About ARNOLD'S Country Kitchen

photo: ron manville

photo: ron manville

Arnold's Country Kitchen was opened by Jack and Rose Arnold in Nashville, Tennessee in 1982. In the years following, Arnold's has been written up in publications such as Garden & Gun, Maxim, Southern Living, SAVEUR and Bon Apetit - all of whom share the same love for Arnold's as the locals in Nashville. 

You may have also seen Arnold's on TV shows like Diner's Drive & Dives. Needless to say, we like to treat celebrities just like we take care of our regulars - like family. 

That's because Arnold's is a 'mom and pop' family business. On any given day you can bet you'll find at least three of us Arnolds here cooking and serving the folks lining out the door.

Arnold's Country Kitchen was awarded a prestigious James Beard American Classics Award in 2009. We're honored and humbled to be able to serve so many each day - and even more so to have that passion recognized by others. 

Co-owner Jack Arnold favors overalls and foulard bow ties. He began his restaurant career as a dishwasher, at the age of 12. While studying art at Vanderbilt University, he managed the campus cafeteria. By 1983 he had his own place, Arnold’s Country Kitchen, a concrete block building, outfitted with a steam table and a tray line. Along with his wife, Rose, and his son Kahlil, Jack has won a citywide reputation for excellence in meat-and-three fare. Although he roasts a beautiful haunch of beef, vegetables are Arnold’s specialty. His long-simmered greens, perfectly crisp fried green tomatoes, and cooked-to-order cornbread have won the allegiance of downtown business types, country-music show folks, and workaday Nashvillians alike.
— James Beard Foundation