A Foodie's Guide to Nashville

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good food, better city

I lived in Nashville for a little under six years. It is my home away from home. I watched the city change from 2013 up to 2019. One of my most asked questions are for Nashville food recommendations. You ask and you shall receive! Below is a list I’ve complied of all my favorite restaurants, sweet shops, coffee and more below.

Coffee:

Frothy Monkey: located on 12th south (+ other locations) this coffee shop is delicious and always busy. Ever snowed in while in Nashville? Not a problem for Frothy - they will be open!

Barista Parlor: a trendy spot full of great coffee, friendly staff && delcicious food!

Steadfast Coffee: a hidden gem in Germantown with modern feels and one of my favorite iced lattes in town.

Coffee & Coconuts: a little drive from Nashville, Coffee & Coconuts makes you feel like you are at the beach and living in a landlocked state doesn’t everyone want that? Iced coffee + Beach - yes please!

Cafe MaKai: AKA The Jam Coffeehouse. They recently did a rebranding but don’t worry your favorite latte is still on the menu.

Breakfast:

Pancake Pantry: Everyone has their own opinion on this place, but for me it’s delicious and a must. Yes the line is long BUT it does move fast. If you have flexibility in your schedule, try to either get there right when they open or just before they close. Also week day non holiday mornings are not too busy. Also want the same famous & delicious meal but from the comfort of your home? Order to go! Super easy, quick and no lines!

The Loveless Café: A little bit outside of Nashville (30 minute drive) but so worth it. The biscuits are THE BEST BISCUITS EVER and you will eat dozens of them and probably won’t even have room for the rest of your delicious breakfast.

 
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Fido: I may be sweet potato obsessed but their sweet potato french toast is incredible but you also can’t go wrong with their McFido bagel sandwich!.

Brunch:

Biscuit Love: Brunch is served all day long (7:00am - 3:00pm) at all three of their locations: The Gulch, Hillsboro Village & Downtown Franklin. Their fruit tea + bonuts are their perfect starter to a chicken biscuit or my personal favorite “the lily”: a blueberry lemon biscuit french toast. (pictured below) Not to mention the ambiance of their restaurants are homey and totally Nashville.

 
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Liberty Common:  This spot opened while I was living in Germany and when I moved home this place was first on my to do list. It’s location is prime- right on the river and a quick walk downtown. The pastel blue booths and tiled floors are too die for. Not to mention their food was fabulous.

Proper Bagel: I mean who doesn’t need a fancy, mouth watering delicious bagel in their life? These bagels live up to the hype and will fill you up. Their menu is large 

The Ainsworth: Such a fun spot in midtown and the catch: $1 mimosas on the weekends (Friday - Sunday) for the first hour they are open. Every hour after that the price goes up $1. For example, they open at 11am on Friday and if you arrive at 12pm a mimosa will be $2. Either way it is a great deal!

Lunch:

Edley’s BBQ: voted best BBQ in Nashville…need I say anything else?! Don’t let the line discourage you; it moves fast and the food is well worth the wait

The GOAT: one of the newest and trendiest spots in Germantown with a community inspired menu. They’ve got a little bit of everything, their drink selections are plentiful, and if want to watch a college football game or NFL game this place is the spot to be! Such a fun and happening atmosphere!

 
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Taco Mamacita: one of the best taco spots in nashville; my three favorites- Korean BBQ, Caribbean jerk and the memphis

Taqueria del Sol: located on 12th south (and Charlotte Ave.)

Hattie B’s Hot Chicken: a Nashville Crowd favorite! The line is always long but if you love hot chicken it’s the place to be! There are three Nashville locations.

Urban Cookhouse Nashville: My team and I are obsessed with this place. Quality food, great people, perfect location, quick service are the language Belmont Women’s Basketball speaks. My go to is the Berry Good Salad add grilled chicken!

Dinner:

Burger Up: who doesn’t love a good burger? Their burger menu includes a bison burger, lamb burger and a quinoa + black bean burger. Personally my go to item are their delicious sweet potato fries with the bison burger. Their homemade sauces are the perfect touch to their meals.

The Smiling Elephant: My favorite food is easily Thai food and this spot does not disappoint. This quaint restaurant on 8th ave. is one of the best Thai restraints I’ve ever been to.

Bar Taco: looking for mexican food + a party atmosphere? Look no further. This place is always popping and especially on a beautiful Nashville day / night. Their restaurant opens up to the street (12th south) which is one of the most happening places in Nashville. Their food + margs are to die for.

Virago: the best sushi ever combined with an incredible atmosphere that sets the mood for one fabulous date night! This restaurant is located in the Gulch and you can make a reservation online!

The Pharmacy: another burger spot + beer garden that you can’t pass up. It might be a little drive outside of Nashville but worth the drive + wait.

Slim & Husky’s Pizza Beeria: the cutest spot + the best pizza in nashville! There are two nashville locations!


Dessert:

NoBaked: cookie dough, cookie dough milkshakes, ice-cream on top of cookie dough + all the toppings in the world…. don’t mind if i DOUGH! Their cookie dough has vegan and dairy free options and they are always adding new flavors. Not to mention, their shops are ADORABLE and perfect instagram worthy locations! Pink + cookie dough = my love language.

Five Daughters Bakery: you DONUT want to miss out on this spot while in Nash.

Drunken Donuts: they make and deliver these delicious cake donuts with liquor glaze. Check out their menu online and then it’s easy to order online as well!

Cosmic Creamery: from the makers of NoBaked cookie dough comes this OUT OF THE WORLD cereal infused ice-cream shop! Pick your favorite childhood or adult cereal and watch your creation be made right in front of your eyes. My go to is Captain crunch vanilla!

Baked on 8th: the cutest bakery with all the delicious grab and go sweets. And if you need a cake or other type of celebration dessert this is your place to go!

Las Paletas: family friendly shop perfect on a hot summer day! Kids go crazy over these and to be honest adults too!! Some of the best and most unique popsicle flavors around!

Legendairy Milkshake Bar: these milkshakes really are LEGENDARY. Create your own milkshake or choose from one of their menu items like “Death by Chocolate” or “Rolling in the Cookie Dough.” Their milkshakes are one of a kind with life size toppings.

The Trifecta:

These three are some of my favorite spots in Nashville && all three of these restaurants offer Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner menus.

Pinewood Social: work, play, socialize, parties - from an indoor bowling alley, to work space tables, to delicious food, to an outdoor patio - pinewood social does it all!!!

The Mockingbird: home of the punchin’ bag aka adult fruit punch, the mockingbird’s delicious sharable entrees are ones you can’t pass up

Tavern: just over here drooling as I think about their menu. One of my favorite locations for a “fancier” meal with a killer ambiance.

 

 

Kylee Smith