Back again in the day, nationwide chains like Red Lobster and Olive Garden dominated the Antioch restaurant scene.
But an influx of immigrants into ZIP code 37013 brought in an amazing combine of international delicacies in the kind of mother-and-pop locations tucked into strip malls and gas stations. In reality, 3 of our leading 5 restaurants in Antioch are in strip malls.
These quaint, vibrant places carry top quality and flavors that are tough to uncover somewhere else in Nashville. This is our record of favorites:
5. Maria Bonita Genuine Mexican
895 Bell Road, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday
For the most section, this is normal American-Mexican fare. But you can uncover some actual gems on the “genuine Mexican food” area of the menu.
Our most loved, by much, was barbacoa de borego, which is only offered Friday as a result of Sunday. It can be a tender shredded goat dish. But, an aside, “borego” interprets to “lamb,” so who understands? Either way, it really is delicioso!
An additional winner: Mojarra Borrachos, sautéed in butter, purple onions, devil sauce and tequila.
And the services was wonderful. Small-vital-but-helpful servers ended up incredibly attentive and very patient with our significant group’s dozen or extra concerns about the menu.
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4. Antigua Cocina Guatemalteca
1135 Bell Road, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day
The identify translates to “aged Guatemalan delicacies,” and, again, for us, there’s one particular dish that stands out over the other people.
Garnachas, at least in this article, are mini corn tortillas topped with ground beef, onion, tomato sauce, cheese, shredded cabbage and jalapenos. They’re wonderful, tiny bites with tons of flavor and crunch.
Once more, lots of program fare on the menu, but it you talk to for a minimal coaching and select correctly, you’ll get a delicious food like nowhere else in Nashville.
3. Slender & Husky’s Pizza Beeria
5270 Hickory Hollow Parkway, noon to 8 p.m. Sunday as a result of Thursday, midday to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday
This is the next outpost of the wildly popular North Nashville location that three Tennessee Condition College grads who have been childhood pals opened in 2017.
And it’s just as excellent as the first.
Crunchy, contemporary crust with tons of toppings that you stand at the counter and point to — Lemme get some sausage, uh, purple onions, no, wait, inexperienced peppers, yeah, more of these make sure you….
It is really a ton of enjoyable with an incredible vibe and wonderful new music pumping all over the retail outlet.
2. King’s Industry Cafe
1801 Antioch Pike, 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. each day
This is a Lao-Thai gem within a huge Asian grocery store. So how superior is it?
King’s Market Cafe hit No. 18 on best 25 Nashville restaurants list early this year.
The cafe’s pho is aromatic and tasty, the pink curry is advanced and spicy with no currently being flaming, the veggies have the best total of crunch — and selling prices are sensible.
The pad thai is probably the next ideal I have had in Nashville. (A nod to Smiling Elephant for making my fave.)
And the sticky rice is just fantastic for dipping into all the dishes.
1. ExoTikka Indian Cuisine
5385 Mountain See Road lunch is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday meal is 5 to 9:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, 5 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday
Right absent, something feels diverse when you walk in the unfortunately named ExoTikka restaurant. The location seems to be and smells much more substantial-conclude and exotic than most Indian spots in Nashville.
You may see acquainted dishes on the menu, but ExoTikka elevates them.
And you will also see some dishes special to this restaurant. And they are tasty, often well prepared with explosions of taste that stop just limited of getting above the prime.
Check out the tandoori grilled veggies, which have a nice char, a little crunch and awesome spices.
Their chicken-and-rice biryani has a total clove of cardamom. And use the refreshing housemade naan to sop up the thick gravy in the Lamb Jalfrezi.
If you appreciate these picks, achieve Brad Schmitt at [email protected] or 615-259-8384 or on Twitter @bradschmitt. If not, properly, you can nevertheless locate Brad at people destinations.