Favorite Nashville Foods

From hot chicken to pulled pork and meat-and-three, here are the Nashville foods that locals crave.

Updated: August 11, 2006

Hot Chicken

Prince Hot Chicken Shack

123 Ewing Dr, Nashville, TN 37207

This Nashville landmark on Ewing Drive sets the standard for spicy chicken and is almost always packed with devoted fans.

400 Degrees

319 Peabody St, Nashville, TN 37210

You can choose your heat level at this north Nashville joint, all the way up to its spiciest, namesake level.

Bolton's Spicy Chicken & Fish

624 Main St, Nashville, TN 37206

Bolton's likes to keeps things simple and offers carryout only at this east Nashville spot.

Richie's Hot & Spicy Kastle

235 E Old Hickory Blvd, Madison, TN 37115

Another takeout spot, this place puts Richie himself at the center of the action. Catfish sandwiches are hot here, too.


Monell's Dining & Catering

1235 6th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37208

The twist on Southern cooking at this Germantown classic is the all-you-can-eat, family-style service.

Sylvan Park

4502 Murphy Rd, Nashville, TN 37209

Arnold's Country Kitchen

605 Eigth Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203

Famous Nashvillians have been singing the praises of this meat-and-three hangout near downtown for decades.

White Trash Cafe

1914 Bransford Ave, Nashville, TN 37204

In a quirky setting by the fairgrounds, the menu here changes every day, but always includes mac and cheese.

Swett's Restaurant

2725 Clifton Ave, Nashville, TN 37209

Best known for fried chicken, Swett's has been family-owned for decades and serves up food near Fisk University.


Cantrell's Bar-B-Que

829 Lischey Ave, Nashville, TN 37207

This well-worn east Nashville takeaway has been serving up pork and short ribs for more than 50 years.

Judge Bean's BBQ

7022 Church St E, Brentwood, TN 37027

The atmosphere is picnic-style at this downtown spot specializing in brisket. They also serve ribs, wings and tamales.

Texana Grill

847 Bell Rd, Nashville, TN 37013

Portions are big at this Lone Star-themed restaurant in Antioch. The roadside-inspired menu also includes enchiladas and chicken-fried steak.

Hog Heaven

115 N 27th Ave, Nashville, TN 37203

The offerings here tend toward the unconventional, such as pit-cooked turkey and pulled-chicken with white barbecue sauce.

Corky's Ribs & Bbq

100 Franklin Rd, Brentwood, TN 37027

This Brentwood outpost of the Memphis chain looks like a barn and attracts families with its pulled pork sandwiches.

More Nashville Favorites

Loveless Cafe

8400 Highway 100, Nashville, TN 37221

Everyone loves this place--its Southern comfort fare tastes just as good to locals and tourists.

Rotier's Restaurant

2413 Elliston Pl, Nashville, TN 37203

It looks like a dive bar, but the meat-and-three here is legendary. And so are the burgers.