Friday, December 6, 2013

The Weekly Open Thread: Zagat's List of the 15 Best Nashville Restaurants

Posted By on Fri, Dec 6, 2013 at 5:55 AM

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Since 1979 — long before the advent of Urbanspoon, Yelp or TripAdvisor, or for that matter, the World Wide Web — Zagat has been providing survey-based ratings of restaurants in major cities around the world. Last week, Zagat released "Best Food in Nashville," its list of the 15 best restaurants in town, and it's sure to stir up some lively debate.

Etch tops Zagat's list. In fact, Etch made the list of the "20 Top-Rated Restaurants Across America." Etch isn't in my top 5 Nashville eateries, but it's certainly in the top 10, and I've had a couple of very good meals there.

Zagat did include several of my faves: Smiling Elephant, Marché, Silly Goose, Lockeland Table, Prince's Hot Chicken Shack. But Kobe Steaks? Really? And no City House or Rolf and Daughters? Of course, opinions are opinions, but this list reminded me why it's worth taking Zagat — and Urbanspoon, and Yelp, and TripAdvisor — with a grain of fleur de sel. And then there's this.

I don't want to go on too much more, because I'm more interested in what Bites readers have to say. So take a look, and let us know what you think. And what other food news has you talking?

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