It’s Summertime in Nashville, the weather isn’t quite soul-crushingly hot (yet), the Titans haven't disappointed us (yet), and there are a ton of new restaurants and bars ready to ruin the svelte physique you spent so long acquiring. Here are the best spots to cut the ribbon in Music City over the last few months...
A new Japanese-inspired pub (they call them "izakayas"), Jack offers yakitori skewers, sushi, and kodawari ramen, which roughly translates to “pursuit of perfection”, and involves pork broth & burnt garlic oil. After you’ve had your mind blown by how good ramen can actually be, wash it down with a sake, craft brew (incl. a New Belgium yuzu-infused number), or even a draught cocktail such as their tequila/lime/absinthe "no.2".
Chicago deep dish pizza was sorely lacking in Nashville’s food scene until 312 Pizza Company opened their doors -- and anyone who has spent time devouring pies in the Windy City can attest that this Germantown establishment is the real deal when it comes to Chicago-style pizza. You'll get toppings like the "sausage in every bite" Stockyard, but be warned: the wait times can be a little on the long side.
If it seems like this resto/bar/music venue/dance floor-hybrid brings a taste of New York to Nashville, that's because it’s actually owned by the same people who run The Tippler in NYC’s Chelsea Market, and they've brought pork belly fries, Reuben sandos, and 22 variations on the Mule cocktail with them.
Fun fact #1: you can never have too many places to eat tacos. Thankfully, Nashville is aware of that, and this Hillsboro Village spot offers up authentic Mexican mouthfuls of al pastor, ahi tuna, duck carnitas, and more. Also, like any self-respecting Mexican restaurant, they offer generous happy hour specials complete with beer, wine, and a wide assortment of tequila-based drinks. Fun fact #2: it’s proven to be impossible to have a bad time while eating tacos and drinking margaritas.
Part-bar, part-restaurant, part-arcade, all awesome. Two Bits not only gives you classic quarter-suckers like Pac-Man, Galaga, and Space Invaders, but also board games and even Playstation 4 and Xbox Ones. Their kitchen is helmed by Will Zuchman (a veteran of 15 kitchens), and's putting out charred octopus, lamb neck tacos, and Korean hot dogs, while the bar boasts 24 craft brews on draught.
The newest addition to the list of fine drinking establishments on Elliston Place, HB's name is an homage to a long-standing convenience store that once stood at the very spot where the current bar is located. Nowadays, you'll find a wide selection of high-gravity beers that aren’t available anywhere else in the city, including the likes of New Holland's 10% Dragon's Milk, or Brazil's 8% Colorado Guanabara.
Set in East Nashville, Antica's modern-looking spot offers a ton of unique "modern American tapas" that you’ve probably never seen in your life. Ever had Vietnamese Catfish Cakes? How about Togarashi-Deviled Quail Eggs with Mushroom Chip on Truffle Oil? No? Well, Antica has all of that and more, and the best part is that it’s all reasonably priced.
The newest addition to the M Street stable of eateries, Saint Añejo serves high-end Mexican cuisine (jalapeño rollenos w/ bacon aioli, smoked pork skillet nachos, etc.). What sets it apart from other Mexican restaurants, though, is its Tequila Library. Yes, it has a Tequila Library lounge, which is exactly what it sounds like: a private, rentable space full of 96 bottles of agave juice.
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1. Two Ten Jack1900 Eastland Ave #105, Nashville
2. 312 Pizza Company371 Monroe St, Nashville
3. Music City Tippler1922 Adelicia St, Nashville
4. Boca Loca Cantina & Taco Factory2000 Belcourt Ave, Nashville
5. Two Bits1520 Demonbreun St, Nashville
6. Hurry Back2212 Elliston Pl, Nashville
7. Antica507 Main St, Nashville
8. Saint Añejo1120 McGavock St, Nashville
This East Nashville Japanese-inspired pub offers skewers, sushi, and kodawari ramen, and you can wash it all down with a craft beer, glass of wine, cocktail, or a few shots of sweet sake.
Anyone who has spent time devouring pies in the Windy City can attest that this Germantown craft brew bar and restaurant is the real deal when it comes to Chicago-style deep dish pizza, even if you do have to usually wait awhile to get a table. Good things come to those who wait, though-- the long cooking times of these pan pies pretty much guarantee melty, cheesy satisfaction.
This Midtown restaurant/bar/music venue/dance floor-hybrid brings a taste of Los Angeles and New York City to Nashville. That’s fitting, as it’s actually owned by the same people who run The Tippler in NYC’s Chelsea Market.
Located in Hillsboro Village, this eatery offers up authentic Mexican food using local, fresh ingredients. And like any self-respecting Mexican restaurant, they also offer generous happy hour specials complete with beer, wine, and a wide assortment of tequila-based drinks.
Two Bits is part bar, part restaurant, and part arcade. And Not only is it stocked with classic arcade games like Pac-Man, Galaga, and Space Invaders, but they also have board games and even Playstation 4 and Xbox One consoles.
This Elliston Place offers a wide selection of high-gravity beers that aren’t available anywhere else in the city, as well as local favorites and imports.
This East Nashville tapas restaurant offers a ton of unique food that you’ve probably never seen in your life. Ever had Vietnamese catfish cakes? How about Togarashi-deviled quail eggs with mushroom chip on truffle oil? No? Well, Antica has all of that and more, and the best part is that it’s all reasonably priced.
This Downtown spot serves high-end Mexican cuisine and has a TEQUILA LIBRARY, which is exactly what it sounds like: a private space chock full of tequila that can be rented out for tequila tastings, birthday parties, or as a lavish way to tell your friends you just won the lottery.