Sure, Nashville boasts some of the best honky-tonks and live-music destinations in the country—but it’s the city’s culinary scene that’s got everyone talking. While it’s teeming with new restaurants, cocktail joints and coffee shops from talented young chefs (see James Beard Outstanding Chef winner Sean Brock’s Husk Nashville or four-time nominee Philip Krajeck’s Rolf and Daughters), Nashville hasn’t forgotten its roots, as meat-and-three restaurants (try Puckett’s) and fried chicken spots (Hattie B’s Hot Chicken will bring tears to your eyes) continue to flourish. For some fun teambuilding, head to Pinewood Social, an open-all-day restaurant with a coffee shop, cocktail bar, six vintage bowling lanes, a karaoke lounge and two outdoor dipping pools alongside bocce ball and ping-pong tables. Or incorporate Nashville’s music culture at City Winery, a 30,000-sq.-ft. warehouse with a 125-seat restaurant, on-site winemaking facility (there’s more than 400 wines to choose from) and several event spaces including a rooftop patio.
> Crispy hot sweetbreads at Pinewood Social
> Crispy chicken skins with white barbecue sauce and thyme at Husk
> Squid ink pasta with nduja (pork sausage) and shrimp at Rolf and Daughters