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Where to Eat in Murfreesboro

Where to eat everything from seared scallops to tacos in one of the country’s fastest growing cities

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Sure, everyone knows about the stellar growth in Nashville, but many people don’t know that Murfreesboro is one of the country’s fastest growing cities, and also the geographic center and center of population of the state of Tennessee

Located 34 miles southeast of downtown Nashville, many people make the commute daily from Murfreesboro into Nashville for work. Murfreesboro is also home to Middle Tennessee State University, the second largest undergraduate university in the state of Tennessee. In a city driven pretty heavily by chain restaurants, there are luckily, a handful of independently owned restaurants serving standout meals —whether counter-service tacos or stunning plates of squid ink bucatini.

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1. Dallas & Jane

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352 W Northfield Blvd #4f
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
(615) 624-6489
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Chef and owner Alex Belew consistently cranks out stunningly plated creative American cuisine from his restaurant tucked beside a Dollar General. Making strip mall destination dining in Murfreesboro a reality, it’s easy to imagine being in a big city while eating crawfish hushpuppies, sweet potato gnocchi with pork jus, and squid ink bucatini.

2. Five Senses Restaurant, Bar & Catering

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1602 W Northfield Blvd Suite 515
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
(615) 867-4155
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Open since 2004 and now owned by its executive chef Mitchell Murphree — Five Senses was one of the first non-chains to have success in the fast growing city. Expect locally sourced ingredients on the table, in the form of dishes like pork bao buns, a beet stack with herbed goat cheese, and granola-crusted rack of venison.

3. Carmen's Taqueria

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206 W Northfield Blvd
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
(615) 848-9003
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Carmen’s Taqueria is a go-to for many in Murfreesboro — whether seeing a karaoke night or live music with margaritas, or a child-friendly meal of tacos and enchiladas. Tamales, chicken chimichangas, and and chorizo tacos are a few crowd favorites here.

4. The Alley on Main

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223 W Main St
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
(615) 203-3498
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Find steaks and cocktails alongside fish (available seared, grilled or sashimi style) flown in several times weekly from Hawaii, New Zealand, and more at the downtown restaurant. On the dinner menu — popular choices include the tenderloin kabobs, fried pork chop with homemade gravy, and a signature Alley sandwich served on a toasted sour dough roll with avocado ranch spread.

5. Pad Thai Cafe

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2568 S Church St
Murfreesboro, TN 37127
(615) 203-6900
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Of course the small restaurant’s namesake dish is the move here, but people also talk about the jalapeno wings, spicy mayo shrimp, and Thai fury fried rice. Thai and Chinese lunch specials at the popular strip mall spot all run less than $10.

6. Gyro Tabouli

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2706 Old Fort Pkwy
Murfreesboro, TN 37128
(615) 895-1276
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The unassuming Mediterranean grill and gyro shop is great for a quick lunch or relatively healthy dinner. With well-prepared hummus and pita, gyros, falafel and plenty of taziki sauce for it all, it’s tough to go wrong when ordering here.

1. Dallas & Jane

352 W Northfield Blvd #4f, Murfreesboro, TN 37129

Chef and owner Alex Belew consistently cranks out stunningly plated creative American cuisine from his restaurant tucked beside a Dollar General. Making strip mall destination dining in Murfreesboro a reality, it’s easy to imagine being in a big city while eating crawfish hushpuppies, sweet potato gnocchi with pork jus, and squid ink bucatini.

352 W Northfield Blvd #4f
Murfreesboro, TN 37129

2. Five Senses Restaurant, Bar & Catering

1602 W Northfield Blvd Suite 515, Murfreesboro, TN 37129

Open since 2004 and now owned by its executive chef Mitchell Murphree — Five Senses was one of the first non-chains to have success in the fast growing city. Expect locally sourced ingredients on the table, in the form of dishes like pork bao buns, a beet stack with herbed goat cheese, and granola-crusted rack of venison.

1602 W Northfield Blvd Suite 515
Murfreesboro, TN 37129

3. Carmen's Taqueria

206 W Northfield Blvd, Murfreesboro, TN 37129

Carmen’s Taqueria is a go-to for many in Murfreesboro — whether seeing a karaoke night or live music with margaritas, or a child-friendly meal of tacos and enchiladas. Tamales, chicken chimichangas, and and chorizo tacos are a few crowd favorites here.

206 W Northfield Blvd
Murfreesboro, TN 37129

4. The Alley on Main

223 W Main St, Murfreesboro, TN 37130

Find steaks and cocktails alongside fish (available seared, grilled or sashimi style) flown in several times weekly from Hawaii, New Zealand, and more at the downtown restaurant. On the dinner menu — popular choices include the tenderloin kabobs, fried pork chop with homemade gravy, and a signature Alley sandwich served on a toasted sour dough roll with avocado ranch spread.

223 W Main St
Murfreesboro, TN 37130

5. Pad Thai Cafe

2568 S Church St, Murfreesboro, TN 37127

Of course the small restaurant’s namesake dish is the move here, but people also talk about the jalapeno wings, spicy mayo shrimp, and Thai fury fried rice. Thai and Chinese lunch specials at the popular strip mall spot all run less than $10.

2568 S Church St
Murfreesboro, TN 37127

6. Gyro Tabouli

2706 Old Fort Pkwy, Murfreesboro, TN 37128

The unassuming Mediterranean grill and gyro shop is great for a quick lunch or relatively healthy dinner. With well-prepared hummus and pita, gyros, falafel and plenty of taziki sauce for it all, it’s tough to go wrong when ordering here.

2706 Old Fort Pkwy
Murfreesboro, TN 37128

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