Once the epitome of a sleepy cow town, over the past few years, Nashville has really come into it’s own as a cosmopolitan travel destination. With the uptick of luxury accommodations and entertainment options has come an incredible new food scene just begging to be explored. Southern roots give way to some of the best chefs in the country for a cuisine that strikes the perfect balance of homey yet refined.

Foodies, meet your next city to fall in love with.

James Beard Worthy - Husk

An offshoot of the insanely popular Charleston restaurant, Husk Nashville is a “celebration of Southern heirloom ingredients,” led by James Beard Award-winning Chef Sean Brock. His renowned restaurant is one of the most regularly written about places in town, being named one of the best new restaurants in America in 2014. Seed-saving, wood-fired meats, in-house pickling, and charcuterie programs are the basis their menu, which brings a refined style to traditional country favorites like crispy chicken skins and shrimp and grits.

Local Gem - The Southern Steak & Oyster

Located in the heart of the burgeoning SoBro district on the ground floor of the Pinnacle at Symphony Place, the Southern is a Music City hotspot. Great for dinner or brunch, its fresh locally sourced fare is rustic chic yet highly approachable. They are in the process of opening a sister property next door, Southernaire Market, described as a "Creole-inspired bodega," which will be the perfect place to bring home some unique artesian Nashville-made products including Goo Goo Clusters (the best chocolate ever!).

"Cafe Loveless Motel" by Thomas Hawk via Flickr Creative Commons

The Icon- Loveless Café

Breakfast all day off the side of the highway, what Loveless Cafe is known for is it’s satiable fried chicken and free scratch-made biscuits and jam that it’s been serving since the 50’s. Once a 14-room motel, today Loveless serves more than 450,000 diners a year and rolls out between 4,000 to 7,000 biscuits a day. More than just a restaurant on-site, there’s a gift shop, smoker house and barn for live events.

Hot Chicken and Live Music - Acme Feed & Seed

Great for lunch or dinner, the Acme is a huge 22,000 sq.ft. spot on South Broadway that from the outside, looks like an unassuming farm supply store. The first floor pays homage to Nashville’s vast music scene with a “funkytonk” that hosts live music with a menu of gourmet street-food. Continue on to floor two and you’ll find a comfortable dining room and sushi bar, but the rooftop on the third level is where to head for fun after dark. An open-air bar overlooking the entire downtown core, enjoy sightseeing beer in-hand as you spot the Cumberland River, LP Field and Riverfront Park.

Sunday Supper - City House

Sunday Supper at City House is a weekly Nashville tradition. A unique, always-changing menu of small plates ideal for sharing, once a month an out-of-town guest chef(s) comes for a kitchen takeover. For these special events walk-ins are, of course, always welcomes, but due to their popularity, reservations are encouraged. For the pig fiends, there is even an entire menu section dedicated to “pork snacks” so go hog wild on all the bacon variations.

Local Brews and Power Lunches - Butchertown Hall

A modern interpretation of the traditional German Beer Hall, Butchertown is located in the historic Morgan Park neighborhood, known as an immigrant area with a significant number of butcher shops. With an expansive beer garden and a brew list that features mostly local selections, a large custom built hearth smoker provides bar snacks as you drink away the day.