Restaurants

Top Choice Modern American in South Nashville

Bastion

Bastion's nondescript entrance – within the eminently cool bar of the same name inside historic Houston Station – is shrugged off by most as an exit or a bathroom. But behind that sliding door hides a choose-your-ow…
Top Choice International in Midtown, Music Row & 12South

Catbird Seat

For the 22 lucky diners perched around his open kitchen, chef Ryan Poli choreographs an unforgettable 10-course dining experience with his impeccably polished cast and crew. Be prepared to interact with Poli and his…
Top Choice Southern US in Downtown

Husk

Set in a Victorian house overlooking downtown and the river, Husk provides an authentic, farm-to-table Southern food experience. It offers a daily changing menu that showcases regional foods and traditional preparat…
Top Choice European in Germantown

Rolf & Daughters

The epicenter of Germantown's foodie revival is this stunning kitchen run by Belgian chef Philip Krajeck, whose earthy pastas, rustic sauces and seasonally changing 'modern peasant food' will stand your taste buds o…
Top Choice Breakfast in Knoxville

Oli Bea

It's worth sleeping in Knoxville just to wake up to the rich, Mexicanized farm-to-table Southern breakfast fare at this morning stop in the Old City. You'll find gussied-up standards (country ham, sage sausage, orga…
Top Choice Southern US in Memphis

Restaurant Iris

Chef Kelly English crafts special, avant-garde Southern fusion dishes that delight foodies, hence the James Beard noms. He's got a fried-oyster-stuffed steak, a sublime shrimp and grits and some scrumptious Brussels…
Top Choice Modern Appalachian in Knoxville

JC Holdway

You'll want to reserve ahead for the privilege of noshing on James Beard Award–winning chef Joseph Lenn's modern Appalachian comfort cuisine. Lenn, who spent nearly a decade as executive chef at famed Blackberry Far…
Top Choice Breakfast in Downtown

Biscuit Love

Championing everything that is wrong about American breakfast, Biscuit Love started life as a food truck in 2012. Its gluttonous gourmet takes on the Southern biscuit and gravy experience took off, allowing it to gr…
Top Choice American in Midtown, Music Row & 12South

Grilled Cheeserie

Hurry up and wait for gussied up, gourmet versions of an American classic: the grilled cheese sandwich. It's done up here in versions so immensely satisfying, you'll forget a simpler version ever existed. Go for pim…
Top Choice Barbecue in Memphis

Central BBQ

The downtown location of this iconic Memphis BBQ joint is the perfect side dish to an afternoon at the National Civil Rights Museum. The transcendent pulled pork – almost always voted the city's best – can and shoul…