321 12th Ave. S., The Gulch
A one-stop shop for all your organic groceries. The staff of hipsters here are always friendly and happy to help. There's a second location in East Nashville.
Arnold’s Country Kitchen
605 8th Ave. S., The Gulch
Arnold's is only open on weekdays but we heard so much about the fried chicken and Meat & Three options there that we paid a visit—it was well worth it for an all-around authentic experience.
Cochon Butcher (Closed)
1120 4th Ave. N., Germantown
Set up in Nashville's trendy Germantown neighborhood, this iteration of the Cochon Butcher is the brand's first location outside of New Orleans. Modeled after old-school butcher shops (there’s a very impressive cold cuts case and a well-stocked bar, too), they actually cure their meats in-house. The sandwiches, which range from classics like smoked turkey and roast beef to more exotic options like Cajun pork dog and Le Pig Mac, are out of this world and totally justify the out-the-door lunch line.
15 Hermitage Ave., Downtown
These specialty coffee roasters (they roast their own beans in the back of their shop) can be found all over Nashville, but their brick-and-mortar is more than worth a visit. The bright, white-washed cafe is outfitted with free WiFi and the requisite hipster crowd, and there's also a wide front porch that offers an excellent view of the downtown skyline. All of the espresso drinks are excellent, as are the avocado and ricotta toasts. It's a no-brainer if you need a cozy desk to hunker down with your computer for a few hours.
Drew’s Brews Coffee
Drew is the man behind the brews at the best coffee shops in Nashville. A quirky character and a true craftsman (he lives in an ex-motorcyle gang meeting place that he is rehabbing); he hand roasts his famous coffee beans and writes each label himself.
Fido at Bongo Java
1812 21st Ave. S., Belmont
Bongo Java is another major hangout in Nashville. When we passed by on a rare sunny day in the winter, there was a crowd sitting at the tables on the front porch, happily chatting the afternoon away. Bongo Java has Fido, a restaurant, inside that serves a great brunch. GP got their fabulous tofu veggie scramble on several mornings to arm her for a day on set.
Five Daughters Bakery
1110 Caruthers Ave, Midtown
Between raising a family (they actually do have five daughters) and growing their small business, Five Daughters owners Isaac and Stephanie Meek definitely have their hands full. Isaac comes from a family of bakers—his grandfather baked cakes and his father owned a pizza shop—and he's made this fledgling bakery famous for a 100-layer donut, which tastes like an overly decadent cronut and takes three days to make. Between those magnificent creations and their sister sweets, like paleo donuts (read: grain, dairy, and sugar-free) and arguably the best cupcakes in town, it's no surprise that they sell out both here and at their location in Franklin, every day.
Frothy Monkey Coffeehouse
2509 12th Ave. S., 12 South
Always bustling with students, freelancers, and passersby, this cozy shop sprawls through a small house including a porch, which must be lovely in the summer. Come early for coffee, work through the afternoon, and finish the day with their stellar dinner options.
Hattie B’s Hot Chicken
112 19th Ave. S., Midtown
Hot chicken is a must in Nashville, and even though they have two locations, Hattie B's always has a line out the door and around the corner. If you're patient, it's totally worth the wait both for the classic Southern chicken and the Tennessee special, hot chicken, which comes in several heat levels: mild, medium, hot, damn-hot, and shut-the-cluck-up. There's a second location in Sylvan Park.
Hattie B’s Hot Chicken
5209 Charlotte Ave, Sylvan Park
Hot chicken is a must in Nashville, and even though they have two locations, Hattie B's always has a line out the door and around the corner. If you're patient, it's totally worth the wait both for the classic Southern chicken and the Tennessee special, hot chicken, which comes in several heat levels: mild, medium, hot, damn-hot, and shut-the-cluck-up. There's a second location in Midtown.
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