Nashville // Let's Eat!
I've been trying to figure out where to even begin with writing about Nashville since the plane ride back two weeks ago. Yes, we were only there for a weekend, but I feel like there is so much to write about, I couldn't just fit it into one post. So, naturally, we're starting with my top food choices. Don't you worry - you'll get plenty of Nashville lovin' here throughout the next few weeks.
For those of you who don't know me, I am a bit of an anxious traveler. Don't get me wrong, I obviously love traveling and if I could do it every day for the rest of my life, I would be happy. I'm just always way more comfortable after having been to a city at least once before. Luckily, we both knew people who had been to Nashville plenty of times who had some amazing recommendations when it came to food. So even though we didn't really venture too far out from Downtown and our Airbnb -although that was in huge part due to the fact that it was pouring rain 90% of our time there- we had some AMAZING food that I've been dreaming about ever since our plane landed.
Sky Blue Cafe - We were lucky enough to have the most perfectly located Airbnb so we owe finding this place to Yelp, tbh. It was only a couple of blocks from where we were staying so it was easy to just wake up and get there, which was so convenient considering our first morning there, the wait was so long we had to come back the next day. Thank goodness we did because missing out on this tiny little cafe would have been deeply regretted. When I say tiny, I mean tiny - there aren't very many seats and not even the rain keeps people away. We were in the middle of a thunderstorm while we were eating and people were still gathering outside to wait. The wait for us was about 30 minutes but they do offer complimentary coffee outside while you wait as well as the option to go inside and buy something more specific.
As far as breakfast goes, I'm a pretty simple girl. Give me the bacon and eggs combo with some form of hashbrowns and I'm set. As you can see from the picture above, this place did not disappoint. The inside of the cafe feels like you might be in MeeMaw's living room and the food is no different. If simple isn't your thing and you like to be a bit more adventurous or, like my boyfriend, prefer dessert for breakfast, don't worry. This place has you covered. People are apparently big fans of the stuffed pancake french toast option they have that is exactly what it sounds like. Two pancakes sandwiching two pieces of french toast sandwiching your choice of bacon, eggs, + potatoes, nutella and banana, or peanut butter and jelly. So, from simple to a little over the top, you're sure to find something on the menu.
Hattie B's Hot Chicken - Everyone told us we HAD to try the hot chicken. "It's what Nashville is famous for and you'll never feel the same way about chicken again!" Well, we tried it. We waited at least a half hour in the rain to try it. We loved it so much, we went back on our last day before heading to the airport. People weren't kidding when they said this was the best. Not only is the chicken amazing, but the sides that the offer are TO DIE FOR. Seriously, I knew I loved mac + cheese as much as the next person, but their Pimento Mac + Cheese has to be the most amazing mac + cheese I've ever had in my life. That isn't an exaggeration, either. I would recommend Nashville for so many reasons, but this definitely makes top three on that list. Hattie B's is a Nashville staple so yes, expect to wait. Just trust me when I say that it is well worth the waiting, and chances are the line won't even feel that long of a wait. People in Nashville are friendly. Whether they're from Nashville or not, they will most likely be willing to talk to you about where you're from. The people behind us even shared their umbrella with us while we waited. Seriously. Does that ever happen in San Francisco?? Go to Hattie B's, be hungry, have a beer, enjoy the company and insane amount of food you get because it is entirely worth it!
The Stillery - We happened upon this place entirely by chance and thank god we did. I am going to come right out and say that this restaurant is in the midst of Broadway so if you're looking to avoid Downtown, I get it, but this place is worth it. It isn't directly on Broadway and it definitely doesn't have that 'shots for everyone' Broadway vibe that most places around there do, but it does still have live music and great food. My fave FAVORITE thing about Nashville is the fact that there is live music EVERYWHERE. I mean, we went for a concert, but I made it a point to enjoy dinner with live music at least once while we were there and The Stillery delivered. I hate myself for not remembering the performer's name but he was amazing. If you're worried about having too much country, don't be. The guy performing the night we were there was taking requests and did everything from mainstream pop to country to 90's rock. All on a seat above the bar with an acoustic guitar. It was relaxing and entertaining all at the same time. The entertainment in itself was enough to make me recommend this place, but the food was even better. They have everything from pizza to burgers to salads. Of course we went for the hot chicken - including their hot chicken mac and cheese - and it was fantastic. After seeing the girl's brick oven pizza at the table next to ours, a part of me did regret not ordering one for myself, but still, this place is definitely on the list of places to go back to. If you're looking for something a little upscale with good food and an extensive drink menu, this place has you covered without being too hard on your bank account. This place is close enough to everything that you'll still see people drinking on their pedal bikes outside, but far enough from the main road that you'll get lost in the music enough to forget about it.
I honestly don't even think this covers enough of how amazing the food in Nashville was. I know for a fact there are a dozen more places that we didn't even get to try so this is all really just a list of suggestions. We got lucky with everything we ate and I'm sure that's a testament to how amazing Nashville is with their food.
If you've been to Nashville I want to hear all about your favorite places to eat in the comments below. If you haven't, how do you find places to eat in new cities you're traveling to? Let me know! xx