With the kids back in school, sports in full swing, the lazy days of summer behind us and the holidays lurking just around the corner, it’s the time of year when everyone starts to feel the collective pinch on the schedule. We’ve covered options to assist with the groceries — pick-up, delivery, etc. — but what about the nights you don’t even have time for that?! We’re talking about the nights when it’s looking like either an easy bowl of stale Froot Loops for dinner or … something easy AND yummy.
In the name of take-out, here are some great places to get your food on the fly — packaged and just waiting to be grabbed — whether it’s to feed yourself or the whole fam. Convenience is the name of the game here and flavor shall never be sacrificed! Here, now, great Nashville grab-and-go options, in no particular order …
150 Third Ave. S., Nashville, TN 37201 • (615) 490-8077
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5:30 p.m.
Created by the owner of Acme Feed & Seed and The Southern Steak & Oyster, Southernaire Market is a New Orleans-style market offering a variety of grocery options. With a full-service butcher bar that prepares gourmet sandwiches with locally sourced meats and sustainable seafood you can take home, The Southernaire’s “Grab & Go” menu is a fab option for on-the-fly meals. Choose from options like pasta and potato salads, pimento cheese, chicken salad, a veggie tray, a meat and cheese tray and more. Click here to check out the complete menu.
The Corner Market Catering Company
850 Hillwood Blvd., Nashville, TN 37209 • (615) 352-0527
Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
A Nashville staple for more than 20 years, The Corner Market offers exceptional prepared meals. From homemade Southern casseroles to fresh salads, sides and desserts made from scratch, there are so many tasty options to enjoy. They rotate daily, so you always have something new to bring home. Corner Market is best known for its sesame salad dressing (which we toss on nearly everything), yeast rolls and pimento cheese but they also have tons of nutritious options, including detox salad, Israeli couscous and gingered carrot soup. Check out the complete lineup here.
The Picnic Cafe
4320 Harding Pike, Nashville TN 37205 • (615) 297-5398
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Known for its amazing chicken and egg salads and fruit tea, The Picnic Cafe on Harding Road has an incredibly loyal following — and for good reason. They have a variety of cozy offerings in their case full of to-go items — chicken divan, chicken tetrazzini, lasagna, pot pies, salads, soups and more. Available in pound and half-pound options, these are great for feeding your own family or dropping by a hearty meal for someone with a new baby or who may have lost a loved one. That’s convenience!
816 51st Ave. N., Nashville, TN 37209 • (615) 454-5250
Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Tinwings is perfect for the busy mom who really wants to bring home tasteful, nutritious and fresh food. They prepare weekly family meals, which feed six or more people, in addition to last-minute to-go options, which are sold individually in their market. Join their email list to receive their weekly menus — choose whatever strikes your fancy, place your order and pick it up the following Wednesday. Tinwings also offers delivery, boxed lunches and catering if you plan to host an event or feed a large crowd. To check out their weekly menu, click here.
107 Heady Drive, Nashville, TN 37205 • (615) 352-0296
Hours: Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Nestled in Belle Meade near the post office, Something Special is dedicated to providing ample takeout options, as that is their specialty. From salads and soups to entrees and sides, you’ll find everything you need. The fried chicken is some of the best found anywhere. But there are no prices on the food options, so be sure to ask.
The Food Company
2211 Bandywood Drive, Nashville, TN 37215 • (615) 385-4311
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Not only does The Food Company have a bustling counter-service lunch, it’s a perfect place to stop by and grab dinner or a meal for a friend. You’ll find chicken salad, soups, spreads, entrees and the always popular “Ultimate Chicken Dish.” Pair it with a side or two and you are all set for dinner!
1314 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville, TN • (615) 291-9922
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Tucked in a small brick building in historic Germantown, Lazzaroli is a family-owned Italian market renowned for its handcrafted pastas. From winter squash ravioli to heirloom pomodoro sauces, Lazzaroli keeps a wide selection of its fresh pastas in their fridge and freezers, so you can opt to buy several different varieties and keep them on hand throughout the week. To view more of their menu, click here.
1907 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203 • (615) 953-6449
House: Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
In the heart of Midtown, Urban Cookhouse is whipping up fantastic meals to enjoy in the restaurant or in the comfort of your own home. Take-home tubs are available for their soups and salads — and be sure to pair them with some of their famous orange rolls, which you can bake at home. For the ultimate in convenience, pick up their “Take it to the House” option, which feeds four people and includes a main dish, two sides and four orange rolls. Click here for the low-down.
Martha Stamps Bergamot Market
336 White Bridge Pike, Nashville, TN 37209 • (615) 920-5355
Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
In an little, old house on White Bridge Pike, not too far from Charlotte, Martha Stamps has opened Bergamot Market. The small cafe offers minimal seating, but that’s of no matter here as we’re talking about great to-go options. Stop by Bergamot Market and select from a variety of tasty Martha Stamps creations, including several salads — chicken, egg, tuna, potato, orzo, cantaloupe, tomato peach — available by the half-pint, pint or quart. Or select some nice, warm soup to take home for a belly-warming meal. Click here to see the menu and stay up with her current offerings by signing up for the newsletter.
Sperry’s Mercantile Meat & Seafood Market
5107 Harding Pike, Nashville, TN 37205 • (615) 353-0809
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
If you’re craving a nice meal but you can’t muster the time to dine out, bring some fine dining home. Sperry’s Mercantile, located behind Sperry’s in Belle Meade, can equip you with some of the flavors you love from Sperry’s and let you take them home to eat. In addition to offering fresh meats and seafood, you can pick up pre-packed sides, soups, salads, dressings, appetizers and more. Click here to learn more.
Alright! Now you have your guide for easy take-out in Nashville. Keep this list handy as we get geared up for the coming holiday season and you’ll keep everyone fed and satisfied — sanity intact.
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