Tuesday, October 11, 2016

{where to eat in Nashville}

Rolf & Daughters

At the end of September I visited Nashville for the first time! I haven't spent much time in the southern part of the USA, so I was excited to venture into the heat and check out the home of country music.

Since I was there for a work (and spent most of the time at the hotel/conference center), I can't give you many tips on what to do or see in Nashville. But what we lacked in tourist stops we made up for in food, so I wanted to share them here.

Tequila Cowboy | visit
Okay, I didn't eat here (and I wouldn't want to...), but I did attend a cocktail party at this bar. If you're looking for a fun spot on Broadway complete with country music and a mechanical bull...this is your place.

Prince's Hot Chicken Shack | visit
There are two popular places in Nashville to get the city's famous hot chicken: Hattie's and Prince's. We chose Prince's, since we'd heard about a three-hour-long line at Hattie's. Prince's is bare bones and as simple as can be—paper plates, cash only, and picnic tables inside. But the chicken looked and smelled so delicious (I couldn't eat it), my mouth watered the entire time I was there. Though the lemonade they served made up for their lack of gluten free options, my co-workers confirmed this place lives up to the hype.

Josephine | visit
The service was outstanding (seriously! we were obsessed with our waitress) and the food was even better. The brussels sprouts and pretzel bread are a must. They even sent us all home with homemade cookies.

Le Sel | visit
The decor of this restaurant was so beautiful, it didn't feel like we were in the south! The mussels and french onion soup were the favorites at the table, but the bread served before the meal shouldn't be overlooked.

Rolf & Daughters | visit
Thanks to the low humidity on our last night, we were able to eat on the gorgeous patio in front of the restaurant. Their housemade lemonade was perfectly refreshing, but the butternut squash appetizer was even more so. It was crisp and spicy and unexpectedly my favorite dish of the night. Order it, if you go.

Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream | visit
We were all so excited to try this Nashville staple and weren't disappointed! Their ice cream is made with the best ingredients possible, and you can taste it in every bite. I paired Darkest Chocolate with Black Cat Espresso—a great combo.

Five days wasn't long enough. I can't wait to go back!

(ps. Most of these were recommended by the goop guide. Thanks goop!)