Fall means a unique set of flavors return to help us get into the spirit of the season. All around town, find dishes and drinks that incorporate the warm, nutty, savory ingredients we associate with this time of year. From pumpkin cocktails to classic apple desserts to butternut squash pasta, if you’re ready to take a bite out of fall, Nashville restaurants have you covered. Here’s our guide to the delicious fall specials around town!

FOOD

Nicky’s Coal Fired

5026 Centennial Blvd, Nashville, TN 37209 • (615) 678-4289
Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday brunch, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Fall calls for comfort food, and you’ll find it in Nicky’s Coal Fired’s butternut squash agnolotti. Made with brown butter sage, hazelnuts and Grana Padano, it’s a dive into the savory flavors we love this time of year.

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Chef Galzin’s housemade, seasonal pasta dishes are comforting with robust fall flavor. Image: Nicky’s Coal Fired

The Mockingbird

121A 12th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37203 • (615) 741-9900
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The Mockingbird’s Oh Dear Gourd is a new delicious fall garden salad that includes squash, candied walnuts, feta, egg, bacon, pepitas and a sherry vinaigrette. Its crisp crunch and classic flavors give a healthy option for getting your fall flavor fix.

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The Oh Dear Gourd salad has a delectable range of flavors and textures — our favorite kind of salad! Image: Mockingbird

Sinema Restaurant & Bar

2600 8th Ave S Suite 102, Nashville, TN 37204 • (615) 942-7746
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sinema’s handmade corzetti pasta is tossed with butternut squash, pork belly, pear, pumpkin seed breadcrumbs, sage ricotta and shiitake mushrooms for an indulgent and savory dish to celebrate all of autumn’s rich flavors. This addition to the menu blends seamlessly into Sinema’s mission to provide imaginative, yet nostalgic dishes.

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This dish boasts four of fall’s favorite ingredients — the sage and butternut squash flavors partner perfectly, and the pumpkin seeds add a crunch. Image: Sinema

Hathorne

4708 Charlotte Ave, Nashville, TN 37209 • (629) 888-4917
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Hathorne’s vegetable-forward menu highlights the season’s freshest produce, and this dish is no exception. Shaved butternut squash, arugula, soppressata, house ricotta, orange and Fresno merge to make a flavorful fall side dish. Frankly, it makes a case for being a main entrée!

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This dish is salty and sweet and crunchy and cool … a perfect balance! Image: Hathorne

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Stateside Kitchen

210 4th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37219 • (615) 622-0500
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Head to Stateside Kitchen for brunch and get a taste of their griddled pumpkin poundcake. Topped with fresh berries, berry compote and Chantilly whipped cream, it’s a sweet, yet balanced, dish with the familiar fall flavor we all love. Pair it with biscuits and gravy or an omelet to get the full sweet and savory experience.

Stateside Kitchen’s pumpkin poundcake is topped with fresh berries, berry compote and Chantilly whipped cream. Image: Stateside Kitchen

 

STK Steakhouse

700 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203 • (615) 619-3500
Hours: Sunday through Tuesday, 3:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday, 3:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 3:30 p.m. to midnight

STK Steakhouse does far more than just steak incredibly well. This fall, enjoy their sweeping views of Nashville over a bowl of their butternut squash fregola. The pasta, with exotic mushrooms, roasted pine nuts and shaved truffle, is mouthwatering and satisfying. Try it alongside one of their fall cocktails.

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This dish is as beautiful as it is tasty! Image: STK Steakhouse

Earnest Bar & Hideaway

438 Houston St Suite 160, Nashville, TN 37203 • (615) 915-1715
Hours: Monday, 3 p.m. to midnight; Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to midnight; Friday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.; Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 1 a.m.; Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to midnight

Earnest Bar & Hideaway’s fall menu features a stunning special. The brûléed butternut squash from The Farm and Fiddle is topped with spiced pecans, candied ginger and cardamom labneh for a flavor that is layered and complex — achieving that yummy balance of spicy and sweet.

Each balanced bite has a little sweet and a little kick. Image: Earnest Bar & Hideaway

DESSERT

lou

1304 McGavock Pk, Nashville, TN 37216 • (615) 499-4495
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

It was the chef and owner herself who recently told us that anything the pastry chef at lou creates is gold. This apple tart underscores that sentiment. Its unexpected additions of tahini, fermented honey and tonka honey prove Mailea’s statement to be true — Sasha Piligian is magic.

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Nothing says fall like an apple tart. Image: Ben Rice

Josephine

2316 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37204 • (615) 292-7766
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The apple cobbler for two is back on the menu at Josephine, just as the leaves are starting to fall. The longtime favorite by Executive Pastry Chef Kayla May is served alongside house-made ice cream, and it’s a cannot-miss dish this fall. Trust us.

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You can feel the anticipation in the restaurant as everyone awaits their made-to-order dish. Image: Josephine

The Grilled Cheeserie

2003 Belcourt Ave, Nashville, TN 37212 • (615) 203-0351
Hours: Daily, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Whether your fall fruit of choice is apple or pumpkin, the folks at The Grilled Cheeserie deliver. The caramel apple a la mode float — made with sweet cream ice cream, house salted caramel, Kentucky apple butter and Boylan’s Cream Soda — offers an all-American taste of fall. And the pumpkin cheesecake milkshake, coming in November, puts pumpkin spice lattes on the backburner. Order the restaurant’s “Milkshake of the Moment,” made with pumpkin cheesecake, sweet cream ice cream, mascarpone cream cheese and topped with vanilla bean whipped cream, pumpkin-spiced buttery graham crumble and sweet pickled cranberry, for a delightful taste of the season.

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We’re counting down the days until the pumpkin milkshake is available at The Grilled Cheeserie. Image: The Grilled Cheeserie

DRINKS

8th & Roast

2108 8th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37204 • (615) 730-8074
Hours: Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

4104 Charlotte Ave, Nashville, TN 37209 • (615) 988-4020
Hours: Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Leave your pumpkin spice habit behind and try 8th & Roast’s gingersnap latte. Made in-house, and served with a gingersnap cookie, it has the fall spice you’re looking for and the caffeine kick you need.

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Spicy and savory, the 8th & Roast gingersnap latte is a yummy fall sip. Image: 8th & Roast

Chaatable

345 40th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37209 • (615) 383-1303
Hours: Dinner, Sunday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Lunch, Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; Brunch, Saturday and Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Each sip of Chaatable’s Cinnamon Girl cocktail is refreshing yet warming. The bright flavor from the grapefruit gin, paired with the fall flavors of cinnamon, elderflower and pear, is a delicious balance! Head over for happy hour, grab a few samosas and taste Chaatable’s seasonal cocktail!

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Cinnamon Girl is Chaatable’s seasonal refreshment with grapefruit gin, cinnamon, elderflower and pear. Image: Chaatable

Gray & Dudley

221 2nd Ave N, Nashville, TN 37201 • (615) 610-6460
Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 4 p.m. to midnight; Friday and Saturday, 4 p.m. to 1 a.m.

It’s no surprise that Gray & Dudley brings something bold and creative to the table. Their Never Lose a Feather cocktail blends mezcal, rum and pumpkin purée for a to-the-point fall libation with a little more bite than the latte that started it all.

6th and Peabody

423 6th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203 • (865) 436-6995
Hours: Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

The new 6th and Peabody complex downtown brings together Yee-Haw Brewing Company and Ole Smoky Distillery, along with a Prince’s food truck, White Duck Taco and more. At Ole Smoky, enjoy a Southern twist on an autumn classic with their pumpkin pie moonshine. It’s just like taking a bite of your favorite fall dessert, but with a Tennessee moonshine kick.

Von Elrod’s Beer Hall and Kitchen

1004 4th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37219 • (615) 866-1620
Hours: Monday through Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m. to midnight; Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to midnight; Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The frozen chai Bushwacker at Von Elrod’s is the solution to the brutally hot fall we’ve had thus far. The flavors of créme de caçao, vodka, coffee, chai and whipped cream blended together are simultaneously warm and seasonal while frozen and refreshing.

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A frozen chai cocktail is how we do fall in Nashville. Image: Von Elrod’s Beer Hall and Kitchen

Bourbon Steak

201 8th Ave S 34th floor, Nashville, TN 37203 • (629) 208-8440
Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.

As fall rolls in and summer fades, the sweet and fruity summer cocktail notes are replaced with warmer flavors. At Bourbon Steak, try the Legend of the Fall with Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon, apple brandy, lemon cinnamon and Angostura bitters, to officially shift into a cool-weather mindset.

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