Cocktails and sushi and empanadas, oh my! This month ushers in yet another round of fabulous dining experiences in Nashville, whether you’re looking for a casual night of cocktails with friends or a romantic date night dinner with your loved one. Here are six new Nashville restaurants or concepts that should be on your radar.

6 New Nashville Restaurants + Concepts



Bay 6 Cocktail Bar at The Wash

1101 McKennie Ave., Nashville, TN 37206
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 10 p.m.

Long-awaited East Nashville hotspot The Wash is finally starting to open, and we couldn’t be more excited! Located on the corner of Gallatin Pike and Mckennie Avenue, the six-bay restaurant incubator features a different concept in each partition. And while five of the six bays will offer food from culturally inspired eateries such as Soy Cubano and East Side Pho, it’s the sixth bay that delivers the craft cocktails — an aptly named, approachable in-house bar called Bay 6. Fondly referred to as a “micro-bar,” the space exists in a small footprint but delivers in a big way. You can anticipate a menu showcasing unique beverages like the Kindly Use, which features a zero-waste sour made with citric pineapple rind syrup and Cafe du Monde grounds-infused rum. Prepare to enjoy the outdoor seating and sip on something refreshing!

A bartender serving a cocktail at Bay 6

Sidle up to Bay 6 and indulge in a craft cocktail such as the Penultimate Warrior (bourbon with Earl Grey tea, apricot, and lavender). Image: Beau Gaultier

Blue Sushi Sake Grill

5036 Broadway Pl., Suite 220, Nashville, TN 37203 • (629) 226-2583
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 9 p.m.

Fifth + Broad continues to expand its culinary repertoire, and we’re here for it. The most recent addition, Blue Sushi Sake Grill, joins the roster with its inaugural Nashville location. A restaurant and cocktail bar specializing in (yep, you guessed it) sushi, the eatery offers a variety of rolls — from classic options like spicy tuna and rainbow rolls to more exotic rolls with toppings such as wasabi sprouts, chimichurri sauce, and even sriracha-fried onion rings. Additionally, there are more than 20 vegan-friendly options, including spicy plant-based tuna and sweet potato vegan tempura, so there’s something for everyone. And though the Blue Sushi Sake Grill happens to fall in the “chain” restaurant category, we appreciate its sustainably sourced seafood program, Conscious Earth, and support for local artisans. In fact, you can catch a glimpse of artwork from Nashville muralist Eric “Mobe” Bass of Mobe Studios, who created an eye-catching mural for the space.

Shishito peppers at Blue Sushi Sake Grill

From appetizers like shishito peppers to extravagant sushi rolls, Blue Sushi Sake Grill is serving up the goods at Fifth + Broad. Image: Flagship Restaurant Group

Overlord

2503 Gallatin Ave., Suite 102, Nashville, TN 37206 • (615) 964-7277
Hours: Monday through Sunday, 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Melvil Arnt is certainly making his mark on the East Nashville dining scene, and he doesn’t appear to be slowing down any time soon. The owner-manager of Once Upon a Time in France and The Authentique has opened a third establishment called Overlord. This one is a 1940s European-inspired bar dedicated to the American soldiers who fought to liberate Europe in World War II. A year in the making, the 2,500-square-foot bar has a menu featuring tasty libations and light food such as charcuterie boards and paninis. The space also boasts large booths, a pool table, and even a VIP room. Plus, you can expect jazz music and trivia nights in the months ahead! And in case you feel like contributing to the bar’s decor, Melvil says, “People are welcome to bring pictures of relatives who served in the war, and we can hang the pictures on the walls as an homage.”

The interior of Overlord

“The ambiance has the friendliness of a dive bar but with carefully selected drinks, elegant decor, and knowledgeable staff,” says Overlord’s owner and manager Melvil Arnt. Image: Dune Baydoun

The Havana Pop-Up at Parlour Bar

210 4th Ave. N., Nashville, TN 37219
Hours: Monday through Wednesday, 4 p.m. to midnight; Thursday, 4 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Friday and Saturday, noon to 1 a.m.; Sunday, noon to midnight

If you’re craving something exotic, head to Dream Nashville’s Parlour Bar, where your imagination will whisk you away to the vibrant, tropical city of Havana, Cuba. A follow-up to Dream’s successful holiday pop-up, Havana is another opportunity to experience the Parlour Bar with a twist. The Cuban-inspired menu features themed cocktails and shots, a specialty Rhum flight, and perfectly paired bites such as beef empanadas with jalapeño-cilantro sauce or a delicious chocolate cake with bruléed bananas. So, don your best white linen ensemble, grab a fedora, and head out for some fun!

Cocktails and empanadas at the Havana PopUp at Parlour Bar.

Try the ¿Que Bola? cocktail with a side of empanadas at the new Havana pop-up at Parlour Bar! Image: BRND House

Riptide Acai Food Truck at Nelson’s Drum Shop

1102 Riverside Dr, Nashville, TN 37206 • (615) 585-2691
Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.; closed Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday

Officially launching her surfer vibe food truck in October 2021, Riptide Acai owner and acai enthusiast Danielle Nolan has been serving beautiful bowls of fresh fruit and acai filled with antioxidants and fiber. She searched for months for the perfect location to set up shop, and thankfully, Instagram came to her rescue! “I was scrolling Instagram and saw an ad for Nelson’s looking for a food truck to park at their business. I private messaged them as quickly as possible and made it happen,” Danielle says. The rest is history. While the truck still travels from place to place during part of the week, you can find it camped out in front of Nelson Drum Shop in East Nashville on most weekdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. And in case you’re in the mood for a slightly more indulgent version of the healthy treat, Riptide has two options that are a bit more on the decadent side, featuring Fruity Pebbles and M&M’s.

Acai bowl with blueberries from Riptide Acai

Whether you opt for a healthy bowl with granola and fruit or try a “crazy bowl” with Fruity Pebbles, Riptide Acai has just the right combination to satisfy your fix. Image: Riptide Acai

Far Better Distillery

330 Harrison St., Nashville, TN 37219 • (614) 327-2871
Hours: Thursday through Monday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; closed Tuesday and Wednesday

Celebrating the grand opening of their new brick-and-mortar distillery and tasting room on Saturday, April 16, Far Better Distillery brings small-batch spirits and specialty liqueurs to the Germantown neighborhood. Founded by a father-daughter duo, the family-run business is truly a small operation — in fact, the whole hands-on production takes place in a space that’s less than 1,400 square feet! “We are the smallest distillery in Tennessee and consider ourselves a micro-distillery with a focus on custom blends, infusions, and experiences,” says co-owner Becca Fritz. “We aim to be an experiential distillery, offering private and corporate events that include custom bourbon blending and barreling experiences, moonshine flavoring workshops, and mixology classes.” What Far Better doesn’t possess in physical size, it makes up for in flavor, with fun offerings like the Nashville Hot Honey liqueur, Music City Apple Pie Moonshine, and signature citrus gin. The space itself is delightfully unconventional, with a bright ’70s vibe that adds to the experience.

Bottles of Far Better Gin and bourbon on either side of a cocktail

Enjoy a unique tasting experience at Far Better Distillery’s Germantown spot. Image: Lynn Fritz

Enjoy your dining adventures! And if you’re feeling inspired to broaden your culinary horizons, check out even more of our local restaurant favorites.

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Updates from March 2022

Spring is officially here, which means it’s time to venture into the warm weather and indulge in some good eats. (Not that we’ve ever needed an excuse.) Thankfully, there are quite a few new restaurants and dining concepts to entice us to get out and about in March. From casual New Orleans fare to intimate tasting experiences, Nashville’s culinary scene just keeps getting better and better!

7 New Nashville Restaurants + Concepts

The Electric Jane

1301 Division St., Nashville, TN 37203 • (615) 964-7175
Hours: Wednesday through Friday, 5 p.m. to midnight; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to midnight, closed Monday and Tuesday

Nestled between Music Row and The Gulch, The Electric Jane is a restaurant and entertainment venue that offers vibrant cuisine and an equally vibrant live music lineup. Led by Chef Ryan Costanza, the eatery boasts sophisticated and globally inspired dishes such as Parisian gnocchi, Kashmir mussels with curry leaf and flatbread, steak tartare with umami dressing, and charred eggplant with crispy shallots, tomato, and tzatziki. Even better, plates are small and shareable, making it easy to taste-test quite a few menu items in one sitting.

The Electric Jane also offers a fantastic brunch menu with everything from a French-inspired omelet with caviar to breakfast boards and soft-shell crab Benedict. Uniting food and music in an upscale way (this is Nashville, after all), this eatery is one to keep on your radar, particularly as the music programming continues to unfold.

Chef squeezing lemon over a Greek saganaki that's being flambeed.

Upscale food and live music? We can get on board with that. Check out this flaming Greektown Classic Saganaki at The Electric Jane! Image: Nathan Zucker

The Nashville Sessions

809 Meridian St., Nashville, TN 37207
Hours: Starting at 5 p.m. on select evenings

Sean Brock keeps creating memorable dining experiences, and we continue to be wowed by them. His newest endeavor is titled The Nashville Sessions, and it’s a prelude to the highly anticipated opening of June, a modern concept slated to open late spring in the space above Audrey. A five-part guest chef dinner series launched in early March, The Nashville Sessions is a multi-course tasting experience that brings some of the best chefs in the country to Music City.

Collaborating with renowned culinary talent from New York to California, Chef Brock is offering the opportunity to wine and dine in an intimate setting that lends a sneak peek of the future June location. The upcoming lineup features Dominique Crenn of San Francisco’s Atelier Crenn on Saturday, March 19; Shola Olunloyo of Philadelphia’s StudioKitchen on Saturday, March 26; Wylie Dufresne of New York’s former wd-50 on Saturday, April 9; and John Shields of Chicago’s Smyth and The Loyalist on Saturday, May 7. Each dinner offers limited seating for only 32 people. Tickets are $385 each with an optional beverage pairing for an additional $200. Tickets will be available via Resy starting one month before each event date.

Sean Brock standing in front of Audrey.

Located in McFerrin Park in East Nashville, June is a modern dining concept from Sean Brock that explores the possibilities of ingredients indigenous to the American South. Until the official opening, you can enjoy a sneak peek at The Nashville Sessions! Image: Emily Dorio

Snooze A.M. Eatery

969 Main St., Nashville, TN 37206 • (615) 314-5600
Hours: Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

If your favorite meal of the day is breakfast, you’re in luck. Originally launched on the West Coast, Snooze A.M. Eatery has made its way to the South, and East Nashville has a new go-to for breakfast, brunch, and even day-drinking. The menu is chock-full of crave-worthy dishes with fresh ingredients. Favorites include the signature Pineapple Upside Down Pancakes and innovative benedicts like the Habañero Pork Belly Benny and the Bella! Bella! Benny, which features prosciutto, poached egg, arugula, and balsamic glaze on Italian ciabatta. If you’re in the mood to kickstart happy hour a little early (or a lot), elevate your morning with spiked coffees, mimosas, spicy bloody marys, and more. Plus, the atmosphere is both inviting and energetic, including a vivid mural from local artist Kim Radford.

A trio of morning cocktails with pineapple upside down pancakes.

Thanks to a delicious wake-up call from Snooze, mornings just got even better! Image: Jenna Bratcher

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The Pink Hermit

231 6th Ave. N., Nashville, TN 37219
Hours: As yet unknown

A charming addition to The Hermitage Hotel, The Pink Hermit is simultaneously casual and sophisticated — an all-day café that offers indoor and outdoor seating as well as takeaway food. It also boasts an evolving menu that delivers everything from morning pastries and a coffee bar to an evening wine bar with light fare. Another culinary endeavor from world-renowned Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, you can anticipate delicious bites, special wine vintages, and an elegant dining experience. Menu favorites include crispy tuna, a roasted beet Greek salad, and the beloved black truffle pizza. Not to mention, if you’re looking for a more substantial meal, you can segue to Chef Jean-Georges’ flagship restaurant, Drusie & Darr, also in The Hermitage Hotel.

Rendering of The Pink Hermit interior

The Pink Hermit offers a chic setting for all-day dining from Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Image: The Pink Hermit

Spicy Boy’s

924 Mcferrin Ave., Nashville, TN 37206
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to midnight; closed Monday

Let the good times roll! East Nashville just got a little Cajun infusion thanks to Spicy Boy’s, which now inhabits the space at the intersection across from Mas Tacos and The Pharmacy. A location that once hosted The Sweet Bean, a homespun coffee and cotton candy stand, the residence is now home to authentic Louisiana favorites like boudin and gumbo. But, their po’boys are truly the specialty, with delicious options like fried catfish, surf and turf, and roast beef. The eatery is run by brother-sister team Justen and Sara Cheney (who both previously worked at Peg Leg Porker!). The two are all about “good food, good booze, and good music.” Did we mention you can also snag some bread pudding or beignets for dessert? Yum!

Po'Boy sandwich with fries and a can of flowers.

Spicy Boy’s brings the taste of New Orleans to East Nashville. Image: Sara Cheney

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Acqua

1300 3rd Ave. N., Nashville, TN 37208 • (615) 974-0121
Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; closed Sunday through Tuesday

With a concentration on seafood in delicate, distinctive bites, Acqua is an innovative culinary experience that pays homage to the flavors of the Italian coast. Located in the space adjacent to Saint Stephen, award-winning Chef RJ Cooper presents a multi-course menu that features seafood-forward dishes embellished with inventive touches such as thinly sliced diver scallop with artichoke and pink lemon or spaghetti with charred calamari broth and caviar. Additionally, one meat dish ends the dining experience, such as the breast of veal with saffron oil and polenta. Be prepared to relax and indulge!

An amuse bouche at Acqua, with a side of beautiful silverware.

An amuse-bouche at Acqua, with a side of beautiful silverware. Image: Kate Reddick

Union Tavern

230 4th Ave. N., Nashville, TN 37219 • (615) 600-5400
Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. with extended bar service until 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday

Based on Chef Ryan Poli’s culinary adventures and travels, the brand new Union Tavern at the Bobby Hotel is a thoughtful tribute to refined multicultural dining. The former executive chef of the renowned Catbird Seat, Chef Poli, has created a frequently revolving menu heavily influenced by Mediterranean and Asian flavors. It also features fresh, locally sourced dishes such as the Bear Creek Farm Steak of the Week, Spice-Rubbed Pork Ribs, Bluefin Tuna with Yuzo Dressing and Limequats, and a Basque Cheesecake for dessert. An elevated wine list and curated cocktail menu accompany the spread, with both classic and contemporary options.

Interior of the Union Tavern Bar

Moody lighting and fabulous food make for an exciting dining experience at Bobby Hotel’s Union Tavern. Image: Lisa Diederich

Enjoy your dining adventures! And if you’re feeling inspired to broaden your culinary horizons, check out even more of our local restaurant favorites.

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Updates from February 2022

Phenomenal new restaurants and concepts just keep coming to Nashville, and we’re here for it. Whether you’re looking for a moody evening with martinis and caviar, a classic American burger with fries, or a magical Alice in Wonderland-themed affair with a drool-worthy cocktail menu, you’re in for a treat! Check out these six restaurants and concepts that have recently hit the Music City restaurant scene.

Three new Nashville restaurant dishes: fish, carrots, and beet salad

Nashville’s newest dining experiences and concepts (featuring beautiful dishes like these from The Stationairy) are worth checking out. Image: The Union Station Nashville Yards

6 New Nashville Restaurants + Concepts

The Vesper Club

1000 Broadway Suite 101, Nashville, TN 37203 • (615) 622-3225
Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 5 p.m. to close

The Vesper Club officially launched on New Year’s Eve, and it’s landed on our radar in a big way. An elegant new concept at The Continental‘s back bar space, the martini tasting experience crafted by Bar Director Jon Howard is the epitome of decadence. Prepare to be wowed as you indulge in five exquisite courses of expertly paired caviar and cocktails featuring classic martinis (served in the perfect tasting-size portions) and some of the best caviar you’ve ever tasted. The guided dining experience is an ideal accompaniment to your dinner plans, whether as a precursor or a nightcap, and it lasts for 45 minutes to an hour. Each tasting is $100 for five courses.

Martinis and caviar at The Vesper Club

Brooding and beautiful, The Vesper Club brings an exquisite martini-and-caviar pairing experience to The Continental. Image: Sean McGee

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Boqueria

5005 Broadway Pl, Nashville, TN 37203 • (615) 245-7160
Hours: Monday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Boqueria brings Spanish paella and tapas to Fifth and Broad, adding to the development’s roster of popular eateries. The vibrant energy and tasty fare will undoubtedly have you dreaming of Barcelona. Dine on classic Spanish dishes such as Paella de Mariscos (saffron rice with seafood like monkfish, squid, shrimp, clams, and mussels) and Jamón Ibérico (hand-carved Ibérico ham, aged for 30 months). Additionally, you can sip on festive libations like sangria or hibiscus margaritas. Salud!

Cocktails and tapas at Boqueria

Boqueria offers creative cocktails and vibrantly spiced Spanish tapas. Image: Rey Lopez

The Alice at the Fairlane Hotel

401 Union St, Nashville, TN 37219 • (615) 988-8511
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 2 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.

You’re late! For a very important date at the Fairlane Hotel‘s penthouse suite, where a whimsical pop-up called The Alice brings Lewis Carroll’s classic story of Alice in Wonderland to life. Head down the rabbit hole into a magical, mystical world of mushrooms and tea parties as you sip on appropriately named cocktails such as Off with Her Head (house cinnamon-infused vodka, hot cocoa, whipped cream, mint bitters, and candied cinnamon hearts) and Through the Looking Glass (vodka, limoncello, orange liqueur, simple syrup, and lemon). There’s even a rotating “Drink Me” shot called The White Rabbit. Snack on savory spinach artichoke puff pastries or indulge in strawberry shortcake served in a white chocolate teacup. A wonderland, indeed!

The Alice lounge area at the Fairlane penthouse suite popup.

The Alice brings wonder and whimsy to the Fairlane Hotel penthouse suite. Image: The Fairlane Hotel

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Burger Dandy

96 E Main St, Franklin, TN 37064 • (615) 504-7935
Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Get ready for some sweet (and savory) nostalgia! Burger Dandy is the newest endeavor from  A. Marshall Hospitality, and the concept began as a virtual restaurant in their Americana Taphouse kitchen. Now, the retro burger-and-shake joint has a permanent location, and we’re delighted about it.

The menu features everything from chili cheese fries and the Just Dandy smash burger to old-fashioned milkshakes and homemade fried pies. Did we mention you can grab a boozy shake, too? We recommend the Bourbon Chocolate, made with Dutch chocolate syrup, bourbon, brown sugar, and Bailey’s Irish cream. Yum! Located in downtown Franklin, at the corner of First and Main, it’s a classic all-American dining experience that’s not to be missed.

A trio of spiked shakes from Burger Dandy

Burgers and cheese fries and milkshakes, oh my! Burger Dandy definitely delivers the goods. Image: ©Amy Whidby

Stationairy

1001 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203 • (615) 726-1001
Hours: Monday through Sunday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

An elegant addition to The Union Station Nashville Yards, Stationary is a stunning restaurant and bar located in the former train station’s original entrance. Offering a contemporary twist on European and American fare, the menu features gorgeous dishes such as roasted salmon with polenta and herbs, ribeye steak with potato fondant, and duck fat beignets. The cocktail menu is also impressive, offering a creative take on the classics such as the Stationairy Old Fashioned (applewood-smoked Elijah Craig bourbon, Amaro Averna, brown sugar, and angostura bitters), and the Sage Travels (The Botanist gin, sage, Giffard peach, Amaro Montenegro, and lemon).

Colorful dish of carrots and steak

Vibrant and delicious, the dishes at Stationary are as beautiful as the setting in which they’re served. Image: The Union Station Nashville Yards

Velvet Taco

1911 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203 • (629) 216-3918
Hours: Sunday through Wednesday, 11 a.m. to midnight; Thursday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Trendsetting taco joint Velvet Taco makes it easy to grab tacos and catch a vibe any day of the week. The second Nashville restaurant location to open in the last year (the other is at Fifth and Broad), Midtown’s iteration showcases a one-of-a-kind handpainted mural and an open-air patio festooned in neon lighting. Plus, Midtown is the first location in Music City to boast the entire Velvet Taco menu. Feast on tacos stuffed with goodies like pork belly, beer-battered cauliflower, or chicken and waffles. Oh, and don’t forget to order one of their signature margaritas!

Trio of Tacos from Velvet Taco

Music City has marvelous new dining experiences to tempt your tastebuds, like these spicy tikka chicken, Buffalo chicken, and slow-roasted brisket tacos from Velvet Taco‘s new Midtown location. Image: Velvet Taco

Enjoy your dining adventures! And if you’re feeling inspired to broaden your culinary horizons, check out even more of our local restaurant favorites.

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Updates from January 2022

We’re welcoming January with fresh resolutions, unexpected snowstorms, and some fabulous new local dining experiences, too. From plant-based menus to Vietnamese fare (and even a highly anticipated chain restaurant, which we don’t typically mention!), it’s already shaping up to be a delicious year in Music City. Get ready for a 2022 filled with classic burger joints, elevated concepts from international chefs, and creative dishes that go beyond your wildest dining dreams.

5 New Nashville Restaurants + Concepts

Bad Luck Burger Club PopUp at Lakeside Lounge

921 Woodland St, Nashville, TN 37206
Hours: Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Burger-slinging duo Andy Atkins and Cody Driggers started the Bad Luck Burger Club pop-up thanks to the pandemic work lull, and they haven’t looked back since. Their motto says it all: “Life is short. Chase your dreams. Work hard. Eat good food. Get smashed.” And by, “smashed” they’re referring to their signature burger style, which continues to draw crowds.

“Bad Luck Burger Club is a smash burger pop-up, grown out of the pandemic,” says co-owner Andy Atkins. “We serve a simple menu and a tasty burger while trying to put out a positive, good-time vibe for our customers.” Their first pop-up was at the beginning of May 2021, and they’ve come a long way, baby. These days, they’re celebrating out-the-door lines and word-of-mouth popularity.

“The lines can get a little long, so come ready to make new friends as you wait for your burger! It’s a club. It’s meant to be a good time!” says Andy. We recommend the signature burger, which seems to be creating a lot of hype. You can look forward to two smash patties with American cheese, grilled onions, pickles, and their special Lucky Sauce on a Martin’s potato roll. Additionally, Andy tells us, “If you make it out to one of our kitchen takeovers when we have a fryer at our disposal, get yourself an order of Lucky Tots … they are delicious!”

A cheeseburger from the Bad Luck Burger Club popup.

Feast on a juicy smash burger from the Bad Luck Burger Club pop-up. Image: Katty Danger Photo

V & V Vietnamese

214 Ward Cir # 700, Brentwood, TN 37027 • (615) 942-7485
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.; closed Friday and Sunday

V & V is bringing the taste of traditional Vietnamese fare to Brentwood, and though it technically just opened in November 2021, word of mouth is spreading quickly. With Vietnamese street food staples and classic Asian-infused dishes, V & V is making a name for itself with everything from spring rolls and pho to bánh mì and rice vermicelli with a choice of chargrilled pork, five-spice chicken, or even shrimp. Make a night of it by heading to nearby Mere Bulles for a cocktail!

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Serrato’s Steakhouse

3046 Columbia Ave Suite 102, Franklin, TN 37064 • (615) 472-8222
Hours: Sunday through Wednesday, 11 a.m to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; closed Thursday

Franklin has a great new steakhouse to brag about from award-winning chef Jose Serrato. Though inconspicuously located in the Parkway Commons Shopping Center, a strip mall anchored by Kroger and Target, Serrato’s Steakhouse offers some elevated mom-and-pop dining amidst the more generic retail shops. Recently on our radar, Serrato’s technically opened its doors last October, with a full-service restaurant and bar. Tasty appetizers abound, such as Cajun shrimp fondue, burrata salad with balsamic glaze, and jumbo lump crab cake, along with entrées like bourbon-glazed pork chops, hand-cut filet mignon, and even Maine lobster tail.

Crab bisque with a side of toasted bread.

Feast your eyes on the beautiful crab bisque from Serrato’s Steakhouse in Franklin. Image: Instagram

A Plant-Based Menu at Nicky’s Coal Fired

5026 Centennial Blvd, Nashville, TN 37209 • (615) 678-4289
Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; closed Monday

We can always count on Nicky’s Coal Fired to join forces with other Music City creators for menu items that promise to be as unique as they are delicious. Most recently, Nicky’s has partnered with local vegan producer The BE-Hive to offer a plant-based party menu to kick off the new year — Italian style. You can find selections such as the roasted mushroom cavatelli and “Super-Preme” pizza, which is a twist on the classic Nicky’s Supreme but features BE-Hive Italian crumbles instead. Though a few dishes may stick around, the plant-based menu is only slated to run through January 31, so hurry in!

Vegan pasta dish from Nicky's Coal Fired

The roasted mushroom cavatelli is a tasty addition to the new plant-based menu at Nicky’s Coal Fired. Image: Nicky’s Coal Fired

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Whataburger

5055 Old Hickory Blvd, Hermitage, TN 37076 • (615) 678-4289
Hours: Dine in — Sunday through Thursday, 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 6 a.m. to 3 a.m.; Drive-thru — 24 hours

Okay, so we admit this isn’t our typical go-to local joint, but we would be remiss not to mention the new Whataburger location in Hermitage, given that it’s the talk of the town. We can’t ignore a good thing, even if it’s a chain, and it’s worth recognizing that Whataburger officially has a home in Middle Tennessee — Hermitage scores major points for having the first one! Though you may want to plan for a food coma, the burgers are good, and we hear the honey butter chicken biscuits are where it’s at. Did we mention they’re open 24 hours a day, seven days a week for drive-thru service?

Enjoy your dining adventures! And if you’re feeling inspired to broaden your culinary horizons, check out even more of our local restaurant favorites.

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Updates from December 2021

December may be best known for its festivities, but Music City offers more than holiday concerts and beautiful light displays. This month, there are several new restaurant openings and returning favorites to look forward to, from Spanish tapas to all-day breakfast. Here are seven dining experiences that make it worth taking a break from the holiday hoopla!

Germantown Cafe chicken dish with green beans

Check out Nashville’s newest restaurants and returning favorites, such as Germantown Café! Image: John Brown photography

3 New Nashville Restaurants

Bringle’s Smoking Oasis

4901 Centennial Blvd, Nashville, TN 37209
Hours: Friday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Music City is known worldwide for its hot chicken, but we have our fair share of killer barbecue, too. Just ask famed pitmaster Carey Bringle, who officially celebrated the grand opening of his second barbecue restaurant, Bringle’s Smoking Oasis, on December 4. That’s right. The Nations just added yet another sought-after hotspot where we can feast on fantastic food, sip cocktails, and enjoy the strong sense of local community. Bringle’s Smoking Oasis offers a dose of tasty Texas-style flavors with dishes like brisket, beef ribs, and smoked turkey. Plus, there are ample sides to choose from, such as roasted street corn, cucumber and onion salad, and Texas-style baked beans.

Someone cutting a brisket

Get your barbecue on at Bringle’s Smoking Oasis. Image: Nick Bumgardner

Xiao Bao Biscuit at The Dive Motel

830 Meridian St, Nashville, TN 37207 • (615) 964-7104
Hours: Thursday through Sunday, 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Nashville comfort food embraces some serious Asian flair as The Dive Motel helps launch Charlotte-born restaurant Xiao Bao Biscuit in Music City. The restaurant is opening a more permanent location on Meridian Street in East Nashville in Spring 2022. Until then, guests can head to the uniquely themed Dive Motel to get their fill of bold flavors and trendy, casual vibes. Setting up shop in The Dive Bar and Lounge, Xiao Bao is funky and fun, with an intriguing menu. You can look forward to dishes like fried mochi with lemongrass caramel pork, spicy papaya salad, hand-pulled noodles with chili cumin beef and sesame, and Xiao Bao’s signature okonomiyaki (a cabbage pancake served with egg, bacon, pork candy, or katsuo).

Woman with blond hair eating noodles at Xiao Bao

From hand-pulled noodles to shrimp-fried rice, Xiao Bao Biscuit brings bold flavors to The Dive Motel. Image: Sully Sullivan

Related: 8 Iconic Southern Restaurants on Our Bucket List

Tea Service on the Roof at Holston House

118 7th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37203 • (615) 392-1234
Hours: The first and third Sunday of the month, 10 a.m. to noon

The Holston House is taking advantage of a beautiful skyline view and launching a new Sunday rooftop tea extravaganza. Tea Service on the Roof highlights locally sourced teas from High Garden Tea and handcrafted desserts from The Bearded Baker. Plus, they serve up some boozy cocktail and champagne add-on options that make your Sunday that much more festive. You can check out Tea Service on the Roof every first and third Sunday of the month, and you can make reservations HERE.

A yellow tea pot and a plate of tea sandwiches and a biscuit.

Miss Hettie’s at the Holston House is just our cup of tea. Image: Holston House

4 Returning Favorites

Germantown Café

1200 5th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37208 • (615) 242-3226
Hours: Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Germantown hasn’t been quite the same since its beloved neighborhood bar and restaurant, Germantown Café, closed its doors last year following the tornado. Thankfully, it’s back up and running with the dishes we all know and love, such as French onion soup, plum pork, and coconut curry salmon. Plus, the Germantown Café team is introducing some fun new features such as contactless ordering and payment and even a window service that features breakfast sandwiches, $1 craft coffee, cocktails, desserts, and more. Managing Partner Sean Lyons says, “Guests can expect a warm, lively, and communal atmosphere — a place they will recognize but with a fresh, clean look. It is still the perfect spot for a special date night, catching up with friends, or enjoying an energy-filled brunch.” We would also be remiss not to mention their brand new holiday pop-up, the “Polar Bar,” which is making its seasonal debut.

The "Mack Stack" at the newly re-opened Germantown Café.

The “Mack Stack” at the newly re-opened Germantown Café makes mouths water. Image: John Brown Photography

Red Perch

4101 Charlotte Ave G120, Nashville, TN 37209 • (615) 964-7104
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Sylvan Supply’s highly anticipated new restaurant, Red Perch, opened its doors at the tail end of September. A casual, fun seafood joint that has already enjoyed success at The Arcade Downtown, the eatery is a labor of love from husband-and-wife duo, Cameron and Nicole Payne. The menu highlights everything from the Hawaiian-inspired tuna poke to the Vietnamese-style Shrimp Bánh mì. Additionally, they’re serving up whole fish, lumpia (Filipino pork-and-shrimp eggrolls), and Katsu chicken tacos. “Fish and chips is the ‘specialty,’ says co-owner Nicole, “but the other stuff is just as good. The specials are pretty cool, too!” This is a family operation steeped in heritage that you don’t want to miss.

Shrimp dish at Red Perch

Seafood-centric Red Perch is open at Sylvan Supply! Image: Eli Greiss

RELATED: The Next Big Thing in Sylvan Park

Southern Grist East Nashville

754 Douglas Ave, Nashville, TN 37207 • (629) 203-7159
Hours: As yet unavailable

Beer lovers unite. One of Music City’s favorite craft beer go-to’s, Southern Grist Brewing Co., has made its new home on Douglas Avenue in East Nashville, and it perfectly merges local brews with fine dining. The new location offers its first-ever chef-driven food concept. Led by Andrew Coins (formerly from Miel), the taproom features everything from shared plates, like smoked ham with fermented honey and pear mustard, to larger dishes, such as slow-cooked spareribs. Not to be ignored, it also boasts a portfolio of more than 850 unique beers, two outdoor patios, and ample parking.

Beautiful slow-cooked ribs from Southern Grist Brewing Co, accompanied by a tasty, cold beer.

Beautiful slow-cooked spareribs from Southern Grist accompany a tasty, cold brew. Image: Nick Bumgardner

The Pancake Pantry Downtown

220 Molloy St, Nashville, TN 37201
Hours: Wednesday through Monday, 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Tuesday, 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Perennial favorite The Pancake Pantry gives us even more of an opportunity to sip coffee and feast on their scratch-made pancakes as they open a new Downtown location in the Hyatt Centric. With a grand opening on December 13, the iconic breakfast eatery serves breakfast and lunch daily. You can expect your favorite menu items from the original Hillsboro location, as well as new additions such as Bloody Marys and mimosas. Plus, The Pancake Pantry is partnering with the Nashville Predators Foundation empowered by SmileDirectClub, so for a limited time, you can get special “Nashville Predator” pancakes at both Nashville locations. The Pancake Pantry will make a monetary donation to the Preds Foundation for each order sold.

Hashbrowns and rolled buttermilk cakes with strawberry compote at the Pancake Pantry

The Pancake Pantry‘s new Downtown location offers old favorites and a few new menu additions, too. Image: The Pancake Pantry

Enjoy your dining adventures! And if you’re feeling inspired to broaden your culinary horizons, check out even more of our local restaurant favorites.

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Updates from November 2021

Talk about a booming restaurant scene! November is rife with new dining experiences that are brimming with international flair, whether you’re in the mood for homemade Italian pasta or an exquisitely prepared four-course feast from a renowned French chef. Not to mention, the craft cocktails and wine selections are on point, too! Check out these five must-try restaurants and concepts that recently opened in Music City.

Octopus carpaccio at Carne Mare

November offers five new restaurants with incredible dishes that delight — like this exquisite octopus carpaccio from Carne Mare! Image: Nicole Franzen

5 New Nashville Restaurants & Concepts

Carne Mare

300 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203 • (615) 379-9000
Hours: Monday through Sunday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Carne Mare isn’t your average, run-of-the-mill dining establishment. The second of James Beard Award-winning Chef Andrew Carmellini’s much-anticipated eateries to open in Nashville (If you haven’t yet been to The Dutch, run, don’t walk!), Carne Mare is a contemporary Italian chophouse that simply wows. Chef Andrew brings his experience in Emilio-Romagna, Italy, to the table with menu highlights like octopus carpaccio, salt-baked sea bass wrapped in fig leaves, and porchetta-spiced roast prime rib. Plus, the 45-day dry-aged porterhouse done in the style of “Bistecca Fiorentina” is not to be missed. A beautiful (and approachable) wine list elevates the experience. And be sure to leave room for dessert!

The baked spumoni dessert at Carne Mare.

Flambeéd tableside, the baked spumoni for two will have you talking about Carne Mare for days to come. Image: Briana Balducci

Drusie & Darr

231 6th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37219 • (615) 244-3121
Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Nashville’s dining landscape is getting more sophisticated by the minute. The newest high-end establishment on the roster is Drusie and Darr — the latest (and first Southern) endeavor from internationally acclaimed chef and restaurateur Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Officially opening at The Hermitage Hotel on November 17 — in the former Capitol Grille location — the contemporary restaurant and bar showcases seasonal, regional produce. In fact, much of it is sourced from the hotel’s garden at The Land Trust for Tennessee’s Glen Leven Farm.

“Throughout its history, The Hermitage Hotel has set the tone for dining in Nashville,” says co-owner Molly Hardie. “With this latest chapter, my husband, Robert, and I seized the opportunity to create something on an entirely new level.” Additionally, the spirited menu is a tribute to Drusie and Darr Hall, the children of Dick Hall, who was The Hermitage Hotel’s former general manager. The children lived and grew up in the hotel, and the stories of their antics are plentiful.

“Drusie and Darr is a world-class dining destination that is sophisticated yet approachable,” says Dee Patel, Managing Director for the hotel. “It’s a place where everyone is welcome to make themselves at home.” So what can we expect from the menu? Jean-Georges says the Tuna Tartare and the Black Truffle Pizza are must-try items. “One of the features of the restaurant is the pizza oven where we will make our pizzas,” he tells us. “This is one of my signature dishes — it’s on the menu at many, if not all, of my restaurants.”

A rendering of the interior of Drusie and Darr at The Hermitage Hotel.

With a celebratory grand opening on November 17, Drusie and Darr offers elevated dining at The Hermitage Hotel. Image: Drusie and Darr

RELATED: First Impressions: ‘The Dutch’ Is An Exceptional Addition to The Nashville Dining Scene

The Authentique

925 Gallatin Ave, Suite 103, Nashville, TN 37206 • (615) 649-8204
Hours: Monday through Sunday, 4:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.

East Nashvillians, wine lovers, and Francophiles rejoice! The Authentique brings us another cozy, French-inspired hotspot from Melvil Arnt, owner of the elegant Once Upon a Time in France. This time, he offers up a European-style wine bar with light accompaniments such as imported cheese and charcuterie, and even caviar. “Clients can expect to travel to France and back in time to the 1900s,” says Melvil, who also takes care to emphasize that The Authentique is not a restaurant but rather a bar in the traditional sense. In other words, don’t call for dining reservations. Instead, stop in to enjoy wine from a beautifully curated list while you appreciate the romantic Parisian decor. If you still can’t get enough of Melvil’s savoir faire, stay tuned for Overlord, a bohemian 1940s-style bar he’s slated to open this winter.

Interior view of The Authentique in East Nashville.

East Nashville welcomes another trendy French-inspired endeavor from Melvil Arnt. Image: The Authentique

RELATED: 15 Must-Eat Dishes in Nashville

Little Hats Market

1120 4th Ave N Suite 101, Nashville, TN 37208

Germantown now boasts some authentic Italian cuisine in the form of Little Hats Market. The new spot features gourmet Italian-style sandwiches, housemade pasta, desserts, and imported goods galore. Believe it or not, you might even recognize some of the pasta. After all, the same owners are behind Alfresco Pasta — delicious, locally made, small-batch pasta that has been selling like hot cakes in Nashville for years. Whether you’re in the mood for a quick sandwich, or you’re looking to grab fresh pasta, Parmesan, or bread to accompany your dinner, this is the place!

A wedge salad with tomatoes and blue cheese from Little Hats Market.

Stunning sandwiches and pasta abound at Germantown’s Little Hats Market. Image: Fresh Branding

The Hart at BentoLiving Chestnut Hill

321 Hart St, Nashville, TN 37210 • (629) 231-4006
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

The Hart at BentoLiving Chestnut Hill is all about welcoming guests to take a seat and stay awhile. The eatery is built on a modular menu concept that allows guests to dine at their own pace, ordering as they please. Based on Pacific Rim flavors and locally sourced Tennessee ingredients, the menu boasts everything from kimchi fried rice and yakitori to spicy tuna handrolls and whole smoked duck. The thoughtful beverage menu includes libations from Nashville’s local sake brewery, Proper Saké Co., as well as gorgeous cocktails such as the “Understated Elegance,” a lemongrass-infused vodka with soju, cucumber, ginger, and coconut cream. Cheers!

Three craft cocktails from The Hart

Hand-crafted cocktails are the icing on the cake at The Hart. Image: Mandy Reid 

Enjoy your dining adventures!

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