop of banana pudding.

A slab of ribs flanked by a bowl of mac and cheese and dill pickles on a wooden table Edley’s/Facebook

Star Bagel Cafe

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Be prepared to stand in line while you await your fresh-baked bagel on a Saturday morning. Whether you take yours with a cream cheese spread or prefer a well-dressed bagel sandwich instead, the wait will be worth it. Gluten-free options are also available, as well as smoothies, granola, and fresh fruit.

Caffe Nonna

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This family-owned Italian restaurant has been a Sylvan Park staple since opening in 1999, serving dishes inspired by chef Daniel Maggipinto’s grandmother, ‘Nonna’ Esther Carapella. Indulge in classics like lasagna bolognese and seafood bruschetta with a serving of tiramisu or a cannoli for dessert.

Park Café

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This isn’t your average cafe – no, Park Cafe is an elegant restaurant serving dishes ranging from salmon and grilled filet mignon to a hoisin-marinated pork chop and shrimp and grits. With a wine menu comprising more than 50 options, diners guaranteed to find a perfect pairing no matter which main they choose.

Dose Coffee

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Come for the coffee, stay for the food. Catch up with friends or snuggle up with a good book inside one of the booths while enjoying a carefully crafted latte or a hot cup of drip coffee. Whichever you choose, your caffeine kick is best paired with a jalapeno-topped avocado toast or a biscuit packed with egg and gooey cheddar.

Someone holding a matcha latte with foam art wrapped in a sleeve that says Dose toasting to another cup filled with coffee and wrapped with a sleeve that says Dose Dose/Facebook

Streetcar Taps & Garden

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This convivial neighborhood watering hole offers both indoor and outdoor seating options, including a massive patio packed with picnic tables and trimmed with string lights. Whether a fan of local craft beers or classic cocktails, bar-goers can find both on the menu here alongside salads, smoked meats, and a rich fudge cake a la mode.

PDK Southern Kitchen & Pantry

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From the group behind Nashville’s beloved Demos, PDK Southern Kitchen & Pantry is a diner-style restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner in the Sylvan Heights neighborhood. Start the day off with a traditional breakfast plate of eggs, bacon, potatoes, and toast, or round out the night with a pimento cheese-topped burger or gravy-smothered country-fried steak.

Hathorne

A casual vibe meets fine dining at this former fellowship hall-turned-neighborhood restaurant that has racked up several “best restaurant” accolades over the years. Share a few small plates over dinner like a seasonal salad and crispy frites, or opt for weekend brunch (the brunch burger is sizeable and perfectly juicy) served on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

A cheeseburger on a white plate Hathorne/Facebook

Hugh-Baby's

One of Nashville’s best burgers can be found at Hugh-Baby’s, a fast-casual joint from Pat Martin of Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint with locations across town (and a bonus outpost in South Carolina). Burgers are built with smashed patties, veggies, and tangy comeback sauce that also makes an excellent dip for fries. If you’re not a burger fan, you can opt for a hot dog, chicken or catfish sandwich, or a plate of chili cheese fries instead.

Hero Doughnuts

This breakfast shop has Nashville locals covered whether they prefer to start their day the sweet or the savory way. Starting with brioche dough, the doughnuts here are hard to pass up, topped with classics like vanilla glaze, strawberry, chocolate, or sprinkles, with special filled donuts available seasonally. For a heartier breakfast, opt for a protein-packed power plate or loaded hash browns.

Common Ground - Sylvan Park

Whether you’re looking for elevated fare or comfort food favorites, you can find it at Common Ground’s Sylvan Park outpost. Everything from chef Eric Babula’s Wagyu strip to the smashburger is worth visiting for, but the bar program here is equally as impressive as the food menu. Helmed by Wes Taylor (formerly of The Patterson House and M Street Entertainment) and certified sommelier Matt Ramos (formerly of Yolan and Kayne Prime), the cocktail list includes spins on classics with cheeky names, like the “Don’t BNA Hole.”

Sylvan Supply

Sylvan Park’s one-stop shop, Sylvan Supply is a mixed-use complex packed with dining options converted from a collection of industrial buildings. There’s something for every palate here, from the coastal fare found at Red Perch to a secret ramen shop, Black Dynasty, housed inside Bearded Iris brewery. The not-so-secret but equally as delicious Otaku Ramen can also be found here, as well as the health food-focused Radish and specialty shop, Grey’s Fine Cheese.

Miel Restaurant

Traditional French fair made its way to Sylvan Park when Seema Prasad opened Miel’s doors in 2008. Focused on sustainability and locally sourced ingredients, the rotating menu may include some of the restaurant’s greatest hits, including seafood risotto, braised short rib with heirloom polenta, and a half chicken with confit potatoes and braised carrots.

answer. restaurant

If Nashvillians are wondering what’s for dinner, there’s a good chance they’ll find the answer to the question at…Answer. With dishes inspired by the South and beyond, diners will find menu items here like halibut with spaghetti squash, fried green tomatoes topped with pimento goat cheese and lobster, and beef and bacon albondigas — all of which are standouts.

Lola

Sylvan Park’s resident tapas spot, Lola offers a full suite of Spanish favorites like papas bravas, croquetas, and cheese and charcuterie board options. During warmer weather, the patio is packed with locals enjoying social hour from 4 to 6 p.m. daily, featuring classic cocktails and small plates for under $10 each.

Edley's Bar-B-Que

If someone’s looking for good barbecue in Nashville, they’ve likely come across the Edley’s name. The classic smokehouse menu includes ribs, pork, brisket, chicken, and turkey, paired with indulgent sides like macaroni and cheese, grits casserole, and baked beans. No matter what platter visitors choose, every meal at Edley’s is best rounded out with a scoop of banana pudding.

A slab of ribs flanked by a bowl of mac and cheese and dill pickles on a wooden table Edley’s/Facebook

Star Bagel Cafe

Be prepared to stand in line while you await your fresh-baked bagel on a Saturday morning. Whether you take yours with a cream cheese spread or prefer a well-dressed bagel sandwich instead, the wait will be worth it. Gluten-free options are also available, as well as smoothies, granola, and fresh fruit.

Caffe Nonna

This family-owned Italian restaurant has been a Sylvan Park staple since opening in 1999, serving dishes inspired by chef Daniel Maggipinto’s grandmother, ‘Nonna’ Esther Carapella. Indulge in classics like lasagna bolognese and seafood bruschetta with a serving of tiramisu or a cannoli for dessert.

Park Café

This isn’t your average cafe – no, Park Cafe is an elegant restaurant serving dishes ranging from salmon and grilled filet mignon to a hoisin-marinated pork chop and shrimp and grits. With a wine menu comprising more than 50 options, diners guaranteed to find a perfect pairing no matter which main they choose.

Dose Coffee

Come for the coffee, stay for the food. Catch up with friends or snuggle up with a good book inside one of the booths while enjoying a carefully crafted latte or a hot cup of drip coffee. Whichever you choose, your caffeine kick is best paired with a jalapeno-topped avocado toast or a biscuit packed with egg and gooey cheddar.

Someone holding a matcha latte with foam art wrapped in a sleeve that says Dose toasting to another cup filled with coffee and wrapped with a sleeve that says Dose Dose/Facebook

Streetcar Taps & Garden

This convivial neighborhood watering hole offers both indoor and outdoor seating options, including a massive patio packed with picnic tables and trimmed with string lights. Whether a fan of local craft beers or classic cocktails, bar-goers can find both on the menu here alongside salads, smoked meats, and a rich fudge cake a la mode.

PDK Southern Kitchen & Pantry

From the group behind Nashville’s beloved Demos, PDK Southern Kitchen & Pantry is a diner-style restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner in the Sylvan Heights neighborhood. Start the day off with a traditional breakfast plate of eggs, bacon, potatoes, and toast, or round out the night with a pimento cheese-topped burger or gravy-smothered country-fried steak.

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