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Eating near VULS

This is a far-from exhaustive guide, but it should give you a sense of the variety of restaurant options near VLS. These are all within three miles of campus; there are many, many more choices just a few minutes' drive away. While we have our share of Starbucks, Panera, Chipotle, and other national chains, we will use this page to highlight Nashville's array of delicious independent restaurants. To widen your search, visit Nashville Originals.

Casual and Inexpensive Dining

Nashville lays claim to a southern original with a chicken. Hattie B's Hot Chicken is located a short walk up from the law school and serves up this new tradition in five heat levels complete with an array of soul food sides and local brews.


SATCO is a local favorite for inexpensive Tex Mex lunch and dinner, with a great patio for outside dining.

Bread & Company  offers delicious sandwiches, soups, salads and desserts.

Calypso Cafe serves healthy and inexpensive lunch and dinner. Many locals say they serve Nashville's best black beans.

Hog Heaven serves up Tennesse barbeque. Hog Heaven is next to Centennial Park and is a tiny operation, so be prepared to take your food home or sit outside on their picnic tables.


Rotier's is a meat-and-three-eatery that is famous for its hamburgers and milkshakes. Their Southern style food will stick to your ribs.

Fido blurs the line between coffeehouse and restaurant.

Soulshine  located on Division street right in Midtown. This pizza place offers homage to music legends with its two floors of seating, extensive menu, and live music nightly. 

Provence Breads and Cafe is an excellent French bakery open for breakfast and lunch.

Finer Dining (mid-level pricing to expensive)


Cabana offers great people watching and a menu with a wide variety of food and prices. This is one of Nashville's trendier spots.

Tavern  is located in the heart of Nashville's midtown, Tavern offers an innovative menu in a contemporary atmosphere. Serves lunch and dinner daily and brunch on the weekends.

Park Cafe is a great date restaurant with excellent food. Like Mambu, its building was originally a house, which creates an interesting and intimate setting.

Bound'ry specializes in eclectic, warm ambience, premier cuisine, and memorable dining for everyone from casual travelers to local celebrities. (Bound'ry's dining room is currently closed for renovations, however still operate the kitchen for catering.)