Writers Marshall Chapman and Jim Myers and photographer Caroline Allison made me so proud of my hometown in the November issue of Garden & Gun magazine. Their spread on Nashville put the city in its best light, with culinary nods to Arnold’s Country Kitchen, Margot Café, Marché, The Standard and Martha’s at the Plantation.
In the same issue, Southern Foodways Alliance kingpin John T. Edge assembled a list of 100 Southern Foods You Absolutely, Positively Must Try Before You Die. Nashville had a respectable share of the must-eats—including Arnold’s fried green tomatoes, Martin’s redneck tacos, Prince’s chicken, Bolton’s hot fish sandwich and the pork neck bones and rice at The Sands (formerly Silver Sands).
I’ve got no quarrel with any of those choices, but I bet Bites could make a case for getting a few more Middle Tennessee landmarks in the Southern 100. Am I right? Who would you nominate for the best Southern foods?
While you’re at it, take a look at G&G’s list and see how many of the top 100 you’ve tasted.