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Chicken en Croute: Springer Mountain chicken breast with mushroom duxelles tart, truffle jus, whipped potato, and broccolini.
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Where to Eat in Murfreesboro

Where to eat everything from chicken en croute to tacos in one of the country’s fastest-growing cities

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Chicken en Croute: Springer Mountain chicken breast with mushroom duxelles tart, truffle jus, whipped potato, and broccolini.
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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.

New to the list in this update: Primrose Table, Steakhouse Five, Tandoor, Pisco305, Fresh Bite, Opah, Crab Fever, Marina’s on the Square, Kleer-Vu Lunchroom, Oishiya, Slick Pig BBQ, Jeff’s Family Friendly Restaurant, and Fin Fusion Sushi Bar.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. 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 chorizo and black bean dip, a tomato and lump crab stack, and King salmon with fried leeks.

2. 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.

3. Primrose Table

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1650 Memorial Blvd
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
(615) 900-5790
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Chow down on Korean barbecue-stuffed potato skins with kimchi queso, cornbread panzanella, and Chilean seabass with sweet corn “maque choux” risotto at this Murfreesboro essential.

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4. Steakhouse Five

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1500 Medical Center Pkwy #1k
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
(615) 396-3225
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Owner Mitchell Murphree’s grandparents raised livestock, his family owned a country ham business, and he served on the UT meat judging team — so you can say he knows meat. Murphree first opened the traditional steakhouse in 2019 — but there are plenty of outside-the-box steakhouse offerings that intrigue the senses. The menu here leaders off with hot country ham dip and savory beignets with corn coulis and chorizo oil, then graduates into salads then steaks, chops, and a duo of seafood options.

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5. Tandoor Indian Restaurant

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529 N Thompson Ln
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
(615) 907-9555
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Murfreesboro diners flock here for traditional Indian curries, tandoori fare, vegetarian dishes, and a lunch buffet. The restaurant is also celiac-friendly.

6. Pisco305 Peruvian Cuisine and Steakhouse

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452 N Thompson Ln Suite C
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
(615) 962-7500
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Named after the Peruvian city most known for the drink and the area code of Miami, Pisco305 is getting big-city rave reviews well outside the Nashville city limits. Quick crowd favorites here include ceviche platters, Peruvian fried rice, lomo saltado, and churrasco verde. Pisco305 also serves brunch on weekends.

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7. Fresh Bite Cuban American Cuisine

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451 N Thompson Ln Suite A
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
(615) 546-4444
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There’s a little bit of everything at Fresh Bite: from takeout-friendly whole roasted chickens to salads, burgers, and Cuban specialties like empanadas, tamales, tostones, and croquetas. Bonus: there’s also a full bar, pouring some of the best (and most affordable) mojitos around.

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8. Opah Greek Grill

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133 James Luscinski Dr
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
(615) 439-6045

Opah is a no-frills, counter-service Greek restaurant located on the West side of Murfreesboro. The move here: order anything with gyro meat and be sure and save room for baklava.

9. Crab Fever Murfreesboro

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1720 Old Fort Pkwy # C170
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
(615) 398-8000
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Yes, it’s called Crab Fever. But yes, it’s actually good. The Louisiana-style boiled seafood, fried seafood combo, and oyster spot is the San Diego-based brand’s second in the Nashville area.

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Crab Fever/Facebook

10. Marina's on the Square

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125 N Maple St
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
(615) 849-8881
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Pasta and pizzas draw the crowds to this Italian spot on the downtown square, tucked inside in a historic brick building with large windows.

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11. 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 fried, grilled, or blackened) 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.

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12. 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.

13. Kleer-Vu Lunchroom

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226 S Highland Ave
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
(615) 896-0520

This family-owned business has been an institution in the Murfreesboro community for over 40 years. It’s a cafeteria-style meat-and-three soul food destination that also serves delicious desserts like peach cobbler and chess pie.

14. Oishiya hibachi & sushi

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517 Cason Ln A
Murfreesboro, TN 37128
(615) 962-7495

Lucky Cat decor abounds inside this Murfreesboro gem for sushi and hibachi. The sea urchin, tonkotsu ramen, and sashimi deluxe spread are just a few trusted crowd favorites.

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15. Slick Pig BBQ

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1920 E Main St
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
(615) 890-3583
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Award-winning smoked pork, ribs, wings, brisket, and turkey have drawn crowds for decades at this Murfreesboro barbecue joint. The sides, from potato salad and coleslaw to mac and cheese and hushpuppies, are also worth saving room for — as are the peanut butter pie and Jojo’s homemade coconut cake.

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16. Jeff's Family Friendly Restaurant

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467 S Hancock St
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
(615) 867-2164
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This solid meat-and-three restaurant is known for its hearty meats, veggies, and desserts. Open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, this is an ultimate comfort food destination. Save room for banana pudding and chess pie.

17. 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.

18. Fin Fusion Sushi Bar

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2862 S Church St
Murfreesboro, TN 37127
(615) 494-3442

People pack the house at this sushi bar for nigiri, shumai, and sushi rolls. Note the restaurant doesn’t take reservations so show up before peak times.

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1. 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 chorizo and black bean dip, a tomato and lump crab stack, and King salmon with fried leeks.

1602 W Northfield Blvd Suite 515
Murfreesboro, TN 37129

2. 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

3. Primrose Table

1650 Memorial Blvd, Murfreesboro, TN 37129
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Chow down on Korean barbecue-stuffed potato skins with kimchi queso, cornbread panzanella, and Chilean seabass with sweet corn “maque choux” risotto at this Murfreesboro essential.

1650 Memorial Blvd
Murfreesboro, TN 37129

4. Steakhouse Five

1500 Medical Center Pkwy #1k, Murfreesboro, TN 37129
Steakhouse Five/Facebook
Steakhouse Five/Facebook

Owner Mitchell Murphree’s grandparents raised livestock, his family owned a country ham business, and he served on the UT meat judging team — so you can say he knows meat. Murphree first opened the traditional steakhouse in 2019 — but there are plenty of outside-the-box steakhouse offerings that intrigue the senses. The menu here leaders off with hot country ham dip and savory beignets with corn coulis and chorizo oil, then graduates into salads then steaks, chops, and a duo of seafood options.

1500 Medical Center Pkwy #1k
Murfreesboro, TN 37129

5. Tandoor Indian Restaurant

529 N Thompson Ln, Murfreesboro, TN 37129

Murfreesboro diners flock here for traditional Indian curries, tandoori fare, vegetarian dishes, and a lunch buffet. The restaurant is also celiac-friendly.

529 N Thompson Ln
Murfreesboro, TN 37129

6. Pisco305 Peruvian Cuisine and Steakhouse

452 N Thompson Ln Suite C, Murfreesboro, TN 37129
Pisco305/Facebook

Named after the Peruvian city most known for the drink and the area code of Miami, Pisco305 is getting big-city rave reviews well outside the Nashville city limits. Quick crowd favorites here include ceviche platters, Peruvian fried rice, lomo saltado, and churrasco verde. Pisco305 also serves brunch on weekends.

452 N Thompson Ln Suite C
Murfreesboro, TN 37129

7. Fresh Bite Cuban American Cuisine

451 N Thompson Ln Suite A, Murfreesboro, TN 37129
Fresh Bite/Facebook

There’s a little bit of everything at Fresh Bite: from takeout-friendly whole roasted chickens to salads, burgers, and Cuban specialties like empanadas, tamales, tostones, and croquetas. Bonus: there’s also a full bar, pouring some of the best (and most affordable) mojitos around.

451 N Thompson Ln Suite A
Murfreesboro, TN 37129

8. Opah Greek Grill

133 James Luscinski Dr, Murfreesboro, TN 37129

Opah is a no-frills, counter-service Greek restaurant located on the West side of Murfreesboro. The move here: order anything with gyro meat and be sure and save room for baklava.

133 James Luscinski Dr
Murfreesboro, TN 37129

9. Crab Fever Murfreesboro

1720 Old Fort Pkwy # C170, Murfreesboro, TN 37129
Crab Fever/Facebook
Crab Fever/Facebook

Yes, it’s called Crab Fever. But yes, it’s actually good. The Louisiana-style boiled seafood, fried seafood combo, and oyster spot is the San Diego-based brand’s second in the Nashville area.

1720 Old Fort Pkwy # C170
Murfreesboro, TN 37129

10. Marina's on the Square

125 N Maple St, Murfreesboro, TN 37130
Marina’s on the Square/Facebook

Pasta and pizzas draw the crowds to this Italian spot on the downtown square, tucked inside in a historic brick building with large windows.

125 N Maple St
Murfreesboro, TN 37130

11. The Alley on Main

223 W Main St, Murfreesboro, TN 37130
The Alley on Main

Find steaks and cocktails alongside fish (available fried, grilled, or blackened) 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

12. 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

13. Kleer-Vu Lunchroom

226 S Highland Ave, Murfreesboro, TN 37130

This family-owned business has been an institution in the Murfreesboro community for over 40 years. It’s a cafeteria-style meat-and-three soul food destination that also serves delicious desserts like peach cobbler and chess pie.

226 S Highland Ave
Murfreesboro, TN 37130

14. Oishiya hibachi & sushi

517 Cason Ln A, Murfreesboro, TN 37128
Oishiya/Facebook

Lucky Cat decor abounds inside this Murfreesboro gem for sushi and hibachi. The sea urchin, tonkotsu ramen, and sashimi deluxe spread are just a few trusted crowd favorites.

517 Cason Ln A
Murfreesboro, TN 37128

15. Slick Pig BBQ

1920 E Main St, Murfreesboro, TN 37130
Slick Pig BBQ/Facebook

Award-winning smoked pork, ribs, wings, brisket, and turkey have drawn crowds for decades at this Murfreesboro barbecue joint. The sides, from potato salad and coleslaw to mac and cheese and hushpuppies, are also worth saving room for — as are the peanut butter pie and Jojo’s homemade coconut cake.

1920 E Main St
Murfreesboro, TN 37130

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16. Jeff's Family Friendly Restaurant

467 S Hancock St, Murfreesboro, TN 37130

This solid meat-and-three restaurant is known for its hearty meats, veggies, and desserts. Open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, this is an ultimate comfort food destination. Save room for banana pudding and chess pie.

467 S Hancock St
Murfreesboro, TN 37130

17. 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

18. Fin Fusion Sushi Bar

2862 S Church St, Murfreesboro, TN 37127
Fin Fusion Sushi Bar/Facebook

People pack the house at this sushi bar for nigiri, shumai, and sushi rolls. Note the restaurant doesn’t take reservations so show up before peak times.

2862 S Church St
Murfreesboro, TN 37127

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