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Food and Drink in Nashville

Acme Feed & Seed: This three-story eatery serves burgers, tacos, barbecue, sushi, ribs and more on the first two floors, then adds a rooftop bar to the mix to liven things up. The food is good, music, when they have it, is just as good. (101 Broadway Ave.; 615-915-0888; open Monday to Friday, 11 a.m. to late, and Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to late)

Prince's Hot Chicken: A legendary spot serving Nashville hot chicken, fried chicken with some added heat in the batter and sometimes sauce. It's fried perfectly and is deceptively spicy. The menu is small, just fried chicken, wings or tenders and a few sides, but that's all you need when you make one of the most sought-after fried chicken dishes in the south. (123 Ewing Dr.; 615-226-9442; open Tuesday to Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 4 a.m., and Saturday, 2 p.m. to 4 a.m.)

Hattie B's: Serving Nashville hot chicken with white or dark meat, half-bird platters, tenders and wings, Hattie B's is one of those destination dining places where the line is long and the food it totally worth it. Watch out, Nashville hot chicken can be quite hot, so when you order, try a heat level one below where you think you should be. (112 9th Ave. South; 615-678-4794; open Monday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to midnight, and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

Biscuit Love: The biscuits Chef Karl Worley cooks up every morning draws quite a crowd, so much so you might want to arrive early so you don't have to stand in line and turn breakfast into lunch. Whether you get a plain buttermilk biscuit, a biscuit sandwich topped with fried chicken or beef patties, or biscuit French toast, you'll be glad you stopped by. (316 11th Ave. South; 615-490-9584; open daily, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

Husk Nashville: Chef Sean Brock made a name for himself in Charleston, South Carolina, but he heard the call of Nashville and opened a second location of his flagship restaurant, Husk, here. The menu is distinctively Southern but updated for contemporary palates and focuses on using local ingredients in every phase of the meal. Expect to find hot fish sandwiches, his version of hot chicken, duck, country ham and biscuits, steak and pork. (37 Rutledge St.; 615-256-6565; open for lunch Monday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and brunch Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; open for dinner Sunday to Thursday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.)

Black Rabbit: Serving exceptional classic cocktails and modern updates as well as bites of sophisticated food on sharable plates and platters, Black Rabbit is known to visitors and locals as a place where the food and drink are exceptional. (218 3rd Ave. North; 615-730-9432; open Monday to Thursday, 3 p.m. to midnight, Friday, 3 p.m. to 1 a.m., and Saturday, 5 p.m. to 1 a.m., closed Sunday)

Martin's Bar-B-Que Joint: Whole hog barbecue cooked over hickory coals creates an aroma that draws in hungry visitors from far and wide. Pulled pork, sliced brisket, smoked turkey and a little thing called a Redneck Taco -- barbecue served on a cornbread hoecake -- are just some of the highlights here. (410 4th Ave. South; 615-288-0880; open daily, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.)

Jack's Bar-B-Que: The style of barbecue at Jack's is a combination of Tennessee and Texas, so on the menu you'll find pulled pork and brisket, as well as smoked turkey and chicken and hot sausages. Run by a longtime and lauded barbecue man in Nashville, Jack's is one of those places barbecue lovers seek out and check off their list. (416 Broadway Ave.; 615-254-5715; open Monday to Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

Nudie's Honky Tonk: Three levels, three stages, the longest bar in Nashville, and a giant Cadillac hanging on the wall make Nudie's one of the best honky-tonks in town. Named for Nudie Cohn, Rodeo Tailor, one of the iconic westernwear designers and quite a character, this is a hot party spot any night of the week. (409 Broadway Ave.; 615-942-5307; open Monday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 3 a.m., Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 a.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 a.m.)

Tootsie's Orchid Lounge: What's not to love about a tri-staged honky-tonk located right behind the Ryman Auditorium? That's Tootsie's, a place where you'll hear exceptional music, drink exceptionally cheap beer, and have a genuinely Nashville good time. (422 Broadway Ave.; 615-726-0463; open daily, 10 a.m. to 3 a.m.)

Beer Sellar: Beer Sellar has one of the best beer lists in downtown Nashville, with 50 taps and more than 100 bottles on offer. They always feature brews from Nashville and across Tennessee, as well as top southern and national breweries. (107 Church St.; 615-254-9464; open Monday to Thursday, 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. and Friday to Sunday, 2 p.m. to 2 a.m.)

Don't Miss in Nashville

Grand Ole Opry: A radio broadcast of a country music variety show went live in 1925 and it's been a staple of the genre ever since. The Grand Ole Opry is one part multi-act performance, one part American icon and 100 percent Nashville; it's not to be missed if you can help it. Shows last two or more hours and run every Friday and Saturday night, with a few other shows thrown in for good measure. The Opry records at two venues in Nashville, the historic Ryman Auditorium and at a purpose-built facility, the Grand Ole Opry House just outside of downtown. The Ryman Auditorium is smaller and more intimate, and shows there are held from November through December, occasionally through January. The Grand Ole Opry House is a showstopper and worth the visit. (Ryman Auditorium: 116 5th Ave. North. Grand Ole Opry House: 2804 Opryland Dr.; 800-SEE-OPRY/800- 733-6779)

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum: A must-visit for country music fans, the Hall of Fame pays homage to the greats of the genre from its earliest days to artists still on the radio today. In addition to permanent displays on Hall of Fame honorees, there are rotating exhibits highlighting stars from the past and present, from a joint exhibit on Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan to a showcase of influential folk artists to contemporary performers like Brad Paisley and Jason Aldean. (222 5th Ave. South; 615-416-2001; open daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

Johnny Cash Museum: A small museum packed with memorabilia and artifacts spanning the career of country music legend Johnny Cash. See stage-worn costumes and instruments used to record his hits, gold records, family photos, even artwork created by The Man In Black himself. (119 3rd Ave. South; 615-256-1777; open daily, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

Patsy Cline Museum: This museum tells the story of Patsy Cline, a country legend who died before her career could blossom into what many believe would have been superstardom. Displays and audio exhibits detail her work, her life and her too-early end. (119 3rd Ave. South, Second Level; 615-454-4722; open daily, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

Music City Walk of Fame Park: This small park serves as a tribute to artists who have made significant contributions to the music industry. As expected, there are plenty of country stars represented here, but also some surprises like Jimi Hendrix and Jack White. (121 4th Ave. South; open 24 hours)

Hatch Show Print's Haley Gallery: Displaying woodblock prints of posters and playbills advertising concerts and shows designed and printed by the lauded Hatch brothers, the Haley Gallery draws music fans and ephemera lovers and collectors alike. (224 5th Ave. South; 615-577-7711; open daily, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

The Rymer Gallery: The largest contemporary art gallery in Nashville, The Rymer Gallery displays works by more than 40 artists from the U.S. and abroad. This 3,000-square-foot gallery anchors the growing arts district, Fifth Avenue of the Arts. (233 5th Ave. North; 615-752-6030; open Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

Zeitgeist: This contemporary gallery holds exhibitions and art showings by contemporary artists giving fresh takes on the world as they see it. Works are often as exciting as they are evocative. (516 Hagan St., Suite 100; 615-256-4805; open Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

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