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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 welcome Martin's Bar-B-Que Joint, which just a few weeks ago opened its first Nashville location on Belmont.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. 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.

2. Riffs Cafe at Highland Ridge

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555 Marriott Dr Ste 105
Nashville, TN 37214
Located in the Highland Ridge business park near the airport, Riffs Cafe, owned and operated by BJ Lofback, best known for his popular food truck Riffs Fine Street Food, serves up breakfast and lunch that is far better than what it needs to be. Grab a hefty breakfast burrito in the morning, then swing back by for the 'Two Dollar Pistol,' chef Drew Whitney's take on Nashville hot chicken.

3. 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.

4. Epice

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2902 12th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37204
(615) 720-6765
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The latest restaurant opening in the growing 12 South neighborhood, this Lebanese bistro is the newest project from Kalamatas owner Maher Fawaz. Set in an intimate, no-frills space, the menu offers up simple, classic dishes with an emphasis on flavor.

5. Josephine

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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.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. The Farm House

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210 Almond St
Nashville, TN 37201
This is the first solo project from executive chef Trey Cioccia, a long time veteran of Nashville's restaurant scene. Located in the Encore condo development in SoBro, The Farm House takes its locally sourced aesthetic seriously, bringing in produce and proteins from all over Tennessee, including some from Trey's own family farm. Signature dishes are the pork belly agnolotti and the short rib.

9. The Treehouse

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1011 Clearview Avenue
Nashville, TN 37206
(615) 454-4201
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The newest addition to the Five Points district in East Nashville has a lot of history, with the property having been in the owners' family for decades and a great deal of the original structure being re-used in the restaurant build-out. As for the food, executive chef Todd Alan Martin puts an innovative twist on the cuisines of the Americas, as well as Asia, with a playful menu that changes frequently.

10. 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 the opening of their new Charlotte Pike location not far off, look for the burn to continue.

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1. 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

2. Riffs Cafe at Highland Ridge

555 Marriott Dr Ste 105, Nashville, TN 37214
Located in the Highland Ridge business park near the airport, Riffs Cafe, owned and operated by BJ Lofback, best known for his popular food truck Riffs Fine Street Food, serves up breakfast and lunch that is far better than what it needs to be. Grab a hefty breakfast burrito in the morning, then swing back by for the 'Two Dollar Pistol,' chef Drew Whitney's take on Nashville hot chicken.
555 Marriott Dr Ste 105
Nashville, TN 37214

3. 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

4. Epice

2902 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37204
The latest restaurant opening in the growing 12 South neighborhood, this Lebanese bistro is the newest project from Kalamatas owner Maher Fawaz. Set in an intimate, no-frills space, the menu offers up simple, classic dishes with an emphasis on flavor.
2902 12th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37204

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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

8. The Farm House

210 Almond St, Nashville, TN 37201
This is the first solo project from executive chef Trey Cioccia, a long time veteran of Nashville's restaurant scene. Located in the Encore condo development in SoBro, The Farm House takes its locally sourced aesthetic seriously, bringing in produce and proteins from all over Tennessee, including some from Trey's own family farm. Signature dishes are the pork belly agnolotti and the short rib.
210 Almond St
Nashville, TN 37201

9. The Treehouse

1011 Clearview Avenue, Nashville, TN 37206
The newest addition to the Five Points district in East Nashville has a lot of history, with the property having been in the owners' family for decades and a great deal of the original structure being re-used in the restaurant build-out. As for the food, executive chef Todd Alan Martin puts an innovative twist on the cuisines of the Americas, as well as Asia, with a playful menu that changes frequently.
1011 Clearview Avenue
Nashville, TN 37206

10. 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 the opening of their new Charlotte Pike location not far off, look for the burn to continue.
112 19th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37203

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