Turn Down For Brunch

Brunch. It seems to have taken over our weekends, and that’s fine with us. Let us count the ways we love thee. Maybe it’s the excuse for day drinking, the unique combinations of sweet and savory or the fancy coffee. But whatever the reason may be, brunch is picking up steam in Music City and […]

A Mother’s Day Memo

PSA: Mother’s Day is quickly approaching on Sunday, May 10, and we’re asking that this year, you treat your mom like the queen she is! Instead of cooking her a big breakfast in bed, especially if she’s the one left to clean and put away the leftovers (you should know better!), take her out to […]

Fido: Member Spotlight

As Nashville’s restaurant scene is celebrated nationally, it’s important to honor some of the places that have given the city its local flavor—the ones that came first. Fido is a Hillsboro Village institution that’s been a go-to place for Nashvillians for breakfast, lunch and dinner since 1996. The restaurant was a natural second-shop evolution from a […]

A Shared Mission: Nashville Originals Affiliate Program

What makes up Nashville’s unique restaurant scene? We believe it’s local restaurateurs who are committed to sustaining Nashville’s authentic dining culture and community. It’s Nashvillians supporting one another, with the common goal of helping local businesses exercise the individual creativity that we consider the hallmark of the independent restaurant. Since 2006, we’ve been comprised of […]

Foodies And Techies Rejoice: We Got An App!

We’re excited to announce the launch of a new mobile app that offers diners everything from foodie news and restaurant information to a tip calculator—available for free, right on your smartphone! In case you didn’t already know, the nearly 60 Nashville Originals members are local restaurateurs dedicated to sustaining the independent restaurant as a fixture of Nashville’s […]

Bound’ry: Member spotlight

Not many Nashville restaurants have been able to thrive in the same location for 20 years. In our culinary landscape, the latest sensation seems to open every other day and more established eateries are being pushed out of the spotlight. But that’s exactly what Bound’ry has done. The Midtown staple is celebrating 20 years this […]

Discount Gift Certificates On Sale Wednesday, Feb. 25

Get your laptops and smart phones ready: Our first quarterly discount gift certificate sale of 2015 starts around 7 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 25, when you will have the chance to purchase gift certificates to more than 50 local restaurants at 30 percent off! In case you didn’t know, the Nashville Originals is the city’s non-profit independent […]

Peg Leg Porker: Member Spotlight

“Been cooking barbecue for 30 years. Cooking was a hobby.” Yes, Carey Bringle, owner and pitmaster of Peg Leg Porker in the Gulch, knows how to cook barbecue better than most, But he’s also competed in the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest for 25 years (in which he earned second place three times), has drawn […]

Eat. Drink. Ride.

In case you haven’t heard, next week is #NashvilleRestaurantWeek, and in the spirit of all things decadent, we’re proud to announce that we’ve partnered with Uber to offer safe and convenient rides for all Restaurant Week patrons. With more than 50 participating restaurants and seven days to enjoy all the offerings, we know this will […]

Restaurant Week: Impossible

Foodies in Middle Tennessee have two big events to look forward to in the New Year. The first is Nashville Restaurant Week coming up Jan. 19-25, which, as you know, is hosted by Nashville Originals and is when more than 50 of your favorite local restaurants around town offer weeklong special menu items and great deals. […]

Nashville Restaurant Week Returns Jan. 19-25

Nashville Restaurant Week is returning Jan. 19-25, with nearly 60 locally owned restaurants offering special meals and deals throughout the week! Participants are members of the Nashville Originals, the city’s not-for-profit independent restaurant association. Together, the Originals work to preserve the culinary identity of the community and sustain each other as restaurateurs. Twice a year, […]

Openings For Christmas Lunch And Dinner

Christmas Day for most in Nashville means a house full of family and friends and a large, home-cooked feast. Businesses are closed, the streets are quieter and a general calm comes over Music City. As you might expect, restaurants that open on Christmas are also far and few between—and you may think they’re crazy for […]

Salsa: Member Spotlight

In today’s culinary landscape, it’s not often you find an original anything, or the first of something. But sitting in the middle of SoBro—a stone’s throw away from the popular Cannery Ballroom—is Nashville’s first authentic Puerto Rican restaurant, Salsa. Before you go making assumptions about the restaurant and its menu, let’s clear the air about […]

If You Don’t Like The Heat, Then Get Outta The Kitchen!

‘Tis the season… the season for good eating! The holidays are upon us, which means spending time with friends and family around the Thanksgiving table to appreciate each other, share what we’re most thankful for and enjoy the season’s bounty. It’s also the time of year to dust off your favorite pair of stretch pants—because […]

Finezza Italian Bistro: Member Spotlight

Aside from a handful of new businesses popping up over the years, the small commercial district on Harding Road between the Belle Meade Plantation and the Highway 100-Highway 70 split has largely remained the same for as long as anyone can remember. Finezza Italian Bistro is no exception: its fare as constant as the Northern […]

The Votes Are In… Best Of Nashville 2014

This past month, the Nashville Scene released the 25th Annual “Best of Nashville” awards, voted on by readers and ranging in topics from politicians to pet grooming. The yearly poll is a reflection of our city’s growth and a celebration of Music City’s riches. Whether the winner is the newest hotspot everyone’s buzzing about or […]

Nonna’s Pizzeria & Wine Bar: Member Spotlight

On Nashville’s west side, Italian comfort food stands out on the roster of restaurants lining Murphy Road in the Sylvan Park Neighborhood. New York expat Chef Daniel Maggipinto—Danny, as he calls himself—opened Caffé Nonna in 1999 with business partner Bob Sillers, introducing the up-and-coming neighborhood to homemade, authentic Italian pastas, pizzas and sandwiches. A more […]

Eat Out With The Family—The Whole Family

Over are the dog days of summer. Those long, let-your-tongue-hang-out kinds of days and hot summer nights. The weather’s cooling off, the tree line’s changing hues and there’s something in the air that makes you want to sit on a patio and enjoy a great meal with the family—the whole family—right? Right? We say goodbye […]

Hot Off The Press

Want to eat like a local? Here’s how: Sign up for our newly established monthly newsletter! Stay plugged in on current news from your favorite locally owned restaurants. Impress your friends by being the first to know about the coolest, tastiest events around town. Learn about your next favorite restaurant through our monthly new member spotlights. You can check […]

Fleet Street Pub: New Member Spotlight

In the middle of downtown Nashville and a world away, Fleet Street Pub offers Nashvillians an alternative to the buzz-driven culinary hot spots popping up on every street corner: an English pub*. “You have to be wanting to go to an English pub to go to an English pub,” explains co-owner Glenn Henderson. “Tourists visiting […]

Nashville Restaurant Week Returns August 18-24

More than 50 locally owned restaurants are making preparations for Nashville Restaurant Week, returning August 18-24, where diners can enjoy weeklong special menus and prices. SEE MENUS HERE. Participating restaurants are members of the Nashville Originals, the city’s not-for-profit independent restaurant association. Together, the Originals work to preserve the culinary identity of the community and […]

Bread & Company: New Member Spotlight

More than 20 years ago, three friends became business partners when they decided to open an artisan café on Highway 100, on the outskirts of Belle Meade. Anne Clay spearheaded the business, which the trio called Bread & Company. They only placed 15 seats in the dining room to start, and sold freshly made breads, […]

Nashville Originals Introduces Web-Based Job Board For Local Industry

Independent Restaurant Association’s Free Online Tool Links Restaurants, Job Seekers Nashville’s independent restaurant association has launched an online job board connecting prospective employees with members offering a range of open positions. The free resource, which includes front-of-house and back-of-house listings, is open to the public at www.nashvilleoriginals.com. Available positions are grouped by restaurant, and include […]

Nashville Originals’ Quarterly Discount Gift Certificates On Sale June 18

Nashville foodies, set your alarm clocks: Music City’s non-profit independent restaurant association is once again offering its popular discount gift certificates on Wednesday, June 18, 2014. The sale will launch here and opens around 7 a.m. (Central). Once each quarter, the locally owned eateries that comprise our organization sell a limited number of these individual […]

Elliston Place Soda Shop: New Member Spotlight

Any place that can call itself Nashville’s oldest continuously operating restaurant in the same location is bound to have a tale or two up its sleeves. Elliston Place Soda Shop’s story began more than 75 years ago, before it was serving homespun milkshakes, house-made pies and hearty helpings of the day’s meat & three selection […]

The Row: New Member Spotlight

Imagine a place that encompasses Nashville, the old and the new. A place that pairs traditional Southern fare with progressive cuisine. It’d have to be a place that takes all of the goodness and grit of the city and houses it in a building rich with historical significance—one that pays homage to the country music […]

Steeplechase, Weddings, Parties And More: Cater with Nashville Originals

Garden & Gun magazine recently wrote an article naming the country’s top five prominent horse races, and in the mix is Nashville’s very own Iroquois Steeplechase. The celebrated event is held on the second Saturday of May and benefits the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. With the 73rd Iroquois Steeplechase quickly approaching, it’s […]


Nashville’s independent restaurant association is once again offering its popular discount gift certificates on Wednesday, March 12 beginning at 7 a.m. Once each quarter, the 50-plus locally owned restaurants that make up the Nashville Originals sell a limited number of individual discount gift certificates, and $25 and $50 denominations are reduced by 30 percent. And […]

Urban Grub: New Member Spotlight

The “Fish Pit and Southern Cantina” concept means there’s something here for everyone—quite literally. In fact, the menu at Urban Grub includes arguably some of the best seafood, freshly shucked oysters and cured, smoked and grilled meats to be found anywhere in the Music City. The eclectic wine and spirits list doesn’t disappoint either, and […]

Restaurant Week (Jan. 20-26, 2014) Eateries By Neighborhood

Don’t miss out on Nashville Restaurant Week, Jan. 20-26, with more than 40 locally-owned, Middle Tennessee staples offering special menus and prices. Looking for somewhere convenient to go? Search for participating restaurants by neighborhood below, and click the restaurants’ name to view their prix-fixe menus. Rather see participants by alphabetical order? Go here.  12 South […]


Looking for Restaurant Week menus? Just click here. Remembering that many of their guests will have made fresh New Year resolutions to maintain a more healthy diet, several of the Nashville Restaurant Week participants are providing two and three-course prix fixe menus have crafted lighters options for the week. Nearly all provide a starting salad—take Valentino’s […]

Nashville Restaurant Week Returns Jan. 20-26

Join us for Nashville Restaurant Week (January 20-26) when more than 40 locally owned fixtures of the middle Tennessee dining scene offer special menus and price points! Looking for Restaurant Week menus? You got it. Just CLICK HERE. For more Restaurant Week, head here.          

In The Kitchen With An Original: Mark & Amy Goodson

No one forgets The Bunganut Pig. It’s one of those names that just sticks. From Hendersonville to East Nashville to Brentwood, it seems like everyone in the area knows the pub and eatery with the juicy burgers on Columbia Avenue in Downtown Franklin. But it’s not just the name or the burgers that hit the […]

Nashville Originals and Christie Cookies: Two Institutions Partnered to Offer Special Desserts for 30th Anniversary

Two local culinary institutions partnered in October to offer a pretty sweet deal for Nashville diners Nashville-based Christie Cookie is celebrated its 30th anniversary with the Nashville Originals! The following Originals member restaurants offered specials including: • 55 South (Franklin) – A Snickerdoodle Christie Cookie tart shell filled with house-made caramelized apple jam and peanut […]

In The Kitchen With An Original: Roderick Bailey

  Roderick Bailey of Silly Goose Chef Roderick Bailey needed a break by the time he got to Nashville. He’d cooked in Memphis, Charleston, New York City, Portland and elsewhere by the time he arrived here five years ago. He was looking for a recharge, a fresh start. So, after a couple of months, Bailey, […]