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Belcourt Taps celebrates the charms and flavors of the South with regular live music, and gourmet twists on comfort classics. The festivities begin before diners even step through the door. Outside, a sprawling patio surrounds the restaurant, lit up at night with warm sconce lighting and candlelight. There, guests can dig into gourmet stuffed burgers and tacos with pulled pork, shrimp, or chicken. Diners can also explore tapas and shareable plates of fried green tomatoes and nachos or dive solo into a barbecue pulled pork sandwich.

Inside, regular live music showcases the talents of singers and songwriters who carry on the Nashville sound. Golden yellow walls brighten the room, adding the feel of a southwestern cantina or a southwestern cantina owned by a pyromaniac, and soft overhead lighting creates the ideal atmosphere for a draft beer.

2117 Belcourt Ave
Nashville,
TN
US

The meals at Mad Donna's always manage to be both familiar and completely unexpected at the same time. For instance, enchiladas are dressed in the usual fixings (jack cheese, black beans, sour cream), but they're filled with sweet potatoes. And their family-recipe meatloaf is stuffed with smoked gouda. They bring this same inventiveness to their menu's two staples: burgers and mac 'n' cheese. Variations on the burger include the popular B.A.S., which is topped with bacon, avocado, and swiss, while their half-dozen macs include white truffle, which is blanketed in a creamy four-cheese bechamel, truffle oil, and herbed bread crumbs. Of course, dinner isn't the only draw here?there's brunch on weekends, and every night there's live entertainment and free displays of gravity upstairs in the loft.

1313 Woodland St
Nashville,
TN
US

Founded as the Union Gospel Tabernacle by steamboat captain Thomas Ryman after an angel got trapped in his smokestack, the Ryman Auditorium has since become a different kind of hallowed ground, lovingly referred to as the "mother church of country music." The Grand Ole Opry and The Johnny Cash Show have both taken residence among its wooden pews, and the twanged voices of country legends such as Hank Williams and Patsy Cline have reverberated off the stenciled artwork on the face of the balcony. Today, the venue plays host to a variety of acts, from rock concerts to television specials to comedy shows.

116 5th Ave
Nashville,
TN
US

The wine list at 360 Bistro comes with more than 1,000 options, allowing diners to choose from plenty of rich reds and effervescent whites to pair with seasonal plates such as tomato gnocchi with lump crab or sweet-tea-brined pork chops. Owner Nick Jacobson?s efforts to create an outstanding wine program recently paid off with a nod from Wine Spectator, which has handed the restaurant the coveted and exclusive 2nd tier Best of Award of Excellence for five years in a row?360 Bistro is one of the only two restaurants to receive the accolade in the state.

6000 Hwy. 100
Nashville,
TN
US

Authenticity is the focus at this Middle Eastern restaurant, which was named Best Persian Food in Nashville Scene's Best of Nashville 2011. Owner and Iraq native Hikmat Gazi adorns the space with traditional decor, from the deep-red color of the walls to glass boxes displaying traditional Kurdish clothing. Diners looking for the full experience can sit on a cushion on the floor and dine on a traditional, low table. Then, of course, there is the food itself, from the titular shish kabob to lamb shanks seared and flavored with regional-specialty spices.

Nashville Scene also chronicles Hikmat’s absorbing journey from an adolescence spent in a Turkish refugee camp during the Gulf War to his triplicate success in the restaurant business. After working with the U.S. military in Iraq, Hikmat returned stateside to continue serving savory Middle Eastern fare at the original Nolensville Rd. location, and has recently opened a new downtown location.

204 Commerce St
Nashville,
TN
US

Back in 2002, Tin Roof set out to create a lively bar where musicians could hang out when they weren't performing or practicing how to draw the treble clef symbol. The key to pulling that off: location. They opened Tin Roof near one of Nashville's premier music strips?Music Row?and soon began to draw off-the-clock artists with pub eats, tap beers, and, of course, live music.

But despite its close identification with Nashville's favorite industry, it turns out the concept could travel. Today visitors from Baltimore to Cincinnati to San Diego can sink their teeth into the spot's creative takes on traditional bar eats. One popular dish is the signature Tin Roof sandwich, a mix of grilled chicken, peanut butter, and honey. Elsewhere on the menu you might find quesadillas or their cousin pizzadillas, which sub in ingredients such as pepperoni and sun-dried tomatoes. If you're lucky, you might even catch a famous star on stage?past performances have included Blues Traveler, Coolio, and Dierks Bentley.

316 Broadway Ave.
Nashville,
TN
US