Nashville – Food & Dining

Nashville’s dining scene has grown dramatically in the past decade and is now regularly included on “best-of” lists by publications such as Bon Appetit, Travel + Leisure and Southern Living.

Home to a number of award-winning restaurants and chefs, the city’s ever-expanding food options include cuisines from around the world, as well as signature dishes like Nashville hot chicken and other Southern classics.


In addition to many celebrated establishments in areas such as Germantown, Hillsboro Village, 12 South, East Nashville and other neighborhoods, a new stretch of international restaurants and grocery stores populating a corridor running along Nolensville Road offers flavors from Central and South America, the Indian subcontinent, Africa and the Middle East.

Pancake Pantry
Biscuit Love

In the nearby Gulch neighborhood, there are a number of trendy brunch spots and a growing range of vegetarian and health-forward options. The city also offers casual favorites close to Vanderbilt’s campus, such as the Pancake Pantry, Biscuit Love, the Grilled Cheeserie, Banh Mi and Roll+, and San Antonio Taco Company, a cherished Commodore gathering spot started by a pair of university alumni.

Grilled Cheeserie
banh mi and roll+
Banh Mi and Roll+

Vanderbilt encourages students to try different eateries through Taste of Nashville, a university-sponsored program that enables undergraduates to use their meal plan at participating restaurants around town.