Needless to say, this year’s installment of the Scene’s long-running Food & Drink Issue arrives in … interesting times. Due to concerns over the spread of COVID-19, the Metro Board of Health voted last weekend to declare a public health emergency, with Director of Health Michael Caldwell imposing limits on restaurant capacity, limiting guest counts to 100 and bar service at restaurants to 50 percent capacity, with no standing allowed.

Even if dining out is altogether off the table, you can continue to show your favorite spots support in other ways. Many restaurants remain open for carry-out options, and many sell gift cards. Consider showing your favorite restaurateurs and service-industry workers some love as they, like the rest of us, navigate uncertain times. Visit the Scene’s food blog, Bites, for more ideas on how to support the local restaurant community in the coming weeks. 

In this week’s issue, you’ll find three food stories. In the first, we round up more than 100 dining recommendations from a slew of local chefs. (Keep in mind, some of these spots may be temporarily closed in the coming weeks. But keep them in mind once it's finally time to return to normal public life.) In the second, we explore the ins and outs of competitive cooking — televised and otherwise. And in the third, two of our longtime food writers explore the state of restaurant reviews, “best of” lists and more.

Dive in, and stay safe out there.


The Chefs’ Guide to Eating in Nashville

Your culinary to-do list just got a lot longer, with 100-plus local chef recommendations 

By Ashley Brantley


Hungry for Competition

Local chefs share their thoughts on competitive cooking

by Chris Chamberlain


Critically Speaking

Two longtime Scene food writers on the state of restaurant reviews, ‘best of’ lists and, yes, Yelp

By Steve Cavendish and Chris Chamberlain

The Food and Drink Issue 2020

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