If you had told me 10 years ago that Nashville would become an international culinary destination, I would have kindly noted that even the best collard greens do not a foodie hotspot make. How wrong I was!
Nashville has proven itself an ideal melting pot for traditional and foreign foodways, thanks to a welcoming atmosphere, ample room for growth, and a pocketed neighborhood setup that encourages small businesses. The last decade has seen an exodus of talented creatives from competitive, saturated, and expensive economies into Music City.
Nashville now boasts examples of almost every cuisine imaginable, and dozens more keep coming each year — including some amazing healthy restaurants. These days, it’s my goal as a Certified Holistic Chef and founder of Laura Lea Balanced to promote health through whole-foods home cooking, but I also respect the reality of our busy lives — and sometimes we just want to dine out!