The 4 best soul food spots in Nashville

Pepperfire Hot Chicken. | Photo: Melanie B./Yelp
By Hoodline - Published on May 08, 2019.

Looking to satisfy your appetite for soul food fare?

Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top soul food spots around Nashville, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of the best spots to satisfy your cravings.

1. Monell's Dining & Catering

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Topping the list is Monell's Dining & Catering. Located at 1235 Sixth Ave. N. in Germantown, the Southern, soul food and brunch spot is the most popular soul food restaurant in Nashville, boasting 4.5 stars out of 1,294 reviews on Yelp.

The spot serves fried chicken, pulled pork, pot roast and more as main dishes, and its sides include green beans, macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes and corn pudding. 

2. Pepperfire Hot Chicken


Next up is Greenwood's Pepperfire Hot Chicken, situated at 1000 Gallatin Ave. With four stars out of 591 reviews on Yelp, the chicken shop and soul food spot has proven to be a local favorite.

As the name suggests, this spot specializes in Nashville-style hot chicken. Find chicken wings, tenders and chicken served in half or quarter sizes. Choose your level of spiciness, from light mild to medium to "XX Hot!" 

3. Swett's Restaurant

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Swett's Restaurant, located at 2725 Clifton Ave., is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the soul food spot four stars out of 90 reviews.

On the menu, find beef tips, pigs feet, pulled pork, beef brisket and fried chicken, as well as cornbread, turnip greens and creamed corn, among other dishes.

4. Doll's Family Cafe

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Doll's Family Cafe, a Southern and soul food spot, is another go-to, with four stars out of 31 Yelp reviews. Head over to 2501 Gallatin Ave., Suite C., to see for yourself.

Head to the soul food spot if you're looking for pork chops, rib tips, cornbread and more. 

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