Summer Nonsense: OTF Nashville Food Tournament FINALS and interview w/ Eater's Matt Rogers

By:  Dan Bradley
September 11, 2015

THE FINALS

  • Winner take all.
  • That's it.
  • In the event of a tie, which we doubt but whatever, the tie-breaker will be the establishment with the most local beers on tap. Our rules.
  • The winner will be paid a visit by members of the OTF staff who will pay for their dinner.
  • If they would like, we would gladly provide the winner a sticker for their window and maybe an autographed picture/menu.
     

THE FINALISTS YOU PEOPLE CHOSE:

  • Martin's BBQ Joint
  • Prince's Hot Chicken Shack
  • Hattie B's
  • Loveless Cafe

I'm proud of our choices. But first, we checked in with Matt Rogers of Eater. Matt keeps track of the Nashville food beat better than I can keep track of professional athletes. He's that good.

 

From the time you arrived at Eater until now, what's the biggest change/trend you've seen in Nashville's food scene?

Since launching the site at the end of June 2013, I'd say one of the most notable changes is just the sheer volume increase in new restaurants and bars opening. It's pretty amazing for a city Nashville's size. So far this year I've covered roughly 40 restaurant and bar openings, with probably at least another 12 to 15 to go.

The other change has been a heightened national focus on the restaurant scene here. Every major publication has written about it, in some way, shape or form, many times over. And with that comes interest from a lot of restaurateurs from outside the city. Brendan Sodikoff in Chicago, Frank Bonanno in Denver, John Besh in New Orleans and a number of others are known to be looking to enter the market. Investors smell blood in the water, but is what they are bringing something Nashville really needs? Is it going to help progress things forward? That question needs to be higher up on the priority list.

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