From a young age, I’ve been an adventurous eater. Though my mom’s definition of courageous was diving into the Sweet ‘n Sour Chicken at our neighborhood Chinese restaurant, my dad always encouraged me to try anything I could get my hands on, even if I had no idea what it was. I’ll never forget the excitement when I called my parents to tell them their 13-year-old had just sucked down some snails and loved them! So, as you can imagine, I’m as interested as any foodie can be in hearing about Nashville’s hottest new restaurants.

I’ve spent almost a year with the Loews Vanderbilt team and I am enthralled to have met my match. Kristin Story, Director of Human Resources, is as witty as she is passionate about Nashville’s culinary scene. “If eating were a sport, I’d be a professional athlete”, she joked. “I never cook, ever.” One can go out in Nashville for every meal and never get bored. The food scene is always evolving and attracting new culinary talent into the Music city. Cuisine in Nashville is not your stereotypical southern cuisine anymore.

With restaurants opening weekly, we asked Kristin to share her favorite establishments for brunch, dinner and cocktails. Her top choices include:

Dinner at Little Octopus

Neighborhood: The Gulch

Cocktails at Old Glory

Neighborhood: Edgehill

Brunch at Urban Grub

Neighborhood: 12 South

No matter where you travel, always leave time to explore the local culinary scene. I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to try out these restaurants the next time I visit. Whether you’re an adventurous eater like Dad or conservative like Mom, Music City’s restaurant scene is sure to serenade you.

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