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The city of Berry Hill is home to a delightful array of small businesses and specialty shops. At less than one square mile, the tiny city has everything you never knew you needed — from beads and healing crystals to scuba gear, dollhouse furniture and birdhouses. You can make a day of prowli…

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Perhaps it’s because the recent news of Krystal filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy has me feeling nostalgic, but when I recently tasted the Shammi sliders at Chaatable, they took me back to a familiar, happy place. The soft, warm bun and thin patty with a crunch of onion. It also didn’t hurt t…

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Being a vegetarian in the South takes work. Nine times out of 10, a “veggie plate” is anything but vegetarian — your beans have been simmered in chicken broth, your potato salad is studded with bacon, and your greens were stewed with half a hog. We love that! Meat makes veggies taste great. …

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Happy hour is one of man’s great inventions, so it’s not surprising that many men lay claim to it. Shakespeare issued an early use of the phrase — perhaps the first — in Henry V, though it had nothing to do with dollar beers or discount wings. The term as we know it likely comes from the Nav…

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The best way to make a big change is to start small. I think of that every January when I see people embarking on delightfully absurd life changes. You know the ones: The guy who lives on Papa John’s decides to do the Whole30 instead of eating two slices of pizza for lunch rather than four; …

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I often drive by restaurants and think, “That place looks legit — I should try it.” Curiosity typically gets me there within weeks, but it takes quite a bit longer if I don’t drive that stretch often. Case in point: Fattoush Café. When I finally stopped into the small Mediterranean restauran…

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Among the many hidden gems of oft-underappreciated Antioch is King Market, a Lao-Thai market and restaurant on Antioch Pike. The market side of the establishment offers an array of cheap wares and foodstuffs, from meat and seafood to spices, produce and cookware — it’s the kind of place wher…

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Food is an important and often undervalued way for people to share their stories and connect with their neighbors. The Sayid family, who opened The Horn Coffee on Murfreesboro Pike in 2014, has many stories to tell. They came to Nashville by way of Kenya in the 1990s as refugees from Somalia…

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It may be better than the burger. If you’ve been to Bare Bones Butcher, you know them’s fighting words. The year that Wesley Adams and Patrick Davidson opened their Nations shop, the Scene named their burger the best in Nashville, and we stand by that. I tell everyone who visits that it’s th…

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Make an omelette or roast a chicken: If you want to test a chef’s mettle, ask them to do one of those things. Many chefs have built reputations on the latter — Thomas Keller, Julia Child, the Nashville-adjacent Jonathan Waxman — but few have done it as effectively or economically as Tom Bayl…

If you’ve ever met the owners of Red Perch, you know that Australian chef Cameron Payne and his Honolulu-born wife Nicole seem to belong on the cover of a magazine as much as behind the counter of a shop in The Arcade. They are beautiful people — outside and in — which is the only reason we …

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Nobody makes a hush puppy like my Uncle Nubby. Nicknamed “Nubby” at birth because he was short and stout like a nubbin of corn, he fries hush puppies and catfish on his West Tennessee farm every Fourth of July like the true American he is. They are crispy and flavorful, made with fresh cornm…

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I gave up on brunch. I gave up on fighting for a parking space and maneuvering my way through a maze of hungover zombies only to be told there’s a two-hour wait for a $12 plate of eggs. Brunch and I were done. Over!

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Since it opened late last year, East Nashville’s Babo — operated by Duke’s co-owners Joseph Plunket and Sara Nelson, along with brothers Tim Song and Danny Song — has offered a spot that’s just as good for a savory Korean meal as it is for a casual hang. Tucked away at the southernmost point…

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Some neighborhood gems are so widely adored that we at your friendly local alternative-weekly newspaper figure it goes without saying. But sometimes it is worth saying, so in this case, we’ll say it: East Nashville’s Five Points Pizza — and by extension, its newer West Side location — is a g…

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The Food Company in Green Hills serves a light lunch menu made up mainly of soups, salads, sandwiches and delectable desserts. The cafe also makes a BLT so good that one of the cooks, who sticks to a primarily vegan diet, says even she enjoys them on her cheat days.

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I’m the worst kind of former New Yorker — completely intolerant of subpar pizza and Italian fare. I was raised in a family of Italian restaurateurs, and they taught me that it’s all about the sauce. Nashville now has several respectable pizza joints, but when I crave the simple, unfussy carb…

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The area surrounding Jefferson Street in North Nashville is full of uniquely Nashvillian gems — among them outposts for the visual arts, like Woodcuts Gallery, as well as cheap-eats spots like Helen’s Hot Chicken and Knock-Out Wings. But there’s one little place on Jefferson near Fisk Univer…

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I’ve long been a fan of the nonprofit Harvest Hands. Located in the Napier neighborhood, the organization provides jobs for 16 students a year in its coffee and soap company. Teens learn the art of roasting coffee beans and handcrafting soap and other body products, plus they get to see a sm…

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As a longtime Hot Diggity Dogs fan, I was devastated to hear that the restaurant was closing permanently in January. On the bright side, it gave me a push to seek out some of the other fine dogs available in Music City. At Cori’s near Centennial Park, with its floor-to-ceiling menu of meat o…

With its semicircular booths, low, warm lighting and modern-minimalist design, Rambler Cocktail Bar feels like something out of a Nicolas Winding Refn film — you know, the guy who did Drive and The Neon Demon. That is to say, it’s sleek and hip, but not obnoxiously so, bathed in the glow of …

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The menu at Panca, the new Peruvian restaurant occupying the corner spot at the Plaza Mariachi shopping center, is full of Latin American standards — burritos, carne asada and more. But Panca’s speciality, Peruvian roasted chicken, is what caught my eye on a recent visit. It’s a moderately l…

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Some might say six bucks for a bologna sandwich isn’t really all that cheap. But the Southern Favorite at East Nashville’s Tower Market and Deli isn’t the Oscar Mayer-on-Bunny-Bread concoction of your youth, the one you munched on while parked in front of the TV after school. Well, it’s simi…

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The menu at Panca, the new Peruvian restaurant occupying the corner spot at the Plaza Mariachi shopping center, is full of Latin American standards — burritos, carne asada and more. But Panca’s speciality, Peruvian roasted chicken, is what caught my eye on a recent visit. It’s a moderately l…