Top 4 Brunches in Nashville

Brunch brunch brunch. Oh, how I love thee. As Nashville continues to grow, thankfully, so do our brunch and breakfast options. Brunch is possibly my favorite meal of the week for several reasons: It's the weekend, I can day drink and it's okay, and I love French Toast. Disclaimer: I hear there are several new places on the horizon (and a couple I have yet to try) so this list is most definitely fluid. That said, in no particular order, here are my current picks for best brunch in Nashville.

best brunch in nashville


Bricktop's
Before you go postal on me for recommending a 'chain' - remember I would NEVER steer you wrong! Despite the fact Bricktops has multiple locales in multiple cities, this is a brunch that truly shouldn't be missed. Chicken and Waffles and the BLT Benedict are among my favorite entrees. Their oven roasted potatoes and cheddar cheese grits are DIVINE (this coming from one who normally doesn't like grits). And ya'll, their homemade donuts served with chocolate, creme, and raspberry sauces are just ridiculous. An always heavy pour on the champagne in the mimosas and consistent quality service perfect the dining experience.

Marche
Words simply do not suffice for me to describe my love for Marche. Upon every visit, I'm blown away. The food = inventive, divine, succulent, ever changing. The croissant french toast in particular = the best I've EVER had. Yes, I went there. The crepes, the soups, the biscuits and gravy are all life changing. Drews Brews coffee is another fabulous perk. A quick word of advice - go early or late or prepared to wait at least 30 minutes - or you'll find it's quite clear I'm not the only one obsessed with this place.

Germantown Cafe
Germantown Cafe, you will always have a special place in my heart, especially because of your wonderful brunch service. Whether I'm in the mood for your unbelievable French Onion Soup and a simple side salad, or am feeling more adventurous and go for your famous Crab Cakes Benedict, I am never let down. Every brunch is paired with their famous flash fried bread rolled in cinnamon and sugar served with fruit butter, and a killer view of downtown Nashville.

Tavern
If I'm feeling brave and want to journey over to Midtown for brunch, I will undoubtedly choose to go to Tavern. I think the only negative thing I can say is I never know what exactly to order, because everything on their brunch menu sounds amazing. Everything. You most definitely can't go wrong with the Cheddar Biscuits and Chorizo Gravy, Red Velvet Waffle, Pain Perdu (let me describe this one for you real quick: challah bread, frosted flake crust, rocky road sauce), or a Benedict. Oh, and 2-for-1 mimosas for the win.

Did your favorite make the list? What's your go-to spot?

Drink Beer and Support a Good Cause



Ya'll. I'm going to go ahead and just put it out there - I love beer. And what I love even more than beer itself is a good beer festival. And what I love even more than beer and a good beer festival is a beer festival that supports a good cause. Join me and 60 (yes, 60) breweries on June 28 from 1-6 p.m. at the Nashville Predators Craft Beer Festival for all the beer you can stand to sample. Tickets are $50 bucks, and include unlimited tastings, a souvenir glass, and a voucher for a Preds game in September or October of this year.

Proceeds benefit the Nashville Predators Foundation, which supports Middle Tennessee non-profit groups and programs in the community. Sounds like a win/win event to me.

Purchase your tix and get more info on the festival here.


Barista Parlor - One of Nashville's Best Coffee Shops

I'm a firm believer that in order for your business to be as successful as possible, you have to immerse your customers in the ultimate 'experience':  The most minute details can often be the most important ones and simply cannot be missed. The ambiance, level of service, and the quality of the product itself are all crucial elements in your customers' overall satisfaction and in turn making them repeat visitors.

I'm so grateful to live in a city where so many of our restaurants, shops, and bars get it - and Barista Parlor is in my opinion, one of the best of the best. From the moment you get out of your car you know you've arrived at a special place. The vibe is so cool: Fabulous art adorns the wall and the overall design is an immediate draw. Sometimes I don't feel cool enough to go here, but like everywhere in East Nashville, it's safe to say anyone is welcome.


The food is divine: my favorite items to order are the Porter Road Butcher Sausage Biscuit with Peach Preserves, and the Bourbon Buttermilk Waffles with Grand Marnier infused Cream Cheese filling and Strawberries. No, neither is a joke. Yes, both are stupid good. Yes, I'm salivating while typing this.


And lastly (but certainly not least-ly), the coffee: Perfection. Whether you're like me and go with one of their daily drips (far from your grandmama's black coffee) or the iced coffee, or go for something a little sweeter like the Bourbon Barrel Vanilla Latte, I promise you won't leave disappointed. In fact, you may never want to leave.



There is a true art to fine coffee, and one they've fully mastered at Barista Parlor. My recommendation to you while here is go outside your box, try something new. BP has so many unique offerings, you are crazy if you don't give every one of them a try.

Barista Parlor
519B Gallatin Ave
Nashville, TN 37206
615-712-9766

Nashville's 12South Neighborhood : Where to Eat, Drink, & Shop


SO so so excited to be featured and brag about our town in the May issue of Virgin Airlines Inflight Magazine, Voyeur. You can check out a link to the actual mag here, but I've also included the article here on the blog for your reading pleasure:

Nashville is one of the fastest-growing cities in the US, expanding far beyond just a destination for country music lovers. These days it’s gaining a reputation among the most elite of foodies, with daily announcements of cool new developments and accolades handed to its hottest restaurants. All of this progress has brought resurgence — and leading the charge is the trendy 12South neighborhood. Just a few years ago a blighted part of town that locals avoided, 12South has now emerged as one of the places to be seen in Nashville. Beautifully restored homes, chic boutiques and a wide array of dining options are all within walking distance and allow for afternoons filled with a plethora of possibilities — making it truly the perfect one-stop destination to live, eat, drink, shop and play.

EAT

Nashville residents pride themselves on supporting local business, so you absolutely won’t see any familiar chains in this neighborhood. Start your day by grabbing an icicle treat at Las Paletas, a gourmet popsicle shop. Opt for an adventurous flavor such as its famous Hot Chocolate — a combination of creamy chocolate with a kick of chili. For lunch, try Edley’s Bar-B-Que for an authentic southern meal complete with all the ‘fixins’ — homemade sides such as baked beans, slaw, mac and cheese, and cornbread. In particular, don’t miss the barbecue nachos with brisket and fried pickles, and the smoked wings. Dinner reservations are a necessity at Josephine, one of Nashville’s newest hotspots. Pioneered by local restaurateur Miranda Whitcomb Pontes of Burger Up fame (her well-revered burger restaurant just down the street), Josephine’s new-American cuisine, hip atmosphere and topnotch service have already elevated it to every local foodie’s favorite list. A must try is the skillet of pretzel rolls with mustard butter, and you can’t go wrong with any one of its inventive vegetable sides or main dishes. Its cocktails are pretty good, too.
You won’t have to go far for dessert — just walk next door to Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams. Remarkable flavors include goat’s cheese with cherry, and brown-butter almond brittle. Even its classic ‘Milkiest
Chocolate in the World’ is exceptional.

DRINK

One can’t visit Nashville without trying a Bushwacker. This alcoholic milkshake-like beverage can be found at various spots throughout the city, but is particularly good (and strong) at previously mentioned
Edley’s Bar-B-Que. Mosey across the street to Frothy Monkey, and there’s a good chance you will bump shoulders with a famous musician while enjoying one of the best lattes in town. Hit Mafioza’s Pizzeria
and Neighborhood Pub to indulge in a drink (note the two-for-one drinks and pizza offer on Tuesday night). a little further down 12th Avenue South sits 12 South Taproom and Grill, a charming bar where you can grab a chair on the patio,  relax with friends and enjoy a variety of beer via its extensive list. looking for a bit
more beer to cap off the night? The Filling station carries 24 options on tap and you can even grab a growler to go. Be sure to sample refreshing creations from local breweries including Yazoo, Jackalope, Tennessee Brew Works and Turtle Anarchy

SHOP

Options are plentiful when it comes to shopping in 12South. White’s Mercantile is a recently opened boutique and the latest venture of singer Holly Williams (daughter of musician Hank Williams Jr). It’s located
in an old gas station at the southern-most end of the district. Williams showcases regional purveyors and offers a variety of items that span from olive oils and lotions to hand-picked antiques, linen and glasses.
Imogene and Willie, Nashville’s go-to spot for jeans, offers denim custom-fitted to your specifications — a must-purchase for any fashionista, including a few celebrities. The shop creates hand cuts and alters all of its designs in Nashville. Finally, a visit to Nashville isn’t complete without a trip to the music store: stop at
Corner Music and strum a few guitars, tickle some ivories and ensure you are ready to hit the stage. To suit up for your performance visit Katy K Designs, which offers western threads, including suits from Manuel — the ‘tailor to the stars’ credited as being responsible for making Johnny Cash the iconic man in black.

These are a few of my favorite 'Nashville' things

You know you have the song in you head now... and to be honest, I totally tried to come up with Nashville-related lyrics to substitute for the actual, but alas, I am no songwriter. Anyway, I have so many favorite things to do around our amazing town - and I thought it'd be fun to put together a random assortment and running list of these ideas for you to try.

Ya'll, so much of these are simply life changing, so it would be to your benefit to carefully comb through and experience all I share below.

And here they are, in no particular order:

Eat:
A Gravel Sundae from Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams
The Vodka Sauce Pie from 5 Points Pizza
The Pharmacy Burger, French Fries with Beer Gravy for Dipping at the Pharmacy
Chicken Tortilla Soup and Sweet Cream Plantains from Mas Tacos
Buffalo Feathers Caesar Salad from Jacksons
Maple Cotton Candy Bacon, Jalapeno Bruleed Creamed Corn, Cremoso dessert from Kayne Prime
Pork Papusa from Las Americas
Friday Pasta, Grilled Chicken Gyro, and Hummus from Tazikis
Garganelli Verde with Pork Ragout from Rolf and Daughters
Belly Ham Pizza from City House
Smoked Hot Wings at Edley's BBQ
Roasted Cauliflower with Truffled Pea Pesto and Smoked Brisket Papusa (lunch) at Etch
Buffalo White Cheese Dip, Chicken Quesadilla from Rosepepper
The Bird Sandwich from The Silly Goose
Korean BBQ from Korea House
Pho from VN Pho & Deli
Pot de Creme with Bentons Bacon Caramel Popcorn at Silo
Korean BBQ Taco from Local Taco
Fried Pickles and the French Dip at Sportsman's Grill
Coconut Popsicle dipped in Olive & Sinclair Chocolate from Las Palatas
Spinach Gnocchi with Vodka Sauce from Cafe Nonna
Margherita Pizza and Patio Time at Bella Napoli
Cheese Curds from Whiskey Kitchen
Crispy Fire Crunch Roll and V2 Edameme at Virago
Tomato Basil Soup at Bread & Company
French Toast at Marche
Black Bean Salad at Calypso
Spinach con Queso dip at J Alexanders
The BLT at Mitchell's Deli
Soft Pretzels at The Flying Saucer
Plum Pork and Fried Green Tomatoes at Germantown Cafe
Waffle Fries and Ranch Dressing at ML Rose
Brussels Sprouts at Moto
Biscuits from Charlie Bob's
Pork Loin, NY Strip, and Cookie Skillet from Lockeland Table
Em's Bowl at Sky Blue Cafe
DeSanos Capricciosa Pizza (Bonus Note: No corkage fee BYOB policy)

Drink:
Rum and Cola from no. 308
Bushwhacker at 3 Crow Bar
Rosemary Lemonade from The Silly Goose
Old Fashioned at Holland House Bar & Refuge
Iced Coffee at Crema
Fresh Lime Margarita from Rosepepper
Thunder Ann Ale from Jackelope Brewery
Fruit Tea at Bread & Company
Triple Smoke Whiskey from Cosair Distillery
Jack's Mule at the Oak Bar
Tasting time on Saturday at Woodland Wine Merchant (3:00-5:00)
The Hop Spot on Gallatin
Latte at Frothy Monkey

Read:
Womanista
Eater Nashville
My Twitter Feed
Ruth's Food Gospel
Style Blueprint
Nashville Lifestyles

Do:
Hike in Radnor Lake Park
Hike the White Trail, beginning at the Steps in Percy Warner Park
A massage and relaxation time at Escape Day Spa
A picnic in Centennial Park
Walk the Natchez Trace Bridge
A stroll through Opryland Hotel
Tour the Carnton Plantation
Pedestrian Bridge downtown Nashville
Shop at Shoppes on Fatherland, 1108 Shops on Woodland
Catch a Show at 12th & Porter
Catch a Show at the Ryman
Watch a movie at the Belcourt
Stroll/Shop on Main Street in Downtown Franklin
Any show at the Schermerhorn Symphony
Season tickets to TPAC
Frist Fridays
Paint Nite!

I know I left a few things off, but do not fear - will be continually updating this list. What are some of your Nashville faves?

Moto - M Street's Newest Venture / A Review

Last week I was able to experience M Street's newest creation Moto Cucina during a special event for Nashville bloggers. Upon hearing mixed reviews initially, I must admit I was a bit hesitant to give Moto a try- but let me start of by saying thanks to M Street for the invite, and ya'll, I left far from disappointed. The food, the service, the space. All fantastic.


We started dinner off right with a healthy pouring of red (as all Italian feasts should), and dove right in to some apps. Duck Fat Olives was the first of several to be brought to the table. I am not an olive fan whatsoever, and found these to be absolutely delicious. Lesson learned: even one of my most hated foods can be thrown in duck fat and all is right with the world. Noted. Next up and worth mentioning, Pork Cheek Terrine and Oysters. I enjoyed the Pork Terrine but due to my being deathly allergic to Oysters, unfortunately wasn't able to partake- and missed out on my partner's favorite app of the night. We then experienced the Raw Winter Vegetables, accompanied by green apple, blue cheese, white balsamic. One word: LOVE. So flavorful and fresh, an unexpectedly perfect way to kick off our meal.

The food kept coming and at this point we were already beginning to fill up; thank goodness I was able to take one for the team and keep going. Next up: Pizza. They were outstanding, perfectly cooked, and among my favorite of items we sampled. Porchetta, Kale Pesto, and Mozzarella was my favorite, but the Mushroom, Black Truffle, and Fontina was a close second. House made Gnocchi and Black Spaghetti were the pasta options, with the Spaghetti far exceeding the Gnocchi in flavor. Two sides that both stood out were the Brussels Sprouts and the Roasted Potatoes. The Brussels have officially taken the award as my favorite in Nashville. Whew, ya'll, this is a big deal. Paired with pancetta and apple sweet and sour sauce, they were simply divine.

Finally, we ended the night with a couple of desserts. I love love love anything lemon and to my delight we were served a Meyer Lemon Budino: A creamy custard with the perfect balance of sweet and sour. As one who believes there aren't a ton of great dessert options in Nashville, it was a breath of fresh air to add a new one to my list of musts. That said, you don't want to miss this one.

All-in-all a wonderful experience. Congrats to the folks at M Street for bringing another winner to Nashville-Moto is helping fill the void that is the lack of quality Italian places in town, and filling it well. I very much look forward to our next visit!

Moto
1120 McGavock Street
Nashville, TN 37203
615-736-5305
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Edley's Bar-B-Que Restaurant Review

One of my favorite go-to spots for a quick lunch or dinner is Edley's Bar-B-Que in East Nashville or 12South: A casual-yet-trendy spot, Edley's offers fabulous service, a delicious menu, and great drink selection all at a decent price.

Food options are plentiful so it may be tough initially to make your ordering decisions, but, take comfort in knowing you really can't go wrong with any of their menu items. Typically I lean toward the pork sandwich paired with a couple of their homemade sides like baked beans and potato salad, but as of late I have been all about their Smoked Wings and the BBQ Nachos. The wings are huge, incredibly tender, and flavorfulwith just the right amount of smoke and spicy kick. And the nachos... goodness gracious ya'll. House-made potato chips are topped with a house-made cheese sauce, tomatoes, green onion, sour cream, and your choice of meat. Go with the brisket here, and get ready for a life changing experience.

Edley's keeps giving you new reasons to come back by usually offering a daily special I've had amazing dishes from a Pork Sandwich topped with grilled Peach Truck peaches (divine) to a Buffalo Shrimp Po' Boyand even all you can eat fried catfish nights. You can keep up with their specials via their Facebook page.

Bar-B-Que is best when paired with an ice-cold brew, and Edley's has a fantastic selection of craft beer on draft, typically including local breweries like Yazoo, Calfkiller, and Jackelope. Also a must try is the Bushwacker, one of my favorite Nashville treats: A creamy, chocolate milkshake-like adult beverage.

One last tip: Don't miss either locale's fabulous patio in the warmer weather always a great place to dine al-fresco.

What is your favorite Edley's menu item?

Edley's Bar-B-Que East
908 Main Street
Nashville, TN 37206

12South Locale
2706 12th Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37204
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