City House chef Tandy Wilson reveals his top choices on the best restaurants to dine on a dime in Nashville.
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Meet Our Nashville Restaurant Connoisseur
"I'm a casual guy, and I look for that kind of food and environment," says Tandy Wilson, who describes his Italian-inspired Southern food (such as pizza with house-made belly ham, mozzarella, Grana Padano cheese, oregano, and chiles) as "Grandma cooking on steroids." The only difference, he says, "is that we have better toys in the kitchen." After work, he's looking for something tasty–and lighthearted. "At City House, we're not fine dining, but we work hard and put focus into everything we do. When I get out of the kitchen, I want to eat and laugh and not be in a work environment. I want to go out with a couple of buddies and have a few cold beers. It kind of caps the day off."
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Paradise Park Trailer Resort
"The Tater Tots are super crispy," Tandy says. He also loves the Hand-Dipped jumbo Corn Dogs.
"The Quinoa-Sweet Potato Taco with red cabbage and tomatillo salsa is to die for," Tandy says.
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The South's Best Winners 2017
We poured through your more than 22,000 online votes to bring you the best-of-the-best Southern spots. Check out our roundup of the best restaurant, hotel, island, inn, resort, barbecue, bar, shop, museum, brewery, city, and tailgate in the South. Each of these Southern gems is absolutely worth the trip – from the picturesque views of the Outer Banks to the juicy pulled pork of Southern Soul Barbecue. Sip on a cold brew at Wicked Weed Brewery, have a nightcap at Callaghan's, or find your next heirloom at The Paris Market & Brocante. Take a vacation to Asheville to stay at the extravagant Inn on Biltmore Estate, or enjoy the picturesque history of Savannah at the charming Foley House Inn. If you're in town (or, making the trip!), stop in at one of these local favorites chosen by our readers.
View all of the South's Best 2017 winners here.
SOUTH’S BEST BAR Callaghan’s Irish Social Club; Mobile, AL
SOUTH’S BEST BARBECUE Southern Soul Barbeque; St. Simons Island, GA
SOUTH’S BEST BREWERY Wicked Weed Brewing; Asheville, NC
SOUTH’S BEST CITY Charleston, SC
SOUTH’S BEST HOTEL The Inn on Biltmore Estate; Asheville, NC
SOUTH’S BEST INN Foley House Inn; Savannah, GA
SOUTH’S BEST ISLAND Outer Banks, NC
SOUTH’S BEST MUSEUM Smithsonian; Washington, D.C.
SOUTH’S BEST RESORT Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center; Nashville, TN
SOUTH’S BEST RESTAURANT Commander’s Palace; New Orleans, LA
SOUTH’S BEST SHOP The Paris Market and Brocante; Savannah, GA
SOUTH’S BEST SMALL TOWN Beaufort, SC
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Robert's Western World
Order the Recession Special: a fried bologna sandwich, a bag of chips, a MoonPie, and a cold PBR.