Ask any chef in Nashville what the can’t-miss meal is and 90 percent will say Arnold’s, which says something in a town where new fancy restaurants pop up daily. Open since 1982, the soul food landmark got a facelift a few years back, but it’s still as down-home as it gets. Be prepared to stand in line and share a table with strangers if you plan to eat your cafeteria-style meal on the premises. (The good news is everyone becomes fast friends over fried green tomatoes, barbecued pork, fried chicken, and mashed potatoes.) If roast beef or tomato pie are on the menu, order both. And don’t be alarmed if you see Kahlil Arnold, owner and son of founder Jack, doling out extra treats to locals. Since he took over the kitchen in 2009, Arnold has become a fixture in the Nashville food community, and he’s mopped up a whole mess of accolades along the way, including the American Classics Award from the James Beard Foundation. Rumor has it the comfort-food titan will also soon be serving breakfast. As far as timing, it’s best to either come early or late and to always come hungry.
Arnold's Country Kitchen
605 8th Ave. South
Our Rating Neighborhood Downtown Hours Mon–Fri 10:30am–2:45pm Phone 615/256-4455 Prices Main courses $7–$10; meat-and-three under $11 Cuisine Type Meat and Three
Map605 8th Ave. South Nashville
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