Best of Nashville

Though I am Pennsylvania born and raised, I’ve been lucky enough to call Nashville my home since July 2015! With more than 100 people moving here a day, there are constantly more restaurants, live music destinations, and one-of-a-kind activities popping up all over town.

Music City offers the vibe of a small town with the opportunities of a large city–what more could you ask for?! With so much to experience when exploring or visiting the Home of Country Music, your options can become overwhelming. To help, I put together a “Best of Nashville” list highlighting a few of my favorite spots.

Photo: The Tennessean

Listed in no specific order, check out The Southern Wave’s local hot spots.


  1. Fenwick’s 300–Melrose District
  2. Sky Blue Cafe–East Nashville
  3. Proper Bagel–Belmont
  4. J. Christopher’s–Hillsboro Village
  5. The Red Bicycle–Germantown
  6. The Garden Brunch Cafe–Germantown
  7. Sun Diner–Downtown
  8. 5 Daughters Bakery–12 South
  9. Milk & Honey–The Gulch


  1. Taqueria del Sol–12 South
  2. Taco Mamacita–Edgehill Village
  3. The Flipside–12 South
  4. Caviar & Bananas–Midtown
  5. Peg Leg Porker–The Gulch
  6. M.L. Rose–Melrose District
  7. Wild Wasabi–Cummins Station


  1. Fin & Pearl–The Gulch
  2. Brothers’ Burger Joint–Berry Hill
  3. Whiskey Kitchen–The Gulch
  4. Thai Esane–The Gulch
  5. Samurai Sushi–Elliston Place
  6. Del Frisco’s Grille–The Gulch
  7. Rosepepper Cantina–East Nashville
  8. Bricktop’s–West End
  9. Burger Up–12 South or East Nashville
  10. Butchertown Hall–Germantown
  11. Green Hills Grille–Green Hills
  12. Henrietta Red–Germantown
  13. 5 Points Pizza–East Nashville
  14. Cinco de Mayo–The Gulch/Downtown
  15. Adele’s–The Gulch
  16. Husk–Downtown


  1. UP Rooftop Lounge–The Gulch
  2. L.A. Jackson–The Gulch
  3. Clyde’s on Church–Midtown
  4. Pinewood Social–Downtown
  5. Flying Saucer–Downtown
  6. Casa De Montecristo–The Gulch
  7. L27–Downtown

Live Music 

  1. Bluebird Cafe
  2. The Opry
  3. The Ryman Auditorium
  4. 12th and Porter
  5. Mercy Lounge
  6. 3rd and Lindsley
  7. The Station Inn
  8. City Winery
  9. Exit/In


*None of these businesses have made the list because of paid advertisement. They are simply places that my family, friends, and I have visited and truly enjoyed.