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Nathan and Caleb Followill at the Music City Eats Launch Event

How to Eat Like Kings in Nashville

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Nathan and Caleb Followill are pretty busy guys these days. As half of the rock group Kings of Leon, they are currently in a full court press promoting their upcoming album, Mechanical Bull, having just gotten back from yet another promotional trip to London. And if that weren't enough, their love of food was a driving force behind this weekend's inaugural Music City Eats Festival, where they will be performing at Petty Fest. Nathan and Caleb took a few minutes during rehearsals to give Eater the scoop on what their go-to restaurants and bars are around town, and what they order.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. City House

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1222 4th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37208
(615) 736-5838
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Caleb: You want to say City House first, or you want me to say it? Order the chicken, seasonal salads, the pizza with the egg on top, the secret pizza called the kitchen pie. It's really a spicy pizza with like a little Grana Padano on top.

2. Rolf & Daughters

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700 Taylor St
Nashville, TN 37208
(615) 866-9897
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Caleb: I love their pates. Nathan: Their squid ink pasta, really all of their pastas are great.

3. Etch

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303 Demonbreun St
Nashville, TN 37201
(615) 522-0685
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Nathan: The Etch Salad is probably my favorite salad in town. And the butter tasting is great, too.

4. Husk

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37 Rutledge St.
Nashville, TN 37210
(615) 256-6565
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Caleb: My wife and I went and basically ate a bunch of pig parts, but man it was so good. Nathan: I had pig heart there for the first time. Apparently I wasn't paying attention when it came out, and didn't realize that's what I was eating. But it was phenomenal.

5. Arnold's Country Kitchen

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605 8th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 256-4455
Caleb: One of my favorite restaurants to take people from out of town, and one of my favorite restaurants in general is Arnold's. My wife is from California and she didn't know what a meat-and-three was, so I had to take her there.

6. Giovanni's Italian Ristorante & Bar

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909 20th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37212
(615) 760-5932
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Caleb: One that I go to every day because I have a condo right across the street, is Giovanni's. I go there for social time. I've grown to be really good friends with everybody there. We go over and watch football and drink a bunch of good wine.

7. Sperry's Restaurant

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5109 Harding Pike
Nashville, TN 37205
(615) 353-0809
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Nathan: One that I just discovered in the last one and a half, maybe two years is Sperry's in Belle Meade. Just the vibe of it, like literally turning around waiting for someone to come up and put one behind your ear. Caleb: If you can go in a restaurant and see a fire place, it's good.

8. King Market, Laos Thai Cafe

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1801 Antioch Pike
Nashville, TN 37013
Nathan: It's a market, and in the back corner they have a little restaurant. Oh my god, you just eat whatever they bring you. I've had pig brains there. You eat it and you're like "This is phenomenal," and then they tell you what it is and your like, "Oh my god."

9. Peg Leg Porker

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904 Gleaves Street
Nashville, TN
(615) 829-6023
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Caleb: I just discovered Peg Leg, and it was great, I loved it. I'm a big dry rub man cause I'm from Memphis.

10. Robert's Western World

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416 Broadway
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 244-9552
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Nathan: My go to when we have company is Robert's. The fried bologna sandwiches, even if you've just eaten dinner, you see somebody eating it and it's like "Round for the table."

11. Music City Tippler

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1922 Adelicia Street
Nashville, TN 37212
Caleb: I know it's kinda new and they are still figuring it out, but the Music City Tippler in the Adelicia is a great place to go.

12. Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken

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471 Old Hickory Blvd.
Nashville, TN 37211
(615) 331-4877
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Nathan: Gus's. There is a Gus's ten minutes from my house, so I'm partial.

13. Prince's Hot Chicken Shack

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123 Ewing Dr, #3
Nashville, TN 37207
(615) 226-9442
Caleb: If you're talking hot chicken, it's Prince's. Nathan: I'm the reason you have to sign a waiver there saying they aren't legally responsible.

14. Hattie B's Hot Chicken

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112 19th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 678-4794
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Caleb: I ordered in some Hattie B's and that burned my ass up. I went for it. I was kinda buzzed so I ate it all and the next morning I was not happy.

15. The Slider House

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1907 Division St
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 401-9863
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Nathan: I'm a big college football fan, so I enjoy a place where you can park on a Saturday and stay for six or seven hours and watch a couple of games. It's little bites where you can pace yourself and eat as little or as much as you want, and I'm a fan of a place that only serves beer in a can.

16. 12 South Taproom & Grill

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2318 12th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37204
(615) 463-7552
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Nathan: I'd say 12South Taproom that's where I am five days a week, I usually have lunch there, that's my spot. I'm a creature of habit. And their wings are amazing, their not fried.

1. City House

1222 4th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37208
Caleb: You want to say City House first, or you want me to say it? Order the chicken, seasonal salads, the pizza with the egg on top, the secret pizza called the kitchen pie. It's really a spicy pizza with like a little Grana Padano on top.
1222 4th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37208

2. Rolf & Daughters

700 Taylor St, Nashville, TN 37208
Caleb: I love their pates. Nathan: Their squid ink pasta, really all of their pastas are great.
700 Taylor St
Nashville, TN 37208

3. Etch

303 Demonbreun St, Nashville, TN 37201
Nathan: The Etch Salad is probably my favorite salad in town. And the butter tasting is great, too.
303 Demonbreun St
Nashville, TN 37201

4. Husk

37 Rutledge St., Nashville, TN 37210
Caleb: My wife and I went and basically ate a bunch of pig parts, but man it was so good. Nathan: I had pig heart there for the first time. Apparently I wasn't paying attention when it came out, and didn't realize that's what I was eating. But it was phenomenal.
37 Rutledge St.
Nashville, TN 37210

5. Arnold's Country Kitchen

605 8th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203
Caleb: One of my favorite restaurants to take people from out of town, and one of my favorite restaurants in general is Arnold's. My wife is from California and she didn't know what a meat-and-three was, so I had to take her there.
605 8th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37203

6. Giovanni's Italian Ristorante & Bar

909 20th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37212
Caleb: One that I go to every day because I have a condo right across the street, is Giovanni's. I go there for social time. I've grown to be really good friends with everybody there. We go over and watch football and drink a bunch of good wine.
909 20th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37212

7. Sperry's Restaurant

5109 Harding Pike, Nashville, TN 37205
Nathan: One that I just discovered in the last one and a half, maybe two years is Sperry's in Belle Meade. Just the vibe of it, like literally turning around waiting for someone to come up and put one behind your ear. Caleb: If you can go in a restaurant and see a fire place, it's good.
5109 Harding Pike
Nashville, TN 37205

8. King Market, Laos Thai Cafe

1801 Antioch Pike, Nashville, TN 37013
Nathan: It's a market, and in the back corner they have a little restaurant. Oh my god, you just eat whatever they bring you. I've had pig brains there. You eat it and you're like "This is phenomenal," and then they tell you what it is and your like, "Oh my god."
1801 Antioch Pike
Nashville, TN 37013

9. Peg Leg Porker

904 Gleaves Street, Nashville, TN
Caleb: I just discovered Peg Leg, and it was great, I loved it. I'm a big dry rub man cause I'm from Memphis.
904 Gleaves Street
Nashville, TN

10. Robert's Western World

416 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203
Nathan: My go to when we have company is Robert's. The fried bologna sandwiches, even if you've just eaten dinner, you see somebody eating it and it's like "Round for the table."
416 Broadway
Nashville, TN 37203

11. Music City Tippler

1922 Adelicia Street, Nashville, TN 37212
Caleb: I know it's kinda new and they are still figuring it out, but the Music City Tippler in the Adelicia is a great place to go.
1922 Adelicia Street
Nashville, TN 37212

12. Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken

471 Old Hickory Blvd., Nashville, TN 37211
Nathan: Gus's. There is a Gus's ten minutes from my house, so I'm partial.
471 Old Hickory Blvd.
Nashville, TN 37211

13. Prince's Hot Chicken Shack

123 Ewing Dr, #3, Nashville, TN 37207
Caleb: If you're talking hot chicken, it's Prince's. Nathan: I'm the reason you have to sign a waiver there saying they aren't legally responsible.
123 Ewing Dr, #3
Nashville, TN 37207

14. Hattie B's Hot Chicken

112 19th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203
Caleb: I ordered in some Hattie B's and that burned my ass up. I went for it. I was kinda buzzed so I ate it all and the next morning I was not happy.
112 19th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37203

15. The Slider House

1907 Division St, Nashville, TN 37203
Nathan: I'm a big college football fan, so I enjoy a place where you can park on a Saturday and stay for six or seven hours and watch a couple of games. It's little bites where you can pace yourself and eat as little or as much as you want, and I'm a fan of a place that only serves beer in a can.
1907 Division St
Nashville, TN 37203

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16. 12 South Taproom & Grill

2318 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37204
Nathan: I'd say 12South Taproom that's where I am five days a week, I usually have lunch there, that's my spot. I'm a creature of habit. And their wings are amazing, their not fried.
2318 12th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37204

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