Celebrate National Soul Food Month in Nashville, Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — While most people know June as LGBT Pride Month, the summer month also celebrates the best kind of Southern cuisine: soul food.

The South is particularly known for its good home cooking, and soul food is easily found in Tennessee. Whether it’s made from a meat and three dish or your own cooking, soul food can warm the heart as well as the stomach.

Here are some of the places you can find soul food in Nashville.

A Nashville treasure, Arnold’s Country Kitchen offers some of the best home cooking available this side of the Mason-Dixon line. Choose from set options for your main dish during the week and add rotating side dishes for this classic meat-and-three. Top it off with a slice of pie or a plate of banana pudding, and don’t forget some sweet tea to drink!

605 8th Ave. S, Nashville, 37203

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Whether you want lunches or dinners of pork chops, fried catfish, meatloaf or turkey, you can find them all at Barr’s Music City Soul Food. The restaurant also offers catering and gift cards for when you need your peach cobbler or fried chicken dinner.

618 Brentwood Drive East, Nashville 37211

Big Al specializes in “Southern comfort food with lots of soul.” With breakfast and lunch specials Tuesday through Saturday, Big Al’s also puts fresh produce on the board every day. Al also offers catering service for all events and functions for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

1828 4th Ave N, Nashville, 37208

Those who have visited the restaurant compare it to a soul experience, rather than just soul food. Choose from six different meats and eight different vegetarian sides for your soul food fix.

2610 Jefferson Street, Nashville, 37208

Open Thursday through Sunday, Lil Cee’s prepares its food “just like mom.” The cash-only business offers a walk-up window for takeout service as well as dine-in options.

605 Douglas Avenue, Nashville, 37207

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“Just the way mom made it,” is how the folks at Silver Sands Soul Food say their menu is put together. Offering breakfast and lunch options, the cafe is a family-owned restaurant that serves “some of the best homemade Southern-style food in the Downtown Nashville area.” Family recipes include Smothered Pork Chops, Potatoes and Onions, Salmon Croquettes, Fried Chicken, Mac and Cheese, Greens, Boiled Cornbread and many more Again. The restaurant also offers a catering menu.

937 Locklayer Street, Nashville, 37208

Founded by Walter and Susie Swett in 1954 as Swett’s Dinette, the family-owned business provides a warm, inviting and comfortable atmosphere to all who walk through its doors. Dine in and enjoy home cooking or take it away! Some say the baked chicken with two vegetables is the “best deal in town.”

2725 Clifton Avenue, Nashville, 37209

Nashville also hosts a lighter take on soul food at The Southern V. The restaurant specializes in plant-based Southern cuisine, giving soul food fans a vegan option in the heart of the Buchanan Street business district.

From Snausage Cookies to Meet Bread, The Southern V makes the majority of its food from scratch. Their plant-based Nashville Hot Chick’n is something you’ll have to try to believe.

1208 Buchanan Street, Nashville, 37208

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