For many, winter is for hibernating (aka drinking at home, sleeping heavily, and doing nothing), which means there's a solid chance that you haven't been to these new restos yet -- and that's a crime, because they're fantastic, and incidentally perfect to bulk up for hibernation.
A nod to the Melrose Lanes bowling alley that once sat in its place from 1942-2005 (even the bar is reclaimed from the last remaining lane), Fenwick's 300 opened between Sinema, one of our biggest restaurant openings of the year, and Sutler, one of our biggest bar openings of the year. So needless to say that dining on this block is a win-win-win. This modern diner has a full menu at all hours, with classics from steak and eggs to the Kevin BLT to waffles however you like them.
Everyone's favorite food truck dedicated to a Nashville staple -- the biscuit -- has opened a brick and mortar in the Gulch and the line has yet to remain inside the door come brunch time. Also, it must be noted that the mimosas, made with fresh-squeezed orange juice, are served in a sizable wine glass. Try the East Nasty with fried chicken and sausage gravy or the Princess with the chicken served Nashville hot.
Reality star chef (Top Chef, Top Chef: All-Stars) Richard Blais brought his popular A-town chain to the booming, West Nashville neighborhood. FLIP features condiments and sauces made in-house, hand-made organic beef burgers, locally farmed pork, and LN2 milkshakes. There are no possible mistakes when all you want is a big, juicy burger, but the Earth +Turf with a mushroom beef blend and the Chorizo with pork hashbrowns are particularly flavorful favorites.
"Tacos. Tequila. Whiskey." is the slogan for this Mexi-Cali taco slinger. Inspired by the outlaw days of country music, you know it means rebel business when the salads are named after Johnny and Willie (not to mention the local beers are served in a boot-shaped mug). Boasting over 100 varieties of tequila, Bakersfield features margaritas made using real agave and fresh lime juice, and its 'tenders are always down to serve you $3 shots! Woo hoo!
If it did nothing else but offer a place to hangout with this view, that would be enough. Lucky for us, Chef Donald Pritchett has brought the New York rooftop dining experience there, too. This classically French-trained chef changes the menu frequently, and don't be surprised to find a different roster of ingredients on the cocktail list either.
Burgers, bar, sushi. It's not a classic combination, but it should be. The team that brought you ramen house Two Ten Jack revamped the Zumi Sushi space in Hillsboro Village to reflect the aesthetic of modern-day Tokyo, an inspired idea born from the founder's recent travels. Lucky Belly combines the quality burger experience with traditional Japanese cuisine and the added bonus of spiked milkshakes using a flavorful variety of Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream.
For those who would rather start dinner with dessert and remain there (you know who you are) look no further. Goozy dessert bar does have some artisan grilled cheese on the menu, but chances are you didn't come here for them. Don't be afraid to dive right into that chocolate molten cake, Nutella gelato cone sundae, and bourbon caramel milkshakes.
Dino's, one of Nashville's favorite dives, was given a facelift under new owner Miranda Whitcomb Pontes (Burger Up, Josephine, Prima) and longtime friend Alex Wendkos. Locals were nervous at first, afraid they would lose the essence of what they loved so much about Dino's, but it appears not much has changed -- phew! -- just a bit of sprucing up of both interior and menu, adding diner-style options like BLTs and Frito pies.
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1. Fenwick's 3002600 Franklin Pike, Nashville
2. Biscuit Love316 11th Ave S, Nashville
3. FLIP burger boutique4111 Charlotte Ave, Nashville
4. Bakersfield301 Demonbreun St, Nashville
5. UP, a rooftop lounge901 Division St, Nashville
6. Lucky Belly2119 Belcourt Ave, Nashville
7. Goozy dessert bar & cafe4117 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville
8. Dino's Bar411 Gallatin Ave, Nashville
This modern diner in Melrose has a full menu at all hours, and includes classics like steak and eggs, the Kevin BLT (with thick-cut bacon, mixed greens, tomato, and blue cheese aioli on toasted sour dough), and waffles, however you like them.
The offshoot of a one-time food truck, the beloved Biscuit Love is a fast-casual breakfast mecca in the Gulch. The specialty is all in the name: biscuits are at the forefront of the menu, served just out of the oven with butter and honey, with fried chicken and gravy, as buns for a burger, as “Bonuts” (fried biscuit doughnuts), and more. Enjoy your flaky, buttery biscuit any way you want it, for breakfast or lunch, every day of the week.
Flip Burger Boutique, the Atlanta-born, modern burger joint from acclaimed Chef Richard Blais, was one of the city’s first to hone in on boutique burgers, and it ignited a frenzy. Now with locations in Nashville and Birmingham, Flip continues to serve the Southeastern masses over a dozen innovative burgers, sides, and nitro-milkshakes. You can’t go wrong with the Classic, but the Stack is something really special (two specialty-seasoned patties, American cheese, grilled onions, tomato, shredded lettuce, pickles, flip sauce, you’re welcome). If you’re craving adventure, try the raw steak tartare burger, or go poultry with the fried chicken sandwich, or avoid meat all together with the fauxlafel. No matter what you order, it’s important to enjoy it with a side of sweet potato tots, and to wash it down with a milkshake.
This SoBro Mex-spot has a serious handle on South-of-the-border fare, boasting a menu loaded with favorites (the tacos are a must), as well as more than 100 different tequilas and local beers served via boot.
Up has brought a unique, New York rooftop dining experience to Nashville and its classically French-trained chef offers a frequently changing menu that always brings something fresh to the experience. And on the drinks end of things, don't be surprised to find a different roster of ingredients on the cocktail menu. Think goat's milk instead of springs of thyme and root beer bitters.
This Hillsboro Village spot combines the quality burger experience with traditional Japanese cuisine, with the added bonus of spiked milkshakes, in case quality burgs and sushi weren't enough for you.
For those who would rather start dinner with dessert and remain there (you know who you are), look no further than this Green Hills spot, which doles out all kinds of sweet treats from cake to sundaes to milkshakes. And if you'd like to add some alcohol to the mix, it features a menu of wine, craft beer, and 'tails.
Nashville's oldest dive bar, Dino's is an East Nashville institution. Yeah, she's had some work done, but a little facelift never hurt anybody, and you can still count on Dino's for a culinary concoction outside of typical dive bar territory, and as always, one of the city's best burgers. It feels like an old diner with the open griddle full of greasy patties, but it also feels like a dive with a beer list of primarily domestic macrobrews for under $5. The beer is ice cold and the food is fine... I know because it says so on the sign outside, and what more could you possibly want in life?