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Best Restaurants in Nashville 2012

Where to Eat Now!

Written By:  Kay West, Stacie Standifer, Stephanie Stewart-Howard, Jennifer Justus & Jim Myers

Photographers:  Various

Best New Restaurant— The Catbird Seat, Photo by Josh Habiger
Best New Restaurant—The Pharmacy
Best New Restaurant—Edley's Bar-B-Que, Photo by Sanford Myers
Best Business Lunch—The Palm, Photo by Renee Comet
Best Business Lunch—1808 Grille, Photo by George Walker IV
Best Buisness Lunch—BrickTops, Photo by Jae S. Lee
Best Dessert—Giovanni's
Best Dessert—1808 Grille (Amy Willis, the new pastry chef)
Best Dessert—J Alexander's, Photo by Sanford Myers
Best Chinese—August Moon, Photo by Shelley Mays
Best Chinese—Fulin's Asian Cuisine (Brentwood), Photo by Christian Dillon
Best Chinese—Chinatown, Photo by Joshua Resnick
Best Cocktails—Holland House
Best Cocktails—1808 Grille, Photo by George Walker IV
Best Cocktails—Patterson House, Photo by Ron Manville
Best Pizza—Mafiaoza's, Photo by Samuel M. Simpkins
Best Pizza—Bella Napoli, Photo by Katie Jacobs
Best Pizza—Five Points Pizza (East Nashville), Photo by Sanford Myers
Best American—BrickTops (The Chocolate Chip), Photo by Dipti Vaidya
Best American—Germantown Café, Photo by George Walker IV
Best American—Tavern, Photo by Samuel M. Simpkins
Best Seafood—Watermark, Photo by Samuel M. Simpkins
Best Seafood—Chappy's Restaurant (sauteed shrimp), Photo by Jae S. Lee
Best Seafood—Batter'd & Fried, Photo by John Partipilo
Best Mexican—Chuy's Mexican Restaurant
Best Mexican—Rosepepper Cantina (East Nashville), Photo by Larry McCormack
Best Mexican—Cantina Laredo, Photo by Katie Jacobs
Best BBQ—Edley's Bar-B-Que, Photo by Ron Manville
Best BBQ—Jack's Barbecue (Downtown), Photo by Larry McCormack
Best BBQ—Jim N Nicks Bar-B-Q, Photo by Steven S. Harman
Best Local Burger Joint—Gabby's Burgers & Fries, Photo by Samuel M. Simpkins
Best Local Burger Joint—Brown's Diner, Photo by Shelley Mays
Best Local Burger Joint—Burger Up (12 South), Photo by Larry McCormack
Best Italian—Giovanni's Bar Ristorante, Photo by Katie Jacobs
Best Italian—Valentino's Ristorante, Photo by Nick Bumgardner
Best Italian—Caffé Nonna, Photo by Dipti Valdya
Best Steak—Morton's the Steakhouse
Best Steak—Fleming's, Photo by Nick Bumgardner
Best Steak—Kayne Prime, Photo by Dipti Vaidya
Best Breakfast—Marché Artisan Foods (East Nashville)
Best Breakfast—Pancake Pantry, Photo by Dipti Vaidya
Best Breakfast—The Loveless Cafe, Photo by Steven S. Harman
Best Service—The Palm
Best Service—Flyte, Photo by Ron Manville
Best Service—Morton's the Steakhouse, Photo by Sanford Myers
Best Sushi—Peter's Sushi-Thai (Brentwood), Photo by Mandy Lunn
Best Sushi—Virago
Best Sushi—Samurai
Best Sunday Brunch—Copper Kettle (Downtown)
Best Sunday Brunch—Marché (East Nashville)
Best Sunday Brunch—Tavern, Photo by Samuel M. Simpkins
Best Thai—Royal Thai
Best Thai—The Smiling Elephant, Photo by Mandy Lunn
Best Thai—Siam Cuisine
Best Deli—Mitchell Delicatessen (East Nashville), Photo by Samuel M. Simpkins
Best Deli—Noshville, Photo by Sanford Myers
Best Deli—Sloco, Photo by George Walker IV
Best Vegetarian—The Wild Cow (East Nashville), Photo by Jae S. Lee
Best Vegetarian—The Silly Goose (East Nashville)
Best Vegetarian—Woodlands Indian Restaurant, Photo by Ricky Rogers
Best Late Night—Sunset Grille
Best Late Night—Athens Family Restaurant, Photo by Joon Powell
Best Late Night—Whiskey Kitchen, Photo by Alan Poizner
Best of Expensive Dining—The Catbird Seat
Best of Expensive Dining—Kayne Prime, Photos by Ron Manville
Best of Expensive Dining—Watermark
Best Indian—Sitar Indian Cuisine, Photo by George Walker IV
Best Indian—Woodlands Indian Restaurant
Best Indian—Bombay Palace, Photo by Shelley Mays
Best of Moderate Dining—City House, Photo by John Partilpilo
Best of Moderate Dining—Germantown Cafe East, Photo by George Walker IV
Best of Moderate Dining—1808 Grille, Photo by George Walker IV
Best of Cheap Eats—Calypso Cafe, Photo by Sanford Myers
Best of Cheap Eats—Rotier's Restaurant, Photo by Jeanne Reasonover
Best of Cheap Eats—Taco Mamacita, Photo by John Partipilo
Hillsboro Village • Belmont—ChaChah
Hillsboro Village • Belmont—tayst
Hillsboro Village • Belmont—Cabana
Hillsboro Village • Belmont—Sunset Grill
Hillsboro Village • Belmont—Chago's Cantina
Hillsboro Village • Belmont—Fido
The Gulch—Virago, Photo by Ron Manville
The Gulch—Cantina Laredo
The Gulch—Kayne Prime
The Gulch—Flyte
The Gulch—Arnold's
The Gulch—Urban Flats
The Gulch—Whiskey Kitchen
Green Hills—Table 3
Green Hills—F. Scott's
Green Hills—Kalamatas
Green Hills—Shalimar
Green Hills—Firefly
East Nashville—Margot Café
East Nashville—The Pharmacy
East Nashville—Germantown Cafe East
East Nashville—Silly Goose
East Nashville—Thai Phooket
Midtown—The Catbird Seat
Midtown—1808 Grille
Midtown—Tavern
Midtown—Midtown Cafe
Midtown—Giovanni Ristorante Bar
Downtown—Merchants
Downtown—Capitol Grille
Downtown—The Palm
Downtown—Prime 108
Downtown—Fleet Street Pub
Downtown—Crema
Downtown—Morton's The Steakhouse
12 S • Berry Hill—Burger Up
12 S • Berry Hill—12S Taproom
12 S • Berry Hill—Fish & Co.
12 S • Berry Hill—Edley's Bar-B-Que
12 S • Berry Hill—The Yellow Porch
12 S • Berry Hill—M.L.Rose
12 S • Berry Hill—The Smiling Elephant
Germantown • North Nashville—City House
Germantown • North Nashville—Nashville Farmers' Market
Germantown • North Nashville—Germantown Cafe
Germantown • North Nashville—Mad Platter
West End • Sylvan Park—Caffe Nonna
West End • Sylvan Park—Park Café
West End • Sylvan Park—Miel
West End • Sylvan Park—Valentino's Ristorante
West End • Sylvan Park—Wild Hare
West End • Sylvan Park—Tin Angel
Brentwood—Wild Iris
Brentwood—Peter's Sushi & Thai
Brentwood—Bombay Bistro
Brentwood—Basil Asian Bistro
Brentwood—Local Taco
Brentwood—Brick's Cafe
Franklin—Saffire
Franklin—Boxwood Bistro
Franklin—Mangia
Franklin—Red Pony
Franklin—Porta Via
Franklin—Sperry's Cool Springs
Franklin—55 South

 

Each spring we put together the Best Restaurants issue which leaves us salivating all over our desks (it's not pretty). We can hardly get through a conversation without recommending a cocktail or making plans for a lunch date. It's the same for you because when we offered up the Reader's Survey you didn't hesitant to tell us about your Music City favorites! These categories include it all, from decadent desserts to cheap eats and every flavor on the block.

In addition to these reader's picks, you'll sink your teeth into our April issue that includes your neighborhood's most delicious destinations.
You don't have to wait get the DIGITAL ISSUE right now on your iPad, Mac or PC and savor every bit!

Congratulations to Loni Walters who won dinner for two to 1808 Grille for participating in the 2012 Nashville Lifestyles Best Restaurants Reader's Survey.

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