So what’s for breakfast . . . or lunch . . . or dinner? Here are my favorite go-to spots. (They’re not listed in any order of significance. I just love these restaurants.)
For Breakfast or Brunch
1. Garden Brunch Café – Our friends and neighbors on Jefferson Street, Jennifer and Karl Carpenter, have an excellent brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. Great omelettes and eggs Benedict – and the pancakes are TO DIE FOR!
2. The Southern – They do a great breakfast every day but adjust their menu on the weekends to spice things up. Try “The Cuban” or their Hot Cakes.
3. Silo – Our Germantown neighbors do a great Sunday brunch with yummy omelettes, shrimp and grits, and killer Bloody Marys.
4. Monells – If you are really, really hungry, then proceed! Do not pass go! OMG this wonderful restaurant is a Nashville staple and a great neighbor in Germantown, with fantastic biscuits and gravy, fried chicken, scrambled eggs, potatoes, corn pudding, bacon, sausage, ham . . . and that’s just for starters!
5. Josephine – Wonderful brunch on Saturdays and Sundays with INSANE pistachio and cherry sticky buns! HOLY MOLY! Try the beautifully made omelettes and quiche. Very well done. Also an amazing place for dinner.
1. Silly Goose – Wonderfully fresh salads and sandwiches. I recommend The Zipper sandwich and The King Kong couscous. YUM!
2. AMOT – This new restaurant in East Nashville is gluten free! The bread they make is so good. They also have great salads, sandwiches and soups.
3. Woodlands – Vegetarian Indian buffet at it’s finest! I love this place!
4. J. Alexanders – A wonderful place to go for a business lunch or dinner. The Veggie burger, hamburger, salads, and rattlesnake pasta are amazing
5. Vn Pho – OMG the best Vietnamese in Nashville in my opinion. The Pho is outstanding!!
6. Bella Nashville – This location at the Nashville Farmers Market has the BEST pizza’s. In the summer, they feature interesting combinations of the fresh produce featured in the Farmers Market sheds.
1. The City House – I LOVE this restaurant. Not only is the food fantastic, but I also love the owner Tandy and his wonderful staff. I usually sit at the bar, because it’s a little quieter, but the back room upstairs is good too. Try the pizzas, roasted chicken, trout, and homemade sausages. Yummy!!
2. Rolf and Daughters – Another great Germantown restaurant, and it’s literally a half a block from my house! They have wonderful house-made pastas with interesting sauces. Try the squid ink pasta . . . killer. Every dish that comes out is beautifully presented.
3. Etch – A fantastic restaurant in the downtown Nashville area, very close to the Symphony Hall – a must if you are going to see a show! Deb Paquette (executive chef) has been one of the leading chefs in Nashville for many years. Her menu has the most interesting and exquisite combinations of flavors. My favorite items are the roasted cauliflower with truffled pea pesto and the butter tasting as starters. The featured fish and vegetable dish is always great. Deb also features a venison dish that will knock your socks off!
4. Moto – A new restaurant to Nashville and one of my top 5 places to eat! I love the staff and management, who are accommodating and offer very good service. My favorites? For starters: the Sunburst Trout Crudo and Calamari. For pasta: the Gnocchi, Blueberry Lasagna, and Garganelli are insanely tasty! For the main course: the Cobia and Lamb! OMG, I want to cry! They also have great wine list and cocktails to go along with this incredible journey of taste!
5. Caffé Nonna – If you love down home Italian, this is the place for you. I’ve been going to this restaurant since it opened nearly sixteen years ago. The owner, Daniel Maggipinto, is a sweetheart! I highly suggest the Vegetable lasagna, Seafood Angelina, Lamb Shank (HOLY HELL), Caeser Salad, calamari (best in town), and, sorry, but I love their Tiramisu! So good!
6. Chauhan Ale and Masala – I’m a big fan of Indian food, and this place is a winner! Brand new to Nashville, it’s located in the old Café 123 building down in the Gulch. I spent many many evenings playing gigs there, so it’s great to see the beautiful work that was done to revive such a wonderful building. The traditional Indian cuisine is fabulous – dishes like Korma, Saag, and Tikka Masala are ALL outstanding. However, if you’re not a fan of Indian food, have no fear, they have some outstanding stand-alone dishes that have just a flair of Indian flavoring and are not overpowering.
So if you’re in Nashville, try some of these places out. If you’re not in Nashville, plan a visit. Now you know where to eat!