What Nashville needs more of in 2024
Brad Schmitt and Mackensy Lunsford, Food and dinning reporter columnist, pictured at Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2023.
  • Our sushi scene is lacking
  • Meanwhile, our wish for an Arnold’s return should come at least temporarily true
  • As for an all-night diner? We won’t hold our breath

Nashville’s food scene has plenty to recommend in it, and it’s growing rapidly. At first blush, we might even seem to have it all. Want to eat your weight in beef at one of our many steakhouses? We have plenty. Looking for barbecue? We’ve got that, too. We also have lots of food trucks, Italian eateries and tacos galore.

But the real question is, what are we missing? Oh, quite a bit friends. Read on to see what we’re pining for most, whether it’s now-shuttered restaurants or entire food genres.

Bring back Arnold’s!

Brad: Yes, there are for sure some great meat-and-three restaurants with long histories in Nashville. I’m lookin’ at you, Silver Sands Cafe (937 Locklayer St.). But some of the other storied meat-and-three spots have closed or haven’t held up over the years.


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