When it comes to deciding what to eat in Nashville, hot chicken is the menu item that tops everyone’s bucket list. One of the most popular places to try it is Hattie B’s. Locals and tourists alike line up here for the spicy specialty, available in six heat levels ranging from “Southern (No Heat)” to “Shut the Cluck Up!!! (Burn Notice).” Round out your meal with Southern-style sides like greens, pimento mac and cheese, baked beans and coleslaw, and cool your taste buds with sweet tea or local draft beer. Peach cobbler is the perfect foil for your spicy entrée, but if it’s not in season, try their popular banana pudding.
410 4th Ave. S.
The smoker pit at Martin’s is fired up around the clock, so you’re likely to smell the heavenly aroma of whole hog barbecue before you step inside. (There will be a line at this fast casual eatery, but it moves fast.) Place your order at the counter and find a seat on the spacious back patio, where you can dig into mouthwatering ribs, brisket or a Redneck Taco—your choice of barbecue meat or catfish served on a cornbread hoecake and topped with slaw and barbecue sauce. Don’t miss dessert; the menu features Southern favorites including pecan pie, fudge pie and coconut cake.AAA / Laurie Sterbens
The Wild Cow
1896 Eastland Ave.
You don’t have to be a vegan to love The Wild Cow. When you can enjoy flavorful dishes topped with creamy house-made sauces and dressings, in a fun and friendly atmosphere, you won’t miss meat for a minute. Start off with vegan queso or spinach and artichoke dip, then choose from a full menu of salads, bowls, tacos, and wraps and sandwiches. Menu items are made fresh to order—no microwave or freezer here—using locally grown, seasonal produce. Be sure to ask your server about dessert; their selection of vegan sweets changes daily.AAA
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