Every time I go to Nashville multiple people ask me… “are you going to come home?” I always want to answer no. I love Nashville. The people, the restaurants, the bars, the music, the murals, everything. I love it. I went to Nashville two times in less than two months to end 2017 and both trips were fabulous. I have now experienced Nashville as a bachelorette destination, girls weekend, and family vacation. Each trip was perfect in its own way and let me find my favorite spots around the city.
Breakfast – Biscuit Love
The first time I went to Nashville we tried to go to Biscuit Love with a group of 14 on a bachelorette party… and when we saw the line we turned around. The second time I went to Nashville we planned to go when they opened… and were lazy getting out of bed and got there 30 minutes after they opened and then waited in line for an hour in 40 degree weather. It was totally worth the wait (and cold). I have to say, third time is a charm. We planned ahead and got there early enough to not wait too long. I think it tasted even better when I could eat it without waiting. Instant gratification is totally a thing. I always think its a little crazy when there are insane lines for restaurants, but after eating one of these biscuits I would gladly wait in the line for hours to get a Princess Biscuit. I was first drawn to it because of the name (duh) and then realized it was spicy chicken and a biscuit and honey and I was sold. It was like heaven on a plate. If I could eat this for breakfast every day I would be a very happy person. I also recommend getting it with a side of Bonuts, because who doesn’t need fried biscuit dough along with their fried chicken biscuit?!
Tacos – Bakersfield
When I was in Nashville for a girl’s weekend celebrating my birthday, we knew birthday dinner HAD to be tacos. After wandering Broadway, we stumbled upon Bakersfield. I couldn’t have been happier with our luck. After being seated we immediately got queso (and chose to add the black beans!). It did not disappoint my expectations of delicious liquid gold. I was going for the tacos when a bartender recommended the tostadas. I figured that is basically a flat hard taco, so I went for the Chicken Chorizo Tostadas. Wow. First, it was huge. Second, it had so many veggies and so much flavor. I have now learned this is a small chain (8 locations total) and there is a Bakersfield 3 hours from me… so I might need to plan a road trip.
Food – Merchant’s
Merchant’s is one of the only food focused restaurants on Broadway. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of places to get food, but this is the only one with quality food acting 100% as a restaurant not a bar. As soon as we sat down we were greeted with popcorn. I loved getting popcorn as a snack instead of bread! As for the menu, it is easy to balance between healthy and treat yo’ self. For healthy I recommend the Classic Cob. The rotisserie chicken was cooked to perfection, and the dressing was a killer red wine vinegarette. If you are in the mood to treat yo’ self go for the Mac N’ Cheese + Pulled Pork. It was baked, so crispy on the top and creamy on the bottom and impossible to stop eating. My best recommendation? Find a friend and split these two options as a balanced meal.
Dessert – Jeni’s
I’ll start by saying I know Jeni’s isn’t only in Nashville. I’m just not blessed enough to have a Jeni’s by me. The first time I went to Jeni’s I was confused to say the least. Goat cheese with red cherries and sweet potato with torched marshmallows aren’t typical flavors, but holy cow they should be. This ice cream is delicious. My favorites have now been narrowed down to Brambleberry Crisp (no, I don’t know what a brambleberry is) and Dark Chocolate Peppermint… in a waffle cone of course.
Shopping – White’s Mercantile
Walking down 12 South is great. There is a really cool combination of new and old, shopping and eating, big city and small town. The little strip is full of eclectic shops and photo ops. My favorite pit stop is White’s Mercantile. There is a general store feel with modern twist. There are kitchen goods, amazing gifts, and cute items for the little ones. I feel like everyone can find something here, the only problem is getting it home. To make it even cuter, Amelia’s Flower Truck is often parked outside!
Activity – Paradise Park Trailer Resort
Wandering Lower Broadway is a must of Nashville. There are so many options for drinks, live music, boot shopping, and dinner. My favorite stop on Lower Broadway is Paradise Park Trailer Resort. Nothing about this bar is fancy or classy. It is modeled after a trailer park. The first time I (drunkenly) stumbled into Paradise Park I heard a cover band playing old school Kenny Chesney and got a (really cheap) tequila shot (see pic above). It was my own littler version of heaven. Everything about this bar is fun. The cover bands are always awesome in a really fun and not trying too hard way. Many artists and bands in Nashville are playing to get exposure (don’t get me wrong, I love them too because I love new country music), but every time I have gone to this trailer resort it is all about what the audience wants to hear. More importantly, they have a huge beer and cider list and lots of cost effective drink options. This is definitely my favorite spot to grab a drink and sing along with the band in Nashville.
Picture Spot – The Colorful Wall
Nashville is home to SO MANY murals. I felt like every time you turn a corner there is a new piece of art to admire. From the Nashville cursive to the I Believe In Nashville wall there is always a spot for an Instagram-worthy picture. For me, the colorful wall is the winner. We pulled into a parking lot in The Gulch and all these colors and geometric designs were right in front of me. It was amazing. Most murals are smaller, or of a picture, or a quote. This one was HUGE and just so happy. We had a full photo shoot with the pretty background and it still makes me very, very happy.
Now that I am done recapping my favorites… I think it is time to start planning my next Nashville adventure!