24 Nashville Restaurant Recommendations from Top Food Experts
What are some of the best restaurants in the US? Let’s see what the expert chefs, restaurateurs and celebrities have to say. After seeing such helpful advice from our last two round-up posts on travel savings tips and inspirational travel advice, we could hardly wait to see the words of wisdom that we would hear from a new batch of travelers. So, in an effort to learn from some of the world’s most experienced industry professionals, we reached out to them to hear their response to this one simple question:
What’s your favorite restaurant in America and why?
We got loads of great advice, as these travelers reflected back on their many years of dining and really gave us some tips from the heart. So without further ado, here are their responses, which are shared in the order that they were received:
1. “For me this is such an easy question to answer. My favorite restaurant in Nashville is PM near the Belmont college campus. It was the very first place I ate on my first trip to Nashville years ago & has been my go to restaurant when I’m craving sushi & a fun local atmosphere. It’s a small Asian inspired place with a cool, hipster vibe that makes you want to hang for a while-whether you’re there to eat or just have drinks with friends. They have indoor & patio seating; both are equally comfortable & relaxing. My favorite item on the menu is the Florida roll-tastes like no other sushi I’ve ever had-it’s outstanding. My husband loves their Thai chicken wrap & we always start with a bowl of their simple but delicious steamed edamame.”
Kourtney Hansen, ‘Emily’ on ABC’s Nashville, Correspondant on CMT Insider, TV Host, Former NHL dancer, NFL & NHL lover, Entrepreneur, actress, dancer, and on-air radio personality, @kourtney_hansen
2. “I once performed at a corporate event in Nashville, TN and ex post facto the show, the folks that hired me took me out to dinner at Kayne Prime, in downtown Nashville. The combination of southern hospitality and taste bud orgasm that ensued made it a meal that I will not soon forget.
I’m less about the atmosphere and more about the food, but this place had both. I am a proud carnivore, and this Kayne Prime was my Mecca. The waiter recognized me from America’s Got Talent, and he told me that he was also a writer. I said “excellent…write this down…I want duck tacos for an appetizer”, and I chose well. Had I been assassinated after the first course, I would have died with a smile plastered across my face. The red meat options made me salivate upon reading them, but I settled on the Ribeye, and I told the waiter that I wanted it rare…R-A-R-E. “Knock it’s horns off and wipe it’s ass, and I’ll eat it”.
My teeth hardly touched it before it melted in my mouth. For the sides we had the cream corn brullee (wow!), Creamed spinach, and a fried potato option, and all were exquisite. My hotel room did not have a refrigerator, and I’m aware that there are people starving in the world, so I felt pressured to finish the ribeye.
I ate way past the point of being full, and If I didn’t get gout from that meal, I never will. In all candor, I drank a bit too much that night, but A) I wasn’t driving, and B) I knew that if I were to be ill, the food would be almost as tasty on the way back up.
Next time I’m in nashville, They will need a restraining order to keep me away.”
Tom Cotter, Top Human Finalist On America’s Got Talent, Actor, Stand-Up Comic, The Tonight Show, Comedy Central, @TomCotterComic
Those craving the taste of chunky chocolate or the chill of an ice cold beer will want to be sure to also check out our post on The Top 10 Chocolate & Beer Tours in America!
What’s your favorite restaurant? We’d love to hear from you in the comments section below!