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The Eater Nashville Heatmap: Where to Eat Right Now

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More often than not, tipsters, readers, friends and family of Eater have one question: Where should I eat right now? What are the newest and hottest restaurants? For that very reason, we offer the Eater Heatmap, which will change periodically to highlight where the food-crazed masses are flocking to at the moment. For this edition, we say goodbye to 12 South's Epice and we welcome New York City chef Jonathan Waxman's new Gulch outpost Adele's and Sinema, the new restaurant and bar from Chicago transplant Dale Levitski.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Sinema

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2600 Franklin Pike #102
Nashville, TN 37204
(615) 942-7746
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Simply speaking, Sinema, having just opened two weeks ago, is like nothing else in Nashville. Top Chef alum and recent Chicago transplant Dale Levitski is at the helm, showcasing his signature take on seasonal ingredients. Think basil buttermilk panna cotta and Colorado rack of lamb with anchovy sauce. The space is a doozy as well, occupying what was originally the historic Melrose Theater. While the ground floor is the main event, don't miss the second floor's cocktail lounge and bar. [Photo via Anthony Matula]

2. Adele's

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1210 McGavock St
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 988-9700
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Adele's, the new Gulch outpost from New York City celebrity chef Jonathan Waxman, opened early last month. Set inside an old auto repair shop, the space is light and airy, with a large open kitchen. The menu leans towards more rustic offerings, including roasted amberjack and Waxman's signature 'JW' chicken and 'JW' potatoes.

3. 312 Pizza Company

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371 Monroe St
Nashville, TN 37208
(615) 730-7888
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This ode to all things Chicago just opened this past weekend in the ever-expanding Germantown neighborhood. Featuring thin crust and deep dish pizza, Chicago dogs, Italian beef and a sizable beer and cocktail list, this laid back restaurant helps fill a gap in the area's dining scene.

4. Martin's Bar-B-Que Joint

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3108 Belmont Blvd
Nashville, TN
Middle Tennessee pit master Pat Martin has finally found an in-town home for his much-loved temple of pork. Located in the booming 12 South/Belmont neighborhood, this location serves up all the hits, including ribs, redneck tacos and their under-the-radar brisket burger.

5. Two Ten Jack

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1900 Eastland Ave #105
Nashville, TN 37206
The masses are flocking to Nashville's first izakaya and ramen house. The menu features, among other things, a selection of small plates, cold noodle dishes and grilled and skewered proteins and vegetables. But the main event is (of course) ramen, offering several classic variations that can't be found, at least on a daily basis, anywhere else in town.

6. Josephine

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2316 12th Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37204
(615) 292-7766
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Josephine, the newest restaurant from Miranda Whitcomb Pontes and her newly formed Community Hospitality group, has been packing them in on 12 South since opening at the beginning of December. Chef Andrew Little has crafted a concise menu of New American dishes, highlighting seasonal products. And with brunch and lunch service in full effect, look for this one to continue to heat up.

7. Pinewood Social

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33 Peabody Street
Nashville, TN 37210
(615) 751-8111
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Housed within Strategic Hospitality's 13,000 square feet of 'social gathering space' is breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner from former The Catbird Seat chef Josh Habiger, craft cocktails from Rolf and Daughters/Patterson House alum Matt Tocco and coffee selections from Crema, along with bowling, karaoke and ample meeting space, making it a truly unique vision not just for Nashville, but for anywhere.

8. The 404 Kitchen

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404 12th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37203
This 45-seat restaurant in the Gulch, attached to the just-opened 404 Hotel and housed in a re-purposed storage container, has been drawing crowds since opening last fall. Executive chef Matt Bolus is turning out creative dishes using products such as house-made burrata and sheepshead, a type of fish not typically found on many menus.

9. Hattie B's Hot Chicken

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112 19th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 678-4794
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Bringing one of Nashville's signature dishes to Midtown, Hattie B's has a real winner on its hands. Owned and operated by the Bishops (of Cool Springs' Bishop's Meat and Three), the heat goes from the barely there 'mild' to the insane 'shut the cluck up.' And with their new Charlotte Pike location opening any day now, look for the burn to continue.

1. Sinema

2600 Franklin Pike #102, Nashville, TN 37204
Simply speaking, Sinema, having just opened two weeks ago, is like nothing else in Nashville. Top Chef alum and recent Chicago transplant Dale Levitski is at the helm, showcasing his signature take on seasonal ingredients. Think basil buttermilk panna cotta and Colorado rack of lamb with anchovy sauce. The space is a doozy as well, occupying what was originally the historic Melrose Theater. While the ground floor is the main event, don't miss the second floor's cocktail lounge and bar. [Photo via Anthony Matula]
2600 Franklin Pike #102
Nashville, TN 37204

2. Adele's

1210 McGavock St, Nashville, TN 37203
Adele's, the new Gulch outpost from New York City celebrity chef Jonathan Waxman, opened early last month. Set inside an old auto repair shop, the space is light and airy, with a large open kitchen. The menu leans towards more rustic offerings, including roasted amberjack and Waxman's signature 'JW' chicken and 'JW' potatoes.
1210 McGavock St
Nashville, TN 37203

3. 312 Pizza Company

371 Monroe St, Nashville, TN 37208
This ode to all things Chicago just opened this past weekend in the ever-expanding Germantown neighborhood. Featuring thin crust and deep dish pizza, Chicago dogs, Italian beef and a sizable beer and cocktail list, this laid back restaurant helps fill a gap in the area's dining scene.
371 Monroe St
Nashville, TN 37208

4. Martin's Bar-B-Que Joint

3108 Belmont Blvd, Nashville, TN
Middle Tennessee pit master Pat Martin has finally found an in-town home for his much-loved temple of pork. Located in the booming 12 South/Belmont neighborhood, this location serves up all the hits, including ribs, redneck tacos and their under-the-radar brisket burger.
3108 Belmont Blvd
Nashville, TN

5. Two Ten Jack

1900 Eastland Ave #105, Nashville, TN 37206
The masses are flocking to Nashville's first izakaya and ramen house. The menu features, among other things, a selection of small plates, cold noodle dishes and grilled and skewered proteins and vegetables. But the main event is (of course) ramen, offering several classic variations that can't be found, at least on a daily basis, anywhere else in town.
1900 Eastland Ave #105
Nashville, TN 37206

6. Josephine

2316 12th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37204
Josephine, the newest restaurant from Miranda Whitcomb Pontes and her newly formed Community Hospitality group, has been packing them in on 12 South since opening at the beginning of December. Chef Andrew Little has crafted a concise menu of New American dishes, highlighting seasonal products. And with brunch and lunch service in full effect, look for this one to continue to heat up.
2316 12th Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37204

7. Pinewood Social

33 Peabody Street, Nashville, TN 37210
Housed within Strategic Hospitality's 13,000 square feet of 'social gathering space' is breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner from former The Catbird Seat chef Josh Habiger, craft cocktails from Rolf and Daughters/Patterson House alum Matt Tocco and coffee selections from Crema, along with bowling, karaoke and ample meeting space, making it a truly unique vision not just for Nashville, but for anywhere.
33 Peabody Street
Nashville, TN 37210

8. The 404 Kitchen

404 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203
This 45-seat restaurant in the Gulch, attached to the just-opened 404 Hotel and housed in a re-purposed storage container, has been drawing crowds since opening last fall. Executive chef Matt Bolus is turning out creative dishes using products such as house-made burrata and sheepshead, a type of fish not typically found on many menus.
404 12th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37203

9. Hattie B's Hot Chicken

112 19th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203
Bringing one of Nashville's signature dishes to Midtown, Hattie B's has a real winner on its hands. Owned and operated by the Bishops (of Cool Springs' Bishop's Meat and Three), the heat goes from the barely there 'mild' to the insane 'shut the cluck up.' And with their new Charlotte Pike location opening any day now, look for the burn to continue.
112 19th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37203

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