If you visit Nashville, Tennessee you will find plenty of the restaurants you’ve come to familarize yourself with over the years. There’s a Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse on West End, O’Charley’s restaurants are scatted throughout the city, and tons of other big names like Logan’s, Hard Rock Café and more are in town. But when you’ve only got a short time to stay in Music City USA you want to discover the true restaurant gems the city offers. These aren't the chain restaurants you can find anywhere, these are Nashville specialties. If you ask anyone in the city they’ll tell you that you get something more –you get one of the best meals you’ll ever taste.

Loveless Café

If you don’t like fried chicken you will after you leave the Loveless. Celebrities and world-renowned cooks have praised the Loveless Cafe, including Martha Stewart and The Today Show. You want to try their fried chicken, but make your way there to experience the breakfast, and the made-from-scratch biscuits, too.

The Hermitage Cafe

Where is there to go after a night partying downtown on Second Ave? The Hermitage Café. It’s just a couple of streets over, and they have the best, greasiest, large proportions of food you will ever experience. The greasy burgers are a customer favorite. This is a restaurant open all night, but don’t come here expecting to be greeted by a fancy establishment.

Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack

Prince's Chicken, as it is shortened to here in Nashville, is nothing special to look at on the outside. It is in a less than classy neighborhood, and there is very little seating inside the restaurant. But it is worth stopping at this hole in the wall because you’ll taste some of the hottest –and most delicious- fried chicken the south has to offer.   There’s an extra-hot chicken only the brave will touch, plus plenty of great side items like slaw and beans.

Swett’s Restaurant

If you’re in Nashville you must try soul food country style. At Swett’s, the soul food is at its absolute best.  This meat-and-three serves different foods, made from scratch, five days a week, with choices like fried chicken, meatloaf, fried catfish, beans, coleslaw, macaroni and cheese, collard greens and cornbread among the choices available. Even better, Swett’s is really affordable!

House of Pizza

Located downtown, the House of Pizza offers Italian pies by the slice or whole. Beer is on tap, too. The slices are large, there are TVs playing and a jukebox available. Service is quick and the food is good. Don’t  forget the sides and your appetizers, too!