Barbecue has a way with making any day a good day. And Nashville has plenty to offer. Pretty much every single restaurant has some sort of barbecue plate. But the list below is are the unique places to get the best of Music City’s barbecue. That’s just our opinion. Feel free to tell us who we left off on Twitter: @365Nashville. Enjoy!
Downtown – Broadway
Acme Feed & Seed creates a uniquely ‘Nashville’ atmosphere that honors the unparalleled character of the city’s past, present and future. Their menu features classic southern cuisine with a section dedicated to barbecue. You can’t go wrong with either their pulled pork Beer Belly Tacos or their Heaven-Lee Ribs.
Downtown – 2nd Avenue
Enjoy signature dishes like the made-from-scratch seafood gumbo, famous fried pickles, smoked barbeque ribs, and chicken fried chicken served on a bed of white cheddar mac n cheese. B.B. King’s is open to all ages and has live music every night.
Edley’s Bar-B-Que unites the Nashville tradition of meat & three restaurants with the best barbecue this side of the Mississippi. The fast casual eatery serves smoked pork, chicken, turkey, brisket, ribs, and wings, as well as fried shrimp and catfish sandwiches. They smoke their meats low and slow and only serve meat that was smoked that day, so you know it’s fresh. Southern sides are prepared fresh daily with special sides according to the season. Edley’s has indoor and patio seating, multiple HDTVs, and a full premium bar.
Downtown – Lower Broadway
Proudly serving barbeque from “Pit to Plate”. You can dine on Tennessee pork shoulder, Texas beef brisket, smoked turkey, Texas sausage, St. Louis ribs, smoked chicken, and all the other favorites, including a ton of delicous sides to go with your barbeque. Follow your nose to any of their three locations – downtown on Lower Broad, Trinity Lane, and Charlotte Avenue.
Jim ‘N Nick’s isn’t just a place, it’s a way of doing things. 25 years of tradition and 14 hours of slow smoke come together everyday. The bar-b-q is fueled by hickory smoke and complimented by a delicate rub and hard-to-peg sauce that doesn’t cover up the flavor of the meats, but instead enhances them.
Belmont/Hillsboro Village, Nolensville, and Mt. Juliet
Belmont/ Hillsboro 615-200-1181
Mt. Juliet 615-686-2066
Located just east of Nashville, owner Patrick Martin incorporates the art of West Tennessee whole hog BBQ at his award winning restaurant. Martin’s has been featured on The Food Network and was named by Bon Appetit as one of America’s “Top 10 New Barbecue Restaurants”.
Peg Leg Porker is old school BBQ. There’s a great patio to enjoy the downtown view and there’s a plain but soulful interior for you inside. Pulled pork, yard bird (chicken), dry ribs, wet ribs, wings, pimento cheese, bbq nachos, smoked green beans, bbq beans, mac and cheese and anything else that you could want from a barbecue joint can be ordered at Peg Leg Porker.
Downtown – North of Broadway
Family-owned and operated Southern meat & three serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with live music Monday-Saturday. Cherry smoked pork can be tasted on a plate, a sandwich, a slider, or in a burrito. Smoked chicken, dry ribs, and fried chicken are other favorites. Don’t miss the chalkboard – specials change each day.
Downtown – Lower Broadway
Whether you’re into live music with your meal, the sports game on the big screen, or great people-watching from the rooftop patio on Lower Broad, Rippy’s can accommodate. Pulled pork, pulled chicken, ribs, catfish, chili with corn cakes, fried pickles, wings, baked beans, and pecan pie are some of the highlights of Rippy’s menu.
Scoreboard Bar and Grill, a smoked bbq restaurant located across from the the Opryland Hotel, is one of Nashville’s greatest traditions. Famous for being featured on the Food Network for having Nashville’s Best Ribs and Hot Chicken, Scoreboard is always a great choice for kicking back and watching the game or catering your tailgating events. Providing a great patio atmosphere with live music and bike nights, Scoreboard is a good choice for every diner.
South Street Original Smokehouse, Crab Shack and Authentic Dive Bar has been a Nashville landmark since 1991. South Street Restaurant is known not only for our famous “Southern Urban Cuisine,” but also for a lively open-air atmosphere.
From smokehouse barbeque to beef ribs, Swett’s has something for everyone. This three generation family owned restaurant specializes in casual dining with Southern style home cooking served cafeteria style. Private/group dining is available as well as catering.
Downtown – 2nd Avenue
The Wildhorse Saloon is a proud winner of multiple awards from both regional and national competitions. Known for our Southern barbecue, juicy steaks and famous fried pickles, the Wildhorse Saloon also offers up the best in private parties and off-site catering. Servicing more than 2500 parties annually, our catering staff specializes in making every event top notch. From backyard barbecues to the most elegant dinner, the sky is the limit with the Wildhorse Saloon.
Enjoy the Memphis-style hickory smoked ribs, hand-pulled & falling-off-the-bone-tender BBQ along with an array of top-quality starters, Southern style sides & freshly prepared desserts. The world-famous Corky’s BBQ sauce & dry rub makes every bite remind you of what great ribs & BBQ are supposed to taste like.
Drifters is a family friendly non-smoking bar and restaurant serving fresh Tex-Mex and BBQ.
Located right next to Centennial Park, Hog Heaven is in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee. World Famous for “Kickin’ Chicken” white bbq sauce, Hog Heaven has been serving Nashville hickory smoked barbecue for over 25 years. Hog Heaven has also been featured on Food Network’s “Best Thing I Ever Ate” in 2010 and “Best Of Street Vendors” in 2004. The outdoor seating and take-out style restaurant lets you enjoy the beauty of the park and smell of the hickory wood burning on the smoker. A souvenir hat or shirt and a bottle of your favorite sauce are also available to take home as bragging rights to friends and family.