If Nashville were a speakeasy, these days the world would be tapping on our door and whispering "Swordfish!" trying to get in. Call it whatever you like: an age, a period or a renaissance. Twenty years ago, back when the Scene was in its infancy, this is the time Nashvillians longed for — a time when the creative energy pouring into and out of the city was so infectious that the whole country wanted to join in.
Check it out: We've got rock stars and country stars and best-selling authors walking our sidewalks. We've got directors and music moguls and movie stars whose company draws leading lights from all corners and coasts. All that's cool, of course. We've always thought of Nashville as a club that's open to all, and we're delighted to see the mix of people joining.
But we're especially proud of our hometown entrepreneurs — our chefs and craftsmen, our honky-tonk heroes, our plumbers and butchers and boutique sellers. In our 23rd Best of Nashville® issue, we celebrate our Roaring '20s by saluting the people, places and businesses that power Music City's engine, and over the past year have brought eager visitors to our door.
Inside you'll find our readers' choices for everything from the best burger, fries and drinks in Music City to the best purveyors of plastic surgery. And as counterpoint, the Scene's writers have weighed in with their own takes on the city's most fascinating finds, whether it's the best lunchtime delicacy to be found on Nolensville Road or the best place to get your rabbit neutered. (We're happy to report they're not the same place.)
So slip off your spats. Look around the joint. The jazz is hot and the gin is cooling in the bathtub.
This is your city, and it beckons.
Read more about the illustrators, Aaron Johnson and Joel Anderson of the Anderson Design Group.