As some of you may know from my social media posts, I spent this past weekend in Nashville with my dad. There really was no point to the trip, we both just wanted to visit and explore a new place. Neither of us had been to Nashville previously, so we decided this would be the perfect place to satisfy our wanderlust. I was put in charge of choosing the places to eat, and I’m pretty sure I was born for this job. (If you’re reading this and have any connections/way to make traveling and eating a career, let me know.)
When we got off the airplane, we had absolutely no plan. As my dad reiterated a thousand times, this was completely out of his comfort zone. I was totally cool with it, as long as we hit all the places I wanted to eat. It ended up being a super fun trip (even though we never had a definite plan, ever). Every place we visited and ate was amazing, so I decided to share the experience with you all. Here’s the list of places we hit and my thoughts on them.
Open Egg Sandwich: buttermilk white toast, smoked cheddar, Andouille sausage, spinach, tomato, over-medium egg. Served with breakfast potatoes.
Breakfast Tacos: two tacos filled with scrambled eggs, Andouille sausage, smoked cheddar, side of pico de gallo and sour cream. Served with breakfast potatoes.
Thoughts: This place wasn’t on my original list of places to eat– I picked it because it was within walking distance of our Airbnb, had good reviews on Yelp, and I thought it would be a good place for us to sit and pass time before we checked in. The ambiance is similar to a coffee shop; there were lots of people meeting, getting breakfast, and working on laptops. My open-faced sandwich was pretty good (the Andouille sausage made it) and my dad liked his tacos. I would recommend this place if you want a cute little coffee shop to meet at, but it’s definitely not a place you need to try before you leave Nashville.
Small Dark: leg/thigh quarters, served with bread + pickles, black eyed peas, + potato salad
Large Dark: two leg/thigh quarters, served with bread + pickles, collared greens, + potato salad
Thoughts: Every single thing I read about eating in Nashville, along with everyone who recommended places for us to eat, mentioned Hattie B’s. And this place definitely lived up to the hype. We were a little thrown off by the line out the door, but it only took us probably 20 minutes to get through it. The chicken was juicy and flavorful, and every single one of the sides we tried was awesome. We decided this was probably our favorite meal of the entire trip.
Easy Nasty: biscuit, fried boneless chicken thigh, aged cheddar, sausage gravy
SEC: biscuit, smoked sausage, scrambled egg, aged cheddar
Thoughts: As you could probably guess by the name, most everything on the menu at Biscuit Love is served on a biscuit. Their biscuits are light, flaky, buttery, and basically perfection. (Think: flaky enough where you couldn’t eat the SEC with your hands and keep it all together.) We both loved the breading on the chicken on the “easy nasty”, and despite the fact that this breakfast probably put me at risk of a heart attack, it was incredible.
Pulled Pork Shoulder Sandwich: topped with coleslaw + their signature BBQ sauce, fries
Whole Hog Sandwich: topped with coleslaw + their signature BBQ sauce, green beans
Thoughts: Obviously you have to have barbecue when you go to the South, right? When we pulled up to this place, the line was out the door and down the block. After seeing our frustration, our Uber driver asked if we wanted her to pull around to the back door. Luckily, the back door opened to what Martin’s calls their “beer garden”, aka the coolest place I’ve ever seen. The beer garden is filled with picnic tables, tons of greenery, unique decor, and a counter where you can go up and order your food. The line at the counter was significantly shorter than the one in the front. Our sandwiches were great, and their BBQ sauce was the perfect amount of tangy and sweet.
Tennessee Trio Sandwich: house cured porchetta, crispy confit pork belly, Cheddar, TN whiskey bacon jam, pickled sunchokes, arugula on ciabatta (we both got the same thing)
Chocolate Chip Cookie + Peanut Butter Cookie
Thoughts: We met up with a friend who lives in Nashville for lunch at Caviar and Bananas, per her recommendation. This place is a super cute specialty market + cafe, with a selection of made-to-order salads, sandwiches, and brunch options. They also had charcuterie and cheese counter, espresso bar, and bakery. And I’m pretty sure that when I die I want to be buried at this place. If not, my soul will be there anyways. Honestly, I had no idea what I was getting when I ordered the sandwich, but it was a great mix of unique flavors (arguably one of the best I’ve ever had). The cookies were huge and also great. And the peanut butter cookie had pretzels in it. I mean COME ON.
Salted Caramel, Brambleberry Crisp, Brambleberry Sorbet + Goat Cheese with Red Cherries
Thoughts: After seeing Jeni’s pop up in grocery stores and all over Instagram, I figured I should give it a shot when in Nashville, right? This was our last stop (literally on the way to the airport) and it was certainly a way to go out with a bang. They had some really unique flavors (goat cheese ice cream, anyone?) and was the perfect treat on a hot day. What else can be said about good ice cream?
All in all, we ate good in Nashville. I loved everything I tried and left with a full belly and an even fuller heart. Until next time, Nash. I’ll be back.