Pimento cheese dishes in Nashville that do the Southern staple right

Pimento cheese dishes in Nashville that do the Southern staple right

Pimento Cheese is a culinary institution in the South, sitting on a pedestal in between sweet tea and cornbread. Ask anyone who grew up below the Mason-Dixon line, and they’ll share memories of their grandma combining grated cheddar, a heap of mayonnaise and a jar of pimentos into a popular potluck dip.

These days, Nashville chefs are elevating pimento cheese with better cheeses, less mayo and often smoked spices, making it a can’t-miss component of local menus. With National Cheese Lover’s Day coming up on January 20, it felt like a fitting time to point toward some of Nashville’s best takes on this Southern staple. Whether atop a burger, adorning a hot dog or stuffed inside a sandwich or beignet, these seven Nashville dishes do pimento cheese right.

Where to find the best brunch in Nashville

Where to find the best brunch in Nashville

In 2019, brunch is as pervasive on Nashville’s culinary landscape as bachelorettes are on Broadway. And done right, brunch in Nashville is an activity, not a meal — an action verb usually posed in present tense.

In a city where brunch has become ubiquitous, it can be easy to drown in the sea of possibilities — the best brunches Nashville has to offer can range from a hole-in-the-wall dive in East Nashville (honorable mention, Dino’s) to the city’s ritziest, “see and be seen” rooftop restaurants in The Gulch (looking at you, L.A. Jackson), and everything in between.

To eliminate the guesswork, we’ve rounded up a list of some of the best brunch spots in Nashville, and included some brunch dishes you can’t go wrong with.

Walk Eat Nashville Launches Saturday tours in Midtown

Walk Eat Nashville is expanding, taking its popular walking food tours into a second neighborhood--Midtown.

The new Midtown tours follow the same format as the existing Historic East Nashville tours: six tasting stops over three hours paired with a 1.5-mile leisurely walk. During the tour, guests interact with chefs and sample some of the flavors turning Nashville into the new culinary capital of the South.

“Nashville’s culinary roots took hold in Midtown a generation ago,” said Karen-Lee Ryan, Walk Eat Nashville Founder & Owner. “It’s still home to long-standing destinations and impressive newcomers. Midtown is filled with great food--and lots of interesting stories.”

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As a former journalist, Ryan enjoys sharing details about local landmarks and lore between restaurant tastings. Her new tour meanders through the “Rock Block” and the Vanderbilt campus before skirting Music Row.

The Midtown walking food tours take place Saturdays from 1:30-4:30 p.m. and feature the following locations: Mason’s, Elliston Place Soda Shop, Tavern, Midtown Cafe, Gigi’s Cupcakes and Union Common.

East Nashville tours run 1:30-4:30pm Thursdays and 11a.m.-2 p.m. Fridays. Stops include places such as Lockeland Table, Marché Artisan Foods, Five Points Pizza, Edley’s East and Chocolate F/X.

Tickets cost $49 per person, which includes six tastings and an engaging tour guide. Advance purchase is required. For additional information, call 615-587-6138.