I was lucky enough to visit the country singin, cowboy boot wearin, delicious food cookin, city of Nashville, Tennessee in October. As I wrote about a few months ago, the annual nutrition conference, FNCE, was held for four days in Nashville this year. I had never been to Nashville before, so I was super excited to try some good ole southern cooking… and everything else about the city of course (but mostly the food, who am I kidding?).
I have to give a lot of credit to a fellow traveler for finding all of these amazing restaurants, but I just thought I’d share my experiences with you in case you find yourself in the Music City.
Our first stop was a lovely little brunch spot called Marché. From what I understand, this was in a location called Five Points. It was just a short drive from downtown Nashville where we were staying. There were too many delicious things to chose from, so a friend and I decided to share.We got a delicious mushroom crepe and a quiche that had chorus and corn and other delicious things. I visited their website to jog my memory of exactly what was in each meal, but it looks like they change their menu seasonally. Everything here tasted really fresh and delicious.
Our next stop was to Pinewood Social. Now this was a little different because we were lucky enough to attend a networking event and everything was served family style. I don’t go to family styles restaurants very often, but I do love the concept. It allowed us to try so many things I probably wouldn’t have normally ordered. So let’s see, first we got some fried broccoli. Broccoli is not amongst my favorite vegetables…. but fried broccoli.. yes please! I know as a future dietitian I’m probably not supposed to say that, but holy crap this was good. We also got some hummus and crackers, and some kale Caesar salad, which is pretty self explanatory, and also scrumptious.
This restaurant also had a lot of gluten free options, including gluten free fried chicken. So good.
Dat creamy jalapeno mac n cheese doe.
And finally some steak medallions with roasted vegetables. Everything was seriously amazing, plus we got to bowl while we ate!
This photo might not look incredibly appealing, but this shrimp and grits may just be my favorite thing I ate the whole trip. Acme Feed & Seed was just a block or two from our hostel and we had heard good things from other interns who had eaten there, so we gave it a go. The atmosphere was incredibly casual. You order at the front and then find a spot at one of the long community tables and listen to the live music and wait for your food. Now I have only recently discovered my love for shrimp and grits, so I wasn’t totally confident with my decision, but once I tasted that andouille sausage gravy I was sold. The only problem is that now I’m not satisfied with all of the tomato-based shrimp and grits here in Raleigh. They also offered things like ribs, and other southern favorites.
Our final stop was Crema. We got so much free food at the expo that we didn’t have breakfast any other day, but apparently everyone had heard a lot of good things about this little coffee shop, so we made a special trip. I feel like I should’ve only showed you this picture to make you think I ate healthy the whole trip…. oh well. This was an adorable little coffee shop, but imagine the baristas’ surprise when ten dietitians all walk in right at opening and order a million avocado toasts. Whoops. I have always loved making my own avocado toast, but had never actually gotten it at a restaurant. This one was delicious with avocado, goat cheese, red pepper flakes, and sprouts. Mmmm so good.
And that is what I ate in Nashville. I would recommend all of the restaurants on the list if you happen to find yourself in Nashville one day.