If you’re a little tired of Nashville’s beloved Fido, Edley’s or Hattie B’s, then there’s good news: fabulous (and mostly affordable) new eateries have been popping up all in the Nashville area.

Springing from East Nashville and spreading to Germantown and other parts of the city, these experimental restaurants have caught the eye of trendy taste-testers and locals alike.

Recent Lipscomb graduate and resident foodie Kayla Ford suggested Plaza Mariachi as not only a great place for food, but also as great retail and entertainment options all at one central location. This Latin American shopping environment is being called a “city within a city” for its many diverse offerings.

“Plaza Mariachi is the most unique and interactive food environment I have experienced in a long time,” Ford said. “It’s only 10 minutes from downtown and includes entertainment, cultural art, shopping and food.”

With new diet fads like Whole 30, it can be difficult to go out with friends and share a meal without health qualms. However, many of these new places in Nashville cater to those who dine under dietary restrictions.

One of these bistros is AVO. Located in Midtown, this vegan restaurant is devoted to healthy, raw options. From their Kimchi Spring Rolls to the Zucchini Pasta Verde, anything consumed here will leave you feeling full and fit.

If you’re not in the mood to diet, there are still plenty of places that will meet your needs.

“I am in love with Butcher and Bee,” Ford said. “Their feta and honey dip is life changing. But if I’m feeling less hungry, I always go for Barcelona with friends.”

Open late and nestled in between Taco Mamasita and the rest of the Edgehill Shops is the newest, hottest tapas bar, Barcelona. This place definitely measures up to the real Barcelona in Spain.

Along with a cozy, intimate atmosphere and accessible location, Barcelona delivers when it comes to tasty and shareable small plates. I would recommend the Scallops a la Plancha and Jamón & Manchego Croquetas. (Some of my personal go-to meals in Barcelona, Spain)

And if you can’t choose between oldies like Hattie B’s or new eateries like Barcelona, on August 8, 2017, Barcelona and Hattie B’s are teaming up at the authentic tapas bar for a night of good fun and a one-time-only menu.

“It’s incredible how fast the Nashville food scene is growing,” Ford said. “I’ve seen so much change over the years. From locals-only, hole-in-the-wall places to notable ‘Nashville’ dining options, it’s not hard to have your pick of food in this city.”

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