I previously posted about my Google Doc template for planning trips. I’ll begin sharing some of that information here. First stop: Nashville!
I went to school at Vanderbilt University (henceforth referred to as Vandy), which means my friends and I got to spend lots of time in Nashvegas. Here are some of the top places I would recommend checking out if you get the chance to visit:
Bluebird Cafe: You’ve probably heard of it (maybe even on the show Nashville). Could also be in the “Activities” category. Get here super early to save a spot in line. First come first serve to watch the performance and eat/drink. You can reserve a spot for certain shows online; instructions here
Pancake Pantry: Brunch/breakfast. Very long line, but worth the wait – try the Sweet Potato pancakes
Jacksons: right next door to the Pancake Pantry. They have brunch all day! Try the cookie dough egg rolls
Fido: Cute/famous coffee shop near Vandy/Pancake Pantry. Has been known for celeb sightings…
Noshville: New york deli/diner style; cheap & delicious hangover food if necessary. Right by Vandy
Arnold’s Country Kitchen: Southern food, downtown
The Smiling Elephant: Tiny restaurant; great Thai food.
Pharmacy burger: come for the burger, stay for the beer garden
Restaurants I haven’t been to, but have only heard great things:
Monells: All you can eat in Germantown. Fixed price; lunch is a bit cheaper. Go for brunch
Loveless Cafe: People rave about the food
Rolfe and daughters: Germantown
Marche Artisan Foods: east Nashville
Margot Cafe & Bar: east Nashville
The Mad Platter: Germantown
Kayne Prime Steakhouse
PM: Asian fusion
Puckett’s: has live music sometimes
Patterson House: One of my favorite bars in the city. It’s a speakeasy “hidden” under the Catbird Seat. $12 delicious cocktails. Try the deviled eggs or warmed olives as a snack. If you’re feeling brave and/or love bacon, try the Bacon Old Fashioned
-Rippys, Honky Tonk, The Stage, Tootsies: Live music. the first two have multiple floors.
-The Big Bang: Piano bar. Go next door (Paradise Park) for late night food & a band
On the way from Vanderbilt to Broadway (if you get sick of Broadway); can have live music.
-Rebar: Go for a Bushwacker. They have darts and an outdoor porch.
-Winners and Losers: pick your poison
-Tin Roof, Dan McGuinness: Go on thurs nights to see Vandy kids in their natural habitat
Percy Warner Park
Centennial Park: across from Vanderbilt’s Campus
Tour Vanderbilt; it’s an arboretum
Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art
Jack Daniels Distillery
Questions? Suggestions? Please comment below!