From America's Best Burgers
2413 Elliston Pl, Nashville, TN 37203
"What you're getting: Bacon cheeseburger on French bread
I once asked my Dad, a Vandy grad, if he remembered what I ordered the first time he took me to Rotier's in high school; the way he told me that I better have gotten the bacon cheeseburger implied I’d soon be disowned if that wasn't the case. The spot is famous for its meat-and-three, but the signature burger is still the main draw. It comes on fresh-baked, crusty French bread thats soft, chewy inside soaks up the gooey cheese and juices of the burger in a way that’ll make you'll start questioning why you always grab buns at the store instead. And while my dad's dating ritual of a burger, bottled Stroh's, and fries with my mom may be from the '70s, the meal is timeless."
I grew up in Nashville. Born and raised there with a eight year layover in Louisville (also an incredible city). I have, do, and will always love Nashville. I loved Nashville when people would say "You're from Nashville. I see you wear shoes and know how to use indoor plumbing" as opposed to the "OMFG I LOVE NASHVILLE I HAD MY BACHELOR/BACHELORETTE PARTY THERE! I WANNA MOVE THERE" craze of the last five years.
Nashville has its BBQ, soul food, and hot chicken. Nashville has its institutions of each from Peg Leg Porker, Monells, Loveless, and Princes. But there is one restaurant that defines Nashville at its core, at its heart, at its soul. Rotiers. A dark, dingy, dive pub that serves the most phenomenal cheese burgers. When I met with my college counselor for the first time in high school, he asked me if I was to take someone from out of town to a restaurant in Nashville to define the city, what would it be. I said "Rotiers" without hesitation. Everyone has a Rotiers story. Everyone has a Rotiers memory. Everyone has a Rotiers moment. Rotiers is perfect Nashville. Quiet, comfortable, loving, caring, Southern drawl and charm, with a lot of grease, a glass bottle coke, and a side of fries.
PS-I have been told that if you dare to wander away from the burger, the soul food is some of the best in the city.