I'm most familiar with the Downtown and west side of Nashville, but here goes:
Mexican- *Rosepepper Cantina (1907 Eastland)
*La Paz (3808 Cleghorn Ave, Green Hills)
German- *Gerst Haus (301 Woodland)
Cajun- *Chappy's on Church (1721 Church St.)
*Bro's Cajun Cuisine(3214 Charlotte)
Burgers- *Sam's Sports Bar ( 21st Ave in the Village) awesome pizza
*Rotier's (2413 Elliston Pl.) On Jimmy Buffet's list of Top
Ten Cheesburgers in Paradise. Total Dive- LOVE IT!
Italian- *Amerigo's or Maggiano's (both on West End)
*Mafiaozo's (2400 12th Ave) YUM! I've considered getting a job
here just so I can see the recipe for their pizza crust. Buy one
get one free on Tuesdays, but get there early.
Japanese- *Ichiban on Broadway across from Hard Rock Cafe
We've only ordered the sushi
*Ginza in Green Hills Only ordered the sushi
*Goten (1719 West End Ave.) Very good habachi
* Lemongrass Sushi and Thai (Corner of Hwys 70 and 100
I didn't care for Rusan's and Virago, but they are popular.
Mediterranean- *Athen's Family Restaurant (2526 Franklin Pike) Also
have good breakfasts
*Fattoush (1716 Charlotte)
Thai- *Golden Thai (73 White Bridge Rd.)
*Siam Cuisine (265 White Bridge Pike)
Misc.- Sportsman's Grill (5405 Harding Pl. in Belle Meade or 1601
21st Ave. S in the Village)
*Bosco's (1805 21st Ave. S)
*Blackstone (1918 West End)
*Broadway Brewhouse (3 locations: 1900 Broadway,
317 Broadway and 7108 Charlotte)
*Corner Pub in the Woods (4111 Hillsboro Cir, Green Hills and
Hwy 100 in Bellevue) I've only been to the Bellevue location-
one of the best burgers I've had in Nashville and service has
always been good for us. Never had the same thing twice and
loved it all.
*Calypso Cafe (5 locations go to www.calypsocafe.com)
I get the Lucayan Salad ($7.50) which is enough for 2 big
meals. They labeled their menu items that are vegan or low-fat
Cheap Eats- *Hot Diggity Dogs (614 Ewing)
* Fat Mo's (2620 Franklin Pike and corner of Charlotte
and White Bridge Rd.) Drive thru only, great food.
Las Paletas at 12th and Kirkwood is a must in Nashville.
I'll check back to see what others suggest. Usually the holes in the wall have the best food and those are the places I'd like to get leads on.