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KSR’s Guide To Where To Eat And Drink In Nashville

I’ve lived in Nashville for almost 13 years now and a while back, started making flowcharts to help Kentucky fans figure out which bars and restaurants to try while in town for the SEC Tournament. As Nashville has grown by leaps and bounds, keeping up with what’s new, what’s closed, and what’s still good has become increasingly difficult, but hopefully these will help you navigate around town and try something new.

**As a general disclaimer, yes, I realize there are tons of restaurants in Nashville, especially new ones, but these are my favorites. If yours isn’t on the list, don’t be offended. Just add it in the comments section.**

Where to Eat

Top 5: Butcher and Bee, Jeff Ruby’s, Two Ten Jack, Margot, and Five Points Pizza

Where to Drink

Top 5: Tootsie’s, Headquarters Beercade, The George Jones rooftop, Broadway Brewhouse, and Smith & Lentz


– The Friday morning KSR show will be at TIN ROOF BROADWAY. Other shows TBD, but this is where KSR fans will likely congregate throughout the weekend.

– Nashville still allows smoking in bars (21+), but fortunately, most bars downtown have opted to go smoke-free. I can’t wait for the day it’s like that everywhere.

– If you’ve been to Nashville in the past few years, you know traffic is horrible. If you’re downtown, it’s best to walk, but if you’re staying outside the downtown area or just feel like venturing out (which you definitely should), I recommend using Uber or Lyft. Both are cheaper and more pleasant than cabs, and well worth not worrying about or paying for parking (which can cost a fortune). If you’re driving, use the Waze app to navigate traffic and construction.

Is it your first time using Lyft? Help a sister out and use the code “TYLER380” for a FREE ride up to $20. Same thing for Uber, promo code nrdp8.

Electric scooters are all the rage in Nashville right now, with at least five different companies (Lime, Bird, Jump, Lyft, Spin) offering them across the city. They’re EVERYWHERE downtown, and while very fun, not the safest thing in the world. The number of accidents are skyrocketing and people rarely wear helmets, so if you do choose to ride one, have your wits about you. Also, ride on the street, not the sidewalk, for goodness’ sake.

– The Nashville MTA Green Line bus provides FREE transportation around downtown Nashville and the Gulch, so keep an eye out for it. (It’s green.) You can also rent bikes via the B-Cycle stations around town or try JOY RIDE, the free golf cart shuttle service (to order a shuttle, call 615-285-9835).

– The Sunkist Soda SEC FanFare has moved from Broadway to the Walk of Fame Park across from Bridgestone Arena and behind the Hilton. The event is free to the public and features food, drinks, interactives, live entertainment and much more. It will be open Thursday and Friday 10 a.m. through 7 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

– Finally, if you’re going to the games, be aware of the SEC’s CLEAR BAG policy:

Most of all, prepare to have a lot of fun. See you soon!


Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

24 Comments for KSR’s Guide To Where To Eat And Drink In Nashville

  1. Catapult
    9:02 pm March 12, 2019 Permalink

    Tried Five Points 2 years ago. It was “meh” at best.

  2. tfordstyle
    9:23 pm March 12, 2019 Permalink

    Nashville is the worst

    • KayutsBy90
      8:19 am March 13, 2019 Permalink

      *Broadway is the worst.

      Nashville isn’t bad once you get away from all the tourist crap. I recommend exploring East Nashville, thats where the people who live in Nashville actually go.

    • ClutchCargo
      8:46 am March 13, 2019 Permalink

      ^ True story. I try to stay away from all the tourist trap stuff; therefore, I actually like Nashville. Except for the traffic, which does suck.

  3. Tyler, an acquaintance of mine named Sam Mullins writes and plays gigs in Nashvegas (I know, I know, like millions of others). Check him out some time. He’s very talented and has written hits for the likes of Diamond Rio. I know he’s played that Pucket’s Grocery place you cited. His wife used to be on “Nashville” too.

  4. bigbluebanana
    9:55 pm March 12, 2019 Permalink

    If you wanna check out the new Moxy downtown, I’m kinda tight with the owners! Lol

  5. UKtwinning
    10:18 pm March 12, 2019 Permalink

    Loving the flow charts! Thanks so much for all the information and tips. See ya in CATSville!

  6. makeitstop
    10:41 pm March 12, 2019 Permalink

    I went to lawschool there and get back from time to time, here’s my suggestion: Jimmy Kelly’s (steak) near Vandy. It was my dad’s favorite, turned me onto it, now my family’s favorite. I u don’t like old, clubby steakhouses w 3rd generation waiters and fireplaces, paneled walls and hot corn cakes while u wait, try one of the others. If Pancake Pantry is insanely long lines, the place across from there, Jackson’s I think, is a good backup plan once ur parked and committed to Hillsborough Village. But the whole food scene is solid there – great city!

    • makeitstop
      10:48 pm March 12, 2019 Permalink

      My wife reminded me Marsh House in the Thompson is also good and there was a rooftop bar there – close to downtown in an area that was a no fly zone back when I was there, so it’s kind of cool. But Tyler hit some winners, too.

    • Mrs. Tyler Thompson
      9:08 am March 13, 2019 Permalink

      Sorry to report that Jackson’s has closed. Also, Marsh House is on my list (top row), as is LA Jackson, the rooftop bar in the Thompson Hotel. Both great spots!

  7. Cokely53
    11:42 pm March 12, 2019 Permalink

    Alright so how does Gonzaga losing change things? Do they drop off the 1 line now?

  8. BigolBlue
    12:22 am March 13, 2019 Permalink

    I reccomend 4 evers kitchen. I made his wife cook for me right after I rammed her.

  9. G-Money
    3:11 am March 13, 2019 Permalink

    Dalts Classic American Grill -best food in west Nashville, on Whitebridge Road

  10. G-Money
    3:41 am March 13, 2019 Permalink

    ?? Also, owner from KY and big KY basketball fan. ? ? #bbn

  11. Zissou87
    4:59 am March 13, 2019 Permalink

    The Pfunky Griddle is a pretty solid breakfast joint.

  12. speaksthetruth
    7:03 am March 13, 2019 Permalink

    Reid Travis’ parents gave me some suggestions if anyone is interested.?

  13. Duuuuuude
    7:07 am March 13, 2019 Permalink

    I love reading your flow charts, and I never even go to the SEC Tourney.

  14. walden
    7:11 am March 13, 2019 Permalink

    I need drew to give the over / under on how many fools will get a DUI on those electric scooters this weekend.

  15. bigblueyank
    7:46 am March 13, 2019 Permalink

    Make sure to leave your pocket knives at home, they will take them! An experienced knife loser

  16. ky yaya
    8:58 am March 13, 2019 Permalink

    The Big Bang bar is fun

  17. jsuge20
    9:10 am March 13, 2019 Permalink

    Bakersfield here I come… Best tacos in nashville

  18. breakinankles
    10:23 am March 13, 2019 Permalink

    How is The Loveless Cafe not on this list!?

    • Mrs. Tyler Thompson
      2:13 pm March 13, 2019 Permalink

      It’s great, but also 30 minutes outside of town. Not exactly convenient if you’re just in town for the weekend.