Although still known and loved for its Southern traditions, including sweet iced tea and plate-lunch specials known as the "meat-and-three" (an entree with sides), Nashville has stretched its culinary wings in recent years. With noted up-and-coming chefs, nationally-recognized restaurants, and an array of bistros, cafes, and ethnic eateries throughout the metro area, the dining scene is more sophisticated and diverse than you might expect.

Chain restaurants are everywhere these days, but Nashville has plenty of great, locally owned, independent eateries. With consistent food and service, they have been able to build loyal clientele while attracting tourists, as well. For food lovers, Nashville is a tempting mix that could have you starting your day with biscuits and sausage gravy, sampling sushi at lunch, and feasting on German sauerbraten at supper.

Drinking in Nashville can be equally adventurous. The city boasts an eclectic blend of beer dives, microbreweries, trendy cocktail spots, and gourmet restaurants with extensive wine lists. The hard stuff is also a point of pride. After all, this is Jack Daniel's and George Dickel country. Those two nearby historic whiskey distilleries draw their fair share of tourists, and their products are prominently featured on many restaurant and bar menus throughout the region and beyond.

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