While Nashville might be seen as the music mecca of the country, its food scene has become widely renowned. With more and more celebrities choosing to spend time in Nashville over places like Los Angeles and New York, the sheer thrill of seeing one of these stars is even more amplified. Country legends like Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley are almost expected to be seen here on their home turf, but now many non-country stars like Justin Timberlake, Kevin Costner, and Kings of Leon’s Caleb Followill are also enjoying the southern comforts Nashville provides.
Eat great food and spot celebrities? Don’t mind if we do. By using lists from the Hollywood Reporter, People Magazine, and Suite 101, we assembled a list of 8 top restaurants in Nashville to wine, dine and bask in the presence of some A-list celebs.
Loveless Café: Not only does Loveless Café provide great southern food for breakfast or dinner, but it’s also a great place to catch some celebrities. Stars like Taylor Swift, Dolly Parton, and Martha Stewart were caught dining on some of the deliciously traditional southern meals. Fan favorite entrées include fried chicken, fried catfish, and pork barbeque all served with biscuits and a choice of two sides like sweet potatoes, cole slaw, and collard greens, or eggs any style served with biscuits, grits and gravy.
Pancake Pantry: Calling themselves “a Nashville tradition,” the Pancake Pantry has been providing top-notch breakfast food to hungry diners for over 60 years. Their menu provides a wide variety of pancakes like Swedish pancakes filled with lingonberry preserves, or the sugar and spice pancakes, made with a special cinnamon and spice batter, or Keith Urban’s favorite: the Caribbean pancakes topped with coconuts, pecans and bananas.
Puckett’s: While Puckett’s does cater to the truly traditional Southern eats who visit this restaurant, with food choices like fried green tomatoes, shrimp & grits, and barbeque pulled pork, others can enjoy classic entrées like salmon or prime rib, while spotting country celebs like Sara Evans and Ashley Judd.
Dotson’s: Arguably the best fried chicken in the Nashville area, it’s no wonder classic country stars like Brad Paisley and Wynona Judd eat here often. Coming here, diners are bound to find everything that embodies southern cooking, from catfish po’ boy sandwiches to country-fried steak, served with baked apples, potatoes or turnip greens.
Virago: This Asian-style restaurant might not serve typical southern comfort food, but stars like Lionel Richie and Kevin Costner have been seen here enjoying its great eats. Classic Asian dishes like vegetable tempura and duck eggrolls are some of the favorites among diners, but it still captures a bit of southern style, with tempura okra and fried pork belly.
Kayne Prime: One of the top restaurants in Nashville, Kayne Prime Steakhouse provides great eats to stars. While Nicole Kidman raved via Twitter about its Tuscan kale salad, some other tasty food options include the duck confit tacos, New York strip steak, and Scottish salmon seasoned with cucumbers and mint. However, the sides remain traditionally southern: creamed spinach with fried eggs, and macaroni and cheese.
Tavern: Kings of Leon frontman Caleb Followill loves the cool, gastro-pub feel of this restaurant with a cozy setting for dining as well as a social area for dancing and drinking. Some of the best dishes here include the Korean barbequed beef short-rib tacos with cucumber and cilantro, the lobster sliders served with brown butter aioli, and the “loco moco,” which is a grilled hamburger steak with fried eggs, steamed rice, and a side of macaroni salad.
The Southern Steak & Oyster: As Luke Bryan calls this place a “great downtown restaurant,” this casual yet modern and traditional southern restaurant allows diners to enjoy options ranging from the fish and grits to the Southern wedge salad with fried green tomatoes topped with oysters.