Don’t feel up to dedicating to a full sit down meal? You’ve come to the right place! The Nashville Insider is all about letting you know what’s best here in Music City so keep reading to find out where to go when you’re in the mood for a sandwich. There’s plenty of restaurants to choose from, we’ve just made a list of the top rated ones. Nashville’s restaurant scene has a little something for everyone, regardless of what flavor you’ve got in mind.
When you happen to find yourself in the 16th St area of Nashville on any weekend, Bill’s Sandwich Palace is ready to serve up sandwiches that taste even better than their high quality Instagram photos look. Thursday through Sunday every week, Bill’s Sandwich Palace will take care of you for lunch from 11 am – 3 pm (2 pm close on Sundays). Even Vegetarians will rejoice, reviews say that their meatless sandwich has more flavor than their carnivore friendly options. Though this shop is not large, their menu is mighty and their portions are massive.
With origins in 18th century Germany, the word “delicatessen” has always referred to a retail establishment that sells a selection of fine prepared foods. In the 19th century, America took on the term and since then, deli culture has remained an active part of the societal norm. Keeping the tradition alive, Mitchell Delicatessen on McGavock Pk has been serving up sandwiches for breakfast and lunch since their opening in 2008. Only using the highest quality, all natural ingredients, this is one stop that will fill you up without weighing you down too much. From 8 am – 4 pm, you can get a little handy with one of their bagel sandwiches or breakfast burritos at Mitchell Delicatessen.
What was born out of a group of bandmates wanting to host annual Vegan potluck meals has grown into what is now a full blown deli and marketplace on Gallatin Ave. The BE-Hive Deli and Market is one location that is meant to provide affordable plant based food to the folks of Nashville. Not every fully Vegan restaurant has to be this overwhelming, overpriced experience and the people of The BE-Hive are dedicated to granting easier access for those who wish to indulge. Everything from their cheesy tots to the hot Italian sub is plant based, but you won’t remember that after a single bite. Any day you’re feeling the craving, The BE-Hive is ready to take care of you from 11 am – 10 pm.
Cheaper than you’d expect for the value, Duke’s is a little bar on Main St that is likely to be your main hangout once you’ve tried anything that their menu has to offer. Duke’s is owned and operated by locals straight out of Nashville’s Rock N’ Roll scene, so you know this dive has some serious personality. Simple sandwich options line the menu of Duke’s, each one making a perfect pair with any of the gently priced drinks from the bar. Build the sandwich of your dreams after a couple of beers or shots at Duke’s from 12 pm – 3 am any day that you’re in the area.
Germantown is known for being one of those parts of Nashville that is stocked with all sorts of food and Little Hats Italian Market fits right into the mold. Imported goods and ingredients make all of their home made meals taste all the better, from the made to order gourmet sandwiches to the pasta dishes that will leave you stuffed. Like any good Italian restaurant, Little Hats on 4th ave will fill you up without breaking the bank. Except for when they take a break on Sundays, you can try this spot out from 11 am to 8 pm any other day. As if you really needed another excuse to visit Germantown.
“Really Awesome Eats” is what’s promised to any patron that walks in by the name alone. Rae’s Sandwich Shop (get it? R-A-E’s) is one of those quirky, low key sandwich shops that even makes their own custom sauces. Plan ahead when considering your lunch time visit to Rae’s Union St location as they are open Monday-Thursday from 11 am – 1:30 pm. If you can coordinate the visit, be sure to ask what their soup of the day might be. Gumbo and potato leek are a couple of hearty soups you might run into. Since 2002, this little spot has kept Nashville locals fed and wanting to come back for more.
Custom sandwiches are always the mood when you know exactly what you’re craving and Ty’s Soups and Sandwiches is just the place to be when you’re feeling picky. Pair the custom creation with their daily soup, made from scratch, and you may discover a better culinary friendship than peanut butter and jelly. Look no further than 4th Ave for this gem of a restaurant and come in Monday through Friday, 10:30 am – 2:30 pm. Keep an eye out for the large blue umbrellas, that’s how you’ll know you’ve arrived.
Community is what drives the local owners of Eastwood Deli Co on Eastland Ave, where serving up home made meals to the people of Nashville (whether visiting or local) is the ultimate goal. Eastwood Deli’s menu features breakfast biscuits, pimento cheese sandwiches for lunch, and even a pork sandwich when you’re in need of a hearty and filling option. Except for Monday’s when they close, Eastwood Deli Co is open from 7 am – 3 pm every other day, waiting for you to come by and ask about what the soup of the day is. Check out the “heat + eat” menu if taking home two meals for the price of one appeals to you. That’s one major deal, you’ll know after your very first bite.
Sweet tea is kind of a delicacy around here so a mention of McAlister’s Deli on West End Ave is an absolute necessity, plus they make some wicked sandwiches. Hand crafted sandwiches, salads, and loaded (and we mean LOADED) baked potatoes all taste even better with a large sweet tea. Dependable as ever, McCalister’s Deli is right there waiting for you every single day from 11 am – 9 pm. Don’t be surprised if you see one of these notorious restaurants when you’re in different states. This franchise is quite popular across the nation so stop in sometime and find out why.
Classic style diners are always a fun way to relax in a laid back setting no matter where you are and Tower Market and Deli is one solid stop. Only top quality deli meats and cheeses are featured on each of their sandwiches made to suit exactly your needs at Tower. Whether you’re shopping for ingredients to take home and make your own treat or picking from their selection, Tower Market and Deli on Gallatin Ave maintains the highest of standards regardless. Every day, you can plan to come in from 6 am during the week, 7 pm on weekends until 8 pm each night. Locally owned, operated, and sourced, you can enjoy being a part of Nashville’s growing local community with a visit to Tower.
Located on 51st Ave North, 51st Deli boasts plenty of variety and healthy options at their cafeteria style deli/store. All day breakfast is the tip of the giant iceberg that is 51st Deli. From 6 am – 8 pm (varying hours on the weekends) 51st Deli will take you from a Southern Biscuit for breakfast to a Cuban for lunch or dinner. Along with a lovely variety in the realm of ingredients between two pieces of bread, you should check out the taco selection for something different from sandwiches and wraps. Specialty sides include beans, fried plantains, and guacamole when chips aren’t hitting the same.
Breakfast sandwiches, paninis, pancakes and more can’t wait for you to try a plate at Corner Bakery Cafe on 4th St. Along with your coffee, tea or lemonade, you can pair a club panini or chicken pesto sandwich with a splendid selection of other sides. Soups, salads, and pastas are also on the menu so bring your appetite when you visit Corner Bakery Cafe. They take a break on Sundays, but any other day out of your week, feel free to take some time with Corner Bakery from 7 am – 3 pm. If you happen to be staying in the Hampton Inn & Suites Nashville, you’ll be happy to know that Corner Bakery Cafe is even closer than walking distance from the accommodations.
Another low key gem, Sam & Zoe’s is a coffee shop on Heather Pl that offers one kickin veggie burger along with a small but well stocked menu of other sandwiches. Seasoned tofu is even an option, along with the classics like tuna salad and chicken pesto. During the week, plan to stop by for a sandwich and smoothie combo from 6:30 am – 4:30 pm. Sleep in a little on Saturday and Sunday as they open a little later at 8 am. Waking up is easiest when you know there’s a solid cup of coffee and breakfast sandwich waiting for you. There’s plenty of patio space for all who come in so next time you’d like to enjoy a nice day, Sam & Zoe’s is ready to serve you up a light breakfast, lunch, or early dinner.
Now you can go forth and eat sandwiches! Here in Nashville, our melting pot of restaurants includes a little bit of anything you could possibly be craving while visiting our favorite city. If you’re wanting something different from sandwiches, don’t fret. Here at The Nashville Insider, we’ve compiled more than plenty of lists just for you. Vegan food, barbecue, Asian food, you name it and we are probably already talking about it. Nashville is one of those cities that you just want to document and we do, often. Click back through our past articles to find out all you need to know about planning a trip to Music City and don’t skip out on the FAQ section while you’re at it. There’s plenty of information about how to book a tour with us on the Nashville Bar Bike so you won’t want to miss out.