Zagat “7 Up-and-Coming Food Cities Around the U.S.”


article by The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty

We Nashvillians know that our city is full of great food – at all price points. In fact, one of Nashville’s humble establishments is a James Beard award winner this year! We were not surprised to find Nashville on a list of cities for foodies, but we were surprised that it was an “up-and-coming” list.

Nonetheless, Zagat released a list of seven cities with some seriously exciting culinary developments going on. Check out their comments on why Nashville is poised for foodie glory.

The hottest ticket in Music City these days isn’t one of the countless country acts that populate the stages around town – rather, it’s The Catbird Seat, a teeny chef’s counter that represents the new wave of this city’s culinary scene. Benjamin Goldberg, co-owner of Strategic Hospitality, which runs Catbird and sister bar The Patterson House, thinks city diners are ready to explore beyond the old favorites. “Places like Arnold’s meat and three and Prince’s Hot Chicken are iconic at this point. But the food scene has really evolved as a result of so many things – the incredible creative talents here right now, the energy and excitement that surrounds Nashville, the influx of people from other parts of the country moving here and calling Nashville home.”

It’s not just the restaurants that are improving the scene – suppliers are providing locally made ingredients that help elevate the fare. Max Goldberg, Ben’s business partner, credits local artisans with the recent success: “The Bloomy Rind for amazing cheeses, Porter Road Butcher for substantial meats, Olive and Sinclair for delicious chocolates. All of these places really take the city to the next level with quality and creativity.” Whether you’re digging into the country ham at City House or the locally grown veggies in the Italian and Mediterranean fare at Rolf and Daughters, you’ll see there’s a lot more to enjoy in this city beyond the Downtown honky-tonks.

Top chefs are taking notice of this trend as well. Just ask Sean Brock, a South Carolina native who’s set to open an outpost of his Charleston-based Husk in town this spring or summer.