NASHVILLE GUIDE: PART I

When Evan and I travel, the first thing we plan is [obviously] where we will be eating.  We honestly map out our top dining destinations and choose where we stay based on proximity to the food.  Suffice it to say, the question we most often receive from family and friends is where they should eat in various cities.  Each month, we'll be choosing a city or region and providing a city guide of sorts.  Food will certainly be the focus of the guides, but we'll also try to include a few places to shop, visit, or explore in each location.  Our template for planning trips is typically to include food, art, nature, shopping, and if possible - the nearest zoo (for me).

Since we recently moved from Nashville, that is where we'll begin.

WHERE TO EAT:

[IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER]

ROLF AND DAUGHTERS
go early
take friends
order all of the pasta

CITY HOUSE
italy meets the south
be sure to order a pizza

HUSK
high end southern food
locally sourced
google it

BUTCHER & BEE
eat all the mezze + everything else

LITTLE OCTOPUS
healthy-ish food that tastes good
great place to eat things you've never heard of

OTAKU RAMEN
japanese ramen shop
you want all the ramen + hot chicken buns

 

 

 

ARNOLD'S
your grandma's best sunday supper...monday-friday
meat + three [or four]

THE BIRDHOUSE
korean fried chicken

TREEHOUSE
dinner + late night
great for sharing

BIG AL'S DINER
meat + three | germantown
just go ahead and pass out right now

ANY MEXICAN RESTAURANT ON NOLENSVILLE PIKE
partial to: El Amigo
order: tacos + chocolate flan

BAO DOWN
traditional chinese baozi
check social media for the food truck location

KING TUT'S FOOD TRUCK
falafel and shwarma

 


WHERE TO DRINK:

THE PATTERSON HOUSE
speakeasy heaven
you will probably have a wait; the wait will be worth it
don't leave

BAR 308 + DINOS
grab a burger, beer, and pie at Dino's
finish off your night with a cocktail at 308

 

THE OAK BAR AT THE HERMITAGE HOTEL
get away from the downtown crowd
our favorite place to catch an ole miss game

ROBERT'S WESTERN WORLD
the name really says it all
order the recession special:
fried bologna sandwich + PBR + bag of chips

 


WHERE TO FIND BAKED GOODS:

DOZEN BAKERY
the chocolate croissant is the closest you'll get to france in nashville
must haves: baguettes, croissants, galletes, muffins

UTTERLY NASHVILLE
find their pastries at crema friday - sunday
must haves: donuts, pies

VILLAGE BAKERY & PROVISIONS
located in the nashville farmer's market*
must haves: brioche rolls, pugliese, gosen,
chocolate brioche, macarons

GNARWHAL BAKERY
old world wood-fired breads
check their website for their location each day

*OCTOBER UPDATE: Village Bakery & Provisions has moved from the Nashville Farmer's Market.  Their products can now be found at Salt and Vine Monday thru Saturday and the Sugar Camp farm booth at Richland Park market on Saturday.


FAVORITE COFFEE SHOPS:

STEADFAST COFFEE
Germantown

This is our go-to coffee shop in Nashville.  Delicious coffee, great pastries, and quick orders.  While in Nashville, we loved to grab a coffee and head just down the street to the farmer's market every Sunday afternoon.

top pick:  Matchless Coffee Soda

BARISTA PARLOR
East Nashville | The Gulch | Germantown

We have a love-hate relationship with Barista Parlor.  The coffee is so good, the wait is so long.  This place is truly pretentious, but holds a dear place in our hearts.  

top pick:  any seasonal beverage & a growler of cold brew

 

We'll pick up with top picks for places stay, shop, and visit in our Nashville Guide: Part II.