So I’m going to give you the best of me in this list. I recently visited Nashville and I had 2 thoughts. 1. Why have I never been here? 2. Why is the architecture so beautiful? I know neither one of these questions have anything to do with food, but I promise I’m getting there. After a weekend in Nashville I came up with a list of the top 4 places to visit. I know you’re thinking why not five. Well to be honest if I give you five places you practically won’t be able breath because your food intake from these top 4 will be MORE than enough.
- Five Points Pizza
Five Points Pizza is located in the East Nashville area of town. This pizzeria has a full-service restaurant and a carry-out option next door for my Netflix and chill crowd. The establishment is super affordable, has an awesome selection of craft brews and is popular amongst the hipster crowd. I built my own pizza and loaded up on all of the goodies, but they have crazy good selection of signature pizzas that I glanced over. Some whole pies that I will definitely be back to try are the Vodka Sauce Pie, Habanero Cream Sauce Pie, and the T-Rex! If you’re looking for a late-night spot with good vibes, reasonable prices and garlic knots smothered in large chunks of garlic; Five Points Pizza should be your first stop.
Address: 1012 Woodland St Nashville, TN 37206
Must Have(s): Garlic Knots
- Tupelo Honey Café
I know what you’re thinking Tupelo Honey Café has several locations. While this is true, I’ve been to several other locations but none like the one in Tennessee. First and foremost the décor of this location is beautiful and very large. I love when I don’t have to eat my food while listening to others conversations within earshot of me. My server Zach was delightful. He was very knowledgeable about the menu and was great at suggesting items. He was so convincing that he changed my mind from having the Shoo Mercy pancakes (which I have had before and they take a lot of convincing to change my mind), to another popular menu item. After a serious talk with Zach I decided on the Banana Pudding French Toast. What a surprise when it came to the table and it was bigger than my entire body. I quickly regretted starting off with the Avocado Crostini drizzled in red chili honey, even though it was delightful. If you’re looking for some massive bites without a crazy long wait this is definitely my recommendation.
Address: 2000 Meridian Blvd Ste 110 Franklin, TN 37067
Must Have(s): Banana Pudding French Toast
2 for 1 libations, yes please! Tavern is a very popular spot in the West End/ Midtown area. The wait was about 45 minutes, but considering I am from Atlanta this is very typical. Tavern is a gastro-pub with a bi-level patio. I went for the brunch and the boy was I glad. Tavern boast of a col-casual vibe and they live up to it. During my visit they had a DJ playing and the and the patio open with great seating. I had the Red Velvet Pancakes and the Benedict Uno: braised short ribs, 2 poached eggs, English muffin, and Tabasco Hollandaise. Honestly this was the best brunch I have had in a long time. The ambiance, food, service and lets not forget the 2 for 1 libations are reason enough to run over to Tavern!
Address: 1904 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203
Must Have(s): Red Velvet Waffle
- Green Hills Grille
And drum roll please… My favorite restaurant while I was in Nashville goes to Green Hills Grille. This southwestern style restaurant has an interesting backstory. The doors opened in 1990 and eventually closed its doors in 2008. Local restaurateur, Steven Smithing who previously worked at the original location for 11 years eventually recreated Green Hills Grille as the neighborhood staple it is known as today. The restaurant is definitely southwestern inspired with its Aztec inspired décor. The menu offered a massive variety of Southwestern inspired dishes with an American flair. The shrimp and grits was an amazing dish. The dish featured sautéed shrimp, shallots, mushrooms, bacon, cajun cream sauce, fried grits, scallions, diced tomatoes. The fired grits were a nice touch to the dish and unconventional from any other shrimp and grits dish I have had. Green Hills Grille has done a remarkable job keeping the menu true to the Southwestern style while not forgetting about the Nashville roots. I came across a Nashville Hot Chicken Salad proof enough that Green Hills Grille has Nashville very close to the heart. If you’re looking for a hidden gem with incredible service and even better food Green Hills Grille is definitely my recommendation.
Address: 2002 Richard Jones Rd Ste 104A Nashville, TN 37215
Must Have(s): Shrimp and Grits
Do you have any other Nashville favorites that should have made the cut?