Back in the day, nationwide chains like Pink Lobster and Olive Yard dominated the Antioch cafe scene.
But an influx of immigrants into ZIP code 37013 brought in an remarkable combine of worldwide cuisine in the kind of mom-and-pop areas tucked into strip malls and fuel stations. In actuality, three of our top 5 dining establishments in Antioch are in strip malls.
These quaint, vibrant places deliver excellent and flavors that are really hard to come across elsewhere in Nashville. This is our record of favorites:
5. Maria Bonita Authentic Mexican
895 Bell Road, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday via Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday
For the most component, this is regular American-Mexican fare. But you can obtain some serious gems on the “authentic Mexican food items” portion of the menu.
Our favourite, by significantly, was barbacoa de borego, which is only readily available Friday by means of Sunday. It really is a tender shredded goat dish. But, an apart, “borego” interprets to “lamb,” so who understands? Both way, it truly is delicioso!
One more winner: Mojarra Borrachos, sautéed in butter, pink onions, devil sauce and tequila.
And the provider was awesome. Small-critical-but-helpful servers were quite attentive and extremely affected person with our large group’s dozen or much more questions about the menu.
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4. Antigua Cocina Guatemalteca
1135 Bell Street, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. day by day
The title translates to “old Guatemalan delicacies,” and, once more, for us, you will find 1 dish that stands out previously mentioned the many others.
Garnachas, at minimum in this article, are mini corn tortillas topped with floor beef, onion, tomato sauce, cheese, shredded cabbage and jalapenos. They’re superb, little bites with tons of flavor and crunch.
Again, a lot of regimen fare on the menu, but it you check with for a minor coaching and opt for wisely, you’ll get a delicious meal like nowhere else in Nashville.
3. Trim & Husky’s Pizza Beeria
5270 Hickory Hollow Parkway, midday to 8 p.m. Sunday via Thursday, noon to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday
This is the second outpost of the wildly well-known North Nashville place that 3 Tennessee Condition University grads who have been childhood close friends opened in 2017.
And it is really just as excellent as the first.
Crunchy, clean crust with tons of toppings that you stand at the counter and position to — Lemme get some sausage, uh, crimson onions, no, hold out, inexperienced peppers, yeah, far more of individuals you should….
It is a ton of pleasurable with an incredible vibe and good audio pumping in the course of the retail outlet.
2. King’s Industry Cafe
1801 Antioch Pike, 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. every day
This is a Lao-Thai gem within a significant Asian supermarket. So how very good is it?
King’s Sector Cafe strike No. 18 on prime 25 Nashville dining places listing early this yr.
The cafe’s pho is fragrant and delicious, the red curry is advanced and spicy without having staying flaming, the veggies have the best amount of crunch — and charges are acceptable.
The pad thai is most likely the second best I’ve had in Nashville. (A nod to Smiling Elephant for producing my fave.)
And the sticky rice is just perfect for dipping into all the dishes.
1. ExoTikka Indian Delicacies
5385 Mountain View Road lunch is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening meal is 5 to 9:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, 5 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday
Correct away, a little something feels distinctive when you walk in the sadly named ExoTikka restaurant. The area looks and smells more superior-end and exotic than most Indian spots in Nashville.
You’ll see familiar dishes on the menu, but ExoTikka elevates them.
And you will also see some dishes one of a kind to this cafe. And they are mouth watering, constantly geared up with explosions of taste that stop just shorter of currently being more than the top.
Test the tandoori grilled veggies, which have a wonderful char, a minimal crunch and amazing spices.
Their hen-and-rice biryani has a complete clove of cardamom. And use the contemporary housemade naan to sop up the thick gravy in the Lamb Jalfrezi.
If you like these picks, access Brad Schmitt at [email protected] or 615-259-8384 or on Twitter @bradschmitt. If not, nicely, you can nonetheless find Brad at those spots.