From the rustic craft beers to the best vegan restaurant, London Evening Standard will guide you to the music city’s booming restaurant scene. Check out the ten hottest restaurants in Nashville and indulge in the best gastronomic experience the neighborhood has to offer.
Warehouse chic – head to Germantown, north of the city, dotted with a handful of top-notch new restaurants catering to the slowly gentrifiying neighbourhood.
5th and Taylor is set in a cavernous warehouse made cosy with rows of stumpy candles under a towering statue of General Francis Nash, from whom Nashville takes its name (001 615 242 4747; 5thandtaylor.com). People come for the cocktails and to kick back on the mismatched sofas in the lounge area. They inevitably stay for the food, such as the oysters, woodsmoked on the premises and served with a bacon and parmesan crumb.
Round the corner, Butchertown Hall has turned another warehouse into a modernist barbeque-joint-cum-German beer hall (001 615 454 3634; butch ertownhall.com). The waitresses polish the white wall tiles between sittings to get rid of sticky fingerprints left by customers feasting on whole pounds of brisket, slow-cooked in wood ovens, and grilled cheese sandwiches filled with layers of onions and avocado. Go drinking south of downtown, along 12 South.
The 12 South Taproom and Grill (001 615 463 7552; 12southtaproom. com) is stuffed with retro posters and craft beer menus that are updated all the time. Nashville is one of America’s top craft-beer cities.
Next door, Ember’s Ski Lodge (001 615 866 5652; embers skilodge.com) is a fun take on après-ski. It’s decked out like a chalet, and brave souls can drink rows of shots off a ski, but the cocktails are a safer bet. The Shim Sham is a mix of rye, peach and lemon that is refreshing after the Nashville heat, no salopettes required.
Biscuit Love (001 615 490 9584; bis cuitlovebrunch.com) in the Gulch is the best brunch in Nashville, especially after a heavy night. The Bloody Mary comes in pint glasses, while breakfast is a modern twist on Southern cooking. Try cheese grits with massaged kale or homemade biscuits — more like a savoury scone — with sausage-gravy and eggs any way you like.
In east Nashville, 3 Crow Bar (001 615 262 3345; 3crowbar.com) is a dive bar and a great vantage point to watch the hipsters mosey round trendy.
Five Points on their fixed-gear bikes. Food here ranges from Five Points Pizza (001 615 915 4174; fivepointspizza. com), small plates and delicacies at local pop-up Little Octopus (001 615 454 3946; littleocto pusnashville.com), and The Wild Cow (001 615 262 2717; thewildcow.com), the city’s best vegan restaurant.
Article adapted from “Are you ready for the country?” by Hazel Sheffield, London Evening Standard.