Thoughts By Natalie

wanderlust: a guide to nashville

This morning I got an email from a friend asking me for recommendations of things to do in Nashville. Thus, I thought today might be the day to share another wanderlust post with you featuring my favorite city in Tennessee…

This is the first place I went when I got to town. With Rebecca’s peanut allergy and my vegan eating habits, Mexican food is usually an ideal choice for us. Overall, I really enjoyed eating here. They have good margaritas, happy hour from 3-7pm Monday through Friday, and really delicious tacos. I recommend the Taco Uno without cheese!

12 South Taproom
If you want a good, local beer, this is definitely the place to go. Located in the heart of the 12 South District, The Taproom was a pretty ideal spot for the four of us girls to catch up on life and kick off the weekend right.

Frothy Monkey
If you’re looking for some good Southern hospitality without too much fuss, I recommend Frothy Monkey for breakfast and coffee. The staff there were so kind and the atmosphere felt cozy and Southern. The only negative part of our experience there was that they couldn’t seem to find a way to let Karli have a biscuit instead of toast (literally the only low point of the weekend, and we got over it in about 1.5 seconds).

My idea of vacation involves a lot of good food and beverages, paired with casual wandering and shopping. If you find yourself feeling similar, you would definitely enjoy Franklin. The drive from Nashville into Franklin is just adorable, and the little main street provides plenty of fun little shops to explore in.

Whiskey Kitchen
What’s a trip to the south without hearty, rich food and good whiskey? As the local and our tour guide, Rebecca made sure that we visited Whiskey Kitchen for authentic Southern food and beverages. While it’s definitely not the best place for vegan eating, meat-eaters will enjoy the menu’s mix of pub favorites and Southern classics like Tennessee Whiskey Yam Fries, Shrimp & Grits, and Southern Sliders.

Musicians Corner at Centennial Park
What would a guide to Nashville be without a place to hear live music? For a laid-back afternoon activity, swing by Centennial Park on Saturdays from 3 – 6 PM in May, June, September or October. I recommend bringing a blanket or chairs, as you’ll otherwise have to sit on the grass or stand.

Edley’s Bar-B-Que
Edley’s tagline is literally “A Tribute To All Things Southern.” They take great pride in their food and smoke all of their meats fresh daily using local White Oak wood. Since they smoke only enough meat for the day, it’s a first come first serve kind of place. Additionally, they have several Southern-style side dishes made from scratch everyday with recipes derived from mothers, grandmothers, nannies and housekeepers. It’s a lovely place to eat! To my veggie-heads out there: try the BBQ nachos with bean salad instead of meat, or simply order a combination of several non-meat sides.

Have you ever been to Nashville? What would you add to this list?

Photo of Me, Karli, Erin, and Rebecca (the local!) on our recent Nashville girls’ trip.

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  • Brian Borton
    November 9, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    This post makes me want to visit Nashville. Why wasn’t I invited to tag along this weekend??

    • Natalie Lynn Borton
      November 9, 2012 at 7:24 pm

      Hahaha, because you’re a boy :)

      Let’s definitely plan a trip next year—I’m sure Becca will not oppose having visitors again!

  • Amanda
    November 9, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    As a Nashville resident, these are all great suggestions! I’d add checking out some of the more up & coming areas in East Nashville (my friends and I are pretty crazy for The Pharmacy). Just discovered your blog today, so fun to see a post about my favorite place :)

    • Natalie Lynn Borton
      November 9, 2012 at 8:18 pm

      Hi Amanda! So glad you found me :) Thanks for that suggestion! We didn’t have time to make it to East Nashville, but I hear there are some pretty awesome restaurants over there!

  • NatalieMcC
    November 12, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    Grew up just north of Nashville across the Kentucky border…MISS NASH-VEGAS as we call it!!! Great suggestions…When I retire I dream of moving to Franklin..LOVE.

    • Natalie Lynn Borton
      November 12, 2012 at 7:01 pm

      Yes, I’m with you—Franklin is such a dream!!