Hillsboro Village has long been an eclectic Nashville neighborhood filled with restaurants and retail options that draw in both locals and visitors alike. And while it always pains us to say farewell to places like Provence, Pangaea, Jackson’s and BookMan BookWoman, it’s refreshing when new brick-and-mortar boutiques and dining destinations open, again breathing new life into this charming area. With new businesses set to open (or having recently done so) and others relocating to the neighborhood, it’s time to share an updated guide to Hillsboro Village. Get reacquainted with the area, find out what’s new, and then plan your next visit.
WHERE TO EAT & DRINK
The truth is that Hillsboro Village is a brunch mecca, and one’s biggest challenge may be choosing where to indulge. Yes, the iconic Pancake Pantry is arguably the most popular dining option in the area. You’ll often find a line of hungry customers winding around the corner — socially distanced, of course — all anticipating a stack of the scratch-made pancakes they’ve been serving up since 1961. Another long-time Hillsboro Village establishment, Fido is still serving up its famous Bongo Java coffee and breakfast staples in its pet shop-turned-coffeehouse. But don’t overlook newcomer Ruby Sunshine, where you’ll definitely want to try the French Toast Bites (little pillows of happiness that melt in your mouth) and various renditions of eggs benedict. Try the Eggs Cochon, which boasts slow-cooked, apple-braised pork, or the One Tomato, Two Tomato, a vegetarian-friendly Southern spin with both fried green tomatoes and grilled tomatoes. And don’t forget to order a “Morning Margarita” to accompany your meal.
Another great brunch destination, Biscuit Love is the jam — pun intended. Enjoy delicious biscuit sandwiches, housemade jams and tasty Bonuts (fried biscuit dough tossed in sugar). For the most decadent brioche donuts you’ll ever sink your teeth into, head down the street to Donut + Dog, where you’ll find both sweet and savory selections with unique toppings such as bourbon maple glaze and applewood smoked bacon. Some selections even come with a pipet of Maker’s Mark or honey bourbon. Stick around a bit longer, and you can segue from fancy donuts to elevated hot dogs!
Hillsboro Village isn’t just a brunch destination, though. The lunch game is also strong, with eateries such as Double Dogs, The Grilled Cheeserie, ‘Za and Hopdoddy Burger Bar. Greenery Co. will soon open its doors (on December 8) in the space formerly occupied by Provence. The healthy, fast-casual restaurant brings lighter options to the area, with salads, snacks and some dessert options, too.
Though off of the main drag, other nearby notables include a selection of international fare at Nicoletto’s Italian Kitchen, Meet Noodles, Sushi 88, and Báhn Mì and Roll. Not to be forgotten, McDougal’s Chicken Fingers and Wings exemplifies Nashville’s fried chicken royalty — a basket of chicken fingers with HoneyBee sauce is where it’s at. And lest we forget long-time Randy Rayburn mainstay Cabana.
If you’re on the hunt for something sweet, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams and the much-anticipated Crumbl Cookies are a shoo-in, and if you’re in the market for an ice-cold brew, head to the Villager Tavern. A fixture on the street for more than 40 years, the local dive bar offers music, an abundance of beer, and darts (they’re serious about their darts!). If you need a side of food with your beverages, the Po’Boy sandwiches are killer, too. For another place to quench your thirst, grab a locally crafted beer at Belcourt Taps, a neighborhood watering hole known for its nightly live music and meat-and-three menu.
And, Anzie Blue, which celebrates its first anniversary this month while simultaneously relocating to Hillsboro Village, has all of the CBD-infused products you can think of, from gummies to bath bombs to pet treats. Oh yeah, and there’s a café with coffee, cocktails, and amazing charcuterie boards in the shop as well.
WHERE TO SHOP
A shopping excursion in Hillsboro Village will have you perusing everything from CBD mixers to children’s clothes. For trendy fashion, hit up Posh Boutique, Alter’d State, Molly Green, Rebecca James Clothing, Impeccable Pig, Revv clothing, Dress Up, J. Marie and United Apparel Liquidators (UAL). Gín-Ó Boutique recently opened a holiday pop-up shop, and Peacock Jewelers offers vintage and vintage-inspired jewelry ranging from Victorian to contemporary.
Other retail shops worthy of mention include A Village of Flowers, which creates gorgeous arrangements, and See Eyewear, which will outfit you with fabulous frames and sunglasses. Arcade is a magical place for kids and parents alike, with everything from high-end children’s clothing to toys galore.
A stone’s throw from Hillsboro Village proper (i.e. across Wedgewood), you’ll find a handful of hotspots such as E3 Chophouse, Pizza Perfect, Taco Mama, Urban Juicer and Eatery, Rock N Roll Sushi and Kay Bob’s Grill and Ale. If you’re looking for a manicure, South Nail Bar is located on that stretch as well. Speaking of manicures, you’ll find additional self-care options at nearby Luxe Nails, Blowout Co. and Chao Nail + Bar, all of which offer an opportunity to kick back, relax and indulge in a bit of pampering. You can also enjoy an overnight stay at the Moxy Hotel, the first hotel in the area, which is located just off of 21st Avenue.
Last but certainly not least, we would be remiss to omit the beloved Belcourt Theatre. Originally a silent movie house, which opened in 1925, the Becourt has been a mainstay for nearly a century, witnessing several reincarnations. Today, it has shown its resilience yet again, adapting to the pandemic by offering virtual film screenings, and adapting to the social climate by offering its “Films By Black Creators” lineup, which is a curated collection of movies made by Black filmmakers, all of which are free to watch from home.
Yes, Hillsboro Village has undoubtedly evolved over the years. We hope you enjoy your adventures in this unique Nashville neighborhood!
** 2/16/2021 Editor’s Note: Since the publish date, we’ve sadly bid farewell to the Arcade storefront. We will miss the colorful array of children’s clothing and toys, but we’re thrilled we can continue to shop Arcade online! In happier news, we welcome healthy vegan and gluten-free restaurant Grain & Berry to the scene as well as the Nashville location for Central BBQ, which is slated to open in the latter half of March.
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