East Nashville’s Best Restaurants

Jan 13, 2023 | Local Guides

Discover East Nashville’s Culinary Gems: Top Restaurant Picks by Wesley Mortgage

 

East Nashville is a community in metamorphosis. Historic homes mingle with modern architecture— a quirk resulting from the loss of 600 buildings in the 1916 fire. Since the early 2000s, East Nashville has been the growing epicenter of the city’s artistic movement, with creative folks attracted to the area’s cultural diversity and eclectic vibe.

‍The ambiance extends to the culinary scene as well. East Nashville features unique and ambitious restaurants— not just places to eat but expressions of culinary excellence. Below are a few favorites:

#1: Butcher and Bee

Here you can find Israeli-inspired food of fine quality. The Butcher and Bee started out as a place for gourmet sandwiches but has since expanded to offer all kinds of food. If choosing between the mujadara, smoked steak, and other plates is challenging, ask the Chef’s choice for a journey through their favorite dishes. If you want to dine in, make a reservation. But if you’re in a hurry, check out the Butcher and Bee’s take-out menu. Shining stars include the feta spread (made with fermented honey) and the fancy BLT (like a common BLT, but better, and lamb bacon instead of pork bacon).

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902 Main Street Nashville, Tennessee 37206

615.226.3322

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#2: Folk

This cozy spot focuses on a rustic environment, seasonal Italian dishes, and a selection of handpicked wines. The space has high ceilings with various flowers and vines hanging from the rafters and exposed brick walls, and the main room is white with pine shelving, seats, and tables. The menu changes with the seasons but contains scrumptious Italian seafood, locally grown veggies, and various thin-crust pizzas. The wine list is not the largest, but that is because the sommelier has chosen the best of the best.

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823 Meridian St, Nashville, TN 37207

615.610.2595

#3: Joyland

Joyland combines classic Southern fast food with a dash of inspiration taken from Japanese convenience stores. The restaurant is perfect to satiate midnight munchies on the weekend. This stop lives up to its name because it is tough not to be full of joy the second you step into this colorful restaurant. The decor is reminiscent of a diner from the 70s, with bright blue, red, and yellow stripes shooting across white walls. The “Joyburger Deluxe” is a classic complete with pickles, onions, and “Joysauce.”

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901 Woodland St, Nashville, TN 37206

615.922.4934

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#4: Audrey

Chef Sean Brock’s flagship restaurant serves unique cuisine based on his Appalachian roots. The restaurant’s namesake is Brock’s grandmother, whose cooking inspired him to bring the flavors of his home to East Nashville. The corn grits with grilled Royal Red Shrimp are the perfect starter. As for entrees, try the Bucksnort Trout. They also offer wine pairings at $60 per meal, and for everyone who dines at Audrey, one meal feeds the homeless.

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809 Meridian St, Nashville, TN 37207

615.988.3263

#5: ACME Feed & Seed

No, this isn’t a local farm supply store. Instead, ACME Feed & Seed is a one-of-a-kind southern dining experience in the Lower Broadway historic district. Housed within the original ACME Farm Supply structure built in 1890, ownership kept the original design and name to preserve a part of the city’s unique identity. Recognized as a notable honkey-tonk, ACME Feed & Seed is a four-story building providing live country music, a rooftop bar, and delicious southern cuisine. A few standout dishes include dry rub ribs, smoked brisket, and shrimp and grits.

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101 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37201

615.915.0888

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#6: East Nashville Beer Works

Maybe you’re not looking for an exquisite culinary journey but good food and a good time. In that case, check out East Nashville Beer Works for an excellent selection of beer and pizza. A huge outdoor space and playground make it good for families, too. For one of their signature pizzas, try the Perfect Pig, topped with Pulled Pork and barbecue sauce. They also offer six vegan pizzas, along with an option to replace any pizza with a gluten-free crust.

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320 E. Trinity Lane Nashville, TN 37207

615.891.3108

#7: The Tennessee Cobbler Co.

The Tennessee Cobbler Co. is the dream child of a husband-and-wife baking team. If you spot this food truck around town, jump on the chance to try one of their ten flavors of cobbler, all of which are available gluten-free on request. But you don’t have to wait on chance— check out their schedule. Warm cobblers may offer sublime comfort during the cold months, but during summer, fortunately, any cobbler can be reincarnated as a milkshake.

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975 Main St. Nashville, TN 37206

850.451.0255

#8: Two Ten Jack

This izakaya (Japanese pub) is the first of its kind in the Nashville area. Two Ten Jack offers traditional food like ramen and grilled meats but utilizes locally sourced ingredients. The environment is laid-back, staying true to the izakaya experience. For a small plate, try the pork gyoza. These traditional steamed dumplings are served piping hot and stuffed with sweet and sour pork. Regarding main dishes, ordering a few yakitori (grilled skewers of meat and vegetables) is a great way to experience the many flavors of Japanese pub fare.

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1900 Eastland Ave #105, Nashville, TN 37206

615.454.2731

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