The Local Perspective on Living in Nashville, TN

Nashville residents share insights on their favorite places to eat, drink and play.

On Thursday, August 16, 2012 - 15:50
Nashville, TN

What's the quickest, most fun and authentic way to get to know a place?

Simple: Ask a local.

That’s exactly what we did. Our reporters took to the streets to find unbiased answers about the things that make their community a great place to live. Turns out they have a lot to say and really help paint a picture of what life is like in Nashville, TN.

We are only getting the conversation started. Please tell us what you love about your community and share tips of your own!

Here's what people say about Nashville:


“When friends visit, I take them to the Pfunky Griddle. You get to make your own pancakes and it's fun – it's an activity that everyone can enjoy.”

“The Nashville Public Library is fantastic. They have events for children, teens, and adults, plus storytime for kids, book clubs and an amazing summer reading program. It's the cornerstone of the community.”

Misty Bach, 29, Nashville resident for 2 years


“My absolute favorite restaurant is Athens Family Restaurant. It's so authentic, and the food is great. It's where I take family and friends when they come to visit.”

Schermerhorn Symphony Center is amazing and beautiful. Sound of that quality can be compared to symphonies in Vienna; it's exquisite and magnificent. I'm excited every time I'm there, and I'm so proud that Nashville has it.”

“The Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt saved my grandson. Talk about incredible care – the family could come in and be with him, and there was a bed for his mother. They pulled him through – it was a miracle. I felt so safe knowing he was there.”

Kathy Lauder, 68, Nashville resident for 9 years 


“Maggiano's has the best Italian food in Nashville. It's affordable and very classy. It feels like a New York restaurant but isn't too formal, and it's a nice place to take guests for dinner.”

“The Bridgestone Arena is great for rock shows, and the Ryman is perfect for folksy concerts. Every big show comes to Nashville – I'm never short on concerts, there's always one to go to.”

James Castro, 31, Nashville resident for 25 years


“I love going to see a movie at the Belcourt Theatre. They show movies that aren't shown other places, and I can order a beer – you can't do that at other theaters.”

Matt Holton, 27, Nashville resident for 8 years


“Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams has unique flavors, and I love that they are open late on Friday and Saturday nights. I can go there around 10 p.m. and still get ice cream.”

“Saturday nights at Centennial Park are the best. They have bands and dance lessons for free from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m., and every week you learn a different dance. The dance community is really tight-knit in Nashville, so you're always guaranteed to see someone you know.”

Julia Rix, 36, Nashville resident for 7 years


“My favorite restaurant is Mafiaoza's – I like it because it's kind of goofy. They have fun names for their pizzas, like The Enforcer, and they're all delicious. The place has tons of personality and a nice atmosphere – and they're open late!”

Centennial Park is awesome – it has walkways, water and the Parthenon, which is really cool. During the spring and summer, there are food trucks everywhere – it's fun to spend an afternoon at the park, get something to eat and relax. It's also great for exercising, like jogging, walking or biking – I see all kinds of people there doing lots of different things.”

Katie Heath, 24, Nashville resident for 6 years


"The Pharmacy in East Nashville has great burgers, and the atmosphere is great. There are picnic tables outside, and it's really laid back – it's fun to hang out with friends there, and you never feel rushed. They also have a nice bar and good beer. It would be a great spot to take a date.”

“I saw the Wood Brothers at 3rd & Lindsley, and it was fantastic – the venue has lots of places to sit, so I didn't have to fight any crowds, and the balcony was a nice place to hang out. I also saw a Beastie Boys cover band at Exit/In, and I had a great time there, too – the acoustics are good, and the artists' names on the wall make excellent conversation starters. It's open, so the whole place is perfect for meeting new people and mixing and mingling.”

Daniel Stroh, 24, Nashville resident for 2 years