The Dish On The Southern Restaurant

Dated: 02/19/2013

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by T.J. Anderson


My lady and I finally got the chance to chow down at The Southern recently. It's a steak and oyster hotspot on 3rd Avenue in downtown Nashville (on the bottom floor of the Pinnacle building) that I've been hearing tons about it since it opened last April, and it didn't disappoint. We noshed on their incredible BBQ Shrimp appetizer, then ordered a burger and hot-style chicken fried chicken for our entrees. The chicken came with a pile of white cheddar mac & cheese, along with southern-style greens and country ham gravy.

Chef Matt Farley previously honed his Southern food chops during stints at The Loveless Cafe and The Farmhouse at Fontanel; prior to that he worked in kitchens across NYC. The restaurant stays in step with the Pinnacle building's affinity for all things sustainable by offering locally grown produce, direct-sourced beef and sustainable seafood. Even their wood-fired grill is crafted of tornado-salvaged hickory wood.

The Southern's food--the shrimp, especially--was great, but it's the ambiance that will really keep us coming back. (Speaking of appetizers, I've heard the crab cake is tremendous.) The dining room is a huge circle, energized with packed tables and bustling waiters and flanked by a New Orleans-style oyster bar and big booths, above which are strung art-deco style light fixtures. Beautiful old doors lean against the wall in the entranceway, setting the stage for The Southern experience.

This place is tops for a date, but you'll want to make a reservation. Contact them at 615-724-1762, visit them at, and friend them on Facebook here.

Want to live across the street from this awesome food? Check this place out!


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TJ Anderson

TJ Anderson is a Nashville Realtor with Benchmark Realty who's helped countless clients both buy a home and sell a home in Nashville, Tennessee. He blogs about Nashville regularly, from Nashville-area....

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