If you’re looking to visit a city that thrives on culinary opportunities, Nashville, Tennessee is the place for you. Not only is it packed with delicious Southern eats (you’ll eat the best fried chicken of your life) but culturally, Nashville is extremely varied with restaurants ranging from Italian all the way to Korean and in between. Below are my top five favorite eateries in Nashville and you’ll soon know where to eat.

1. Barista Parlor, 519B Gallatin Avenue, Nashville, Tennessee

If you’re a coffee lover, make sure to visit this coffee shop in Nashville! Barista Parlor is known for its artisanal baked goods, amazing breakfast sandwich, and some of the best coffee you’ll ever taste. Be warned, they do not serve any sort of decaf coffee! Their selection of teas is also impressive, perfect for a mid-afternoon pick me up.

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2. Arnold’s Meat & 3, 605 8th Ave S, Nashville, Tennessee

It’s called “meat and three” because that’s basically what you order: a meat and three sides. Arnold’s is one of Nashville’s most iconic stops for chefs and culinary lovers alike. It’s down to earth food, comforting, and with that perfect hint of Southern hospitality. The food is incredible and I’m not even raised a Southerner. Just make sure to check the menu online before you arrive, as there is a daily special. And arrive early or you’ll be waiting in a line out the door.

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3. Five Points Pizza, 1012 Woodland Street, Nashville, Tennessee

If you travel in search of pizza and pizza only, and you’re visiting Nashville to get the best slice, a pit stop at Five Points Pizza, voted best pizza FIVE years in a row, is the place to be. Beers and pizza, need I say more?

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4. Husk, 37 Rutledge Street, Nashville, TN, 37210

Looking for a great restaurant in Nashville for a business dinner or a romantic date night for two? Husk by Chef Sean Brock is the one. Probably the best fried chicken I’ve ever had, the lunch menu is quite delicious and for dinner, even better. Make sure to try their pimento grilled cheese or deviled eggs!

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5. Hai Woon Dai, 2051 Antioch Pike, Antioch, TN 37013

Although technically not in Nashville, Hai Woon Dai is worth the short trip to have some incredible Korean food. The Korean population in Nashville is quite large and you can sense it with the rise of Asian markets and restaurants. Don’t miss the seafood pancakes!

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These insider tips to Nashville, Tennessee were written by Marnely Murray who pens Cooking with Books.