Best Lunch Restaurants In Nashville

Nashville’s food scene is booming. There are new restaurants opening almost every week and long-time favorites that still deserve attention. While breakfast, brunch and dinner typically steal the spotlight, everyone needs a bite to eat at lunch time, too. Whether t’s a midday outing with a friend or a business meeting with a potential client, below are some of our top recommendations for lunch in Nashville. We’ve also included the restaurant’s type of cuisine and neighborhood.

25 Nashville Lunch Restaurants We Love:

Etch – New American – Downtown

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Healthy Paleo, and Gluten Free Nashville Restaurants Part 2

Growing up in the Nashville neighborhood of Oak Hill,  I was very familiar with the restaurant options around town. Unfortunately the culinary scene was not as diverse as today and definitely did not have the healthy paleo and gluten free choices now available.

A few years after I graduated from University of Tennessee, I felt an urge to go west so I moved to California in 2005, where I discovered a passion for healthy living and became a Paleo foodie. On family visits back home I kept up with the expanding choices in Nashville and things seemed to be looking up.

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A Day with Designer Zac Posen in Nashville

Showcasing pieces from his new collection, fashion designer Zac Posen made his first trip to Nashville for the Symphony Fashion Show — eager for a chance to experience the music and culture of Music City.

We had the unique opportunity to spend the afternoon with Posen, touring the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, enjoying an exquisite lunch at Deb Paquette’s Etch, and delving a little bit deeper into the vast creativity and curiosity behind the designer himself.

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11 Local Ladies Prove That a Woman’s Place is Definitely in the Kitchen!

It is not requisite to label these chefs as female, because their “Chef” titles have been earned through blood, sweat and burns, not the presence of two X chromosomes — that was just luck. But here at StyleBlueprint, we enjoy celebrating women. So today, we recognize 11 female chefs and restaurateurs, yes, for being female, but also for their abiding impact on Nashville’s culinary scene. We posed one question to each, and everyone indulged with honest, intelligent answers.

 

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The Best Happy Hour in 12 Nashville Neighborhoods

With the immense boom of new restaurants and bars in Nashville comes an expanded list of revelrous happy hours. But not all happy hours are created equal, and you surely don’t want to waste those precious few hours of booze-filled joy at the wrong place. Fear not! We’ve come to the rescue to help you find the best happy hours in 12 of Nashville’s greatest neighborhoods.

 

 Etch

When: Monday-Friday, 4-6:30pm; Saturday, 4-5:30pm

Happy hour at Etch is known as “Etchy Hour,” and while it might not be the cheapest happy hour in the city, it’s still one of our favorites. Its happy hour menu includes specials on some signature cocktails, as well as bites such as lamb frites or octopus & shrimp bruschetta.

 

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Nashville’s 12 Best Neighborhoods for Eating, Ranked

4. SoBro

Essentials: Arnold’s Country Kitchen, Etch, The Farm House, Peg Leg Porker

From lowbrow to high-toned, the unifying factor of these SoBro restaurants is delicious and soulful food at places like Arnold’s Country Kitchen and The Farm House. Chef Deb Paquette creates some of the most beautiful food in town at Etch, and Peg Leg Porker pours melted cheese and jalapeños all over pulled pork as part of the BBQ nachos. That’s two examples of genius at work!

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Why Nashville Makes the Perfect Winter Getaway

You might think of Nashville as your go-to destination for up-and-coming country stars — and it is — but there’s so much more than music in this lively Southern city. While it’s great to visit any time of year, Tennessee’s capital has plenty to offer when the weather turns cold. Here’s why you should go now.

 

Reason #1: Indoor fun

 

Some cities depend on good weather for a good time. Not so in Nashville. There’s a world of indoor activities: shopping, ice skating, dancing and more. In fact, in performance venues alone, you could try a new one each night for a month and not run out — from bars with local singer songwriters to fancy musicals with box seats.
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This Nashville Chef Thinks Grapefruit Goes With Every Possible Spirit

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Before Nashville was filled with cocktail bars, award-winning restaurants and hipster-friendly coffee shops, Deb Paquette was on the culinary scene as the first woman in Tennessee to qualify as a certified executive chef. Three decades later, she’s still there, helming the kitchen at her restaurants, Etch and etc., and mentoring a cadre of chefs along the way.

Her love of ingredients, both in food and cocktails, is evident, as is her love of travel, apparent in her globally inspired menu (and dream of living on a tropical island). Paquette talks about finding a way to squeeze citrus into anything, her growing bourbon collection and what she looks for in a bartender.

What’s your cocktail of choice?

I’m a big grapefruit juice fan—I’m from South Florida; I love it. I’ll drink something with vodkaor tequila with grapefruit … and I’ll usually water it down with a little soda water. I’m not big on mezcal; it’s too smoky and doesn’t go well with grapefruit juice. [Laughs]

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