Kurdish Cuisine Sets a New Tone in Nashville

Jennifer Justus

Stroll through Elysian Fields Shopping Center, a strip mall in South Nashville, and it might feel like a skip across the globe.

Past Grassmere Grill & Kabob, a Kurdish-owned restaurant tucked behind dark-tinted glass, sits a Japanese hibachi spot and a Latin nightclub. Then across the parking lot, it’s back to the Middle East with a mosque called Salahadeen Center and the Azadi International Food Market, the latter drawing shoppers with its...