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Fall brings visible change all around us. The temperature dropping, the leaves turning colors, and cozy sweaters making their long-awaited appearance. But for foodies, the most welcome change of all is the amazing seasonal eating we get to enjoy every autumn. To get you excited about your culinary adventures this year, check out Olympus Midtown’s top four rib-sticking fall dishes from some of the best eateries around Nashville.

Etch’s Grilled Pork Chop

Eclectic and innovative, boasting wild, energetic flavor, Etch is downtown on Demonbreun Street. Chef Deb Paquette serves up unique and imaginative dishes, making this the perfect first stop on your fall eating expedition. While you can’t go wrong with any of their unique entrees, nothing says hearty autumn dinner quite like the Grilled Pork Chop that’s served on smashed potatoes with amarillo whipped sour cream. The dish also features garden ceviche and mixed greens for some welcome color. It’s a beautiful fall plate!

Merchants’ Mac N’ Cheese

Another downtown standby, Merchants offers two different dining experiences from their historic building on Broadway and 4th Avenue. The bistro serves up trendy new American fare on the first floor, including great burgers and sandwiches as well as more traditional entrees, while the second-floor steakhouse is all about the meat. Head to the bistro for their white cheddar Mac N’ Cheese with panko crumbs, and top it with your choice of bacon, pulled pork, or roasted chicken. It’s a dish that’ll warm you to the core – and if you can’t get enough, come back on Thanksgiving for a turkey dinner plate in the bistro or a three-course feast in the steakhouse.

The Chef & I on 9th’s Pan Roasted Crispy Duck and Waffles

What’s the best part about waking up on a cool, cloudy Sunday morning in the fall? it’s brunch. Brunch shines when the weather is chilly and you’re looking for something super tasty that will fill you up. Stroll over to The Chef & I on 9th, less than 2 miles from Olympus Midtown, and order up the Pan Roasted Crispy Duck and Waffles. The crispy duck meat, the duck fat-infused waffles, the blackberry maple syrup…it’s almost too much hearty goodness on one plate.

Husk’s New Orleans BBQ Shrimp

The best fall meals make good use of fresh seasonal ingredients that aren’t available year-round, and Husk consistently delivers Southern dishes that jive with the autumn atmosphere. Formerly a mayor’s home, the beautiful historic building in Rutledge Hill makes for a classy date night, and you may want to plan a walk along the Cumberland afterward. Their New Orleans BBQ Shrimp, served with grits and okra, will please any palate and sate any stomach.;

Where will you be eating your fill this fall? Wherever you go, make sure to enjoy every bite! For more tips on great eating and cool hangouts around town, check out our Olympus Midtown blog.