nashville adventures {where to eat & drink}

i recently visited nashville again a few weeks ago and am so obsessed with that city! it’s so lively and fun, people are kind and the food is delicious. eric goes to nashville all the time for work and i am always looking for an excuse to tag along because it’s such a great spot to visit! i’m so glad there’s now a direct flight from the bay area (oakland) to nashville.

i like documenting cool places i’ve been in new cities so that i can 1. visit them again! and 2. share with friends who may be visiting that city. my good friend morgan recently was visiting nashville and asked me a list of my favorite spots, which prompted me to share this blog post! here’s 40ish amazing spots you should TOTALLY check out if you’re visiting the nashville area, organized by neighborhood and also by five different types of spots: coffee/breakfast/brunch spots, snack-y spots, all-day/dinner spots, beer/cocktails places and fancy-ish dinner spots.

check out my full NASHVILLE ADVENTURES pinterest board!


Hillsboro Village: FIDO // Jenis Ice Cream // Pancake Pantry

Germantown: Rolf & Daughters // Germantown Cafe // 5th & Taylor

12 South: Jenis Ice Cream // Las Paletas Gourmet Popsicles // 12 South Taproom // Mafiaoza’s

Downtown/Broadway: The Southern // Merchants // Robert’s Western World // Layla’s // Tootsie’s // Broadway Brewhouse // Acme Feed & Seed // Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant // Frothy Monkey

Rutledge Hill / right outside Downtown/Broadway: HUSK // Pinewood Social // CREMA

The Gulch: The 404 Kitchen // Jackalope Brewing Company // Yazoo Brewing Company // Barista Parlor // Juice Nashville // Biscuit Love

Midtown: The Catbird Seat // Patterson House // Hattie B’s Hot Chicken

E. Nashville: Cafe Margot // The Treehouse // The Pharmacy // Jenis Ice Cream // Barista Parlor

CREMA {Rutledge Hill/outside of downtown}*
Frothy Monkey {several locations, includ. downtown}
Pancake Pantry {Hillsboro Village}* – Popular spot {like line down the street} for breakfast; they have like 60 types of pancakes or something insane here! Also, I found out Taylor Swift goes here when she visits Nashville. EEEK!
Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant {downtown} – Southern comfort food; their Sunday brunch is A+! They have dinner as well with live music as well.
Biscuit Love {the Gulch} – Breakfast & brunch goodness. I ordered a brussel sprout salad with two yummy eggs on top with THE best biscuit of my life on the side. GO HERE!
FIDO {Hillsboro Village}*
Barista Parlor – Hipster coffee shop with super tasty coffee {multiple locations, includ. the Gulch & E. Nashville}

#shelfie inspiration at Barista Parlor
#shelfie inspiration at Barista Parlor

Juice Nashville {the Gulch} – love their cold-pressed juices here! so many yummy and healthy combinations.
Las Paletas Gourmet Popsicles {12 South} – Mexican fruit popsicles. YES, YES, YES.
Jenis Ice Cream {12 South, E. Nashville, Hillsboro Village}

Mafiaoza’s – {12 South} – PIZZA! This spot is super popular especially on Tuesdays because they have 2-for-1 beer & pizza by the slice.
Pinewood Social {outside of downtown} – this is my favorite spot in Nashville, period. They have breakfast, lunch, dinner and fancy cocktails, plus a bowling alley, swimming pool outside and Wifi {great for working lunch dates!}. It’s an overall amazing and super fun vibe.
The Pharmacy {East Nashville}*
Hattie B’s Hot Chicken {Midtown / Music Row}*
Acme Feed & Seed {Downtown} – multi-level event space and restaurant with live music, delicious food and an epic rooftop patio.
Germantown Cafe {Germantown}* – New American restaurant with an amazing view of the Nashville skyline!

Pinewood Social
Pinewood Social

Yazoo Brewing Company {the Gulch}
12 South Taproom {12 South}
Jackalope Brewing Company {the Gulch}
Broadway Brewhouse {Downtown}
Patterson House {Midtown} – fancy cocktail spot that reminds me of Bourbon & Branch in San Francisco. They have an amazing drink list and the vibe is dark & moody!
The Treehouse {E. Nashville} – Super cool vibes in this bar/restaurant with a huge bourbon list. They have an epic outside patio too!
Tootsie’s {Downtown/Broadway} – super popular Honky Tonk bar downtown with different levels {including an outdoor patio} with live music on each.
Layla’s {Downtown/Broadway}
Robert’s Western World {Downtown/Broadway} – traditional country music bar that’s SUPER fun! I heard that their fried bologna sandwich is amazing but haven’t tried 😉

Broadway Street
Broadway Street

5th & Taylor {Germantown}* – sleek and upscale American restaurant {also SO MANY fiddle leaf fig plants as decor omg!}
HUSK – amazing Southern restaurant in an adorable old house. I think this is my favorite spot in Nashville! We just ordered appetizers and the huge Plate of Southern Vegetables and everything was SO good.
Merchants {Downtown} – duck fat tater tots, yes please. This place is right in the Broadway action, more upscale than the pub fare nearby.
The 404 Kitchen {the Gulch} – LOVED this place! We split a bunch of apps {Eric is OBSESSED with the lamb tartare, I was obsessed with the burrata & the gulf shrimp!}
Rolf & Daughters {Germantown}* – neighborhood-y restaurant known for their amazing pasta and creative plates. This place made BonAppetit’s 2013 Best New Restaurants list and literally everyone I’ve met in Nashville raved about it here! I MUST go next time I’m in town!
Cafe Margot {East Nashville} – adorable neighborhood-y French cafe. Their focaccia bread is delicious, as was everything I tried, plus the wine is super reasonably priced!
The Southern {Downtown} – Great steak and seafood spot downtown!
The Catbird Seat {Midtown}* – located above the Patterson House, this is a 22-seat restaurant offering a tasting menu. Haven’t been and hard to get into, but I heard it’s insanely amazing!


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