Hello CFOC readers, old and new!
After a longer-than-expected blog hiatus, I’m back and ready to share a travel guide from my recent trip to Nashville. In this post, I’m recapping some of the best sights, sounds and scenes of the Music City… in my opinion, of course 🙂 Let’s get started:
Hattie B’s Hot Chicken: If you don’t go anywhere else in Nashville, make sure you make it to Hattie B’s. Featured on the Food Network, known for its signature Nashville hot chicken, Hattie B’s is definitely worth the *inevitable* wait.
Merchants: As seen on the TV show Nashville, Merchants is a 3-story restaurant in the heart of all the honky-tonk action! The bottom floor is the most casual dining experience. (The higher up you go, the more upscale it gets, with the top floor being a private dining space.) Though I’ve only dined on the first floor, the food (and bar) is spectacular. I would definitely recommend the Duck Fat Tater Tots, Grilled Chicken Sandwich, and enjoy the yummy complementary jalapeño popcorn.
The Pharmacy: Hands down, best burger in town. The portions are huge and the prices are reasonable. There’s an adorable outdoor patio adorned with string lights, and they even make their own soda pops!
Little Donkey: After stumbling upon the up-and-coming foodie scene of Germantown, we decided to give this place a try for dinner. My sparkling margarita (with prosecco) was delicious, and the chicken nachos (smothered in queso blanco) were out of this world. As is with any boutique Mexican spot, the tacos were on the smaller side, but were yummy nonetheless.
Jack’s BBQ: Though Nashville isn’t known as one of the barbeque meccas of the States, it’s filled with some damn good BBQ joints! Many of the locals recommended Edley’s, but we opted for Jack’s instead. With 3 locations, including one on Broadway, this is a definite must-stop.
The Patterson House: Warning: Be prepared to spend a pretty penny on drinks, knowing it’s totally worth it! This cocktail – the “In-Flight Movie” – was hands down one of the best cocktails I’ve ever consumed. And that’s not even me being dramatic. We also saw Bob Saget chilling in the corner, so that was fun too 😉 #CelebSighting
Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge: Voted the #1 honky-tonk in the world, Tootsie’s is a mandatory stop on your tour of Nashville. This 4-floor bar has live music everywhere you turn, and the service is impeccable considering it’s always packed. And in case you didn’t know, all of the bands performing at honky-tonks play for tips (the bars don’t pay them) so be sure to bring cash!
Legends Corner: Once you leave Tootsie’s, turn right and stumble your way next door. Though I’ve only been twice, both times the music was incredible… so do your ears a favor and take in the tunes of Legends.
Acme Feed & Seed: Talk about a unique place! The expansive building houses multi-level dining, a ginormous rooftop bar, and a radio station. Possibly the best part: a full sushi menu for rooftop-goers.
George Jones Museum: Yes, despite the name, I meant to put this under the “Bars” category. We didn’t check out any of the exhibits (under construction). Instead, we trekked up to the top floor for “The George” rooftop bar, overlooking the Cumberland River. Good drinks, better view!
Other Sights to See
Grand Ole Opry House: Even if you’re not a huge country music fan – Lord knows I’m not – you’ll be blown away by this place. On my first trip to Nashville, we took a backstage tour, which included walking out on the stage where so many incredible musicians have performed. Definitely worth a visit!
Opry Mills Outlet Mall: Here I scored a $450 Kate Spade dress for $100. Need I say more?
Union Station Hotel: Though we didn’t stay here, we took a gander inside after falling in love with the exterior. As you can see, the interior did not disappoint either!
Antique Archaeology: This was a special stop for my dad, a.k.a. home of the American Pickers antique finds. And you know what? It was pretty damn cool. The neighborhood it’s in, Marathon Village, is also worth a visit! Right down the street are two distilleries: Corsair and Nelson’s Green Brier.
Until next time, Nashville! What are your favorite spots in the Music City? Share your favorites in the comments below 🙂