What’s new on Taste of Nashville? – The Vanderbilt Hustler


With staff and supply chain shortages resulting in long mess hall lines, Campus Dining encouraged students to explore off-campus dining options, including five new restaurants.

If you’re tired of eating the same Commons salad every night, consider exploring the Taste of Nashville program. Each year, Vanderbilt Campus Dining adds new restaurants to this program, which allows students to use their meal funds (Meal Money or Commodore Cash) at any of 46 participating off-campus restaurants. For the fall semester 2021, five new restaurants have joined Taste of Nashville, which are sure to please everyone.

To combat long queues in dining halls caused by understaffing, students received $ 50 per day in catering funds from August 24-29. It was handy, as it gave my friends and I the opportunity to try out the latest Taste of Nashville offerings and bring you the latest information. Spoiler alert: You will quickly run out of Commodore Cash.

Flatiron’s Southwestern Salad is a hearty and healthy summer meal. (@flatironnashville on Instagram)


Iron is a high energy restaurant about a ten minute walk from the main campus. The menu really has something for everyone, from American classics and brunch to modern dishes. If you’re looking for a night out, a nice lunch after a morning of classes, or a place to watch the game, Flatiron is for you.

Recommendation: The southwestern salad was the perfect summer food. A thick pile of lettuce topped with chicken, avocado, black beans, cheddar cheese, corn, tortilla strips and chipotle ranch provide a refreshing meal with a healthy dose of protein.

Central BBQ brings award-winning Memphis barbecue to Nashville. (@centralbbq on Instagram)

Central barbecue

Central barbecue is for sure my favorite place on this list. Since opening in 2002, Central has been ranked as the premier barbecue place in Memphis. Founders Craig Blondis and Roger Sapp met on the barbecue circuit in the mid-1980s, and after competing in the Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest and many other local and regional competitions, they founded Central BBQ in Memphis. . Nashville has two locations to choose from, so the next time you find yourself in Hillsboro (the Taste of Nashville location) or 11th Ave, be sure to visit Central BBQ for a delicious but messy meal.

Recommendation: The pulled pork plate with macaroni and cheese and barbecue beans is a meal I could probably eat every day (ask my mom). Each plate comes with a starter, bun, and two sides, and the slowly smoked pulled pork is hard to pass up. And who doesn’t love mac and cheese?

New champion of acai and smoothie bowls, Grain & Berry is located near Hillsboro Village. (@grainandberry on Instagram)

Coffee with cereals and berries

Voted # 1 by the Tampa Bay Times for Best Bowl, Cereals and berries has quickly become one of my favorite places in Nashville. All items are made to order with no additives, and their menu includes everything from delicious acai bowls and fresh squeezed juices to hearty avocado toast and international coffees. With 12 locations stretching from Nashville to South Florida, Grain & Berry gladly shares that they meet individual dietary restrictions including vegetarian, paleo, vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free.

Recommendation: The Relax, Eat, Repeat bowl features nutella, banana, and strawberry, and it’s definitely one of my favorite dishes in Nashville. Since I started at Vanderbilt, acai bowls have become something I eat regularly and Grain & Berry is one of my top contenders.

On the ground floor of Elliston Place, I Love Sushi couldn’t be more convenient for students. (@ilovesushinashville on Instagram)

I like sushi

I like sushi is a welcoming restaurant with a varied menu and fresh ingredients. Located on Elliston Place, the restaurant offers fast service and a passion for Japanese cuisine. If you are visiting on the weekends, be sure to make a reservation as they fill up quickly (and rightfully so). Every item on the menu is handcrafted by talented and dedicated chefs. I Love Sushi is the perfect place for sushi lovers and sushi newcomers to relax and enjoy delicious food.

Recommendation: I have to be honest: Sushi is not my favorite. Luckily my roommate recently ordered from I Love Sushi and she recommended the Spicy Salmon Roll. This roll contains Japanese-style mayonnaise mixed with chili sauce and is wrapped in fresh salmon and sticky rice. Make sure to save room for the mochi ice cream!

Don’t be intimidated by the Shinigami Challenge of Shokku Ramen: a full sized bowl is perfectly acceptable. (@shokkuramen on Instagram).

Shokku Ramen

If you want to earn a place on the warriors wall, Shokku Ramen is the place for you. Founded in Las Vegas and later brought to Nashville, The Shinigami Challenge is Sin City’s spiciest ramen challenge! Anyone brave enough to take on this challenge has 8 minutes to finish over 24 ounces of tonkotsu broth, loaded with over three pounds of noodles. All challengers must sign a waiver, and winners will receive their meal for free and have their photo stamped on the Warriors wall forever.

If that’s a little too extreme for your taste buds, don’t worry. Shokku Ramen offers a wide variety of food to take away or to eat on the terrace. This lively restaurant is a great addition to Taste of Nashville and a fun option for students looking to expand their palate.

Recommendation: Again, ramen is not my jam. However, the drowning gyoza was a crowd favorite among freshmen. It consists of five grilled meatballs dipped in a ponzu sauce and green onions. The flavors strike a nice balance between salty and spicy, and it’s a very filling meal.

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