If the chaos of the holidays left you whiplashed, you may have missed some great new restaurants in Nashville. Here is the short list of where we’ve had a chance to stop by and enjoy (well, six we’ve tried and two that were recommended). It’s too early to see if all of these will prove to be consistent, but let’s hope so. If you are itching to get out and eat someplace new, this list is a great place to start. But we need to state something up front: we really like all the restaurants that were in Nashville before any of these newbies opened their doors, so don’t forget to spend your time, love and money on our more established restaurants as well!
Open since: 10/1/14
609 Lafayette St., Nashville • (615) 324-1010
For a place that shows off what Nashville does so well—music—over a glass of wine or a meal, City Winery may be just what you need. This is one of the two on this list that we haven’t had a chance to try, but several friends have enjoyed their experience. This place is swanky and our hats are off to a venue trying to pull off great wine, food and live music simultaneously. Friends have talked about the atmosphere and music more than the food. All have said this makes for a fun place for a group. And, seeing that Crystal Bowersox is playing on February 2 brings a smile. Anyone else remember her as a standout on American Idol?
Open since: 10/8/14
Neighborhood: Eighth Avenue
2112 8th Ave. S., Nashville • (615) 942-0045
Tucked into a favorite part of Eighth Avenue, where Zanies and Eighth & Roast are, is this shining star in Nashville’s culinary scene that is serving up delicious Vietnamese food. And perhaps it’s just me, but I’m so tired of going to new places and finding them filled with just white people. It was so nice to eat at Love Peace and Pho and have many parts of Nashville represented, even the bearded hipsters, Fisk students and Belle Meaders … all together. As the name suggests, order the Pho! The spring rolls are pretty darn good, as well.
SB Tip: For dinner, get there before 6 p.m. The line of people waiting for a table stacks up quickly, so you want to arrive early.
Open since: 11/8/14
Neighborhood: The Gulch
700 12th Ave. S., Nashville • (615) 873-4232
The same hospitality group that opened Burger Up and Josephine has added another star to its crown: Prima. The establishment is very pretty and adds more elegance to the Gulch. In fact, we keep hearing it’s the prettiest restaurant in all of Nashville. This is one we actually haven’t been to yet, but with so many picky friends recommending it, we’re feeling confident about recommending it. Insiders suggest the seafood or steak and also to expect a hefty tab, but one you’ll be happy to pay. We’re game.
Open since: 11/18/14
Neighborhood: almost in the Gulch
123 12th Ave. N., Nashville • (615) 779-3770
Kay West wrote about Chauhan just last week for StyleBlueprint, so for the big lowdown, read here. But suffice it to say, this is great Indian food served up in beautiful ambience with friendly service. If you are a fan of lamb, order the Kashmiri-spiced braised shank—so good!
SB tip: If you are offered the ghost pepper sauce, partake cautiously!
Open since: 11/25/14
Neighborhood: Green Hills
4117 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville • (615) 297-0274
I took my middle child to Goozy, and she ordered a grilled cheese sandwich that was made with macaroni and cheese … Heaven in a meal for all carb lovers and comfort food fans! I had some delicious soup that left me more than satisfied, but looking at all the gourmet grilled cheeses, I was pining for my pregluten-free days. Let’s talk desserts, though, as this is what Goozy is better known for. Christie Hauck (founder of Christie Cookies) has converted the Green Hills Bravo Gelato/Christie Cookie store into this upscale dessert bar. You can even order a spiked shake or coffee. With their additional sidewalk seating, we’re anxious for spring!
SB tip: Goozy gets busy on weekend nights, so consider a weekday lunch if you don’t like a line. Also, they’re closed on Sunday.
Open since: 11/28/14
Neighborhood: Eighth Avenue
2600 Franklin Pike, Ste. 103, Nashville • (615) 840-6462
Fenwick’s 300, the new eatery nestled between Sinema and The Sutler on Franklin Road, feels like a true neighborhood joint, and we mean that in the most positive way. Upon entering, the vibe is captivating—it’s a vibrant hustle and bustle of good eats and cool patrons. Bob Bernstein, of Fido and Bongo Java fame, is the brains behind Fenwick’s, and you can see his touch in the open space and eclectic menu. For breakfast, the beignets are to die for. Want something more savory? Try the French loaf served with goat cheese, roasted garlic and tomato jam. Lunch and dinner feature a delightful menu of fresh ingredients, including their obligatory kale salad and North Carolina trout with crispy garbanzo beans and yogurt dressing. Yum!
Open since: 12/5/14
Neighborhood: Hillsboro Village
2119 Belcourt Ave., Nashville • (615) 383-5770
At the same location where Zumi was located, Lucky Belly is serving up really delicious burgers and fries, along with sushi and spiked milkshakes. Lunch is proving easier to get a table, but reservations are accepted, so if dinner is what you are wanting, we suggest calling ahead, as this place has really taken off! For a full review, as we just featured Lucky Belly a few weeks ago, see our article here.
SB tip: The jalapeno burger is fabulous!
Open since: 1/21/15
Neighborhood: Sylvan Park
4111 Charlotte Ave., Nashville • (615) 454-2917
We’ve been anxious to try Flip Burger after our editors in Birmingham and Atlanta raved about the gourmet burger joint that already operates in both of those markets. There are just times when a burger satisfies, and such is the case here. But with topping options like avocado with cilantro-lime mayo, queso fresco and pico de gallo (that’s the Oaxaca burger), these are no ordinary burgers. Our first experience was a thumbs up! Check out the full menu for a list of gourmet burgers you never thought possible.
So, there you have it. A list to go through and enjoy. But you know a whole new slew is set to open soon, right? The jeans I’m wearing are getting far.too.tight.
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