One of Nashville’s thriving creative communities, Wedgewood Houston (or WeHo as some call it) continues to thrive, gaining new business, residents and visitors. Local businesses range from restaurants (Sassafras Market & Deli, Bastion, Clawson’s, Dozen Bakery, Falcon Coffee, Gabby’s Burgers and Fries and Humphreys Street Coffee Shop) and bars (Corsair Artisan Distillery, Diskin Cider, Flamingo Cocktail Club, Nashville Craft Distillery and The Ranch at Jackalope) to art galleries (David Lusk Gallery and Zeitgeist Gallery) to makers’ spaces (Fort Houston). The neighborhood is humming with new happenings every day, and in the past six months, a handful of businesses have joined Wedgewood Houston. Today, we’re taking a closer look at three of these spots. The Cidery is serving ciders and food — and changing the way you think about the beverage. The Ranch at Jackalope is an expansion of one of Nashville’s favorite beer businesses. And Sassafras Market & Deli is bringing something different to the area, with a fresh food market and deli sandwiches. Use one of these three new and delicious reasons to (re)visit Wedgewood Houston!
1235 Martin St, Nashville, TN 37203 • (615)248-8000
Hours: Thursday, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 11 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.
Hard cider lovers, rejoice! And for anyone who thinks they don’t like hard cider, you may want to rethink your stance. One place that can prove you are wrong is Diskin Cider’s The Cidery. Occupying 8,000 square feet of space in The Finery, The Cidery has become a gathering spot for food, conversation, cornhole and, of course, cider. “We are educating every day,” owner Todd Evans explains. “There are preconceived notions about cider and its sweetness. We are here to explain who we are, what we do and why we are different.”
Co-owners Adam Diskin and Todd Evans started making the cider in Adam’s garage before graduating to The Cidery. The pair studied under English cider maker Peter Mitchell, and after perfecting four recipes with Washington State apples, they hit the market a year ago with their signature ciders: Bob’s Your Uncle, Lil’ Blondie, Six One Five and Tiki Tonik. In May of this year, they opened The Cidery, where you can taste the four ciders, plus many more.
From the outdoor firepit and the indoor fireplace to the friendly staff and the generous pours of cider, The Cidery is designed to make you feel right at home. Monday through Wednesday, the space is closed to the public for production and private events, but the doors open Thursday afternoon until late Sunday night, when the bar serves ciders by the glass and by the flight, plus a handful of local beers and cocktails. The cocktails are crafted to incorporate cider. The Diskin Sour, a spin on a Whiskey Sour, combines Belle Meade Bourbon, Diskin Cider Tiki Tonik, lemon, simple syrup and egg white — and this is just one example. The bar isn’t the only place using cider as an unexpected ingredient. The kitchen and Executive Chef Jeremy Britt incorporate cider into menu items. “We wanted to elevate things a bit,” Todd says about the decision to bring a sophisticated, yet approachable, menu to the table. “We source locally, and the kitchen is creative in what they do.” Creativity can be seen in the meatballs, which are braised and slow cooked in Bob’s Your Uncle before being served with a house-made tomato sauce and Wisenberg grits, and the smoked wings, which are smothered in a barbecue sauce, are made with Six One Five. The menu consists of snacks and shareables that range from pimento cheese deviled eggs to crab cakes.
“The neighborhood fit our needs,” Todd says about joining the Wedgewood Houston community. “It is a maker’s neighborhood — with craft makers, Corsair and now Jackalope. We have felt so welcomed.” Swing by to see what Nashville’s first craft cidery is serving up.
429B Houston St, Nashville, TN 37203 • (615) 873-4313
Hours: Monday, 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Tuesday and Wednesday, closed; Thursday and Friday, 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 10 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.
Bailey Spaulding brought the beer culture of her hometown in Vermont to Nashville. “I felt like I could be a part of something, helping to create a real craft beer culture here,” she told us in an interview. In 2011, Jackalope opened on Eighth Avenue, and for the past seven years has been propelling Nashville’s beer culture forward, one can at a time. The original location, now known as the Den, housed all of Jackalope’s production for seven years — until they grew too much. Now, the Den will produce small-batch specialty beers that will be exclusively available in their taproom, which will remain open daily.
In August, Jackalope’s second location, with brewery, taproom and private event space, opened in Wedgewood Houston. Known as The Ranch, the new space includes a spacious patio and a taproom, outfitted in teal and yellow. The colorful space invites you to sip one of the 16 beers on tap and peek into the brewery through glass windows that separate the taproom and production space. The beer menu features long-time favorites, Rompo, Thunder Ann and Bearwalker, plus seasonal and specialty beers, including a Hefeweizen, sours, stouts, IPAs and pilsners.
610 Merritt Ave, Nashville, TN 37203 • (615) 835-2920
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.
“I wanted to create a space more unique than just a restaurant — a place where people can meet their neighbors,” Sarah Voter, owner of Sassafras Market & Deli, shares. A micro grocery and deli, Sassafras Market & Deli sits on the ground floor of The Finery development by Mark Deutschmann and Village CityLiving Group at the corner of Martin Street and Merritt Avenue. The market and deli fills a void in the growing neighborhood, which prior to the market’s opening was a food desert. Shelves are stocked with specialty grocery items, including local coffee (8th & Roast and Bongo Java), local beer (Diskin Cider and Jackalope), local eggs, meats and cheeses, and produce from Bloomsbury Farm, plus natural and organic products. “We intentionally left some shelving space empty so we can populate based on requests and new items we have yet to discover,” Sarah says. The selection is reminiscent of what you would find at other small local markets, such as Produce Place and Turnip Truck.
The concept is catered to convenience. In addition to market items, you can choose from a selection of to-go foods, including sandwiches, salads and reheatable items. You can also take home meat and cheese from the deli or order up a sandwich to go — or to enjoy there. Although the deli menu is set to change for the official opening party in October, the approach will remain the same. Breakfast, including tacos, sandwiches and omelettes, is served until 11 a.m. each morning. We stopped by for lunch, which consists of sandwiches, deli sides and fries. The sandwiches are built with everything from in-house herb roast beef to housemade chicken salad to Berkshire bacon and served on hoagies, rye, wheat, sourdough, baguettes and white bread or gluten-free bread. Opting for a BLT on gluten-free bread and the West Coast Club (turkey, bacon, avocado, sprouts and tomato on sourdough), we were delighted diners.
The market, which gets its name from Sarah’s childhood nickname given by her father, pays homage to her childhood in Maine. “My grandfather and great-grandfather (and many generations before them) were lobstermen in Maine,” Sarah explains. She honors this tradition with the lobster poutine, buttery Maine lobster smothered in Newburg sauce, cheese curds and topped with chives and parsley. The fries, which are made with Maine Kennebec potatoes and double brined, can also be served with bacon, cheese, chives and crema or vegan chili, cheese and chives. Or, of course, with ketchup.
Sassafras is becoming home to regular customers taking advantage of all this five-month-old shop has to offer. Stop by to see what they are bringing to the neighborhood!
Spend your next Saturday in Wedgewood Houston for a day filled with delicious eats and drinks — and plenty more to discover!
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