I’ve lived in Nashville for about 4 months now. We’ve done some of the big touristy things when my sister came to visit but when it comes to restaurants we’ve hardly scraped the tip of the ice berg. If you plan on visiting soon I hope these tips are useful! There are so many trendy and interesting restaurants I don’t think we’ll ever visit them all.
1. Grand Old Opry (Ryman Auditorium): No visit to Music City is complete without an evening at the Opry. A fairly inexpensive night out there are 4 country music acts. The night we went was great. We saw the last ever performance of Little Jimmy Dickens before he passed away, Eric Paslay and some of the cast from Nashville (I often see them recording the show nearby my office).
2. Goo Goo Cluster Store: New store dedicated to the famous Nashville candy. It sells merchandise and everything Goo Goo. Make sure to pick up a homemade Goo Goo Cluster. They run $9 but they’re huge and delicious.
3. Antique Archaeology: Mike Wolfe’s storefront from American Pickers. The store is nestled in an interesting street that’s currently rejuvinating. There was more tourist merchandise in the store than items picked from the show we thought.
4. The Pharmacy: Hipster burger joint in East Nashville. Delicious burgers and homeamde sodas. Weird buns.
5. Loveless Cafe: Always at the top of every Nashville guide I was excited to have lunch here. We were really disappointed. The biscuits were delicious but our meals had no seasoning and was served cold. Perhaps we went on an off day.
6. Bang Bang Candy Co: Next to Antique Archeology and the hip Marathon mall they sell a variety of marshmallows. A little pricey but I tried a Maple Bacon Marshmallow for $1.
7. Frothy Monkey: Uber trendy coffee shop with a few locations around town. Great coffee and food (service is hit and miss). Love their seasonal lattes. My favorite is the Honey Rosemary.
8. The Soda Parlour: Nestled in the Marathon Mall they only sell sodas. On offer is a wide variety of bottled soda from around the US and they also have their own sodas on tap to have as a float (I have not yet had a chance to try one).
9. Acme Feed and Seed Co: Cheap and cheerful restaurant with every fried food you could dream of complete with a country music DJ.
10. Martin’s BBQ: My favorite BBQ place so far in Nashville. Multiple locations around town. I recommend the Redneck Tacos.
11. Jack Daniel Distillery: A little over an hour away from Nashville. Visit where the world famous whiskey is brewed. Free tours. Be warned that it’s located in a dry county!
13. Opryland Hotel: Free activity! Walk around the spacious property and vast indoor gardens.
14. Puckett’s Grocery: My favorite place for breakfast in Nashville. Everything on the menu is delicious and they have live music in the evenings. I’m addicted to the stuffed french toast.
Not pictured: The Red Pony, a fabulous fine dining restaurant in Franklin. I had Elk Medallions! Fun for a special occasion. The Nashville Farmer’s Market is pretty much open every day and offers a variety of seasonal products as well as some food stalls. It’s a little more interesting in the Summer and Fall than it was in the Winter.
I also have a pinboard of all the places I want to try.