The 9 Best Soul Food Spots In Nashville


photo credit: Silver Sands

Even though we’re called Music City, Nashville is home to some of the best Southern cooking and comfort food restaurants. From fried chicken to mac and cheese and greens, Nashville always seems to nail it. Take a look at a few of the spots that always seem to get it right in our book. Maybe your favorite made the list!

Barr’s Music City Soul Food

One of Nashville’s newer spots, they are not lacking with the cafeteria-style soul food we love in the city. They are also one of a few open on Sundays.   

618 Brentwood Dr. East | Nashville, TN 37211

Cal’s Country Kitchen

Cal’s Country Kitchen is a Nashville staple for meat + three goodness. The newly re-opened location is serving up all of your old-school favorites Tuesday – Sunday with brunch coming soon. 

1315 Dickerson Pike | Nashville, TN 37207 

Monique’s Homestyle Cooking

This Nashville staple has proudly served the city for over 24 years. Known for their fried chicken, you can find all your favorite down-home meals throughout the week.  

451 Ponder Pl. | Nashville, TN 37228

Kingdom Cafe

Many describe a trip to Kingdom Cafe as a “soul experience.” With great food and an awesome family atmosphere, we definitely agree! Check it out!  

2610 Jefferson St. | Nashville, TN 37208


Swett’s always serves up amazing food with awesome hospitality to match! If you love home-style Southern cooking, Swett’s is the place for you.  

2725 Clifton Ave | Nashville, TN 37209

The Southern V

The Southern V changes everything you thought you knew about soul food. This vegan staple has food good enough to make the most stubborn meat-eaters believe in the vegan vision.   

1200 Buchanan St. | Nashville, TN 37208


Vege-Licious is all about fresh plant-based southern cuisine. Their “SoulChik Plates” are to die for with vegan fried chicken, mac and cheese, and home fries. Just like the name says, Vege-Licious is truly delicious!   

513B Fisk St. | Nashville, TN 37203

Silver Sands

Silver Sands has remained one of Nashville’s favorite soul food restaurants for quite some time. The family-owned business has been passed down for 3 generations and they definitely put that family love and passion into every plate. Try their smothered pork chops salmon croquettes, fried chicken, and more! 

937 Locklayer St. | Nashville, TN 37208

Lil Cee’s

After re-opening in August, Lil Cee’s is back and better than ever! The East Nashville soul food spot guarantees great flavors and great vibes, and it definitely delivers on that promise. The pork chops alone will make you come back time and time again. 

605 Douglas Ave | Nashville, TN 37207  

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