*  Best Meat-and-Three: Arnold’s Country Kitchen is the granddaddy of Nashville meat-and-threes. People line up outside the 8th Avenue diner every weekday to get their hands on a rotating assortment of country classics including fried chicken, mac and cheese, butter beans, and tomato pie. Nowhere does Southern home-style cooking better. 

*  Best Laid-Back Fine Dining: Urban Cowboy Public House is quietly serving up some of the city’s least expensive, most inventive “fancy food.” From oysters with ginger and fish sauce to abalone mushroom broth, it’s a can’t-miss spot for anyone serious about food. 

*  Best Hot Chicken: While I enjoy several of Nashville’s newer hot chicken haunts (Hattie B’s is excellent despite its super-touristy nature), there’s no substitute for Prince’s Hot Chicken. Their salty, spicy, crispy, juicy hot chicken is the standard against which all others are measured; it’s a must for food fanatics. 

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