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How to Eat at Eater 38 Restaurants That Are Still Open in Nashville

From meal kits to curbside to-go orders and patio dining, how 30 essential restaurants are serving customers creatively during the coronavirus pandemic

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The Eater 38 is a guide to Nashville’s essential restaurants, an elite set of spots that represent some of the best of the city’s contemporary dining scene. Glancing through the list today, the impact of COVID-19 on the city’s food world becomes immediately apparent. Of the 38, thirty of them are currently open for patio dining, takeout or delivery in some form; the other eight remain closed — for now.

The situation in Nashville, and restaurant owners’ responses to it, is shifting day by day. As of right now, here’s how to support the thirty Eater 38 restaurants that currently remain open in some fashion.

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Cafe Roze

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Cafe Roze swiftly (and smartly) transformed into Roze Bodega, with a brand new all-day menu, plus pantry items from coffee and eggs to bottled cocktails and toilet paper. Work is also underway for their expansion to Belle Meade as Roze Pony. Order online for pick-up or delivery of all of the above, plus nightly family dinner features (usually posted to their Instagram Stories). Anyone else hoping that — like daily walks and actual phone calls with friends — this is something that’ll stick, post-pandemic?

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Big Al's Deli

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Big Al’s beloved Salemtown breakfast and lunch destination is still open for curbside pick-up, delivery, and family meal packs. Check Facebook for daily hours and menu.

Big Als Deli

Folk offers online and call-ahead (615-610-2595) ordering for pick-up of pizzas, chicken parm sandwiches, and “mystery wine” (you choose the type, they choose the bottle, $40) from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, and noon to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday via contactless pick-up. They also offer pantry items and a pre-ordered market box featuring vegetables from Rocky Glade, Southland, Corner Springs, and Harpeth Moon farms.

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Mas Tacos Por Favor

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Open Tuesday through Saturday for curbside pick-up of real essentials like tacos and margaritas, plus interesting daily specials (think bacon-wrapped hot dogs and pickled cactus tacos with chorizo), all posted to their social media pages. Patio opening soon — check social for updates on that, too.

Elote, taco, margarita at Mas Tacos Delia Jo Ramsey / Eater Nashville

The East Nashville essential offers curbside takeout for lunch Tuesday through Saturday and happy hour/dinner Monday through Saturday — including larger portions of fresh pita and tabbouleh salad, plus batch cocktails. The patio is now open with full service for dinner, Monday through Saturday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., while those picking up lunch takeout can dine on the patio tables.

Peninsula

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For pick-up or delivery (for a fee), the East Nashville restaurant offers a subscription to a rotating selection of their comforting broth, plus they’re selling G&T kits — full bottles of select gin of the week with plus Peninsula’s own tonic, herbs, citrus, and garnishes. They also offer Ornette bread, tee shirts, and gift cards for sale on their website.

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Two Ten Jack

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Nashville’s firstborn izakaya is open for takeout from 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Order online crowd-favorite garlic noodles, gyoza, cocktails, and even ramen (something they’ve never served to-go before).

Two Ten Jack

Dino's Bar

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The East Nashville favorite dive is open for curbside pick-up Thursday through Sunday from 5 to 10 p.m. Order classic cheeseburgers, Beyond Meat burgers, and hot chicken sandwiches online.

According to their latest Instagram posts, the patio will be opening soon.

Dino’s

City House

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Open for takeout with a pared down pizza-heavy menu, Wednesday through Sunday. from4 to 8:30 p.m. Order online for contactless curbside pick-up, including family meals and desserts.

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Henrietta Red

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Curbside pick-up and delivery is now available Tuesday through Saturday from 4 until 9 p.m.

Call 615-490-8042 to order via phone or just order online. You can also preorder brunch kits.

Butcher & Bee

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Place orders online for to-go, available Thursday (4-8), Friday/Saturday (4-9), Sunday brunch (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.), and Monday (4-8). They also offer grocery delivery on Fridays (orders must be placed by Tuesday at noon).

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Greko Greek Street Food

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East Nashville’s go-to for Greek food is now open regular hours (11 a.m. to 9 p.m.) for patio dining, plus continued takeout and delivery via Doordash. They also offer family meal packs of Athenian chicken ($35 serves four) and souvlaki ($40 serves four), with all the fixins.

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Manny's House of Pizza

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Open regular hours for takeout with a limited menu.

Manny’s House of Pizza, Tuesday at 12:00 p.m.

Nicky's Coal Fired

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The Galzins’ Nations restaurant is now back open for takeout only. Place orders online for contactless pick-up or delivery.

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Robert's Western World

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The Broadway honky-tonk is back in business at half-capacity on weekends (open 2-10 p.m. Thursday through Sunday). They also stream live music during the week online.

a fried bologna sandwich, a bag of classic potato chips, a can of PBR, and a menu for Robert’s Western World. Delia Jo Ramsey / Eater Nashville

Hathorne

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Now open for curbside pick-up, Wednesday and Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m. Place orders online.

Midtown Cafe

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Order online for contactless pickup. Delivery through Fresh Hospitality new to-go app partner coming soon.

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Peg Leg Porker BBQ

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The Gulch restaurant is back open at half-capacity for indoor and patio dining. It’s also possible to get Bringle’s famous dry-rubbed ribs and pulled pork shipped anywhere in the country thanks to Goldbelly. The chef’s sauces and seasonings are available for purchase, too. In the meantime, he’s sharing recipes on the restaurant’s Instagram feed — everything from pork rind-crusted fried green tomatoes to Frito pie or BBQ Benedict. And, there’s always the possibility of drinking Peg Leg Porker Straight Tennessee Bourbon while putting together puzzles at home with the cat.

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Arnold's Country Kitchen

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The Gulch meat-and-three mecca is open normal weekday hours at half-capacity, and also still offering to-go plates and delivery, including larger-portion family-style dinners and desserts (shipped anywhere). Call 615-256-4455 to order during business hours, or pre-order after hours at arnoldsmeatand3@gmail.com.

VN Pho & Deli

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Open for takeout — call 615-356-5995 to order.

VN Pho and Deli

Caffé Nonna

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Besides making nightly takeout/delivery dinners and carb-y comforting family meals for the masses, the Sylvan Park restaurant has been busy teaming up with Local Meals for Local Heroes to deliver lunches to healthcare workers at TriStar Centennial. They recently reopened at half-capacity for dine-in service, too.

Caffe Nonna donates meals to local healthcare workers
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Dozen Bakery

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Early birds get the worms — or, the baked goods, restocked at 7 a.m. daily, in this case. Pre-order for contactless curbside pick-up or delivery of baguettes, blueberry muffins, crossaints, and cookies.

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Sonobana

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The White Bridge Road strip mall sushi destination recently reopened for takeout, while the Japanese market next door remains open. Call in (615-356-6600) to order sushi rolls, teriyaki entrees, and udon noodles after 4 p.m.

Sonobana

Josephine

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Now open for curbside pick-up with a new menu that also features real Philly cheesesteaks, Cope’s cornbread, and prime rib from chef Andy Little. Open daily from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m; call 615-292-7766 to place orders. A 20% service charge is added to each order. Use Postmates for delivery.

House of Kabob

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Recently relocated down the street to 407 Thompson Lane, the Persian restaurant offers its kabobs, gyros and mixed grill plates for takeout and delivery via Uber Eats.

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Deb Paquette’s Green Hills gem is offering takeout prix fixe dinners for two ($50) or four people ($100), with the option to add on wine (choose between $25 or $40 bottles) and beer (two for $5). To place an order, call us 615-988-0332. Now open for dine-in at half-capacity, featuring scannable digital menus and distanced tables.

Taj indian restaurant

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The south Nashville essential accepts online ordering for pick-up of lentil soup, vegetable samosas, plus loads of vegetarian and tandoori specialties which can be scooped up with copious amount of comforting naan.

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Taqueria San Luis

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The street-side smokers and walk-up window are still open for business at the Harding Place essential. The usual suspects like spicy pork, chorizo, and chicken plus the harder-to-find buttery cabeza and lengua still hit the spot in taco form.

Hai Woon Dai

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The Antioch essential swiftly changed its business to takeout only — open for dinner Tuesday through Sunday until 8 p.m. All the Korean restaurant’s classics are on the menu, including budae jjigae (“G.I. Stew”) —which features hot dogs, Spam, tofu, kimchi, and noodles in a spicy sauce. Ask for all of the banchan in the to-go bag. They will reserve a party room for dine-in — one group at a time.

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Prince's Hot Chicken Shack South

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It’s still possible to score the original Nashville hot chicken takeout-style from the South Nashville spot. For pick-up, order online or call 615-810-9388. Or, have bone-in hot chicken, potato salad, and chess pie delivered via Doordash. The food truck near downtown is also open. Check social media for hours.

Cafe Roze

Cafe Roze swiftly (and smartly) transformed into Roze Bodega, with a brand new all-day menu, plus pantry items from coffee and eggs to bottled cocktails and toilet paper. Work is also underway for their expansion to Belle Meade as Roze Pony. Order online for pick-up or delivery of all of the above, plus nightly family dinner features (usually posted to their Instagram Stories). Anyone else hoping that — like daily walks and actual phone calls with friends — this is something that’ll stick, post-pandemic?

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Big Al's Deli

Big Al’s beloved Salemtown breakfast and lunch destination is still open for curbside pick-up, delivery, and family meal packs. Check Facebook for daily hours and menu.

Big Als Deli

Folk

Folk offers online and call-ahead (615-610-2595) ordering for pick-up of pizzas, chicken parm sandwiches, and “mystery wine” (you choose the type, they choose the bottle, $40) from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, and noon to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday via contactless pick-up. They also offer pantry items and a pre-ordered market box featuring vegetables from Rocky Glade, Southland, Corner Springs, and Harpeth Moon farms.

Sam Angel

Mas Tacos Por Favor

Open Tuesday through Saturday for curbside pick-up of real essentials like tacos and margaritas, plus interesting daily specials (think bacon-wrapped hot dogs and pickled cactus tacos with chorizo), all posted to their social media pages. Patio opening soon — check social for updates on that, too.

Elote, taco, margarita at Mas Tacos Delia Jo Ramsey / Eater Nashville

Lyra

The East Nashville essential offers curbside takeout for lunch Tuesday through Saturday and happy hour/dinner Monday through Saturday — including larger portions of fresh pita and tabbouleh salad, plus batch cocktails. The patio is now open with full service for dinner, Monday through Saturday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., while those picking up lunch takeout can dine on the patio tables.

Peninsula

For pick-up or delivery (for a fee), the East Nashville restaurant offers a subscription to a rotating selection of their comforting broth, plus they’re selling G&T kits — full bottles of select gin of the week with plus Peninsula’s own tonic, herbs, citrus, and garnishes. They also offer Ornette bread, tee shirts, and gift cards for sale on their website.