Nashville restaurants best

Prince's Hot Chicken Shack

123 Ewing Dr
Nashville, TN 37207
(615) 226-9442

One of the few things Nashvillians take as seriously as country music is their hot chicken. From the moment you walk into this hole-in-the-wall joint, you know Prince's means business. Not to be confused with Buffalo wings, the signature dish is typically a cut of chicken marinated in buttermilk, breaded and then sauced using a super-secret paste spiced with cayenne peppers to bring the heat. After being pan-fried in a cast iron skillet, it's served up with a couple of slices of white bread. Temperatures range from mild, medium, hot to extra hot. Fair warning: even the mild packs a serious punch. And for first timers, don't even try ordering the hot. They won't sell it to you.

City House

1222 4th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37208
(615) 736-5838
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Keep it simple. That's the motto for this restaurant that has found a home in historic Germantown, an historic 18-block neighborhood located just north of Nashville's downtown capitol building. The menu is kept lean and mean with unique dishes prepared using local produce, fresh pastas and delicious house-cured meats. The Food Network Magazine chose the signature Belly Ham Pizza as tops in Tennessee for its "50 States, 50 Pizzas" feature. Saddle up to the bar and order old-school cocktails (like the Sazerac) that are prepared with an astonishing amount of tender loving care.

Merchant's

401 Broadway
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 254-1892
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Located downtown in a beautifully-restored hotel where Hank Williams, Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn once stayed, Merchant's offers two unique dining options. The first floor, with wonderfully maintained original marble counters and tile, is a casual bistro that keeps dishes under $20 for lunch and dinner. The wood-paneled second floor offers a more distinguished (and pricier) dining experience. A typical lunch will see a nice mix of tourists and the business crowd. Co-owner Benjamin Goldberg describes Merchant's menu as "modern American food with a Southern Soul" with a contemporary take on comfort food.

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What is the best restaurant in Nashville?

The top thai restaurant in Nashville, Tennessee is The Smiling Elephant ((615) 891-4488).Delicious food and good service. You could also try Siam Café ((615) 834-3181). This is my favorite place for Thai, hands down.