Nashville Restaurants

Establishment neighborhood
747 Douglas Ave., East Nashville
Kisser chefs and owners (and married couple) Brian Lea and Leina Horii spent a couple years road-testing recipes at farmers markets and restaurant pop-ups—including a series at The Patterson House and one at Bastion—before opening as a brick-and-mortar in 2023. The result is a concise menu of only good stuff; standouts include the chicken katsu sandwich and Japanese breakfast. It’s hot ticket, a small space, and walk-in only. And it’s only open for lunch, only four days a week—arrive before opening to avoid a longer wait. Kisser was shortlisted for the James Beard Foundation’s Best New Restaurant award in 2024.