FAVES & RAVES 2018: Dining



Nashville’s food landscape is ever-changing, with hip new restaurants opening every day, or so it seems. Some of those are flashes in the frying pan, and others sustain a loyal following. This year, though, our readers definitely showed their love to some perennial faves!

All of this year’s winners can be found in the Restaurant section of O&AN’s Gay Guide!


Chef—Arnold Mynt

+ Overall Best Restaurant—Suzy Wong’s House of Yum

Local gay chef Arnold Myint again takes top honors as our readers’ favorite local chef. Locally, Myint is the force behind a number of favorite restaurants. His alter ego, Suzy Wong, is also the inspiration behind Suzy Wong’s House of Yum, which is an integral part of the Church Street gayborhood.

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Burger—The Pharmacy

The Pharmacy Burger Parlor & Beer Garden offers some of Nashville’s best options for burgers. And did we mention beer garden?

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Coffee—Frothy Monkey

Frothy Monkey—a hot local beverage chain—has a drink menu that will make any enthusiast happy, with coffees on tap and rotating seasonal beverages. Frothy Monkey also serves fantastic food and offers professional catering services.

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Pizza—Slim & Husky

Slim & Husky has topped LGBT Nashville’s list of best pizzerias for a second year in a row. Slim & Husky’s is a casual neighborhood “Pizza Beeria” providing a gourmet build-your-own pizza experience, featuring locally sourced cheeses, meats and vegetables. And you can wash it all down with Nashville’s best local brews.

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Breakfast—Nashville Biscuit House

The Nashville Biscuit House is an old-fashioned, southern-style joint that hits the spot. They offer breakfast all day, as well as terrific lunch specials every day of the week!

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Brunch—Homegrown Tap Room

Why did readers choose Homegrown Tap Room as their favorite place for brunch? Perhaps it’s the awesome craft beer, and the fresh menu full of items made in-house from local ingredients… Check them out!

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Dessert—Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams

Jeni’s is a favorite local brand with a simple recipe for success: “ice creams built from the ground up with superlative ingredients.” Chances are, if you like ice cream, you’ve already been, but, if you haven’t, go. You’ll thank us later.

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Fine Dining—Margot

Margot McCormack, who was featured on the cover of O&AN in 2013, has retaken her crown as the purveyor of Nashville’s Best Fine Dining. Margot Café & Bar has been a fixture of Nashville fine dining for twenty years now, with its innovative, daily-changing menus and intimate atmosphere.

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Nashville’s newest gay bar, Peckers, also boasts our readers new favorite patio. The space runs the full length of the bar and provides an outdoor escape whenever you need it!

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Vegetarian—The Wild Cow

Our readers’ favorite place to spare the animals, again. is The Wild Cow. This restaurant serves “vegan, vegetarian and gluten free goodness in a casual environment in the heart of East Nashville!” They also offer organic hard cider, high alcohol beers and wine.

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Sushi—Eastern Peak

For the second year in a row, O&AN readers have chosen Eastern Peak as their favorite place for sushi. This Thai restaurant serves up fresh, beautiful plates of sushi, and it’s a friendly spot to bring friends and family who don’t eat sushi. There’s something on the menu for almost everyone!

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Check out all of our Nightlife, Dining, Look Good/Feel Good, Professional Services, Community, Places, & Wedding Services FAVES & RAVES 2018 winners!

Also see 2017 FAVES & RAVES: DINING winners here!