Nashville might be known for it’s music, but the South in general is known for their impeccable ability to make any idea you had in regards to food, taste that much better. Whether Grandma put her foot in it, or Uncle Such-N-Such spent two days slaving over a hot grill, we know how to eat around here. This week, here on the Nashville Bar Bike Blog, we would like to take you on a journey. Come wade through pools of barbecue sauce with us and keep reading to find out where to go in Nashville when you’re craving a piece of heaven straight off the grill. What better way to recharge after a tour on the #BarBike than with a huge plate of barbecue goodness?
Don’t forget to bookmark this page so you can refer back to it for later. This piece and any of our posts from the past can be great itinerary planning tools. From Chicken to Happy Hour, here at the Nashville Bar Bike, we are in the business of making sure that you and your party have the time of your lives while visiting or living in Nashville. Part of what makes this place so much fun is the immense amount of things to do, see and eat. There’s always something open and there’s always something going on. So with that, here’s a list of a few favorites in the realm of barbecue greatness, enjoy!
Claiming that the only way to find better barbecue would be at Grandmas house, Peg Leg Porker BBQ has won it’s fair share of awards in the past ten years. Go ahead and stop by, you can even mail order their products to anywhere in the country, information that you will want to have after one trip to the Peg Leg Porker. Family owned and operated, this restaurant is one that should be added to your list anytime you can make the trip. Every day except Sunday, head over to Gleaves Street in Nashville for some home style barbecue that’s sure to impress anyone in your party.
If you’re interested in finding a spot to enjoy lunch or dinner and have a hankering for barbecue, you won’t have to look too far before running into one of three locations that Edley’s Bar-B-Que is known for. When you’re wanting to enjoy a “Tribute to all things Southern” you won’t have to go any further than Edley’s Bar-B-Que. Check out their website to find out with location fits in with your trip to the city!
With many locations dotted throughout Tennessee, you can trust that Martin’s Bar-B-Que joint is the place you want to experience at some point. Nine different locations can’t possibly be wrong. There’s even one in Alabama, and another in South Carolina. When most of the South decides that it’s time to house another barbecue joint, you know it has to be something high quality, and Martin’s is just that. Bragging about their entirely fresh menu, made new every day, you can taste the home-cooking at this restaurant, despite not being at your own dining room table. After taking a taste of the whole hog at Martin’s, you’ll wonder where they have Grandma hidden in the kitchen.
When you see something along the lines of “Open until 3pm or until we run out of food” then you know this is a restaurant you have got to try out. If you’ve ever gotten to Shotgun Willie’s a little later than planned, you might have been disappointed when your favorite sides or main dishes have already run out that day. Shotgun Willie’s is much more than a cool name based on Willie Nelson. For anyone looking to walk out with your jeans a bit tighter, this is the place to be. With plates that feature ½ lb of meat and all from scratch sides, you can’t help but indulge a little too much at Shotgun Willie’s. Walk on up and sit for a spell at one of their “fancy” picnic tables and find out what you’ve been missing all this time.
For more than 50 years, Swett’s Restaurant has been serving up barbecue along with other classic country style menu options. With a cafeteria style service, this is one of those “little slice of heaven” type of restaurants. From pork shoulder to pigs feet, there’s a bit of everything available on the menu and the prices aren’t half bad either. Politicians, celebrities and locals alike have been coming here for the better part of 62 years. Consistency is key when it comes to good food and Swett’s has been nothing if not consistent. Located just five minutes from downtown Nashville, there’s no reason to not stop in for at least a taste.
If you’ve ever found yourself checking out the history of downtown Nashville and checking out photos from Broadway Street, you’re sure to run into a shot or two that includes Jack’s big sign, facing the Ryman Auditorium. Combining the culinary skills of Texas and Tennessee, Jack’s Bar-B-Cue began as a small space set up to view Riverfront Park. Since it’s initial opening in the 1989, Jack’s has become a staple of Broadway Street at it’s 416 location, with the infamous “3 pigs” sign drawing many photographers and film makers over the years. At one point, Jack’s was even the topic of a Jeopardy question. If Alex Trebec is willing to talk about it, then this restaurant must be worth talking about. Now with three locations open, this once small town specialty has managed to make a name for itself that spans the country, even being named “Best Barbecue city in the USA” by Travel + Leisure magazine in 2014. Come on down to any location and ask about the brisket if you’re wanting a treat.
One thing about food that we here in the south know to be true is this, if it’s served on a food truck, the meal will be one of the best you’ve had. But, stopping by the Porter Road Butcher in east Nashville is no gamble, you’re going to leave satisfied when you have a bite with The Gambling Stick guys. All made with locally sourced meats and ingredients, The Gambling Stick is truly a local haven that you can feel good about eating at. When you’re wanting to taste what Nashville has to offer in the way of barbecue without any worry of where it came from, The Gambling Stick is a quick, friendly and tasty source of nourishment.
Well, there it is. Now, you have an awesome list of barbecue spots to try out while you’re in Nashville. If there’s anything we here at the Nashville Bar Bike Blog want to be sure of, it’s that you and yours end up fed and satisfied while you’re visiting. One thing about Nashville to keep in mind is this, if you’re hungry when you leave, that’s your own fault. Don’t forget to click around the blog and see what other lists we’ve compiled. There’s even a vegan/vegetarian friendly post that tells you all about how to find top tier plant based soul food. No matter what questions you have about Nashville, we make it our goal here on the blog to have either covered it already or be in the process of working on something new for you all, the readers. A trip to Nashville will always be a fun one, but we do try to make the planning process a little less hectic for you. Go ahead and bookmark this page, keep coming back to see what’s on the list and we are sure you’ll learn something new with each visit.
While you’re here, be sure to take a look at our FAQ page to find out more about the #BarBike and what a tour has to offer you. Not only are the seats affordable at 25$ to start, but you can actually fit up to 15 people on the same bike. Birthdays, showers, parties of any kind that you could possibly think of can find a seat on the #BarBike and have a blast. Like we have said before here on the blog, there’s no way to experience Nashville that is more fun than a ride with us. Our tour guides are knowledgeable, fun and excited to be a part of what makes your trip to the city a good one. If you have spent some time here on the blog and still feel overwhelmed by all of the available choices, you can even ask your tour guide about what their favorites are. With everything going on around here, you’re sure to get a different answer from any local. When you’re from a city as hyped up as Nashville, seems like everyone gets excited about everything. Hope you’ve found a spot to become a regular at while you’re visiting. Keep checking back for more articles and follow us on Facebook/Instagram to keep up with our day to day shenanigans from the #BarBike.