I labeled this post volume one because I know I'll have to do multiple guides as we get to know Nashville and try more places. Our list of places we've never even been is still VERY long, and then there are also lots of places that we've been and loved but want to go back to and snap a few photos for you!
For this first guide I am rounding up all the places I've recommended in the past on various blog posts as well as sharing some new spots that we tried this past month!
One thing we've been amazed by on our recent trips to Nashville is how friendly the city is. It's seriously the friendliest city in the US, in my humble opinion. If you're planning a trip, be sure to add a bunch of these spots to your list!
Marché We've raved about this spot for a long time. It was one of Emma and Trey's first date spots (can I get a group "awwwwwwe!"), and Jeremy and I recently made it our "special spot" when we had breakfast there the morning of our house closing.
The menu is constantly changing. Emma loves the croissant french toast and I love the fruit tartine. I've also had a lot of really fresh meals there (I call em "breakfast salad") comprised of mostly veggies. It's one of our go-tos. As with most brunch spots in Nashville, it's very busy on the weekends, but during the weekdays (when we usually visit) it's super chill.
Loveless Cafe There's a reason why Loveless is on every Nashville list ever. It's SO good. They're famous for their fluffy biscuits (which I have no photo of—what's wrong with me??), but we love a lot of other things there as well. It's like the best little diner ever. I'm always looking for an excuse to go.
It's not really IN Nashville, so it'll probably be a bit of a drive, but don't worry—it's more than worth it!
Barista Parlor We love this spot. It's beautiful and the menu is fun. We sometimes get these sausage biscuits with peach jam—so good. You'll like it. Everyone likes it.
Biscuit Love! OMG, you guys. The biscuit donuts (pictured above) are on another planet. It's one of those foods you wish you could un-know (yeah, that good).
Plus…it's the place that has this awesome sign you're always seeing on Instagram—
Photo via Biscuit Love.
Pinewood Social Around the time they first opened was when we started making frequent trips to Nashville. Pinewood has always been pretty high up on our list. I usually order a kale caesar salad and we usually order fried broccoli. They are basically always open (brunch, lunch, dinner, drinks, etc.), and I heard they have a pool now (on our list of things to do SOON!). It's a really great space, awesome copper bar, and the bowling alley in the back is pretty cute too.
Added it to your list yet? Go ahead. :)
Little Octopus A new one for us! Last month when Jeremy was in Nashville without me he tried Little Octopus and had a pretty epic experience. So this last week we only had time for one special date together and we went straight there. It is super good, really cute and (per usual) everyone is incredibly friendly. It's mostly small plates (a style of serving we LOVE) but omg—that freaking burger. Definitely my favorite Nashville burger so far. Oh…and great cocktails too.
The Treehouse Love love love! I wish I had more pics. We didn't get to sit in the actual "treehouse" this time (website says you can only reserve it if you have 6 or more people), so hopefully we can do that next time because it looks really fun. Anyway! We had epic cocktails, tried red wine and coke for the first time, had awesome fried rice and just loved the whole experience. I definitely want to go back with Jeremy soon! The menu changes daily.
A Matter Of Taste The best gluten-free menu I've ever seen. It's definitely a place that anyone can enjoy, though. We've been a few times and every single thing we've ordered has been awesome from burgers to pizza to salads and desserts. Mega thumbs up!
The Local Taco There are a whole bunch of locations, but these pics are from the East Nashville one. I actually haven't even ordered a taco there because this place has my favorite kale salad ever (!!!), so I always get that. Jeremy has ordered a bunch of tacos, though, and his favorite is The Local BBQ. We also love this drink called Rosa Botanica (pictured above) which is made with vodka, St-Germain and grapefruit juice. Plus, it's decorated really cute and open (I LOVE patios). ps—order the green salsa.
Mas Tacos Por Favor Since we're already on the subject of tacos…super legit and delicious food. Best tortilla soup I've ever had!
Burger Up This spot is always on a lot of lists, and for good reason! I actually haven't been there very recently, but we've been a few times and ordered both burgers and salads (oh and drinks!) that were SUPER good. Plus, just for the record, fried pickle chips are the right way to do it. 🙂 Yes, please.
The Pharmacy is SO CUTE. I know they have great burgers and yummy homemade sodas, but honestly—the reason I love going there is because the outdoor seating is so cute. I am planning my next trip when the fall weather sets in because that sounds just perfect! Order a homemade soda for sure.
The Patterson House Honestly—one of the best bars I've been to in my life. The menu is so fun and creative. It was a total treat and I cannot wait to go back! It was over a year ago now, so I can't remember anything we ordered, but you can't go wrong. Oh, and get there early because it is VERY popular. Photo via Visit Music City.
More fun spots (I'll try to get photos for the next guide!): Jeni's (Brown Butter Almond Brittle 4Ever!), Crema (my personal favorite coffee shop!), I Dream Of Weenie (can't wait to try weenie brunch!), Two Ten Jack (best ramen and cocktails).
And maybe a couple of non-foodie spots?
White's Mercantile Love this shop! It is beautifully curated. I want to move in! I always buy a few gifts every time we visit, a bunch of greeting cards and at least one journal. Love it!
Old Made Good We found this place randomly (on Gallatin) because our co-worker, Jacki, wanted to take a photo with their OMG sign. We ended up going in and it was so cute. A quirky, curated vintage/flea market with some handmade items and a glitter floor (I repeat—the floor is made of gold glitter). Good fun!
OK, it's your turn!! I am still a total rookie to Nashville and I need your guidance! What should we try next? What are your favorite hidden gems in Nashville (and the nearby surrounding areas)? Jeremy and I (and Laura and Todd too) will add your recommendations to our mile-long lists! Oh, and if you're a Nashville local, I hope we did you proud. xx. Elsie
Credits// Author and Photography: Elsie Larson. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess Actions.