If you’re beginning to think there might be a lull in local restaurant openings, think again. Nashville has merely been gearing up for the next wave (wait until November!). Whether you’re craving the simple flavors of Mediterranean cuisine at Sadie’s, some new tasty desserts and boozy drinks from Goo Goo, the nostalgia of the newly reopened International Market, the elevated fare of Juniper Green, or you just can’t wait to try Sean Brock’s flagship restaurant, Audrey, you’re in for a treat this month as we welcome five more delicious dining options. Get ready to plan some fabulous dinners and events around town.

5 New Nashville Restaurants & Concepts

Sadie’s

1200 Villa Pl, Nashville, TN 37212 • (615) 988-1200
Hours: Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; closed Monday and Tuesday

Edgehill just added another great restaurant to its roster! Spearheaded by classically trained Chef Margaret LaVetty, Sadie’s is an all-day cafe with Mediterranean-inspired cuisine that boasts fresh ingredients and bold, flavorful dishes. From whipped feta and baked Haloumi shared plates to lamb meatballs with jalapeño-mint tomato sauce or Slovaki chicken kabobs, there are plenty of options that deliver the depth of flavor we’re craving. For breakfast, the shakshuka with baked farm eggs is not-to-be-missed, and if you’re looking for a taste of something sweet, the coffee-cardamom pot de crème is worth looking into!

Char-grilled octopus at Sadie's

Char-grilled octopus is one of many unique Mediterranean-inspired dishes at Sadie’s in Edgehill. Image: Hereafter Photo

Juniper Green

5022 Old Hydes Ferry Pike, Nashville, TN 37218
Hours: Private dining and events by appointment only

Molly Martin’s exceptional culinary talents have been gracing Music City for years, from exquisite wedding menus to last year’s extended pop-up at the Fairlane Hotel. But in a spectacular turn of events, we now have even more of an opportunity to enjoy Juniper Green as she opens a more permanent space at Old School Farm. While some may still be mourning the loss of The Old School farm-to-table restaurant, which permanently closed not long ago, rest assured that Juniper Green’s elegant, elevated fare will do the historic site justice. Taking over the 1938 schoolhouse, Molly continues the legacy with weddings, events, and private dining. “The opportunities and ways to utilize the space are endless,” she tells us. “I’m most excited to not only host weddings and private events for our clients, but also to use that as a platform for community events and internal programming where we sell ticketed dinners and seasonal festivals and concerts. We want it to be a culinary destination — a place where people can be creative and play.”

Plate of food from Juniper Green

Fresh, seasonal produce and culinary artistry merge at Juniper Green. Image: Emily Dorio

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International Market

2013 Belmont Blvd, Nashville, TN 37212 • (615) 297-4453
Hours: Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; closed Sunday through Tuesday

With brother-and-sister duo Arnold and Anna Myint at the helm, the International Market (fondly referred to as “IM2”) is gearing up to make a splash in Music City. Currently enjoying a soft opening, the market/restaurant is reintroducing us to the authentic Thai cuisine that was so popular at the original International Market built by Arnold and Anna’s parents nearly 50 years ago. Plus, the newest iteration merges the original decor and concept with just the right modern upgrades to simultaneously pique our nostalgia and our excitement for what’s to come! “This is going to sound so crazy, but try the fried chicken,” Anna tells us. “It’s gluten-free, and the seasoning is very Thai. Grilled chicken is beachy picnic food in Thailand. There’s also this sticky rice mushroom tamale that’s cooked in a banana leaf. It’s a very traditional Thai dish. Those are my big favorites right now.”

The exterior of International Market on Belmont Boulevard.

The updated International Market (IM2) on Belmont Boulevard is bringing back some of our old-school Thai favorites and introducing some new ones, too! Image: Dowdle Construction Group

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Goo Goo

116 3rd Ave S, Nashville, TN 37201 • (615) 490-6685
Hours: As yet unannounced

After months of renovation, Nashville’s legendary Goo Goo Shop (home of the famous Goo Goo Cluster) is about to officially relaunch. The $2 million overhaul brings even more of an experience to the beloved chocolatier, where visitors can grab a boozy milkshake at the new full-service Chocolate Bar, taste whiskey and chocolate pairings, design their own Premium Goo Goos, and even take a candy-making class in the new 500-square-foot classroom space. Get ready to indulge your sweet tooth with a customized, immersive (and super tasty) experience!

Goo Goo Clusters Premium Goo Goo with sprinkles

Goo Goo Shop is getting ready to celebrate its relaunch after months of renovation. Image: Philip Fryman

Audrey

809 Meridian St, Nashville, TN 37207
Hours: Tuesday – Sunday for Dinner by reservation only
Mark your calendar for November 1! That’s when reservations open for December for this highly anticipated new restaurant experience from Sean Brock. Reservations are already filled through the end of November, despite the fact that Audrey just started taking reservations on October 15.
As Brock’s flagship restaurant, we’ve been watching teases of this menu and space on Instagram (follow that link for some extra goodness in your feed) for well over a year. East Nashville, once again, has a restaurant that will encourage people to jump on a plane and plan a foodie weekend, with Audrey taking centerstage.
Expect to delight in the flavors of traditional Southern food prepared in ways that honor the traditions of Southern cuisine, with a focus on “specific seed varietals and heritage animal breeds.” Brock’s intentions are front and center on the Audrey website. “When people come to Audrey,” he says, “I want them to experience what is possible with Southern food and how special and unique our cuisine is in the South.” Named after his grandmother — the Audrey logo is actually her signature  — Audrey is also committed to zero waste, finding use for all parts of each food.
More than a restaurant, Audrey is an experience for diners, the Audrey team, and people interested in food as a whole. According to Eater’s Dealia Jo Ramsey, “Education and personal development are also a major focus here — with dedicated classroom and research spaces filled with his book collection, mentorship programs, a podcast recording studio, and more. Certainly not least, special care is also taken to become a modern model of restaurant operations with a focus on employee wellbeing – mentally, physically, emotionally, and financially – which can be seen through the implementation of paying 75-percent of employee benefits, staff programming, living wages, an on-site wellness room, and continued education.”
Audrey Nashville

Audrey, Sean Brock’s flagship restaurant, is a tribute to his Southern, rural roots and we can’t wait to try it out. Image: Audrey

And, keep scrolling into the updates from September to read about two other restaurants that opened this month, that we highlighted last month in anticipation: Dutch, at W Nashville, and Church & Union.

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 September 2021

While it may seem like Music City is slowing its roll when it comes to restaurant openings, trust us when we say there are many new concepts on the horizon. And this month, at least a few others have celebrated their official grand openings. Whether you’ve got tacos on the brain or you’re simply looking to grab a quick cocktail, here are some hotspots that hit the Nashville restaurant scene this month, and another two that are coming very soon.

A selection of menu items from Emery Wood Fired

Nashville’s restaurant scene continues to grow by leaps and bounds. Image: Jennie Wood for Emery Wood Fired

Open Now

Burger & Company

1106 Woodland St Suite 1, Nashville, TN 37206 • (615) 953-7088
Hours: Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; closed Monday

Sometimes, you just have a hankering for a good old-fashioned burger, which makes East Nashville’s newest boutique burger joint, Burger & Company, worth adding to your restaurant bucket list. As they like to say, they’re a local business that’s small in concept but large in flavor. Located in the heart of Five Points, the restaurant opened on August 26 and offers dine-in, carry-out, and online ordering. They even have a pet-friendly patio coming soon so you and your pup can fully appreciate the fall weather. From the smoked gouda burger (with a hand-toasted brioche bun!) to vegetarian options like the sweet potato guacamole “burger,” there’s something for everyone. Oh, and don’t forget the house-made sauces, sandwiches, beer-battered cheese curds, and fries seasoned with rosemary salt. All in all, Burger & Company is the definition of a unique and comforting go-to.

Luxe burger from Burger & Company on a black and white checkered paper.

Looking for a luxe burger and fries? Grab this fried pickle burger from Burger & Company. Image: Joey Martin for WySmart Digital

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Condado Tacos

418 11th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37203 • (615) 712-9613
Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to midnight; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.

One of the most recent additions to The Gulch food scene, Condado Tacos has opened its newest location. (Another one will follow soon in Franklin.) This self-proclaimed “taco joint with a margarita problem,” this restaurant certainly knows how to mix food and fun, and there’s no shortage of colorful ambiance while you indulge. With five different queso options to choose from, Condado had us sold before we even got to the tacos, but that’s just the beginning of the feast. The build-your-own taco selection is extensive, featuring four different types of shells, 11 proteins, and toppings galore. Oh, and did we mention the marg selection? Choose from a list of specialty and signature margaritas with flavors including blackberry, muddled jalapeño, and even prickly pear. Cheers to that.

Build-your-own tacos and margaritas, anyone? Image: Instagram

Emery Wood Fired

2500 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37204 • (615) 739-5813
Hours: Wednesday and Sunday, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Thursday through Saturday, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.; closed Monday and Tuesday

As the name suggests, you can expect a colossal dose of wood-fired goodness at the new Emery Wood Fired in 12South. The newest endeavor from The Stillery restaurant owners Steve and Alane Kovach, the elevated American cuisine eatery has wood-fired pizza pies that are sure to leave you swooning. But that’s not all you can look forward to. From the tasty charred onion dip served on grilled sourdough to spicy bison bolognese pasta (the pasta is housemade!) and the beautifully prepared miso grilled salmon, the menu runs the gamut of seasonal favorites with a plethora of veggie-forward side dishes, to boot. Emery just celebrated its grand opening on September 14 (it’s located in the former Royal Cleaners location), and it promises to be a neighborhood favorite in no time.

Wood-fired pizzas from Emery Wood Fired

Elevated wood-fired pizzas are one of the many beautiful dishes on the menu at Emery Wood Fired. Image: Jennie Wood for Emery Wood Fired

Monday Night Preservation Society

1308 Adams St, Nashville, TN 37208 • (615) 819-2622
Hours: Monday through Thursday, noon to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, noon to midnight; Sunday, noon to 8 p.m.

East Germantown just upped its game even more with the opening of Monday Night Preservation Society from Monday Night Brewing. It’s the Atlanta-based craft brewery’s first Tennessee endeavor. The full-service taproom boasts 24 draft beer options, an outdoor patio, cocktails, wine, and curated snack boxes as well as a place for the community to gather and raise a glass. Even cooler, it’s an elevated open-air establishment, and you can find it on the waterfront in the Neuhoff development — an up-and-coming mixed-use project that’s giving new life to an old, industrial meat-packing facility. Head out to enjoy cornhole, live music, stellar brews, and, of course, their popular slushie pouches.

Margaritas at Monday Night Brewing Company

Head to Monday Night Preservation Society for cocktails, cornhole, craft brews, and community. Image: Monday Night Brewing

Coming Soon

The Dutch at W Nashville

300 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203 
Hours: TBD

Inspired by everything from neighborhood bistros to seaside shacks, The Dutch is the brainchild of Chef Andrew Carmellini, Josh Pickard, and Luke Ostrom — the trio behind New York City’s beloved Italian taverna, Locanda Verde. The menu is a carefully curated selection of dishes that range from American classics to unique creations, with standouts such as Wagyu Steak Tartare with Capers, Smoked Ricotta Ravioli, and Pecan Duck with Dirty Rice. Located in W Nashville, the highly anticipated restaurant is slated to open around the same time as the hotel opening. We’re waiting with bated breath!

 

A beautifully crafted dish from The Dutch, with a poached egg.

This beautifully plated grilled hanger steak with kimchi fried rice and a fresh farm egg is calling our name. Image: Rachel Vanni

Church & Union

201 4th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37219
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Bar open late

The latest addition to downtown Nashville’s quickly-growing restaurant scene is Church & Union, offering dinner reservations to the public starting on Saturday, September 18, with lunch and brunch services soon to follow. With a menu dreamed up by two-time Top Chef Alum Jamie Lynch and Chef Adam Hodgson, guests can expect dishes as show-stopping as the atmosphere. The large space is outfitted with a concrete bar, camel banquettes, and a chandelier, but its most notable feature is the mural on the ceiling — the entire text of Sun Tzu’s The Art of War, painted by hand. Current must-try menu items include the CU Seafood Tower, the Kurobuta Pork Chop, and just about every offering on their creative craft cocktail menu.
Church & Union Seafood Tower

The CU Seafood Tower is a must-try on Church & Union’s playful New American menu. Image: Church & Union

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Updates from August 2021

We’re all familiar with the surge of new restaurants in Nashville over the last several months. But not to be ignored, some of our favorite restaurants are continuing to evolve and introduce stellar new concepts, too! Here are some new establishments to experience for the first time, unique additions to some of our beloved standbys, and a few new places to look forward to in the coming months.

Sampling of brunch dishes from Zeppelin

Brunch at Zeppelin is one of many new culinary experiences to look forward to this month in Music City! Reservations aren’t required, but they certainly can’t hurt — especially now that the word about Zeppelin’s new brunch service is out. Image: Zeppelin

2 New Spots to Check Out

EG +Mc

924 Jefferson St, Nashville, TN 37208 • (615) 490-3825
Hours: Tuesday through Thursday, 4 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Friday and Saturday, 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Sunday, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.; closed Monday

Did someone say craft cocktails and tapas? We’re in. The creative forces behind Slim and Husky’s Pizza Beeria have done it again, collaborating to open EG + Mc and deliver a dose of delicious small plates with Southern flair to historic Jefferson Street. From crispy housemade potato chips with white cheddar-bourbon fondue to stuffed lamb meatballs with grits, you can expect to have trouble narrowing down your selections. Fortunately, the restaurant also offers a “Run the Table” option, which features every menu item for the ultimate tasting experience. Pair your meal with one of EG + Mc’s beautifully crafted cocktails, such as the “Southern Hospitality,” which features bourbon, smoked plantain, citrus, and vanilla bark syrup.

Fried shrimp and crawfish from EG + Mc

This dish of crispy fried shrimp, crawfish, and dumplings with hot butter sauce from EG + Mc is simply mouthwatering. Image: Instagram

Chicken Guy!

139 2nd Ave N, Nashville, TN 37201 • (629) 401-4400
Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.

Guy Fieri is a Food Network icon, and now he’s making his mark in Nashville, along with collaborator Robert Earl of Planet Hollywood fame. Music City may not be in dire need of another chicken-centric restaurant, but hey, Guy knows what he’s talking about! With a new Chicken Guy! location downtown (the first Nashville franchise), he’s not only introducing his concept to the local culinary scene, but he’s helping Second Avenue in the process by resurrecting one of the buildings damaged by the bombing on Christmas Day last year. The menu boasts 22 special sauces — including wasabi honey, curry mayo, bourbon brown sugar BBQ, and habañero hot sauce, to name a few – and yep, you guessed it, all things chicken. From chicken tenders to the Mexican street corn salad bowl, we can expect plenty of bird-forward options to choose from.

Chicken Guy! sign

Celebrity chef Guy Fieri brings Chicken Guy! to Music City. Image: Instagram

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3 New Concepts at Places We Love

Zeppelin’s Brunch

505 3rd Ave N, Nashville, TN 37201 • (629) 236-0035
Hours: Brunch hours are Sunday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

There’s something magical about sitting down to a relaxed weekend brunch complete with your brunch beverage of choice, and Zeppelin is stepping up its game with new, Sunday-only brunch offerings that will have you racing to claim your spot in their rooftop dining room or out on the patio. From lighter fare like avocado toast and heirloom tomato tartine to heartier items like the brunch burger or waffles with strawberries, mint, and whipped cream, there’s something to satisfy every palate. As always, the chicken salt fries are a must, and there’s insanely good housemade soft-serve ice cream that will make even the toughest critic swoon. Plus, if you aren’t a mimosa fan, you can sip on favorites like the 24-Hour Bloody Mary or the Passion Spritz — a brunchy spin on an Aperol Spritz infused with the exotic flavor of passion fruit.

Brunch dishes from Zeppelin

From the quintessential Zeppelin Breakfast to waffles topped with strawberries and whipped cream, you can’t go wrong with any item you choose from Zeppelin’s new brunch menu. Image: Zeppelin

Zeppelin’s Nickel Bar

505 3rd Ave N, Nashville, TN 37201 • (629) 236-0035
Hours: Monday, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

No, you’re not seeing double. Zeppelin earned a second (and no less exciting!) spot on our list this month with yet another innovative concept to tempt your tastebuds. They’ve debuted their new concept to be known as Nickel Bar — an opportunity for oyster enthusiasts to indulge in fun banter, fresh oysters, and five-cent beer. Available only for walk-ins, five seats will be reserved every Monday exclusively for the Nickel Bar, where you’re encouraged to make new friends, chat with head chef Chris Calder, and eat oysters to your heart’s content. According to the restaurant, the only rules that apply are as follows:

  • You must be continuously ordering food, as one can never have enough oysters.
  • You must be friendly and converse with the people around you!
  • After hanging with your newfound friends, it is strongly encouraged to buy a round of beverages for your Nickel Bar neighbors.

Each seating is limited to 45 minutes, so use your time wisely!

Oysters, crackers, and sauces on ice, from Zeppelin's Nickel Bar

Zeppelin had us at “fresh oysters and five-cent beer.” Image: Zeppelin

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Sunda “Yappy Hour”

592 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203 • (615) 610-7566
Hours: Tuesday, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

If your pup fancies himself a little gourmand, you’re in luck! Sunda recently announced its new “Yappy Hour” menu, a yummy treat for humans and canines alike. While you dive into bar bites like nori fries, Adobo pork belly, and any number of sushi handrolls, your furry friends can chow down on a chicken, salmon, or kibble bento box. And while your pup may not be able to participate in the happy hour cocktail offerings, you certainly can! We recommend the sake, which naturally pairs well with your Asian appetizers.

Sunda's Yappy Hour bento box for dogs, with brown rice, sweet potato, kibble and more

The Yappy Hour menu at Sunda is perfection … whether you have feet or paws! Canine Bento boxes include brown rice, sweet potato and carrot, a gourmet dog cookie, and your choice of poached chicken, salmon, or kibble. Image: Sunda

2 Restaurant Openings to Look Forward to Before Summer Ends

Tomacco Tacos + Tequila

1120 4th Ave N Suite 101, Nashville, TN 37208
Hours: Monday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Germantown can finally welcome back fast-casual Mexican street food with the arrival of Tomacco Tacos + Tequila. With fresh ingredients and family recipes, this is about to be a vibrant, playful hotspot for those craving California-style burritos, tacos, and more. Plus, there’ll be a full-service bar, chock full of tequila options and other fun libations like rum cocktails, agave flights, frozen drinks, and even a unique horchata Bushwacker. A custom mural from local artist Becca Wildsmith brings additional design flavor to the space, which comes complete with a large outdoor patio.

Tacos from Tomacco Tacos and Tequila

Burritos, tacos, and tequila, oh my! Tomacco is about to take Germantown by storm. Image: Becca Wildsmith

Lola

4401 Murphy Rd, Nashville, TN 37209
Hours: Not yet announced

Sylvan Park’s culinary scene is growing by the minute. Joining the likes of elevated favorites such as Miel, Hathorne, Answer, and  Park Café, as well as longtime neighborhood go-to’s such as McCabe Pub and Bobbie’s Dairy Dip, the area’s newest resident hotspot is Lola — a Spanish restaurant and bar opening later this month. They’ve already had their soft opening, and we’ve been told the tapas are on point, with a depth of flavor that immediately takes you to dreamy Barcelona. No surprise, given that it’s owned by the folks behind Epice, Santo, and Kalamatas. We have no doubt we’ll be hearing more from this newcomer in the coming months!

Front of Lola Restaurant in Sylvan Park

Spanish tapas abound at Sylvan Park’s newest restaurant, Lola. Image: Jenna Bratcher

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Updates from July 2021

If you’re looking for some new and fantastic options to add to your restaurant bucket list, look no further — July introduces a few more gems to the local culinary scene. From authentic Italian cuisine to a much-anticipated eatery at Sylvan Supply, we predict there are some delicious meals in your near future!

Farmers' Market board from North Italia

The yummy Farmers’ Market Board from North Italia Franklin | Image: North Italia

St. Vito Focacciaria’s Pop-Up at Hathorne

4708 Charlotte Ave, Nashville, TN 37209
Hours: Sundays, 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Hathorne is a vibrant, chef-driven hotspot in the Sylvan Park neighborhood — particularly now that it’s also home to pop-up concept St. Vito Focacciaria, an Italian restaurant from Chef Michael Hanna that dishes up delicious Sicilian street food and pizza. Starting in his home and working toward an eventual brick-and-mortar establishment, the restaurant has been somewhat nomadic. In fact, only a few weeks ago, it was popping up at East Nashville’s Vandyke Bed and Beverage. Now, it’s making its mark in a new neighborhood, serving up delicious Italian fare at Hathorne every Sunday evening from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., beginning on July 18.

You can also expect that brick-and-mortar location very soon, so stay tuned. The stint at Hathorne is an open-ended temporary home for the concept as Michael works on the permanent location. “We are very experimental,” Michael tells us. “We don’t want to take ourselves too seriously, and we enjoy being a little silly.” Rectangular Sfincione pizzas (the traditional style from Palermo) are smothered with tasty toppings such as the “Classic Vito” with fontina cheese, tomato, fresh oregano and breadcrumbs, or the Gorgonzola and honey, which features Gorgonzola cheese, lemon, fermented honey and black pepper. The menu also touts the “Best Grilled Garlic Bread EVER,” and you should plan to leave room for the Torta Fragola, a strawberry pound cake with strawberry marmalade. You can make reservations for St. Vito by visiting Hathorne’s website. Takeout orders will also be available each Sunday.

Selection of Italian dishes from St. Vito Focacciaria

A selection of Sicilian dishes from St. Vito Focacciaria | Image: Jessica Amerson

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North Italia

4041 Aspen Grove Dr Suite 100, Franklin, TN 37067 • (615) 771-6850
Hours: To be determined

If you’re a North Italia fan, you’re in luck! The popular Green Hills Italian eatery is expanding, with a second Tennessee location officially opening this month in Franklin. The menu is chock full of all your favorites, from the white truffle garlic bread to seasonal salads and entrées such as Squid Ink Mafaldine. All of the pasta is made from scratch daily, with standouts like the Burrata Anolini, which features blistered heirloom tomatoes, grated Grana Padano cheese and torn basil in a beautiful tomato sauce. A gorgeous Farmers’ Market Board is the perfect summer starter, with everything from Tuscan white beans and grilled veggies to bread and dipping sauces. You can hit up the Franklin location for both happy hour and weekend brunch, and takeout and delivery services are also available through Door Dash.

Burrata dish from North Italia Franklin

The Burrata di Stagione from North Italia in Franklin | Image: North Italia

Shokku Ramen

2127 Belcourt Ave, Nashville, TN 37212 • (615) 913-3922
Hours: Monday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Hillsboro Village continues to grow and delight in its dining scene, boasting everything from the iconic Pancake Pantry to its newest hotspot, Shokku Ramen. The animé-themed restaurant offers everything from “Drowning Gyoza” (dumplings smothered in delicious house-made ponzu sauce), to their signature ramen, which allows you to choose your own adventure. Pick your broth, noodle type, protein, and toppings, including such tasty accompaniments as Wood Ear mushrooms, crispy garlic, soy-cured egg, kimchi, and spices like Shinigami, which is so spicy that it comes with a warning label. 

Shokku Ramen sign with bowl of ramen in front of it

Ramen from Shokku Ramen | Image: Instagram

Coming soon…

Punk Wok

4101 Charlotte Ave, Nashville, TN 37209
Hours: To be determined

West Nashville’s Sylvan Supply is gaining another new restaurant! Punk Wok, an Asian concept from Clay Greenberg (formerly of Germantown’s Silo), is slated to open this summer. The exact date is yet to be announced, but the American Izakaya restaurant adds an Asian flair to the already existing mix of eateries like Red Perch and Radish, as well as Barista Parlor and Bearded Iris Brewing. Diners can look forward to casual, light fare with both Japanese and Chinese influence, and fans of their past pop-ups will surely be excited for a brick-and-mortar location to frequent. If the recent pop-up at Otto’s Bar is any indication of what’s to come, you can anticipate delicious menu items like Char Siu Pork Belly with Chinese mustard and kimchi, as well as Biang Biang Noodles featuring scallions, a chili blend, and spicy peanuts. We’re waiting with bated breath!

The front of Punk Wok at Sylvan Supply

Punk Wok is set to join Sylvan Supply‘s fantastic food and beverage roster. Image: Instagram

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Updates from June 2021

The momentum of the Music City restaurant scene shows no signs of stopping, and since summer is right around the corner, it seems like the perfect time for al fresco patio gatherings and delicious new dining adventures. So here are six new places to add to your local dining bucket list, from wine bars with tasty fare to elevated classics from a world-renowned chef!

The prime rib cart at The Continental

The prime rib cart at Sean Brock’s The Continental | Image: Emily Dorio

The Continental

1000 Broadway Suite 101, Nashville, TN 37203 • (615) 622-3225
Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.; closed Monday and Tuesday

The latest culinary endeavor on Sean Brock’s roster of revered restaurants, The Continental is contemporary-meets-classic dining at its finest. “This is fine dining turned fun dining!” says Sean. “We want people to feel relaxed and taken care of, giving them the restaurant experience we’ve all craved over the past year.” There’s no doubt he’s accomplishing that goal and more. The menu is a lineup of veritable food art, with numerous standouts such as the Broken Arrow Ranch venison or The Continental prime rib cart, delivered tableside with an elegant display of service. If you’re curious about what Sean specializes in (we tend to think everything), he says, “Definitely the oyster dish (Atlantic Oysters with Pernod glace, Flamingo spinach, celery, and white sturgeon caviar), and we’re really excited about our fish dish (wild striped bass), made with potato scales. The tableside preparations served on our custom carts are so fun for us. I encourage people to try the Pâté en Croute cart, and the ice cream cart is amazing; it highlights the history of ice cream in America.” With interior design from Nick Dryden of Dryden Architecture and Design that boasts vivid colors and bold patterns, the edgy, sophisticated, and artistic space is almost as beautiful to look at as the plates that exit the kitchen. Located on the entry level of the relatively new Grand Hyatt Nashville, the restaurant promises to be a destination dining spot for hotel-goers and residents alike.

Chicken dish from The continental

Joyce Farms Poulet Rouge chicken with stuffed morel mushrooms and fava beans from The Continental | Image: Emily Dorio

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Sea Salt

209 Indian Lake Blvd Suite 100, Hendersonville, TN 37075 • (615) 891-2221
Hours: Tuesday through Thursday, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.; closed Monday

Hendersonville may be ever-so-slightly off the beaten path, but Sea Salt offers a reason to make it a more frequent dining destination. The restaurant and bar establishment boasts freshly caught fish and locally raised grass-fed beef, with an emphasis on local Southern ingredients. You can look forward to a modern twist on American classics such as the scallops and grits and the Nashville Hot Chowder. Indulge in the double-stacked Sea Salt Burger with griddled onion or the stuffed Bucksnort trout with lemon gremolata. Regional craft beers and a thoughtful wine list, as well as signature cocktails, offer plenty of pairing options and an excuse to stop in for a quick sip even if you aren’t sticking around for a full meal.

Flatiron

1929 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203 • (615) 730-9739
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 3 p.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 9 p.m.

Wedged in between Broadway and Division streets, Flatiron has been in the works for quite some time. With plans to open in Spring 2020, the laid-back restaurant from Chef Chris Raucci and Victoria Rothberg, the duo behind Sylvan Park’s Answer, finally debuted on May 3, 2021. “Flatiron is a classic Nashville gathering place where everyone is welcome,” says owner and restaurateur Victoria Rothberg. “Think a casual yet high-energy neighborhood bar and grill with a bit more flair. Features like big-screen televisions, rotating beer taps, a coffee-rubbed pork chop entrée, and a classic take on fish and chips are a few things you can expect to find at our new Midtown eatery. It’s a come-as-you-are type place that aims to operate as a second home for locals and a lively spot for visitors.” It’s also the perfect go-to for cocktails and shareable snacks such as whipped goat cheese with charred ratatouille and warm pita bread, or the absolutely delightful tuna poke with mango, avocado, seaweed salad and puffed rice. If you’re up for a bit of an adventure, try the Nashville Hot Fried Oysters, which definitely bring on the heat. For your entrée, you can’t go wrong with the Flatiron filet. Don’t forget to hit up the happy hour for specials on snacks, draft beer, wines, and weekly cocktails, and go outside to snap a photo in front of the new wraparound mural from Eastside Murals while you’re at it.

Tuna Poke at Flatiron restaurant in midtown

Tuna poke with mango, avocado, and puffed rice at Flatiron | Image: Kelli Dirks

Casa Rosa Tex Mex + Cantina

308 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37201 • (615) 610-9330
Hours: Monday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to close

In May, Miranda Lambert joined the ranks of country artists who own bars or restaurants on Lower Broadway (she’s the first female to do so!) and introduced her newest venture, Casa Rosa Tex Mex + Cantina, a Nashville-meets-Texas joint that’s primed for success. With the restaurant, several bars and performance stages, and assorted music memorabilia covering four floors, the spacious complex is undoubtedly a destination for fun, particularly if you’re a Miranda fan. Sip tequila and munch on smoked brisket nachos from a vibrant tufted pink booth while you peruse a menu that includes fajitas, house-made tamales, and even Miranda’s Hot Chicken and Waffles. Beverages run the gamut from good old-fashioned beer in a can to festive blueberry margaritas to a lively cocktail list that plays off of song titles you’ll most certainly recognize if you enjoy country music.

Sixty Vines

5055 Broadway Pl Suite 3200, Nashville, TN 37203 • (615) 610-9330
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.

Fifth and Broad undoubtedly buzzes with energy, but Sixty Vines brings a sense of tranquility to the downtown scene, with its peaceful ambiance, elegant menu, and high-end wine selection. The newest opening atop the Assembly Food Hall, the restaurant is an opportunity to wine and dine to your heart’s content. “Sixty Vines delivers simple, yet flavorful, cuisine paired perfectly with a large variety of wines on tap,” says Nashville General Manager Daniel Riefel. “Guests can expect the freshest ingredients, many sourced locally, seasonal menu items, and farm-to-table offerings that pair beautifully with wine.” Feast on shared plates such as wood-grilled shrimp, slow-cooked tri-tip with chimichurri sauce, and bacon-wrapped dates, or try one of the fabulous pizzas such as the fig and prosciutto or the vegan roasted butternut squash with almond ricotta and balsamic glaze. With nearly 60 wines on tap, you certainly won’t run out of tasty libations. Even better, if you can snag a seat on the balcony, you can pop the cork while you gaze at the Nashville skyline and soak up the summer sun!

Food and wine selections from Sixty Vines such as rosé and pasta

The Campanelle pasta, and the pork chop with peppadew romesco from Sixty Vines | Image: Manny Rodriguez

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Eddie V’s Prime Seafood

590 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203 •(615) 238-2359
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

If you’re a seafood lover, you’re in for a treat. Open since April, Eddie V’s Prime Seafood is making a splash at the Fifth and Broad development, offering an upscale dining experience that includes an outdoor patio, private interior rooms, and even a designated area for live music. Appetizer highlights range from the Signature Steak Tartare, which is prepared tableside, to the Shellfish Tower — a gorgeous stack of shellfish that includes Maine lobster, shrimp, oysters, and jumbo lump crab. For entrées, standouts include the Georges Bank Scallops with citrus, roasted almonds, and brown butter; the South African lobster tail; and the bacon-wrapped filets with King Crab and bearnaise sauce. For a spectacular (and indulgent) dessert display, try the bananas foster butter cake, which is flambéed at your table and served with butter pecan ice cream. One thing is for certain, you won’t walk away hungry!

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