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  • Writer's pictureDelia Ramsey

2023 Wrapped: I Dined At 210 "New-to-me" Restaurants

Updated: Jan 1

Happy 2024 y'all! Sooooo I beat my previous record of 208 new-to-me restaurants in 2023. I hit 210 last week and decided to stop there — bc my Mama’s bday was 2/10 and that just felt right. Here’s a 40-second recap of just the new places I tried in Nashville, Orlando, Chicago, and beyond...and yes, I really did dine at over 400 restaurants in total last year. It's a lifestyle y'all. Here’s a list of the new-to-me spots I tried. 

(* designates hosted meal. All others were paid for. And as always, if I receive a comped meal I tip appropriately).

210 New Restaurants For Me In 2023 (previous record was 208) 

Sorted by State

Tennessee (129)
  1. Campione's Taste of Chicago (Gallatin)

  2. Ty’s Soup and Sandwiches

  3. Gully Boyz 

  4. Mere Bulles (Brentwood)*

  5. Taste Of Persia 

  6. Blue Coast Burrito

  7. Old Chicago Pizza +Taproom (Franklin)

  8. Baam Burger 

  9. Tasty and Delicious 

  10. Tacos 4 Life (Brentwood)

  11. Dose Coffee

  12. Elotes Nayarit & Taqueria

  13. EggHolic 

  14. Flour and Forge food truck 

  15. The Countrypolitan at Hotel Indigo* 

  16. International Tea and Coffee

  17. Flora + Fauna Cafe and Roaster 

  18. Bad Luck Burger Club 

  19. Buds & Brews 

  20. EggHill

  21. L by Lauter at Southern Grist Nations Taproom

  22. Southall suppers series (Franklin)*

  23. Fat Bottom Brewing Taproom

  24. Bag Lady’s Fry Joint 

  25. Golden Pizza & Indian Cuisine (Brentwood)

  26. Paula Deen's Family Kitchen 

  27. Bonchon (Smyrna)

  28. The Farm House 

  29. Waymore's Guest House & Casual Club

  30. Noko

  31. Dogs N Taters (Dollywood) 

  32. Big Daddy’s Pizza (Pigeon Forge)

  33. Mad Dog's Creamery (Pigeon Forge) 

  34. Black Rifle Coffee Co. (Sevierville)

  35. Outlanders Southern Chicken (Nolensville)

  36. Oh My Chives Market (Nolensville)

  37. Lokales Juice (Nolensville)

  38. Cornell Brothers Coffee (Nolensville) 

  39. Taqueria Mexico Tennessee 

  40. Suki Sushi (Brentwood,)

  41. DreamBurger

  42. East Nashville Beer Works 

  43. Lauter at Southern Grist East Nashville 

  44. Pasta and Cream (Franklin)

  45. Judge Bean's (Brentwood)

  46. Mama's Java (Nolensville)

  47. Mi Colombia  

  48. Morning Ritual at The Goat SoBro* 

  49. Pita Way (Franklin) 

  50. Grey's Fine Cheeses

  51. AB (Music Venue + Event Space)*

  52. Sinatra Bar and Lounge

  53. Dumpling House 

  54. Harriet’s Rooftop at 1 Hotel Nashville

  55. Yard Birds Hot Chicken (Brentwood)

  56. Takumi Hibachi (Franklin)

  57. Hero Doughnuts & Buns Nashville opening *

  58. Tres Puntos food truck*

  59. Toasty's Breakfast Burritos (Ghost Kitchen on DoorDash)

  60. Dock Local inside Assembly Food Hall*

  61. Lucky Duck Lounge 

  62. Marcy Jo's Mealhouse (Columbia)

  63. Fugitives Public House at BNA

  64. Mad For Galbi (Nolensville)

  65. Hogwood Bbq (Franklin) 

  66. Jim’s Spaghetti Sauce stand at 12 South Farmers Market 

  67. Rockn' Dough PIzza

  68. Mi Kitchen (Franklin) 

  69. Rivière Rooftop at the Four Seasons Nashville*

  70. Wedge Pizza Pub

  71. The Tipsy Scoop pop-up* 

  72. Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer Nashville*

  73. Han's Deli and Boba south 

  74. Waffle Taco (Antioch)

  75. Sojourner at Southall (Franklin)*

  76. SS Gai

  77. Super Sweeza Quesadilla 

  78. St. Vito Focacceria new brick-and-mortar location 

  79. Frida's Oaxacan Cuisine 

  80. Monamie Coffee (Nolensville)

  81. The Co-op Frose & Eatery (they have NA froze too!) 

  82. Phat Bites 

  83. Flat Tire Diner (Old Hickory) 

  84. Calabria Brick Oven Pizza (Mt Juliet)

  85. Peachtree Neighborhood Grill 

  86. HiFi Clyde’s

  87. Sugar Drop (Franklin, TN) 

  88. Gannons (Downtown)

  89. Fayzano’s (Franklin) 

  90. Icchido Ramen (Franklin)

  91. Ophelia’s

  92. Rafferty's 

  93. Frankies Pizzeria Nashville 

  94. Frankie’s Spuntino Nashville

  95. Schulman’s Bar 

  96. Iggy's 

  97. Pizza Paradise (Antioch)

  98. Tequila's Mexican Grill (Columbia)

  99. Bestia Mare (Franklin)* 

  100. The Iberian Pig*

  101. Four Walls at the Joseph *

  102. Ichigo Ichie 

  103. Reunion Bar

  104. Harper’s Steakhouse

  105. Eddie Ate Dynamite

  106. Le Loup 

  107. Joe Muer Seafood 

  108. Saltwater Table (Monday night residency at Love and Exile Bar)

  109. Bar Continental 

  110. Triple Crown Bakery (Franklin)

  111. Chago’s Cantina reopened with new owners and new menu 

  112. Blames Gourmet Treats (Brentwood) 

  113. Santa Rosa Pupuseria Salvadoreña 

  114. Southerners Coffee stand (Franklin) 

  115. Mag Mile Pizza food truck 

  116. Bella Napoli Pizzeria

  117. Grandpa Bar 

  118. Burger + Grain 

  119. The Coffee House at 2nd and Bridge (Franklin) 

  120. Tito’s Mexican Restaurant (Nolensville) 

  121. Serrato’s Steakhouse(Franklin)

  122. Quinn’s Neighbourhood Pub and Eatery (Franklin)

  123. ChangHong Spicy HotPot (Franklin)

  124. Doughbird 

  125. Kuya Jamaican Patties at East Nashville Farmers Market 

  126. Tiger Bar 

  127. Tutti da Gio (Hermitage)*

  128. Stable Reserve (Franklin)* 

  129. Tio Fun*

Florida (59)

130. Jaleo by Jose Andres at Disney Springs (Lake Buena Vista)

131. Ravenous Pig (Winter Park)

132. Adventureland Egg Roll Cart (at Magic Kingdom)

133. Cheshire Cafe (Magic Kingdom) 

134. The Boathouse at Disney Springs (Lake Buena Vista)

136. Piesanos Stone Fired Pizza (Windermere)

137. Sushi Saint (Orlando)*

138. Soseki (Winter Park)*

139. Norigami (Winter Garden) 

141. Domu (Dr. Philips, Orlando) 

143. K-Bob Korean street food (Orlando) 

144. Capa at the Four Seasons Orlando* 

145. Ravello at the Four Seasons Orlando* 

146. Seito Sushi (Sand Lake, FL) 

147. The Daily Poutine kiosk at Disney Springs (Lake Buena Vista)

148. Amorette's Patisserie Disney Springs  (Lake Buena Vista)

149. Polite Pig at Disney Springs  (Lake Buena Vista)

150. Via Napoli (at Epcot) 

151. Cheese crawl at EPCOT Food & Wine Festival (5 + places)

152. Garden Grill(character dining experience with solid food at Epcot) 

153. The Glass Knife (Winter Park) 

154. Susuru (Orlando) 

155. Uzima Springs Pool Bar at Animal Kingdom Lodge (Orlando)

156. YH Seafood Clubhouse (Orlando) 

157. Gideons Bakehouse (Disney Springs, Lake Buena Vista)

158. Sofrito Latin Cafe (Orlando) 

159. Cocoa Beach Ale House (Cocoa Beach)

160. Bagel Bros (Clermont)

161. Pool Bar & Grill (PB&G) at Four Seasons Orlando* 

162. Açaí Express (Kissimmee)

163. Gypsy Moon Market (Celebration) 

164. Forbidden lounge at Morimoto (Disney Springs)  (Lake Buena Vista)

165. Topolino's Terrace at Riviera Resort (Lake Buena Vista) 

166. California Grill at The Contemporary (Lake Buena Vista) 

167. Enchanted Rose Lounge at Grand Floridian (Orlando)

168. Posto Pizza (Celebration)

169. Seafood Atlantic (Cape Canaveral)

170. Todd English's Bluezoo at Swan and Dolphin (Lake Buena Vista) 

171. Saffron (Orlando)

172. Space 220  (EPCOT) 

173. Amare at Swan Reserve Resort (Lake Buena Vista) 

174. Zaru (Orlando) 

175. Lebanese Marrakech (at farmers market in Celebration) 

176. Q’Kenan (Orlando) 

177. Stuff A Bagel (Windermere)  

178. Hokusai Ramen & Izakaya (Kissimmee) 

179. Paris Banh Mi (Kissimmee) 

180. Alma Argentina (Celebration) 

181. Danilo’s Pasta Bar (Orlando) 

182. eet by Maneet Chauhan at Disney Springs (Lake Buena Vista,)

183. Charley’s Steakhouse (Celebration)

184. Taco Kat (Orlando) 

185. Ding Tea (Orlando) 

186. Takumi Ramen (Orlando)

187. Enzo’s Hideaway (Disney springs)  (Lake Buena Vista)

Illinois (11)

189. Smyth (Chicago) 

190. Miss Ricky’s at Virgin Hotel (Chicago)*

191. Pizza City Fest in Chicago (tried slices from 26 places)* 

192. VIP Thai cuisine (Woodridge) 

193. Burrito Parilla Mexicana (Naperville) 

194. Lao Sze Chuan (Downers Grove

195. Frontera Grill (O'Hare International Airport) 

196. The Office at the Aviary (Chicago) 

197. Roister (Chicago) 

199. Ipsento Coffee (Chicago)

Connecticut (4)

200. Sol Toro (Mohegan Sun Casino Resort, Uncasville)

201. Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana (Mohegan Sun Casino Resort, Uncasville) 

202. Michael Jordan’s Steakhouse (Mohegan Sun Casino Resort, Uncasville)

203. Tom’s Watch Bar (Mohegan Sun Casino Resort, Uncasville) 

Washington (3)

204. Longhouse Noodle Bar (ilani Casino Resort, Ridgefield)

205. Bella Vista (ilani Casino Resort, Ridgefield)*

206. Dediko (Vancouver) 

South Carolina (2)

207. Middleton Place (Charleston) 

208. Felix (Charleston) 

Alabama (2)

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