Best New Bistro

Something that many Nashvillians likely didn’t realize we were seriously lacking until late last year? An authentic, dedicated French bistro. Opened in late 2019 by French owner-manager Melvil Arnt and his chef father Laurent Champonnois, East Nashville’s Once Upon a Time in France offers delectable Parisian fare and ambiance, with charming decor that will transport Francophiles right to the streets of the iconic European city. As it did with so many restaurants, the pandemic shut OUATIF down for a stretch. But the bistro reopened this summer with social distancing protocol in place, and even if you’re not comfortable tucking into the intimate, train-car-like digs, you can call in a to-go order for pickup — the steak tartare, pâté, foie gras and trout are all worth trying, and the staff is pleasant and delightful. D. PATRICK RODGERS

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