Independent restaurants are tucked into every corner of the city. For a fine dining experience in a luxurious country club setting, check out Foxland Southern Grille overlooking Old Hickory Lake on the city’s southwest side. Chef Julio Hernandez’s creations, a delightful blend of American, Italian, and Latin American influences, have won him a loyal fan base throughout Middle Tennessee. For a different waterfront dining experience, check out Awedaddy’s Bar & Grill. Located in the Gallatin Marina, Awedaddy’s is known for mouth-watering appetizers, sky-high sandwiches, and to-die-for key lime pie delivered in a fun setting reminiscent of Key West.
If you have a hankering for Chicago-style food, Campione’s Taste of Chicago is the place to go. Windy City natives say this place is the real deal while locals rave about the beef “sammiches,” Chicago-style personal pizzas, Chicago dogs, and pizza puffs. Head over to Mama’s Kitchen for a southern hometown meat and three dining adventure with stick-to-your-ribs comfort food like Grandma used to make. Dishes like chicken and dumplings, meatloaf, catfish, and some of the area’s best pies, are served up cafeteria style. If you like your sports with a side of yum, head over to Half Time Sports Bar & Grill. Work up an appetite watching your favorite teams duke it out and then refuel with a Jack Daniel’s Pork Chop platter or a hunger-extinguishing 18-oz. burger.
Chains You Know and Love
If you’re in the mood for something fast and familiar, you’re in luck. Many of the nation’s most popular restaurant concepts have a presence in Gallatin. Choose from two McDonald’s locations, one on West Main Street and the other across from Volunteer State Community College, as well as Whitt’s Barbecue, Chik-fil-A, Jimmy Johns, Smoothie King, Jersey Mike’s Subs, Buffalo Wild Wings, and Wendy’s.
On the Square
There’s no shortage of good eats on and around Gallatin’s history-steeped square with half a dozen restaurants just steps away from each other. Once a busy drugstore, Swaney Swift’s on the Square delivers some of the area’s best burgers along with crispy fries and delectable milkshakes served up in a fun throwback atmosphere. If your taste buds are hankering for Cajun or Creole flavors, head a few doors down to Crescent City. Some NOLA residents who’ve moved to Gallatin report out-of-body experiences after sinking their teeth into an alligator po boy, jambalaya, or boudain balls.
Pizza more your style? Check out Prince Street Pizza and Pub for a wide selection of hand-crafted pizzas with names like Pretty Fly for a White Pie and The Cheeseburgular. Get there early on weekend nights because the line forms early. Southern Juice & Beverage Co. is a great choice for vegetarians, vegans, and anyone who’s leaning toward a more plant-based diet. Try a grilled panini, rice bowl, a custom-blended juice, or a smoothie known as “The King.” Around the corner at Govan’s Salon & Coffee Café, you’ll find espresso-based drinks, baked goods, and more served in a relaxing environment perfect for intimate gatherings.
At Starr Ranch, located just North of the Palace Theater, enjoy contemporary southern cuisine along with live music on Friday and Saturday nights. Guests rave about the fried green tomatoes with homemade pimento cheese, flat tire chicken, and bacon-wrapped meatloaf.
If you’re a craft beer aficionado, you’ll want to know about BriarScratch Brewing, a small batch non-brewery located on the outskirts of Gallatin. Though the brewery isn’t open to the public, you can experience microbrews like Creekbank Blonde, RoadDog Red, Mudpit Porter, and Hitchin Post Pale Ale at Crescent City, Swaney Swift’s on the Square, Starr Ranch, Half Time Sports Bar and Grill, Awedaddy’s Bar and Grill, and Prince Street Pizza and Pub.
For sweet treats the whole family will love, check out Nothing Bundt Cakes at their Hendersonville storefront. Patty Cakes creates moist and delicious custom-designed cakes for weddings, birthdays, and anniversaries.
South by Far East
Craving Mexican food? Check out Cancun Lagoon where the locals rave about the fajitas, chimichangas, and tacos. If you’re into making your own Mexican dishes, start with the home-made tortillas from Santo Nino de Atocha Tortilleria. They make their tortillas fresh every day and you can really taste the difference. If the family is asking for Asian food, Osaka Japanese Restaurant is always a good choice. Expect top-notch sushi and a wide range of tasty Japanese dishes.
Create Your Own Feast
If you’re putting on a feed for family, friends, or neighbors, Bit-O-Heaven Catering and Events and Chef Christopher at Epic Event Center are two excellent catering options. Many of the restaurants mentioned in this article are equipped to cater events or provide private dining experiences.
Sidebar: Hot Chicken for a Good Cause
If you launch your boat at the Station Camp Creek boat ramp at US 31E and Douglas Bend Road, you need to know about T’s Hot Chicken Shack. They deliver to boaters at the ramp via golf cart from their restaurant just across the street, and the owners give 25 cents from each sale to a local charity each day.