On this list, we've emphasized restaurants located from downtown heading west through the Vanderbilt area. The Vanderbilt campus is bounded on west side by West End Avenue. On the east side, 21st Ave runs between the professional schols and the Peabody College of Education campus. Many of the restaurants are found along these two streets. The heart of the restaurant district on 21st Avenue South is Hillsboro Village, located at the southeast corner of the campus.
All of the restaurants on the List of VandyMania Posters' Favorite Restaurants have been recommended by at least one fan, but here are some specific suggestions:
Pancake Pantry -- It's a Nashville classic. Standing in line for a long time is part of the tradition. If you want to avoid the line, go before 7 am or after 1 pm. They're famous for their pancakes, but their hash browns -- big chunks of potatoes crispy on the outside and soft on the inside -- are notable, too. (Hillsboro Village)
Loveless Cafe -- Favorite breakfast spot for old timey southern breakfast, including biscuits. Unlike most of the other restaurants on the list, the Loveless Cafe is located about 15 miles outside Nashville on the extension of West End Avenue. It's a pretty drive out there. Just make sure that you give yourself enough time. (Hwy 100 west of Nashville)
Monell's -- Family style southern dining in an old Victorian house near downtown. Fried chicken for breakfast, along with eggs, sausage, biscuits, the works? Sure, why not. (West of downtown)
Nashville Biscuit House -- Serves breakfast all day with a southern flavor. Some people consider it one of the best breakfast spots in Nashville. One of their regulars says, "Their sausage patties look a lot like small hamburger steaks, but are really good. I usually suggest their Lumberjack Breakfast, but any breakfast food you get there is top-notch."
Noshville -- A New York style deli with eggs, bagels, lox, blintz. Their slogan: There's more in the pantry than pancakes. It's a dig at the Pancake Pantry, but it's a good alternative that's less "southern." (21st Avenue South)
Provence Breads and Cafe -- If the Pancake Pantry's line is too intimidating, this cafe is right across the street (but please walk to the end of the block and use the crosswalk). It specializes in breads and pastries but also serves hot breakfasts. A good place to pick up a croissant or muffin on the run, or to sit down to stuffed French toast or cinnamon oatmeal.
Germantown Cafe -- A nice restaurant anytime, it's become a Sunday brunch favorite. This isn't down home southern breakfast, it's a white tablecloths, fresh flowers on the table, Crab Cakes Benedict and French toast made with banana bread kind of a place. (north and west of downtown)
Bosco's -- A good restaurant for beer lovers, but on Sunday they offer a Jazz brunch with a variety of omelets, benedicts, and waffles. (Hillsboro Village)
Brown's Diner -- It's a classic burger joint, another local favorite, where you might see a country star or a dirty sweaty bunch of softball players. Parking is easy. Dress is definitely casual, very casual. (21st Ave. South past Hillsboro Village)
Sam's All-American Grill Sports Grill -- Sam's is perennially voted the best sports bar in town. One downside is that it's a popular college hangout and can be crowded. but the food is exceptionally good for sports bar fare. The pizza is a well-deserved favorite, but the burgers and sandwiches are favorites, too. Some say that they've got the best chicken tenders and fries ever. (Hillsboro Village)
Blackstone Restaurant & Brewery -- It's a good place to meet with fellow fans before a game at Memorial Gym. Great beer -- St. Charles Porter, Chaser Pale and Nut Brown Ale -- are standard favoites. Good food, including traditional pub food like fish and chips and shepherd's pie and also good burgers, salads and dinner entrees. (West End)
Rotier's -- Many Nashvillians consider Rotier's THE place to go in Nashville for a great burger. Theirs are served on toasted French bread. Many long-time Vanderbilt fans consider it a necessary stop on any visit to Nashville.
Five Guys Burgers -- It is a chain, but some Vanderbilt fans say that you can't beat Five Guys Burgers and Fries on West End for a great quick burger in a great atmosphere. You get enough gourmet fries for about 3 days and free shelled peanuts. . . . awesome.
Burger Up -- The burgers aren't all that big, but they are very good. The truffle fries are unbelievable. It's a trendy spot in the 12South district that runs parallel to 21st Avenue South half a mile to the east.
Sunset Grill -- A long-time Nashville favorite, good wine list, a good selection of interesting small plates and appetizers, specials every night (including a vegetarian special), some fabulous desserts. (Hillsboro Village)
Germantown Cafe -- In the past five years, the Germantown Cafe with its nice view of the State Capitol and downtown has become a local favorite. This isn't down home southern breakfast, it's a white tablecloths, fresh flowers on the table, Crab Cakes Benedict and French toast made with banana bread kind of a place. (north and west of downtown)
City House -- The City House has an upscale urban ambiance with an open kitchen downstairs and a quieter space upstairs. It isn't what you'd except from Nashville's country image. The menu always includes dishes with unusual ingredients or combinations of ingredient, but the results are delicious. For the less adventurous, they also have flatbread pizzas. (north and west of downtown)
Jimmy Kelly's -- Jimmy Kelly's - A little on the high side, but you can't beat Jimmy Kelly's for a unique steak place. Not a chain and a long-time Nashville institution.
Ethnic, Local Color, Miscellaneous
Arnold's Country Kitchen -- The standard for Nashville meat'n'three, classic southern down home cooking. There are lines at lunch, but they move quickly.
Commodore Grill -- inside the Holiday Inn Across from Centennial Park decent food but you can get a real feel for music city as they have writers nights 6 days a week you can eat & listen, sometimes hit writers.
Hog Heaven -- It's such an easy place to miss (small shack near Centennial Park, behind a McDonald's), but the food is solid at a fair price.
Prince's Hot Chicken -- This is simply something that everyone should try.
Puckett's -- A relatively recent arrival to downtown Nashville is Puckett's Grocery at the corner of 5th and Church. They've done a good job of transporting the atmospher of the original Leiper's Fork location to downtown Nashville.Good food with a decidely Southern flair.
Rumba -- It has an interesting menu with a Pacific Rim influence. Great food and a great place to sit outside on a nice night.
Sambuca -- A great place in the Gulch for cocktails. . . If it is nice outside, ROOF TOP BAR....oh yeah....very nice....
SATCO -- The official name is San Antonio Taco Company, but the location on 21st Ave South is universally known as SATCO. For quick, cheap, and fun, you can't beat SatCo. Great deck when the weather's nice, order custom-made Tacos, Tex Mex and Beer you just cannot beat it
Woodlands -- Folks who love Indian food call it the Sunday buffet at Woodlands best meal in town. Woodlands is all-vegetarian. If you are more the tandoori chicken type, try Bombay Palace or Tamarind have lunchtime buffets and preferred by most Indians, at least from my unscientific study. The downside is that they are small places. Sitar's buffet is also good, and they have more room.