I know it’s going to be a great trip when all I want to do is listen to live music and eat delicious food. Nashville, TN is definitely the place to accomplish both. There are so many restaurants and bars to choose from, so I’m sure I didn’t hit them all, but the ones where I did sample the food, beverages, and local talent certainly pleased my palette.
The first day in town was spent on the popular strip of Broadway where one can hear live music streaming out of open doors from the time the bar opens till the bright neon lights of Broadway burn on well into the wee AM hours. The first stop was The Southern for brunch, which led to a mimosa carafe and Southern fried egg sandwich all enjoyed to the country sounds of a string band. While the table wait was long, there was a spot at the bar which suited just fine. Acme Feed & Seed provides some of the best the South has to offer in entertainment and culinary delights, all on several floors of gathering space.
Venturing off Broadway, there are lots of other unique neighborhoods around Nashville that have their own feel and flair. Travel to The Gulch and you’ll find the finest whiskey bar and Southern charm at Whiskey Kitchen, and cross the street to Adele’s for an airy ambiance in an old garage with fresh and local menu options. Head to the 12 South area for some of the best BBQ at Edley’s and get a backyard feel of being in this very neighborly town.
To walk off all you’ve consumed, there’s no shortage of shopping and sightseeing in Nashville. The antiques were just as charming as the city itself–especially in the American Pickers Antique Archaeology shop. Music lovers will appreciate Music City’s best recording studios, including Thirdman Records, founded by Jack White (because it’s not all about country). Tourists can also travel all the way to Athens (of the South) and wander through the Parthenon.
From music to mimosas, there’s plenty to experience in this vibrant city that knows how to have a good time.