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The Nashville Heatmap: Where to Eat Right Now

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Hasmaps.jpgWhether you have lived in a city all of your life, or are visiting somewhere for the first time, one question always arises: What are the hottest places to eat at right now? Well, dear friends, help has arrived! Introducing the inaugural Eater Nashville Heatmap. Here you will find everything from the buzziest new openings to established local favorites that have kept the fires burning, and everything in between. These are the 'it' places of the moment, and as such, will change continually to reflect Nashville's own ever-changing restaurant scene.



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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Etch Restaurant

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303 Demonbreun St
Nashville, TN 37201
(615) 522-0685
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Chef Deb Paquette's Etch fills the fine dining hole created when her award-winning restaurant Zola closed in 2010. Now, with ample space to work her culinary magic, Paquette's signature bright, globally-inspired flavors once again continue to draw crowds.

2. Husk Nashville

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37 Rutledge St
Nashville, TN 37210
(615) 256-6565
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Sean. Brock. Wait, you need more reasons to go? Well, there are plenty. With chef de cuisine Morgan McGlone, a veteran of Husk in Charleston, driving the ever-changing menu and quite possibly the best bourbon selection in the city, don't expect this one to cool off for quite a while.

3. Peg Leg Porker

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904 Gleaves St
Nashville, TN
(615) 829-6023
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Award-winning pitmaster Carey Bringle has set up shop in the Gulch, and barbecue aficionados from around Middle Tennessee are flocking to this no-frills temple of pork.

4. Silo

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1121 5th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37208
(615) 750-2912
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Located on a busy corner in Germantown, this Southern bistro serves deceptively simple dishes with bold flavors. Running the kitchen is Executive chef Larry Carlile, a veteran of Virago and the now-shuttered LIME, and the crowds are showing the love.

5. Rolf and Daughters

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700 Taylor St
Nashville, TN 37208
(615) 866-9897
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This relative newcomer, situated in the former boiling house at the Werthan Factory, serves up self-described "modern peasant food." But multiple Beard Award nominee Philip Krajeck's Mediterranean influenced offerings, heavy on house-made pastas and fresh vegetables, has visitors thinking otherwise.

6. 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 appears to have a 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.'

7. Lockeland Table

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1520 Woodlawn St
Nashville, TN 37206
(615) 228-4864
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A Beard nominee for Best New Restaurant, this East Nashville eatery from former Eastland Cafe chef Hal Holden-Bache is consistently one of the hottest tables in town. Their one-night-only set menu each month is a highlight. [Photo The Lipman Group Sotheby's Realty]

8. The Silly Goose

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1888 Eastland Ave
Nashville, TN 37206
(615) 915-0757
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Drive by this East Nashville hot spot on any given night and you will find a packed house. And with chef Roderick Bailey's recent turn as Food & Wine's 'People's Best New Chef' in the Southeast, don't look for that to change anytime soon. [Photo Trip Advisor]

9. Taqueria Del Sol

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2317 12th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37204
(615) 499-4293
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This most recent expansion of the much-beloved Atlanta 'fast-casual' Southern/Mexican restaurant is doing huge business in 12South. If their service was not so on point, on any given day the line would be straight out the door. [Photo 12South Guru]

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1. Etch Restaurant

303 Demonbreun St, Nashville, TN 37201
Chef Deb Paquette's Etch fills the fine dining hole created when her award-winning restaurant Zola closed in 2010. Now, with ample space to work her culinary magic, Paquette's signature bright, globally-inspired flavors once again continue to draw crowds.
303 Demonbreun St
Nashville, TN 37201

2. Husk Nashville

37 Rutledge St, Nashville, TN 37210
Sean. Brock. Wait, you need more reasons to go? Well, there are plenty. With chef de cuisine Morgan McGlone, a veteran of Husk in Charleston, driving the ever-changing menu and quite possibly the best bourbon selection in the city, don't expect this one to cool off for quite a while.
37 Rutledge St
Nashville, TN 37210

3. Peg Leg Porker

904 Gleaves St, Nashville, TN
Award-winning pitmaster Carey Bringle has set up shop in the Gulch, and barbecue aficionados from around Middle Tennessee are flocking to this no-frills temple of pork.
904 Gleaves St
Nashville, TN

4. Silo

1121 5th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37208
Located on a busy corner in Germantown, this Southern bistro serves deceptively simple dishes with bold flavors. Running the kitchen is Executive chef Larry Carlile, a veteran of Virago and the now-shuttered LIME, and the crowds are showing the love.
1121 5th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37208

5. Rolf and Daughters

700 Taylor St, Nashville, TN 37208
This relative newcomer, situated in the former boiling house at the Werthan Factory, serves up self-described "modern peasant food." But multiple Beard Award nominee Philip Krajeck's Mediterranean influenced offerings, heavy on house-made pastas and fresh vegetables, has visitors thinking otherwise.
700 Taylor St
Nashville, TN 37208

6. Hattie B's Hot Chicken

112 19th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203
Bringing one of Nashville's signature dishes to Midtown, Hattie B's appears to have a 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.'
112 19th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37203

7. Lockeland Table

1520 Woodlawn St, Nashville, TN 37206
A Beard nominee for Best New Restaurant, this East Nashville eatery from former Eastland Cafe chef Hal Holden-Bache is consistently one of the hottest tables in town. Their one-night-only set menu each month is a highlight. [Photo The Lipman Group Sotheby's Realty]
1520 Woodlawn St
Nashville, TN 37206

8. The Silly Goose

1888 Eastland Ave, Nashville, TN 37206
Drive by this East Nashville hot spot on any given night and you will find a packed house. And with chef Roderick Bailey's recent turn as Food & Wine's 'People's Best New Chef' in the Southeast, don't look for that to change anytime soon. [Photo Trip Advisor]
1888 Eastland Ave
Nashville, TN 37206

9. Taqueria Del Sol

2317 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37204
This most recent expansion of the much-beloved Atlanta 'fast-casual' Southern/Mexican restaurant is doing huge business in 12South. If their service was not so on point, on any given day the line would be straight out the door. [Photo 12South Guru]
2317 12th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37204

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