Head to Nashville, Tennessee for a music and fun-filled getaway replete with good eats. With numerous eateries situated close to many Nashville vacation rentals, you can easily enjoy wonderful restaurants that “Music City” is known for. While it’s not always easy to take kids along to dining establishments, family-friendliness is something Nashville strives for. Consequently, it’s a breeze to find kids’ menus at plenty of places. Also, don’t miss out on the magnificent BBQ restaurants available in Nashville. Check out Nashville’s most popular kid-friendly eateries.
1. Hattie B’s Chicken
Right in the middle of Music Row in downtown Nashville, Hattie B’s attracts locals and tourists alike who crave the shop’s “hot chicken.” But don’t worry – Hattie’s knows that not everyone likes it hot, and the restaurant caters to “Little’uns” with a huge chicken tender that’s as tender and juicy as the fried chicken of your dreams. The menu holds plenty of kid-friendly sides, including fries, mac and cheese, and baked beans, and don’t be surprised when your kids clamor for a root beer float. Pack up some banana pudding to share back at your vacation rental.
Hugh-Baby’s on the western end of town prides itself on Memphis-style BBQ and its once-a-week “slug burger” made of pork and soy. This elevated fast food joint has plenty of kid-friendly choices on its limited menu, including hot dogs and shakes. More adventurous kids will be excited to try the BBQ fried bologna sandwich – and then they’ll want to come back to try it again. Prices are definitely family-friendly, and service is ultra speedy, which is what you want when you have a hungry family waiting.
3. Puckett’s Grocery and Restaurant
Puckett’s shows up on plenty of Nashville’s “Best BBQ” lists, and you don’t want to miss it when you’re visiting Nashville. While younger kids might find themselves impatient at dinner, especially if you dine on an evening when the restaurant hosts live music, they’re very welcome at lunch and breakfast. Kids who shy away from meat can be happy choosing between a PBJ, grilled cheese, or delectable mac and cheese, and young BBQ lovers enjoy kid-sized portions of any of the restaurant’s incredible meats.
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4. Biscuit Love
Yes, it’s worth it to wait in line for breakfast or brunch at Biscuit Love – the biscuits (and everything else on the menu) is just that good. Biscuit Love shows its love for kids with a “Little Ones” menu that contains (no surprise!) plenty of biscuit choices, including a PBJ biscuit and a ham and cheese biscuit if you don’t feel like breakfast. Don’t miss ordering the Bonuts: biscuits with lemon mascarpone and blueberry compote. Definitely pick up biscuits for breakfast at your vacation rental the next morning – if you can stand to wait that long.
5. Peg Leg Porker
More amazing BBQ awaits you at Peg Leg Porker, and a kids’ menu helps make your little ones welcome. This must-try joint is an ideal place to stop if you want to pick up BBQ to take on a picnic or back to your vacation rental for a yummy dinner after a full day. Whether you love tasty ribs, mac and cheese, tender brisket, tangy slaw, or succulent pulled pork, Peg Leg Porker is waiting to keep you happy.
6. Cafe Roze
If you’re staying around Porter Crossing, head to Cafe Rose for a dining experience that keeps kids happy while giving you plenty of elevated choices to feel as if you’ve avoided the fast food trap. An avocado shake is a truly innovative breakfast treat, and the fabulous coffee is guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Eggs any style, delicious burgers, and chocolate croissants are bound to keep your kids happy.
7. Urban Cookhouse
Back on Music Row, Urban Cookhouse meets your desire for fresh, locally sourced food as well as your kids’ craving for fun yummies. Keep the kids happy with treats like Piggy Mac (hot cheddar mac and cheese filled with ham) or grilled peanut butter and marshmallow fluff sandwiches. You can enjoy salads decked with berries, pecans and feta cheese or grilled pineapple and ham sandwiches. Starting in the late afternoon, takeout dinners with all the Cookhouse’s specialties are ready for you to take back to your vacation rental.
8. Arnold’s Country Kitchen
Home-cooked takes on a new meaning at Arnold’s, where the menu changes daily, visiting country-style favorites on rotation. While there’s no dedicated kids’ menu here, they’re likely to enjoy the comfort food basics available here, including fried catfish, fried chicken, roast beef, pork chops, and chicken and dumplings. Sides like candied yams, green beans, mac and cheese, fried okra, and corn pudding never disappoint. As you go through the cafeteria line, you see dessert first, so grab a piece of chocolate chess pie, banana pudding, or strawberry pie to share after your meal.
Bartaco is one of Nashville’s most popular Mexican restaurants, and the chefs here go out of their way to make sure kids are happy. The varied kids’ menu provides varied trays of yummy choices for one or three kids, and they promise that the guacamole is mild enough to give kids avocado goodness without burning their tongues. Gluten-free and vegetarian options are available for kids as well.
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