If our city were a circus — and let’s be honest, sometimes that doesn’t seem like much of a stretch — we’d like to think the Nashville Scene would be the carnival barker on the midway. That’s us, clad in black and red with a tophat and megaphone, shouting out the various artists, restaurants, bands, activists, podcasts and pet stores that make our city great.

From chefs and bakers to ceramics makers, from Nashville Predators to magazine editors, this issue has it all. In the 31st iteration of our annual Best of Nashville issue, we bring you both our readers’ poll winners and our writers’ choices — scores of entries gathered up from every corner of town. What’s our writers’ choice for Best New Restaurant? Who did you, our dear readers, select as Nashville’s Best Place to Take Out-of-Towners? Best Doughnuts? Best Wrestler? Best Jazz Vocalist? It’s all here, and loads more.

Step right up, folks, and take a gander at our fair city’s world-class attractions. It’s the Best of Nashville 2019.

About the illustrator:

Lauren Cierzan is an illustrator currently based in Nashville. You can find her work and related scribblings at laurencierzan.com.