Nashville is THE place to go if you consider yourself a foodie! There are all sorts of fun and unique local restaurants. Everything from fried chicken to ramen to breakfast foods. Here are a few of the spots you can’t miss!
Last week, I got to check another state off my list of places to go: Tennessee. My brother moved to Nashville a few months ago, so Andrew and I took a long weekend to visit him. While we were there, we got to do a lot of exploring and try a few local restaurants! I’m sharing my favorites with you today.
What to Do
We actually didn’t do a lot of the tourist-y things in Nashville. Next time, I am planning to visit the Parthenon, go to the Country Music Hall of Fame and explore the Grand Ole Opry. Even without visiting those tourist attractions, we were able to find some fun and inexpensive things to do.
1. Explore downtown.
We spent one morning walking around downtown after breakfast. There are plenty of places to go and things to do, but we just explored. You can walk down Printer’s Alley, check out the State Capitol building, and see lots of historic buildings without paying a dime.
If you’ve got some time to kill or want to do some shopping, the Mall at Green Hills is the perfect place! Andrew and I drove through the night to get to Nashville, so the following day we were both pretty tired. We spent a chill afternoon strolling the mall and went to see Mockingjay at the theater.
I loved visiting the mall this time of year! It was all decorated for the holidays and looked so festive. It was much bigger and fancier than any of the malls near me, so that was exciting, too.
Okay, so this one isn’t technically in Nashville, but it’s worth the 1 1/2 hour drive! When Andrew and I were planning a Fall trip, we knew we wanted to do some hiking and see waterfalls. I came across the website for Burgess Falls when we were deciding what to do one day.
You get to see FOUR waterfalls at Burgess Falls, ranging from 20 feet to 136 feet. There are also lots of other sights to see during the short hike. We were so glad we decided to visit the falls during our trip! They were absolutely gorgeous and we got a nice workout in, too.
I took so many pictures, and I wish I could share them all with you! Indulge me and check out a couple more… Isn’t this the most beautiful place?
Where to Eat
You already know that Andrew and I love to eat. I mean, I do have a food blog after all! We love trying new restaurants in our hometown of Sarasota, but it was really exciting to get to visit some new places in Nashville. We tried all sorts of food, from burgers to sushi to steak.
To be honest, this trip turned into a food adventure. Our days revolved around where we would eat, and we talked about food almost the whole time. I’m told that a huge part of the Nashville experience is the food, so I guess it was the perfect trip for us!
Nashville has forever spoiled me for coffee houses. We just don’t have anything like them in Sarasota! Not only did the Frothy Monkey have amazing coffees (like my favorite, the Turtle Latte), they also serve breakfast, lunch and dinner and have a selection of wine, craft beers and cocktails.
If you stop in for breakfast, I highly recommend the “Bob.” It comes with two whole-wheat pancakes, house-made syrup and your choice of sides (I went with bacon and eggs). The pancakes almost taste like they are good for you!
You HAVE to get some southern food while you are in Nashville. Hot Hattie B’s is a delicious place to get fried chicken and all the fixins. I got their Pimento Mac & Cheese and Baked Beans on the side. It’s comfort food at it’s finest!
3. Chateau West
Andrew wanted to visit a steak house while we were there. I did some research and found Chateau West. After seeing the picture of the building, I had to go! It looks like it belongs in a ski resort in the mountains.
It’s a French restaurant, and they serve steak and seafood. Be sure to make a reservation and dress up for dinner at Chateau West. We started our meal with escargot, which was delicious! For my meal, I chose the Scallops a la Richelieu. They are served in a lobster bisque, which complements the scallops perfectly.
4. Otaku South
Andrew has been wanting to try an authentic ramen restaurant for awhile now. We haven’t found one near us yet, but we were able to find one in Nashville. It was such a fun experience! We love trying new types of food, and this was definitely something we will do again.
We started with an appetizer of Pork Belly Buns. I had never tried them before, so I had no idea what to expect. They were so good! Our ramen was so flavorful and delicious. I got the Assari Shoyu, pictured above. I was told it was a traditional ramen, so it was a good place to start.
We met up with some friends for burgers at M.L. Rose. They have so many craft burgers and unique sandwiches. I got the Nite Owl, which was unlike any burger I’ve ever had before. It was a savory combination of smoked tomato jam, stout braised onions, bacon and cheddar cheese. Yum!
If you are looking for a place to try some of Nashville’s local craft beers, this is it! Their drink menu is gigantic and features lots of beers on tap and in cans and bottles. They also have several types of ciders.
One of my favorite things about vacations is going out for breakfast. One morning, we visited this European-style cafe. I loved that they use seasonal and local ingredients!
If you aren’t from the south, you probably don’t understand our obsession with grits. I love them! My breakfast included a bowl of Gruyere Cheese Grits. Easily some of the best grits I’ve ever had! I’m going to have to buy some gruyere cheese for when I make grits at home.
Have you ever been to Nashville? What are some of your favorite places to see and eat?
I was not compensated in any way for this trip or any of the recommendations here. All opinions are my own, and I am sharing these restaurants and places to visit because I enjoyed them.