When trying the new restaurants for our fall article, we were pleasantly surprised by the diversity of flavor profiles, cool spaces and overall delicious menus complementing our existing food scene. It’s nice to see dining concepts branching out, extending what Nashville food really means.
Fifty First Kitchen & Bar
Neighborhood: The Nations
Address: 5104 Illinois Ave., Nashville
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 4:30 p.m. (bar), 5:30 p.m. (dinner); Sunday brunch, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
More information: 51nashville.com
Concept: Rustic Italian and steaks
Tony and Caroline Galzin of several notable Chicago restaurants partnered with former Rumours co-owner Christy Shuff to open Fifty First Kitchen & Bar in the heart of The Nations neighborhood this summer. Guided by a vision of a seasonal menu for rustic Italian cuisine, the restaurant grows more than 50 herbs, root vegetables and greens in its own backyard garden. The catch of the day offerings and housemade charcuterie are impressive and tasty. We recommend the rigatelli with pork and lamb shank sauce, the grilled quail or the Porter Road Butcher steaks. The restaurant has a lovely, homey feel in a turn-of-the-century house. You’ll never feel more welcomed. Also, be sure to check out the restaurant’s events for brunch and Sunday nights.
Address: 1922 Adelicia Way (off of South Street), Nashville
Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (lunch); Tuesday through Sunday, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. (dinner); Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (brunch)
More information: leselnashville.com
Concept: New World French
The Adelicia’s restaurant space has been home to several restaurant concepts that couldn’t quite build regular traffic but we are betting that this newest concept is one for the win! Brothers Benjamin and Max Goldberg of Strategic Hospitality have partnered with Executive Chef Rene De Leon to create new-world French cuisine with their fresh concept, Le Sel. The restaurant promises an innovative, casual approach to fine dining and an intimate atmosphere. The menu includes a raw bar, and what we have seen so far looks extravagant and delicious! Other Strategic Hospitality restaurants include: Pinewood Social, the Band Box, Patterson House, Merchants, Aerial, Paradise Park, The Catbird Seat and the soon-to-open Bastion. After getting a preview of both the cocktails and food, we think once again they have the Midas touch. Le Sel opened just last week for lunch, dinner and brunch.
Address: 1120 Fourth Ave. N., Nashville
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
More information: cochonbutcher.com/nashville
Concept: Butcher Shop
James Beard Foundation Best Chef South 2011 Stephen Stryjewski and his business partner and Chef Donald Link brought their successful New Orleans butcher shop concept to the Germantown district in early September. Get the full low-down from Liza Graves’ review last week. Think butcher shop, sandwich spot, perfect for casual lunch or dinner, with an impressive wine and beer list. The menu changes often with housemade brisket, sausage and other meats. Don’t skip the dessert case or, of course, the opportunity to take fresh shop offerings home.
Neighborhood: East Nashville
Address: 604 Gallatin Ave, #202, Nashville
Hours: Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Thursday through Saturday, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (brunch)
More information: littleoctopusnashville.com
Concept: Wholesome, clean, vibrant food
Sarah and Brad Gavigan, of POP Nashville and Otaku South, opened Little Octopus this summer in the POP space in East Nashville. This concept is unique among the trend of farm-to-table, but just as fresh. The menu is divided by raw, cool and warm offerings, with the most unusual pairings and decadent flavors of seasonal vegetables, fresh seafood, and a range of spice and cultural influences. You cannot go wrong with anything on the menu, but we recommend moqueca, roasted chicken, bok choy and avocado. This is definitely a place for the adventurous palate. The atmosphere is a breath of fresh air with its stark white and modern decor. One more thing: brunch. Just go and you’ll know what we mean.
Green Hills Grille
Neighborhood: Green Hills
Address: 2002 Richard Jones Road, Nashville
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
More information: ghgrille.com
Concept: Classic casual American
The reimagined Green Hills Grille opened to much fanfare in September, bringing back old favorites from its past incarnation and a few new items, as well. Some of the employees are even the same, from servers to a recognized host. The menu ranges from steak and potatoes to the much-beloved chicken salad melt and prime rib tacos. The menu also includes gluten-free options. The owner is not going for cutting-edge cuisine, but the comforts of recipes that drew us all in for years before they closed, under a different owner, seven years ago. As expected, there is a little something for anyone, any night of the week.
Little Harpeth Brewing Taproom
Neighborhood: East Nashville
Address: 30 Oldham St., Nashville
Hours: Friday, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.(ish); Saturday, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.(ish); Sunday, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.(ish)
More information: littleharpethbrewing.com
Concept: Lager Brewery
Most of our local breweries focus on making IPAs and pale ales, and may make one lager a year. Not Little Harpeth Brewing. Their expertise lies in German lagers, cold, clean craft lagers made on a craft scale. They create their beers in the same authentic process of pre-Prohibition Middle Tennessee. Little Harpeth recently opened a taproom among their beer vats in their East Nashville warehouse, so you can try a flight of their staple lager lineup and several rotating selections of small batch beers, like their Red Tail Rye. We asked our beloved beer experts (husbands and brothers), and they recommended starting with a flight of Chicken Scratch, The Prost Oktoberfest, Bison Bock (Vienna style lager) and the Rye. Chicken Scratch is the nice go-to as the classic American Pilsner. It’s a great locale to start your evening or visit after a Titans game. And don’t expect an elaborate food menu. The focus is the beer and we wouldn’t want it any other way.
Otaku Ramen — Opening this fall
Neighborhood: The Gulch
Address: 1104 Division St., Nashville
More information: otakusouth.com/ourstory
Concept: New Japanese and ramen
Now that Little Octopus is open, Sarah Gavigan is focusing on her passion for ramen, with the opening of a permanent location for Otaku Ramen. First as a pop-up dinner party, then as a stint in the POP Nashville space, Sarah attracted such a following that the concept warranted its own space in the Gulch. The restaurant will bring a wealth of new exotic flavors to the neighborhood’s restaurant offerings, and fans of Sarah’s traditional Japanese ramen will flock to the opening for her hot chicken rice bowls to get their ramen fix.
Proper Bagel — Opening October
Address: 2011 Belmont Blvd., Nashville
More information: properbagel.com
Concept: New York deli and bakery
Heather Speranza and her family are true New York bagel makers of 35 years’ experience. Owning bagel shops in New York and Florida have now brought them to Nashville, to upgrade what Nashvillians think of bagels. Apparently, there is an extensive process to creating a true kettle-boiled bagel and we can’t wait to try them. Their shop will cover all manner of breakfast offerings well suited for a New York coffee shop: bialys, smoked salmon, fresh pastries (black & white cookies!) and Barista Parlor roasted coffee. The restaurant will be set up for breakfast and lunch, or to go. We’ll meet you there.
Check out these articles we’ve written earlier this year on Nashville’s new restaurants:
13 New Restaurants in Nashville: June 15, 2015
8 New Restaurants in Nashville: January 27, 2015
One restaurant that was not included in the January article that should have been is Nama Sushi Bar. Have you been? It’s delicious. With cold weather coming, we recommend their shrimp and egg drop soup … and it’s big enough to share.