Hello hello friends!
If you have been following me on social media this past week, you may have figured out that my husband and I took a belated honeymoon to Nashville, TN. This being my first time visiting Music City, I am not at all an expert on the subject; however, my research+experience can provide you with a great start when planning your trip.
Here I will share the restaurants we loved and what we ordered. If you are interested in what to do once you get there (other than stuffing your mouth), then be sure to read Nashville Part 2: Perfect Places.
- ACME Feed & Seed: Located on Broadway-this 3-level joint has something for everyone. Level 1=southern style restaurant plus live music. Level 2=sushi bar plus DJ. Level 3=rooftop view of Broadway (what glorious neon lights!) and the river. My husband ordered the catfish and I ordered the shrimp and grits. It wasn’t our favorite meal of the trip but the atmosphere was great!
- Pancake Pantry: Oh My! Located in 12 South. This was my favorite breakfast of the trip (and possibly my favorite meal)! Wesley got french toast!?! I however, got the MOST AMAZING pancakes I’ve ever eaten. These beauties are the ‘sugar and spice’ pancakes served with applesauce and cinnamon cream syrup. I can’t make this up…it literally tastes like Fall. Currently: devising a plan to develop a recipe soup (stay tuned).
- Jack’s BBQ: Located on Broadway. This little hole-in-the-wall was highly-recommended. Wesley and I both got the brisket and it definitely didn’t disappoint; however, the food was pretty standard. Our favorite was the sweet tea…if you like it sweet their is the perfect treat! Plus their sweet BBQ sauce really yummy too.
- Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant: Located near the capitol. Puckett’s doubles as a restaurant plus mini gift shoppe. Puckett’s also offers live music. Their food was really good, but their skillet desserts are a must! Here’s the fried brownie sundae-yes that’s bacon on top.
- Loveless Cafe: Located 30 minutes outside of downtown. This sweet old motel-converted cafe/gift shoppe is home to homemade biscuits and jams. Wesley got the usual breakfast: eggs, bacon, etc. I, on the other hand, got a side of hash brown casserole (Yummy) and followed it up with biscuits (making sure to try every flavor jam). Their shoppe was super cute; here we got gifts for our parents and our first Mr. & Mrs. ornament to put on our Christmas tree this year.
- Tin Roof: Located on Broadway. Wesley and I actually stopped in because we heard a couple guys playing for tips that made our ears perk up. We ended up staying for lunch while listening and literally getting to meet/talk to the musicians (I found out one of them opened up for Luke Bryan 2 years in a row…and he gave me his guitar pick). This is an example of how awesome Nashville is! Anyway, the food was good too. Wesley got quesadillas and I got a grilled chicken sandwich with pimento cheese and banana pepper relish that was truly truly delicious.
- Hot Hattie B’s Chicken: Located near Vanderbilt University. Hattie B’s serves ‘hot chicken’, which appears to be Tennessee’s version of buffalo-style just with the heat fried in to the batter. Hattie B’s offered ‘southern style’ (no heat), ‘mild’, ‘medium’, ‘hot’, and ‘damn hot’ chicken fried to perfection. They had the most amazing pimento mac-n-cheese and greens. They are very generous with their portions too.
- Savannah’s Candy Kitchen: Wowza! I always enjoy giving in to my sweet tooth. Wesley and I made a pit-stop here on our last night. We were craving ice cream (even though it was 50 degrees outside) and it was so worth it. Wes got his usual pick-birthday cake/cake batter. I got the ‘monster mash’, described best as vanilla base with all the scraps from the candy maker’s board mixed in and swirled with caramel sauce. As you can imagine…it was to die for! I didn’t get a pick of the ice cream (it was gobbled up too fast), but here’s a pick of their cute candy case design of ‘NASHVILLE’.
I would definitely visit Nashville again, so please comment below and share your favorite spots! Plus, don’t forget to check out Nashville Part 2: Perfect Places.