I grew up visiting the Nashville area, with relatives from both sides of the family living there, but it wasn’t until recent years that I really experienced what all Nashville has to offer – and I’ve only scratched the surface. This past December we visited for a wedding and made it to a few fantastic restaurants, per the recommendation of my local cousin, Jacy, and her husband, Chase, who share my passion for good food and unique restaurants.
Friday night John, Marcelle, Johnny and I started at City House, which has a homey feel to match the comfort food they’re serving up. We were tucked into one of the cozy side rooms, but the main room boasts a community feel, right down to the open kitchen. When it opened in 2007, City House emphasized wood oven pizzas and other Italian fare, but since has expanded the menu to include more Southern flavors and comfort dishes.
The four of us shared plates, picking something from each area of the menu with the guidance of our server. Each dish was fantastic and seemed to get better as each one arrived at the table. We finished everything off with two desserts and all agreed it was hands down one of the best meals we had eaten in a while.
Our next stop was Robert’s Western World and while I know it’s not representative of the “local” scene, it’s live honky tonk music and walls flanked with cowboy boots keep drawing me back. It’s to Nashville as Pat O’Brien’s is to New Orleans, and no one ever had a bad time at either one, regardless of the cliche.
Saturday brunch was at Biscuit Love, known for it’s namesake biscuits and generally hearty breakfast. It’s located in The Gulch, a funky Nashville neighborhood, where guests stand in line to place their order at the counter and mosey to a table to wait for a Southern delight.
We shared the Bonuts, fried biscuit dough with sweet toppings, and I ordered the East Nasty (which doesn’t photo well but I had to show off the gravy), topped with fried chicken and Tennessee sausage gravy. Everything was the perfect fix for our morning blues, thanks to the big night before on Broadway.
To finish off the afternoon, we strolled down Broadway, popping in to various bars to watch football and listen to live music, which is available in every stop lining the famous street. I promise to spend some time off Broadway on my next trip, but at least I’m making it to some fantastic restaurants.
Next time you’re in the Music City, try the places mentioned above or some of these from a previous trip.