Since we last wrote about new restaurants in Nashville in October 2015, we have seen even more eateries and watering holes open up in our great city. From desserts and cocktails to fish and chips spanning SoBro to East Nashville and Eighth Avenue, each newbie is unique. Although some of these have been open for a few months, we venture to guess you haven’t hit them all. So make it your mission this month to get out and try a few of these great new options — or all 20! Here they are, listed below in alphabetical order.

20 New Nashville Restaurants

Arnold’s Country Kitchen Green Hills | Green Hills | Opened December 2015

2209 Abbott Martin Road, Nashville, TN 37215 • (615) 835-3432
Hours: Monday through Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

Arnold’s Country Kitchen is synonymous with Nashville cuisine, and their meat-and-three dishes have been attracting locals and tourists alike since 1982. Now there are two locations to get your Arnold’s fix. Arnold’s now graces the Green Hills dining scene, opening in December, and they serve classic country favorites, which change daily, cafeteria-style.

Bar Luca | East Nashville | Opened November 2015

B, 1100 Stratton Ave., Nashville, TN 37206 • (615) 750-3802
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 4 p.m. to 12 a.m.

A neighborhood bar located in East Nashville, Bar Luca draws people in with its curated wine list, cheese boards, and charcuterie and small plates. People tend to stick around for the good conversation and another glass of wine. For those looking for something other than wine, explore the cocktail list, which features classics like margaritas, martinis and the like, or select from the beer options, both domestic and imported.

Bar Sovereign | SoBro | Opened December 2015

514 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville, TN 37203 • (615) 244-3174
Hours: Monday through Sunday, 5 p.m. to 2-3 a.m.

Although we have yet to step inside Bar Sovereign, we hear that this cocktail bar, which seats around 50 people and offers rotating cocktails, beer and snacks, is a must-visit. Bar Sovereign does not fade away behind the neon lights of Broadway bars; in fact, it stands out. The bar opened its doors in SoBro just before Christmas and has been drawing a steady 21-and-up crowd ever since. We hear the owners are as interesting as the cocktails, so gear up for some good conversation if you happen to meet them while there.

Barista Parlor | Germantown | Opened December 2015

1230 Fourth Ave. N, Nashville, TN 37208 • (615) 227-4782
Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Barista Parlor quickly became well known for its hip East Nashville location, as well as the outstanding coffee. Their third location opened in Germantown at the end of last year and is enjoying a new crowd in this additional space. Staying true to the brand, the decor is minimalistic and fresh, and the roast is high quality. But this Barista Parlor has a vibe that differs from the other locations. Stop by to see for yourself.

Bartaco | 12South | Opened October 2015

2526 12th Ave. S., Nashville, TN 37204 • (615) 269-8226
Hours: Monday through Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to late

12South continues to grow and expand in terms of retail, dining and living, and Bartaco joined the list of culinary options in the neighborhood in October 2015. With coastal vibes and light fare, Bartaco quickly became one of the hottest spots in town. The large booths and patio seating are welcoming, and the food is deliciously fresh.

Bastion | Wedgewood/Houston | Opened February 2016

434 Houston St, Nashville, TN 37203 • (615) 248-8458
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. 

Another evening spot that is new to Music City is Bastion, which falls under the Strategic Hospitality umbrella. Situated in the Wedgewood/Houston neighborhood, this bar is cozy, yet open. With comfortable bar seating, lounge seating and plenty of standing room, you are sure to find a spot alongside other Nashvillians. From the creative mind of Chef Josh Habiger, the drink list features simple cocktails with thoughtful ingredients, as well as beer and wine. In addition to downing a few delicious drinks, bargoers can play games or feast on nachos.

Butcher & Bee | East Nashville | Opened December 2015

902 Main St., Nashville, TN 37206 • (615) 226-3322 
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 12 a.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Saturday through Sunday, 5 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Butcher & Bee made its way to Nashville by way of Charleston, SC, and brought flavor and creativity along with it. Although the menu is largely veggie-driven, there are still a few selections for the carnivorous crowd. Bryan Lee Weaver, the executive chef, has mastered the art of small and shared plates, but with everything being so delicious, it can be tough to share. Read about our Butcher & Bee experience here, and then head to East Nashville and try it for yourself!

Edgehill | Edgehill Village | Opened November 2015

1201 Villa Place, Nashville, TN 37212 • (615) 942-5717
Hours: Monday through Sunday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

While Edgehill isn’t new, it did relocate and reopen. This well-loved neighborhood cafe moved a few doors down to take over the former Nomzilla space in Edgehill Village. The new location is larger, and the menu saw some changes as well, but don’t worry. You can still find old favorites, such as Fedora Frittata, JennyCakes, The McHenry, BBQ pork sandwich, Edgehill Club and chicken/tuna salad.

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1. Little Donkey; 2. Five Daughters Bakery | Image: Five Daughters Bakery; 3. Otaku Ramen; 4. Little Donkey; 5. Otaku Ramen

Five Daughters Bakery | 12South | Opened January 2016

1110 Caruthers Ave., Nashville, TN 37204 • (615) 490-6554
Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

And don’t forget their Franklin location:
230 Franklin Road • (615) 933-9332
Hours: Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Five Daughters Bakery and their signature 100-layer donut made their way into The Factory at Franklin in November 2015. After getting their footing, they opened shop in the 12South neighborhood in January 2016, where each Saturday morning, you’re bound to see a line out the door, as folks cannot get enough of their freshly baked goods. Both locations, owned and operated by Isaac and Stephanie Meek and their five daughters, sell breakfast treats crafted with the best ingredients and distinguished flavors. Read more about Five Daughters Bakery and the team behind it in our article, found here.

Jack and Jameson’s Smokehouse | Franklin | Opened February 2016

509 Hillsboro Road, Franklin, TN 37064 • (615) 465-6253
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

While you might know Jonathan Jackson from his role on the TV show “Nashville,” his latest venture — which he is undertaking with close friend Steve Burton — brings together music, BBQ and friends at his new restaurant in Franklin. The family-friendly eatery supports local breweries with their selection of beer, and they offer burgers, barbecue and melts, as well as musical acts on weekends.

Little Donkey | Germantown | Opened February 2016

1120 Fourth Ave. N., Ste. 103, Nashville, TN 37208 • (615) 567-5886
Hours: Monday through Thursday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Little Donkey, a fresh, handmade-to-order Mexican restaurant, is another new option for taco lovers. Unlike fellow newbie Bartaco, though, Little Donkey, located in Germantown, offers an extensive menu featuring not only tacos, but also small plates, soups and salads, enchiladas, carne asada, chicken in molé, fried chicken, burritos, bowls and quesadillas. They also have a great outdoor seating area that will no doubt be a hot spot on warmer days.

Nicoletto’s Italian Kitchen | East Nashville | Opened February 2016

2905A Gallatin Pike, Nashville, TN 37216 • (629) 202-8102
Monday through Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Thursday though Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Danny and Ryan Nicoletto, brothers and owners of Nicoletto’s Pasta Co., have been handcrafting small-batch pasta in East Nashville for about a year, and we are thrilled to announce they are now serving this pasta at their Italian Kitchen, which is a full-service retail and restaurant space. You will find classic Italian favorites, like pasta with homemade sauces, hand-rolled meatballs, roasted veggies and Italian sausage, for lunch and dinner, and dried and fresh pasta for sale. If you are looking for fast, fresh, filling Italian cuisine, this is your go-to spot.

Otaku Ramen | The Gulch | Opened December 2015

1104 Division St., Nashville, TN 37203 • (615) 942-8281
Hours: Tuesday through Thursday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Nashville got a taste of Otaku Ramen during pop-ups around town and during its stay at POP Nashville until May of last year. For those who enjoyed the traditional ramen, the months without its availability seemed to drag on. Thankfully, Otaku Ramen opened in the Gulch back in December. Once again, diners can enjoy Otaku South’s hot chicken and duck confit buns and mouthwatering ramen.

Perk & Cork | Inglewood | Opened October 2015

1304 McGavock Pike, Nashville, TN 37216 • (615) 730-6898
Hours: Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Espresso and wine unite at this spot in the heart of Inglewood. The locally roasted coffee and rotating wine selection pair perfectly with the freshly made pastries, weekend brunch, tapas, panini and wraps, soups, salads and sides. You may recognize the blue house that is now home to Perk & Cork as the former spot of Old Made Good. And if you do, then you know that the adorable house will have you feeling right at home.

Proper Bagel | Belmont | Opened January 2016

2011 Belmont Blvd., Nashville, TN 37212 • (615) 928-7276
Hours: Monday through Sunday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

We eagerly awaited the opening of Proper Bagel, and we were not the only ones to celebrate its launch in January. As the name suggests, this Belmont eatery serves up bagels, but they also offer oatmeal, yogurt with granola, lunch and breakfast sandwiches, salads, tartine, soups and baked goods. If bagels are what you are after, though, you can chose from traditional, savory or sweet flavors to pair with their unique selection of cream cheeses.

Seersucker Candy Co. | Franklin | Opened February 2016

306 W. Main St., Franklin, TN 37064 • (615) 262-3007
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Seersucker Candy Co. is an extension of the Olive & Sinclair brand and came out of the gate running by securing a spot on the list of  The Best New Candy from 2015 by Food & Wine. This line of classic Southern candies and confections strays from Olive & Sinclair’s bean-to-bar chocolatier model and allows them to think outside the box. Stop by their Franklin storefront to test out all of the flavor combinations for yourself. Read more about Seersucker Candy Co. in our article found here.

Sprinkles | 12South | Opened December 2015

2606 12th Ave. S., Nashville, TN 37204 •  (615) 712-6885
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Candace Nelson opened her cupcake shop — and popular cupcake ATM — in 12South, next to Draper James. Sprinkles, known as the country’s first cupcake-only bakery, brings a welcomed sweetness to the area. In addition to the well-known cupcakes that helped Candace put her name on the map, guests will also find ice cream and cookies. If you find yourself with a late-night craving, take advantage of the 24-hour cupcake ATM, and read more about Sprinkles here.

Steadfast Commons | SoBro | Opened January 2016

299 Demonbreun St., Nashville, TN 37204 • (615) 522-0972
Hours: Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 12 a.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Steadfast Commons, which opened in January, is a great option for any meal of the day. Their downtown location is great for those who work or live in the area, or anyone willing to brave the downtown traffic. With Steadfast Coffee, located in Germantown, we learned that their brew is unbeatable. Now, at Steadfast Commons, alcohol is added to the menu. Their coffee-based cocktail concoctions are a real treat, while their lunch and breakfast offerings are light, refreshing and delicious. We have yet to try dinner, but can only imagine it is just as satisfying.

The Hook | Eighth Avenue | Opened February 2016

2222 Eighth Ave. South, Nashville, TN 37204 • (615) 840-7144
Hours: Monday through Thursday and Sunday11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The Hook opened their brightly colored doors earlier this year, and ever since, they have been serving fast-casual food seven days a week. Low country and coastal flavors can be found in many of the dishes, but the chef is not shy to incorporate ethnic and regional flavors, as well. With dishes such as an Italian beef sandwich, charred octopus salad, chicken curry egg rolls, Tennessee beer-battered fish and a low country boil, there is something for everyone. Read more about The Hook here.

Tupelo Honey | Franklin | October 2015

2000 Meridian Blvd. Ste. 110, Franklin, TN 37067 • 615-224-2600
Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Southern chain Tupelo Honey opened in Franklin last October, and while we haven’t been, we love knowing that they try to source locally to create good, Southern food. Favorites on the menu include fried green tomatoes, pork ribs, fried chicken, meatloaf, shrimp and grits, and pecan pie. They also serve up great drinks during happy hour, which runs Monday though Friday, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

While we celebrate the opening of these new spots we also anxiously await other soon-to-be-open options. We will be back to fill you in on those later this spring! Until then, go eat local and tell them StyleBlueprint sent you!

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