Meals & Drink 2023 | Cowl Tales

On March 29, the distinguished James Beard Basis got here to Nashville to announce the finalists for this yr’s Restaurant and Chef Awards. With 5 Music Metropolis denizens among the many semifinalist lineup — and an array of celebrated eating places now on provide in our metropolis — Nashville made excellent sense as a setting for the occasion, which precedes June 5’s gala awards ceremony in Chicago. 

Even only a decade in the past, that may’ve been rattling close to near unthinkable. Nashville? A nationwide eating hub? With 5 native eating places or cooks on the Beard Awards lengthy record? Finally, only one native candidate was chosen to maneuver on to the finals: Bastion’s Josh Habiger, who’s been up for consideration a handful of occasions and whose creativity is effectively deserving of nationwide recognition. However nonetheless, Nashville has a meals scene value celebrating, and that’s what we’re doing this week, each with our annual Iron Fork occasion on Thursday, April 6, and with our annual Meals & Drink Concern. 

In these pages, you’ll discover our survey of a few of Nashville’s greatest and brightest cooks and restaurateurs (together with a number of of this yr’s Iron Fork rivals). We additionally dive into town’s booming brewery scene and replace you on 16 of our favourite bites on the town. Pull up a chair and dig in. ­


We requested 10 Nashville cooks about every thing from favourite haunts to meals tendencies that should die. Listed here are their solutions.

From pizza, crispy rice and fajitas to po’boys and old-school meatloaf, listed here are 16 of our favourite present native eats

From Smith & Lentz and Southern Grist to New Heights, TailGate and past, Nashville’s craft beer scene continues to growth