What I Ate: Nashville, TN

There were a lot of highlights from my long weekend in Nashville, but the culinary adventures me and the girls went on were right at the top of my list. From local hot spots to food trucks, we tried some of the best restaurants in the heart of Tennessee. Here is my recap of all the excellent food you must try when visiting Nashville.

Pinewood Social — 33 Peabody St, 615-751-8111

Recently opened, I was really excited to check out this unique hotspot. It is a mixed use space that has a bowling alley, bar, coffee shop, restaurant and swimming pool all rolled into one mid-century modern space. Walking in, it feels like you have gone back in time to the 1950s, with an expertly designed decor. This is a place that you don’t want to leave, and we wound up spending several hours just hanging out. The brunch food was definitely good, and I ordered the Reuben benedict, which was delightful. They’re coffee shop features Crema Coffee, a local joint, and I highly recommend ordering a Chai or regular latte.

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Jeni’s Ice Cream — 2312 S 12th Avenue, 615-292-7794

Now a famous national brand, Jeni’s is rated some of the best ice cream in the country. And deservedly so! Thanks to Sam’s affinity for the frozen creamy goodness, I dub myself an ice cream connoisseur. Jeni’s has a delicious selection of creative flavors, including the brown butter almond brittle or sun popped corn. The ice cream is made with wholesome, locally sourced ingredients and you can taste the difference in the creamy texture of the ice cream. Rich in flavor, one scoop of this and you’ll be singing it’s praises for the rest of the day!

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Rolf & Daughters — 700 Taylor Street, 615.866.9897

My favorite culinary experience overall was at Rolf & Daughters, and I thankfully saved this place for last. It got top marks on everything, including a robust cocktail list, airy and modern ambiance, knowledgeable wait staff and top-notch quality food. A small plate style experience, we just kept ordering and ordering because everything we tasted was spectacular. A few highlights for me were the perfectly cooked butter poached gnocchi, fresh and citrusy asparagus, and meyer lemon and pistachio curd tart. I’m sure anything that you order here would be spectatular, and it changes seasonally to incorporate the best ingredients. We wound up spending nearly 2 hours hanging out here because we loved it so much!

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City House — 1222 4th Ave N, 615-736-5838

This was our dinner spot on the first night. Built in what appears to be a renovated farmhouse, the City House is charming, airy and provided us with the best service of the whole weekend. Our waiter was so much fun, and really helped us understand this menu, which had a lot of dishes I had never heard of. The pizza was definitely the best thing we had, because they fire it in a natural wood burning stove. The other things we ordered honestly weren’t my favorite, particularly the gnocchi which was too doughy.

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I Dream of Weenie — 113 S 11th St, 615-226-2622

Now a permanent Chicago resident, I have an affinity for hot dogs. While it’s not quite a Chicago dog, this is the perfect place to pick up a quick afternoon snack. Their gourmet-from-a-food-truck menu serves up some unique dog combinations, including the Rebel Yelp (with mustard, ChowChow slaw, and jalepenos) and the Pimento Cheese Weenie. The buns were a little big for the size of the dog, but the flavor combinations more than made up for it.

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Saint Anejo — 1120 McGavock Street, 615.736.5301

Just down the street from our hotel, this upscale Mexican restaurant was an ideal place to cure our hangovers. The ambiance is modern but cozy, and the queso is seriously yummy. They’ve got lots of chorizo and fish options, and a wide selection of Tequila. I opted for two Nasville Hot Chicken tacos (gotta eat like the locals right?) and I was not disappointed. Plus, their plating is so creative!

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Flyte World Dining & Wine — 718 Division St, 615-255-6200

When I first walked into this restaurant, I have to admit I was a little worried. The decor seemed dated and a little stuffy, and we were some of the youngest people in the place. But once we saw the menu and the food started to arrive, all of my worries were put to rest. We all ordered a bunch of different dishes to share, and by far the best was the chicken liver pate. Served with a cream friache form and tart cherry jam, this was the creamiest, richest and most flavorful pate I’ve ever eaten. It was like butter! The plating on everything was stunning and flavor profiles were really creative.

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Las Paletas Popsicle — 2911 12th Avenue, 615-386-2101

Need a quirky and refreshing treat after a long day of shopping on 12th Avenue? Then you definitely need to try one of the tasty popsicles at Las Paletas. All made in house, there are fruit flavors, creamy flavors or chocolate flavors to choose from. I opted for the Kiwi-Strawberry and it was filled with real fruit chunks. For only $3, this was a great afternoon snack :)

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Ready to eat your way through Nashville? Check out all of the spots we ate at using the interactive map below. You can start planning your itinerary today!

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Author: Megan Arz

I am a travel and food obsessed Midwesterner living in Chicago and dreaming of the world. I work as a full-time program manager for Greenheart Travel, but I am also committed to integrating the travel lifestyle into my every day routines. I am passionate about ethical travel, meeting new people, creating unique memories and eating local cuisine!

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