A Foodie's Guide to Nashville
Let's be honest, 90% of the joy felt on a vacation (or staycation) is the food you consume. If you aren't talking about where to stop for dinner immediately after lunch, don't come on a trip with me. I'm all about the atmosphere, taste, and overall experience of the restaurant. I want the phrase "Well, this is cute!" along with "Oh my gosh...try this" to come out of my mouth in the same setting. So without further ado, let's dive into where and what to eat while in Nashville, TN.
Breakfast/Brunch | Liberty Common
Whether you're looking for a light or hearty meal, you're sure to leave happy after dining at Liberty Common. Their menu boasts the perfect mix of French and Southern cuisine offering everything from Housemade Pappardelle to Chicken & Waffles. However, I think it's their brunch options that made this spot number one on my list for breakfast. They have Cinnamon-Walnut Buttermilk Pancakes, Southern Fried Pickles, Brunch Burger (highly suggest) and more mouth-watering options. Plus, if you can snag a spot on their café patio, you're in for the full experience!
Here are some other places that have some of the best breakfast, brunch and coffee options:
Von Elrod's– (Germantown) Friday, Saturday, and Sunday: 10:00am – 2:00pm; Pretzel Monkey Bread w/ Cream Cheese Icing
Josephine – (12 South) Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am – 3:00pm; Josephine Benedict
Marsh House – (Gulch) Friday - Sunday: 8:00am – 2:00pm; Banana Pecan Pancakes
The Hampton Social - (SoBro) Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am – 3:00pm; Breakfast Burrito
Butcher & Bee– (East Nashville) Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am – 2:00pm; Fluffo- Nutter
Cafe Roze– (East Nashville) Daily: 9:00am- 4:00pm; Egg Sandwich & Roze Latte
Lunch | Superica
Located in the heart of The Gulch, Superica is a perfect stop for lunch amidst your sightseeing. If you're anything like me, you're in the mood for Tex-Mex at all hours of the day. If the idea of eating wood-grilled fajitas paired with chips and guacamole and sipping a cold margarita whilst basking in the sun on a patio is inviting....this is the place for you. Pair a Mexican Coke with Superica's Chicken Nachos. Thank me later.
Here are some other places that have some of the best lunch options and vibe.
Pinewood Social– (SoBro) Monday - Friday: 11:00am -11:00pm & Saturday - Sunday; 4:00pm -11:00pm; Turkey & Brie Sandwich
Bar Taco – (12 South) Daily Lunch: 11:00am - 11:00pm; Chile-Lime Shrimp Taco & Plantains
Puckett's – (Downtown) Daily Lunch: 11:00am- 3:00pm; Music City Hot Chicken Sandwich
The Loading Dock- (Wedgewood -Houston) Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 2:00pm & Saturday: 9:00am -12:00pm; The Chelsea
The Pharmacy– (East Nashville) Daily: 11:00am - 9:30pm; The Pharmacy Burger & Hand Cut Sweet Potato Fries
RH Cafe– (Green Hills) Daily: 10:00am- 9:00pm; Truffled Grilled Cheese
Happy Hour | Lou/na
Happy hour is always happier with a view, right? Lou/na is located on the rooftop of Hyatt Nashville and offers complimentary two hour valet parking. As for their happy hour, arrive anytime between 4:00pm and 6:00pm to experience the $6 draft beers, $6 house Canvas wines, $7 pretzels, and $2 chilled Rappahannock oysters.
Here are a few other hours that are happy in Nashville ;)
Butchertown Hall – (Germantown) Happy hour from 3:00pm to 5:00pm includes $6 margaritas, $6 frozen margaritas, $6 palomas, $4-$5 select beers, $5 select wines, and $3-$12 small bites.
Hampton Social – (SoBro) Happy hour from 3:00pm to 6:00pm includes half-price rosé of the day and half-price pizzas.
The Sutler – (Melrose) Happy hour from 3:00pm to 7:00pm includes half off signature cocktails, half off draft beer, and half off glasses of wine.
Saint Anejo- (Gulch) Happy Hour from 4:00pm to 6:00pm includes half-price pitchers of margaritas and buckets of beer (5-for-3).
Anzie Blue– (Hillsboro Village) Happy hour from 4:00pm to 7:00pm includes half off well drinks, half off glasses of wine, and $1 off craft beer.
Neighbors– (Germantown) Happy hour from 3:00pm to 7:00pm includes 2-for-1 drafts, 2-for-1 bottles, and 2-for-1 well drinks.
Dinner | Barcelona Wine Bar
Barcelona Wine Bar is located in Edgehill Village and is one of my favorite dinner spots in Nashville. Their tapas style entrees allow you to get a little bit of everything. I highly suggest the fried brussels sprouts, potatas bravas, and grilled broccolini. Plus, they have a gin cart. I'll let you experience that for yourself. Check out their menu here.
Here are a few other dinner options I love:
Butchertown Hall – (Germantown) Monday - Friday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm & Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 9:00pm; Double Brisket-Grind Burger
Hathorne– (Sylan Park) Wednesday - Saturday 5:00pm -10:00 pm; Fried Chicken A La Schnitzel
Emmy Squared– (Gulch) Sunday - Thursday: 12:00pm - 9:00pm & Friday - Saturday 12:00pm - 10:00pm; The Emmy
Pastaria- (West End) Daily Dinner: 5:00pm - 9:00pm; Risotto Balls & Aperol Spritz
Merchants– (Downtown) Daily Bistro Hours: 11:00am - 11:00pm; Sweet Tea Pork Loin
Adele's– (Gulch) Daily Dinner: 5:00pm - 9:00pm; Brussels Sprouts, Sorghum, Candied Pecan
Dessert | Baked Bear
Basically the ice cream sandwich of your dreams. You choose how it's made! Step 1 - Select the top and bottom, where you can mix & match any cookie. Step 2 - Choose your ice cream. Step 3 - Choose your topping. Check out all the flavor options here.
Here are a few other sweet lil treats:
Jeni's Ice Cream– (12 South) Sunday - Thursday: 11:00am - 11:00pm & Friday - Sunday: 11:00am - Gooey Butter Cake
No Baked Cookie Dough– (Edgehill Village) Sunday - Thursday 12:00pm -10:00pm & Friday - Saturday: 12:00pm - 11:00pm; Red Velvet