Our Nashville Fav's for 2019
For your perfect Nashville trip, see our favorite go-to spots for 2019!
With the first few weeks of the New Year behind us, we wanted to take a dive into the luscious landscape of all our burgeoning city has to offer. Because let’s face it, as is a regular statement by locals and visitors alike, “I just can’t keep up!” With Nashville on the rampant rise, some days truly feel like there are more choices than hours in which to choose them. So whether a Nashville local seeking some R&R during the gloomy winter season or followers from around the country looking to lock down travel plans for 2019, here’s a brief look at what we love most about our city; old, new, and everything in between.
Long, lean and perfectly adorned with pops of pale pink, Café Roze is a rare slice of Manhattan in the middle of East Nashville. Perched on a quiet corner of Porter Road, the all-day café specializes in fresh, simple breakfast but serves lunch, dinner, and innovative cocktails. Perfect for a hip midday breakfast. https://www.caferoze.com/
Hillsboro Village’s Fido – the space that never sleeps. Also an all-day dining destination, Fido serves breakfast plates a plenty from 7am-11pm, with a few salads and sandwiches thrown in for good measure. At any hour you’ll find the place packed out with university students, songwriters, and many others from the sampling of music city breakfast lovers. Set at the center of Hillsboro Village, there are plenty of great shops to meander in afterward and walk off your hash browns. https://www.bongojava.com/fido-cafe/about/
Josephine, my tried and true. While I could include this 12th South staple in nearly every category, the chic yet timeless American brasserie has been my go-to for Sunday brunch since it’s opening in 2013. The air is southern without losing sophistication and brings remarkable complexity and innovation to nostalgic dishes. Do not miss the Brussels sprouts (seasonal) or Josephine benedict with brown butter hollandaise! https://www.josephineon12th.com/
Though not exclusively a local with eight locations across Tennessee, Kentucky, and Alabama, Martin’s BBQ isn’t blowing any smoke! This quintessential, West-Tennessee birthed BBQ joint was founded on the grounds of “spreading the gospel of the whole hog.” The smoker kicks on at 5am every day at Martin’s, as everything from the pulled pork with tangy vinegar sauce to the thick, sweet brisket and the whole host of sauces and sides are made from scratch daily. Don’t miss the most authentic BBQ in Nashville! https://www.martinsbbqjoint.com/
In a town traditionally steeped in southern cuisine, The Smiling Elephant on 8th Avenue will tickle your every Thai taste bud. Open Tuesday-Saturday for lunch and dinner, they offer daily curry selections and a $11.95 lunch option for any of their signature entrée plates. The space is tight, décor eccentric, and the scents an intoxicating change up from burgers and BBQ. And don’t worry if curry’s not your thing – the chicken cashew stir fry is sweet and spice and everything nice! http://thesmilingelephant.com/
The way we see it, there’s two types of dinner in this town. Intimate, house-made, and illustriously elegant; and quick, unpolished, and served on paper. For the first class, do not, I repeat, do not miss the magic of Rolf & Daughters in Germantown and their newest spot in East Nashville, Folk. While Rolf’s specialty is handmade pastas and Folk is more of a coal fire open sort of place, both are the pinnacle of refined Italian meets creative seasonal cuisine in a bustling, hip context. https://www.rolfanddaughters.com/
For a more traditional white tablecloth vibe, head over to the gulch and settle in for a few hours at the 404 Kitchen or the Marsh House. Both stylish and masterful southern experiences, 404 offers more hearty meat and vegetable dishes while Marsh House takes a South Carolina turn with exquisite seafood and raw bar fare. https://the404nashville.com/kitchen/ http://www.marshhouserestaurant.com/
For options on the hole-in-the-wall end of the spectrum, Mas Tacos and 5 Points Pizza are not to be missed for the full Nashville experience. Both in East Nashville with 5 Points having recently opened a location in West Nashville on Charlotte Avenue, these street side tacos and wide cut NYC-style pizza pies are perfect for snagging on the way to a show or as a late night snack. https://www.facebook.com/mastacos/
For everyone with a sweet tooth, these are a few local spots are not to be missed!
No Baked (West End); Cosmic Creamery (SoBro); Olive and Sinclair (SoBro)
Not only have we sprung up as a food town, so too has Nashville stepped up the game with beverages across the board. See below for a few of our favorites for coffee/tea, wine, and cocktails.
**Side note: there are many brewery tours to enjoy as well, we’re just more wine people.
Coffee – High Garden Tea (East Nashville); Steadfast Coffee (Germantown); 8th & Roast (8th Ave. & Charlotte Ave.)
Wine – Henrietta Red (Germantown); Josephine (12th South); Marsh House (Gulch)
Cocktails – Bastion (Wedgewood-Houston); Old Glory (Edgehill); Urban Cowboy (East Nashville); LA Jackson (Gulch); The Lounge at Sinema (8th Ave)
Is a trip to Nashville really a trip to Nashville if you don’t check out the tunes at some of the Broadway’s best honky tonks? Don’t miss out on the stages where the legends started or the bars from all today’s hot artists.
Tootsie’s famous purple rooftop; AJ’s Goodtime Bar, 3rd floor karaoke; Robert’s Western World for late night dancing
From uniquely local gifts and home goods to natural beauty and wellness products, you may need an extra suitcase to get all your goodies back home. Check out some of our favorite places where window-shopping isn’t even an option.
Apple & Oak (Hillsboro Village/East Nashville); Lemon Laine (East Nashville); Imogene and Willie (12th S); White’s Mercantile (12th S); Hatch Show Print (SoBro)
And after all that eating, drink, and retail therapy, we couldn’t omit these classic Nashville spots for restoration, reflection, and a chance to slow down in some of the prettiest scenes outside the city limits.
Edwin Warner Park lies just off Hwy 100 south of Belle Meade and offers both paved and off-path hiking and biking trails. Surrender beneath the canopy of red oak trees and breathe in the rural landscape on which Nashville’s roots were founded. Dogs welcomed!
Radnor Lake, while also still in the Davidson County city limits, brings the solace of sunshine on the water right in the middle of the Nashville suburbs. The 1,368 square foot park is protected as a Class II Natural Area state park and offers one of the most abundant reserves for wildlife in the area.
If you’ve headed south toward the infamous Loveless Café, take a winding detour down the Natchez Trace Parkway. Discover tall, picturesque overpasses above pastoral landscapes, hillside waterfalls, and countless historical mile markers, perfect to pull of for a picnic or quick photo shoot.