And the sweet and spicy baked beans flavored with burnt ends is one of the most remarkable side dishes in town. As Cavendish puts it: “Bringle's ribs are so good they converted me to a fan of dry rub.” Try the Memphis Sushi -- a sausage and cheese platter on saltines -- or the BBQ nachos to start, followed by the dry ribs, pulled pork platter, or the yardbird smothered in a tangy, white sauce with a Kool-Aid pickle on the side. Nashville’s barbecue scene has become destination-worthy over the years, with hot chicken at its very center. Here Are The 7 Best Spots For BBQ In Nashville, A post shared by Hillary Wray (@hillawray), A post shared by Kalisa Marie (@kalisaaamarie), A post shared by George Chang (@georgezchang), A post shared by Taylor Welden (@taylorwelden), A post shared by Robert Hoefer (@robmpls). “ … The iconic rib sandwich, which Cavendish describes as “a glorious mess” is basically a half rack of spares served with two pieces of white bread. While its East Nashville location took a wallop during the March tornado, Edley’s will soon have all three of its Nashville locations in 12th South, East Nashville, and Sylvan Park back up and smokin’. A post shared by Ryan (@rtjoyy) on Jun 2, 2017 at 11:05am PDT. For over 30 years, Arnold’s Country Kitchen has been feeding the masses with its classic meat-and-three-style service. Music City’s dynamic audience along with its access to a certain quality of meat and produce make it the perfect destination for chefs and restaurants to flock to. The local chain thriving in a fast-food environment is adored for its Texas toast and Thanksgiving turkeys. A post shared by Hillary Wray (@hillawray) on Aug 22, 2017 at 12:35pm PDT. West NashvilleLike the Cracker Barrel of barbecue, Jim ‘N Nick’s tends to locate their restaurants near interstate exits and concentrates on a fanatical dedication to offering up consistent products from restaurant to restaurant. 64 tips and reviews, 500 Church St (at 5th Ave.), Nashville, TN, 7004 Charlotte Pike (@ Davidson Dr.), Nashville, TN, 1601 Charlotte Ave (McMillin Street), Nashville, TN, 8400 Highway 100 (at McCrory Ln), Nashville, TN, 429 Broadway (at 5th Ave.), Nashville, TN. While the Memphis vs. Nashville barbecue debate still rages on, at Central you can have the best of both! Zoom in to see updated info. The smells wafting out of the smoker pit in the main room are enough to make any diet crumble. As Cavendish recommends: “Come for the whole hog, but don't forget the bologna.”. $$Barbeque. This real Texas brisket oasis in Nashville doesn’t have a permanent location (yet), but on select Saturdays you can preorder or just walk up to the truck at Southern Grist’s East Nashville parking lot for some of the best barbecue in town. Highway 100. Everything is made to order so you might have to wait a few minutes for your food. You’ll get to listen to live music while you eat your BBQ and wash it all down with more than 30 types of beer. All of our barbecue restaurants actually face a rigorous 50-Point Inspection, which includes customer reviews, history, complaints, ratings, satisfaction, trust, cost and general excellence.You deserve only the best! Dedicated to quality food and customer service, Papa Turney’s offers on-site catering and is a great choice for small parties and large events. Just order at the counter and grab a seat. Condé Nast Traveler may earn a portion of sales from products that are purchased through our site as part of our Affiliate Partnerships with retailers. DowntownMainly known for soul food and meat and three fare, Swett’s upped its barbecue game a few years back when it added a new serving line and modern smokehouse dedicated to just smoked meats including ribs, pulled pork, chicken, brisket, and pork chops. People who come to Martin’s aren't messing around; they're there to eat. Just a mere 20 minutes from Downtown, it’s worth the drive to sink your teeth into the pit-cooked pork with honey blackberry barbecue sauce, or the pit-smoked turkey with cranberry barbecue sauce. While new establishments are opening on the regular, many of our favorites have been around since before Nashville rose to "it city" status. All rights reserved. There is literally nowhere to sit, so plan to eat in the car or out in nearby Centennial Park. Heat levels range from Southern (no heat) to “Shut the Cluck Up,” which you’ll most likely need to chase with a ton of bread or gallons of sweet tea. A post shared by Robert Hoefer (@robmpls) on Apr 22, 2017 at 2:38pm PDT. Because not all Tennessee barbecue is created equal. The desserts are just as tempting with coconut, peach and spicy chocolate pie. Click here to learn more or control your settings. To read our complete Nashville city guide, click here. By clicking on or navigating the site, you agree to our use of cookies. Over the last 10 years, the Nashville market has proven to be among the best in the country and barbecue fans can rejoice that they now have about as many options and styles as they could ever want.”, Here are our suggestions for some of those excellent choices, plus expert commentary from Nashville barbecue aficionado Steve Cavendish, who has written extensively about local food, sports, and news. Use of this site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement (updated 1/1/20) and Privacy Policy and Cookie Statement (updated 1/1/20) and Your California Privacy Rights. The massive building boasts a full-service restaurant on the ground floor and a huge beer garden upstairs with picnic tables, a stage for live music, two bars, games and private dining space for up to 150 guests. Map updates are paused. It smokes all of its meats fresh, daily using white oak wood, so when they run out that’s it for the day. They are open every day of the week. They specialize in West Tennessee… It comes with two slices of white bread and a few pickles. If you are a resident of another country or region, please select the appropriate version of Tripadvisor for your country or region in the drop-down menu. It also serves delicious rib tips, a specialized dish found more often in Chicago than in the South. Hattie B’s is a spring chicken compared to Prince’s. This is the place for a quick lunch break, low-key date, or pit-stop trudging around Nashville. DowntownMemphis meets Nashville at this outpost of the beloved Bluff City barbecue chain. Their strong side dish game is worth mentioning too—try the cornbread dressing, fried okra, turnip greens, or stuffed potatoes. While the dish has spread like wild fire over the years, Prince’s will always be the OG. Condé Nast Traveler does not provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Bringle seems to have discovered the perfect sweet-to-tangy ratio that keeps customers coming back.