A trailblazer in 12 South and the first of two Rumours restaurants (a second showplace is in East Nashville), this cozy art-laden wine bar has a menu that invites you to make an evening of it. With a consistently delicious roster of entréesmany of which are lightly grilled meats or seafoods served over fresh tussles of greensyou might expect Rumours to be suffer from high prices and puffy attitude. Both are missing in this affordable and friendly neighborhood spot.
Little has changed at the Elliston Place Soda Shop—Nashville’s oldest continuously operating restaurant in the same location—since it was opened by Lynn Chandler in 1939. (He has since sold it.) The fountain and grill serve up a typical pharmacy/soda shop menu of breakfast, burgers and fries, sundaes, shakes and banana splits; the kitchen serves up a daily changing repast of meat-and-three. No smoking.