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July 19, 2010 / compassioninpolitics

How to Find the Best Restaurants in Nashville, TN 2010 to 2011

Nine Great Resources for Locating the Best Food in the Music City for Lunch and Dinner

Whether you need to find restaurants near Downtown, West End, Green Hills, or East Nashville–there are fantastic websites and online resources to locate the best area restaurants for Nashville, Brentwood, and Franklin, Tennessee areas. Here is a list of handy websites to optimize your food experiences based on the collective experience and reviews of other customers.

Urban Spoons Rankings of the Best Restaurants in Nashville Restaurants ranked by category and neighborhood. One of the great things about Urban Spoon is the neighborhoods it uses are small–so your choices are very targeted and personalized to where you will potentially be.

Best 10 for Nashville TN (a top 10 list in various categories) 10 Things ranked for restaurants and things to do. (American Continental, Asian, Breakfast/Brunch, International, Italian, Lunch, Meat and Three, Seafood, Southern, Steakhouses, and Discounts and Deals)

Yelp Nashville Local restaurant and business reviews for Nashville Tennessee. allows you to ask specific questions of locals–helps if you provide specific likes (type of food and type of activity) and the area of town you will be staying in or touring in. The Locals Eat also offers a .99 application available at the iPhone app store.

Uptake Nashville restaurants and things to do in Nashville broken down by type of activity and by type of restaurant (African, American, Asian, Bakery, Burgers, Cafe, Caribean, Causual, Chinese, Delies and Diners, Desserts, French, Indian & Pakistani, Italian, Japanese & Sushi, Mexican, Pizza, Seafoods, Soups & Salads, Southern, Steak, Thai food, etc.)

Boorah Nashville, TN Ranking of restaurants and places to eat by city. (Limited to American, Californian, Ecclectic, Fusion, Italian, Steak, and Wine Bar–however rankings seem pretty accurate reflection of food quality)

Where the Locals Eat Nashville Exactly what the title suggests broken down by food category (Burger, Deli, Sushi, Pizza, Seafood, Steakhouse, Vegitarian–with a total of 100 categories offered) , including a list of the top 100 restaurants.

365 Nashville is a blog devoted to 365 things in Nashville, which includes several popular restaurants (Jacks BBQ, Copper Kettle, South Street, Provence Breads & Cafe, Baja Burrito, Rotiers Restaurant, Calypso Cafe, McDougas Chicken, and others)

Best of Nashville for 2009 from the Nashville Scene-Restaurants ranked by readers by category (limited to 3 restaurants per category)

Local restaurants worth checking out can be found at Nashville Originals

Used collectively to identify, rank, and filter the best types of restaurants by location, price, and food variety–these resources are far, far better than the Trip Advisor and CitySearch options of the past which were not personalized. They can save your time, money, and hassel while helping provide a personalized near digital conceierge recommendation.

I would check out places you want to check out and then verify it in the Talk section of yelp. (FYI: Using the Talk section of Yelp requires a free sign up). Yelp and Urbanspoon both offer free iPhone apps to make your restaurant finding even easier–both are among the most popular iPhone apps. They’re great for traveling and finding quality local small businesses.


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  1. compassioninpolitics / Jul 19 2010 8:24 am

    Where do you like to eat? How do you find the best place to eat in Brentwood, Franklin, Cool Springs, Spring Hill, or Nashville, TN????

    Join the conversation….

  2. Peter Hackbert / Jul 20 2010 6:29 pm

    I have my 20 summer Entrepreneurship for the Public Good program using both and Facebook to provide quality review of restaurants and small businesses in Eastern Kentucky. The students are becoming much more discerning in the array to services we experience and have discovered the value of word of mouth via social media and networks.

  3. compassioninpolitics / Jul 20 2010 6:56 pm

    Great idea. Its great to bring transparency and user feedback to bring transparency and accountability to small business. And on the flip side it rewards businesses who have really extraordinary products & services.

    I like the list of resources you have at Berea for social entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship for public good:

    Thanks for weighing in…


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