The Nations is our crush neighborhood, we admit it. The energy and sense of community is palpable and it showcases Nashville’s ever changing self. Just off Charlotte Avenue, The Nations is squarely in West Nashville yet has its own unique feel. For our full write up on The Nations neighborhood, click here. In the meantime, you may want to head to this cool little spot for any given meal time and eat up, as the food offerings are really quite good.
As a follow up to our article, Charlotte Avenue: Nashville’s Newest Food Mecca, we wanted to highlight the restaurants of The Nations. Eat up!
Restaurants in The Nations Neighborhood
411 51st Ave. N., Nashville, TN 37209 • (615) 783-0114
Hours: 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 8 p.m.
Known for some of the best Italian food in all of Nashville, this casual market/restaurant has been bringing in patrons for decades. People are obsessed with this place and feel like they’ve discovered their own spot in Nashville upon first dining here. Look for fresh pastas, delicious pizza and reasonably priced bottles of wine. And the weekend brunch menu is not to be missed, served from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
712 51st Ave. N., Nashville, TN 37209 • (615) 678-8773
Hours: Monday through Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.; Thursday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 a.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 a.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Happy Hours (Social Hours) are Monday through Friday, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. to close.
The lowdown is this: House is really good and is exactly what you hope for in a neighborhood restaurant: cozy, friendly service, good food, a little quirky (in a good way) and, as a huge added bonus, they offer brunch all day long! But also look for burgers, shrimp-n-grits, chicken entrees and more. We even saw some video of the most amazing bloody Mary bar set up that they host each weekend starting at 10 a.m. SO excited to go back and check that out!
For a more inclusive article, as well as photos and the full menu, check out the article we recently wrote about House here.
5104 Illinois Ave., Nashville, TN 37209 • (615) 712-6111
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 4:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Nestled in a charming, older home, 51st Kitchen & Bar opened to much fanfare and continues to get high marks. A recent change of ownership doesn’t seen to have effected their ability to turn out consistently good food. We highly recommend the charcuterie specials, and the herb risotto is a complete stand out! Note: They are open for Sunday brunch.
5913 Morrow Road, Nashville, TN 37209 • (615) 524-9053
Hours: Monday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
We have heard such great things about this little Oaxacan (a state in southern Mexico) hole-in-the wall. We finally went and all we can say is GO! Don’t wait any longer — like we did. There’s a reason Jim Myers of The Tennessean gives it such high reviews and you will too. We recommend the torta sandwiches, tlayudas, fish tacos and enchiladas. We’ll be going back to make our way through the entire menu — item by item — and every pound gained will be worth it. Do note that it is cash only, as several places online mention that it takes credit cards, which is not true! And speaking Spanish helps but you’ll figure it out even if you can’t speak the language.
816 51st Ave N, Nashville, TN 37209 • (615) 454-5250
Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, closed
Tinwings is currently a pick-up and food delivery restaurant, saving men and women the pains of “What’s for dinner?” across Nashville. The food is fresh and their catering is superb, as well. They also host cooking classes, which include dinner, drinks and dessert. Plus, they are just the nicest … and that goes a long way in our book.
5115 Centennial Blvd., Nashville, TN • (615) 679-9746
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.
With burgers and sandwiches, salsas and wings, can you believe it’s the cauliflower tacos we hear most about? Yes, everything on the menu is good but the unexpected cauliflower tacos are really quite tasty. You’ll also find 14 beers on tap, as well as bottles, plus a full bar. With Trivia Night, darts on the covered patio, corn hole in the back yard, 6 televisions to keep you up to date on the latest game and the perfect dive-bar atmosphere, The Centennial is a refreshing treat.
5027 Centennial Blvd. Nashville, TN 37209 • (615) 928-7148
Hours: Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Saturday, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Sunday, closed
Just good country cooking for breakfast and lunch — on the cheap.
5205 Centennial Blvd., Nashville, TN 37209
Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Get your growlers filled and grab some grub at this newly opened spot owned by John McDougal of McDougal’s Chicken Fingers and Wings. Yes, The Nations now has a restaurant dedicated to craft beer at its finest, ready to serve you and fill up your growler. You can also order a brat, polish sausage, Nathan’s dog, and chips and salsa — yes, all perfect pairings for beer, fabulous beer.
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