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Nashville Guide | Eats

Nashville Guide | Eats

When it comes to food, no one knows Nashville better than my sister Caitlin.  She moved to Nashville a year ago, and has been all over the food scene since, covering all sorts of bites with her Instagram Bougie Bites.  So, her and I have teamed up and consolidated our top spots in Nashville.  These are the restaurants that are off the beaten path, up and coming and the hidden gems of the southern city.  

BARISTA PARLOR | clean and industrial coffee spot

Location | Germantown

Vibe | airy and industrial

Go To’s | highly recommend the whiskey caramel latte, with a bacon egg and cheese biscuit to accompany

whiskey caramel latte (hot and cold)

whiskey caramel latte (hot and cold)

bacon egg and cheese biscuit

bacon egg and cheese biscuit

CAFE ROZE | chic minimalist diner specializing in drinks

Location | east Nashville

Vibe | minimalist meets millennial pink

Go To’s | everything is fresh, but my favorite was the turmeric latte, and egg sandwich

turmeric latte

turmeric latte

egg sandwich

egg sandwich

FROTHY MONKEY | popular breakfast and coffee shop

Location | All over Nash

Vibe | depends on the location, but homey

Go To’s | Come for the unique drinks, and stay for the delicious cookies and breakfast. Below are the Salted Coconut Caramel and Turtle Latte from their seasonal menu, and their chocolate chip and snickerdoodle cookies.

Frothy Monkey Nashville cookie
Frothy Monkey coffee

STEADFAST | quaint coffee joint

Location | Germantown

Vibe | minimalist and light

Go To's | come for the butterscotch latte, but stay for the elevated breakfast sandwich. there bites are as minimal as their decor, but tasty.

the butterscotch latte.

the butterscotch latte.

the breakfast sandwich with avocado and cheese.

the breakfast sandwich with avocado and cheese.

MOCKINGBIRD | modern diner

Location | The Gulch

Vibe | sleek and indulgent 

Go To's | for drinks, their adult Capri Sun's are as nostalgic as they are tasty. their gigantic, "hole in one donut" and "dat bun dough" cinnamon roll monkey bread are equally as indulgent. 

Caitlin and I enjoying the passionfruit adult coolers.

Caitlin and I enjoying the passionfruit adult coolers.

the gigantic hole in one donut.

the gigantic hole in one donut.

The donut and cinnabun monkey bread.

The donut and cinnabun monkey bread.

HOP DODDY | elevated burgers and fries

Location | Hillsborough

Vibe | casual fast food spot

Go To’s | parmesan fries are a must, in addition to the Impossible burger (pictured below)…it’s life chaining

Impossible plan based burger
impossible burger

FOLK | Nashville’s new Food Network approved restaurant

Location | East Nashville

Vibe | minimalist meets European

Go To’s | their known for their pizza, but their beef tartar, smoked meats and ice cream are a must.

folk beef tartar
folk ice cream

HEMMINGWAYS | cocktails inspired by Hemmingway with good bites too

Location | West Houston aka. Weho

Vibe | moody speakeasy

Go To’s | known for their descriptive drinks, but their Korean chicken is to die for and is pictured below

the pici pasta, butternut squash, pecorino pepato.

the pici pasta, butternut squash, pecorino pepato.

5TH AND TAYLOR | elevated American classics

Location | Germantown

Vibe | rustic meets industrial

Go To's | the beef tartar is as tasty as it is beautiful as is the halibut. the beef zabuton is an elevated take on a southern classic and makes you feel right at home.

the beautiful presentation of beef tartar.

the beautiful presentation of beef tartar.

the beef zabuton. not pictured, the delicious mashed potatoes that come with it.

the beef zabuton. not pictured, the delicious mashed potatoes that come with it.

VIRAGO | upscale sushi spot

Location | M Street / The Gulch

Vibe | sleek and modern 

Go To's | I was blown away by the sushi presentation and flavor of the food. definitely get the bomb, rainbow box and try the sake-steamed brussel sprouts.

Below | chicken shio ramen, rainbow box, the bomb, and waygu skirt steak

MOTO | gastro Italian eatery

Location | M Street / The Gulch

Vibe | rustic / industrial chic

Go To's | burrata and the cacio e pepe

The Apricot Rose (top) and Sage + Smoke (bottom). Both were delicious!

The Apricot Rose (top) and Sage + Smoke (bottom). Both were delicious!

The Burrata.

The Burrata.

The Cacio e Pepe.

The Cacio e Pepe.

BUTCHERTOWN HALL | meatlovers paradise 

Location | Germantown

Vibe | Brooklyn meets garden party

Go To's | queso dip, pork tacos, brisket and the white BBQ sauce is a must.

Butchertown Hall Nashville TN
The Pork Tacos.

The Pork Tacos.

The Brisket Plate..it is MASSIVE.

The Brisket Plate..it is MASSIVE.

PROPER BAGEL l | bougie bagels

Location | Belmont

Vibe | contemporary meets retro

Go To's | rosemary garlic bagel with bacon, eggs and cream cheese, plus the 10 + types of cream cheese like lavender honey, dill pickle and birthday cake.

Proper Bagel Nashville
Caitlin's go to with a side of sweet potato mash.

Caitlin's go to with a side of sweet potato mash.

Proper Bagel Nashville Sandwich

OLD GLORY | upscale craft cocktail speakeasy

Location | Edgewood Village

Vibe | industrial / speakeasy

Go To's | literally anything on the menu for drinks

Old Glory
The Neon City Cocktail.

The Neon City Cocktail.

ATAMOLOGY | health centered local products

Location | Westend

Vibe | where the creatives hang out

Go To's | chai tea with a shot of arma (Cinnamon and Cardamon) and Local Honey

Atamology Nashville
Atomology Nashville

JENI'S SPLENDID ICE CREAMS | ice cream spot known for local ingredients

Location | 12 South and East Nashville

Vibe | chic ice cream parlor

Go To's | flavors constantly change, but Salted Carmel and Brown Butter Almond Brittle

Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream Nashville

FIVE DAUGHTERS BAKERY | holy grail of donuts

Location | 12 South, East Nashville and Franklin

Vibe | cutesy bakery with white subway tiles an a neon pink sign

Go To's | with 140 layers of croissant dough per each donut so you cant go wrong.  Flavors change monthly, but favorites are Maple Bacon, S'mores, and Orange Dreamsicle. 

SLIM AND HUSKY'S | hip and cheap pizza joint with gourmet toppings  

Location | North Nashville

Vibe | such good vibes here, the people are so welcoming and sweet.  the decor is also super cool with urban-contemporary feel and 90's hip hop and movies playing in the background. 

Go To's | the ingredients and beers are all sourced locally, so you know the quality is good.  you can make your own pie, so you can tailor it to your taste.

PEG LEG PORKER | delicious no fuss BBQ place

Location | The Gulch

Vibe | very casual and relaxed

Go To's | you can't go wrong with any of their BBQ, but I recommend the pulled pork sandwich it was delicious

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