This past weekend, my sister and I got a little sister trip in to Nashville! It was scorching hot, but we really did have a great time. My sister found an amazing Airbnb super close to everything – and we had a great time.
At the center of almost all of my trips is where we plan to eat. I had done some extensive research on this – as in reading blogs with Nashville City Guides, reading Trip Advisor, and consulting a friend who used to once live there. I have to say that it all paid off, because every single place we went to was pretty amazing. For our first dinner, we hit up The Pharmacy.
When we got there, there was a line out the door, so we were worried we were going to be waiting forever (however, there seemed to be a pretty respectable taco place across the street as backup), but the bar was open seating, so we found a spot for two and parked it. We tried two of their beers (I had the hefeweizen, and my sister got the ale), and they were both delicious. For dinner, we decided to try a whole bunch of things. We got the Mission City burger (guac, black beans, pico de gallo & horchata crema fresca) with their tater tots (so crispy and so good), and we also got the kielbasa and bratwurst with a side of German potato salad and the pasta salad. We both agreed that it was the BEST potato salad we had ever eaten, and the mustard dipping sauces that came with the sausages were incredible. I wish I would have been able to get better pictures, but alas, their atmosphere is dimly-lit. I definitely want to go back to try their malts.
Saturday morning, we drove a bit of a way from Nashville to have eat at one of the most popular breakfast places I read about: The Loveless Café. We knew that it was going to be a bit of a wait when we got there, so we prepared ourselves. The cool thing is, they have a mini-campus full of stores to walk around, places to sit, and cornhole to play. It was mainly too hot for all of that, so we did a little shopping while we waited and then sat out some of the wait in the car. But hot damn, was it worth it. Those biscuits (what they are most known for) are amazing. I am not a huge fan of jellies and jams, but my sister said they were good. For breakfast, I got the pork BBQ (legit some of the best I’ve had, plus their sauce…I’m drooling just thinking about it) and eggs. I washed it all down with an amazing mimosa. It was a little bit of a drive from downtown, and you will end up waiting, but so so worth it.
For dinner, we took my friend up on one of his recommendations, Cabana. We made a reservation for this place, but I don’t think it was necessary, as it was pretty empty around 7. We started with a Peach Tea cocktail (peach moonshine, peach Schnapps, lemonade and tea), and the Perfectly Pear. We got the fries with beer cheese for an appetizer (the beer cheese dip was incredible, and I so wish it came with more), and I got the steak, potatoes and asparagus for dinner. My sister got the spicy shrimp and cheese grits, and while it was good, the shrimp were a little too spicy to actually taste the grits. I would say that this place was probably the least favorite of the places we went, but their drinks were amazing.
For our last meal, we decided on The Mockingbird in the Gulch. We made our brunch reservation for as soon as they opened on Sunday at 1030. This was such a fun atmosphere, and our service was awesome . We started with some breakfast drinks – I got the punching bag drink which was lemonade, lavender and vodka, all served in a bag. My sister got the Church Punch, which was a delicious tiki drink. We split the homemade cinnamon buns (so amazing), and I got the Flock Yes, which was fried chicken on top of a biscuit, covered with chorizo gravy and salsa verde, topped with an egg. All of their brunch items sounded amazing, and it wasn’t too overly crowded for Sunday brunch.
To be honest, we didn’t really do much in Nashville. It was really flippin’ hot, and I just wanted to sit in the air conditioning and drink wine. So hot that we legit Uber’d for a mile destination. It was blazing. So the few things we did do:
Broadway St- we ducked into a nicely air conditioned bar for a Bud Light and some music. The actual street is full of honky tonks and boot shops, but I am really not a super fan of crowds and most people, so we didn’t really spend that much time here. And also, it was hot.
Johnny Cash Museum – interesting, but not really worth the money we spent on it. They had a ton of their concert costumes, and a bunch of stuff with his handwriting on it – which was surprisingly neat. They had a ton of interactive stuff, but also not a big fan of putting my face on something that a couple of thousand other people probably sweated all over.
Goo Goo Cluster – Directly across the street from the museum, at least we got to get an assorted pack of the clusters to try. They sell ice cream and other chocolate goodies as well – and it did appear they had a class where you could make your own.
John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge – for the prettiest views of downtown Nashville, this bridge also takes you over to Nissan Stadium if you’re there for a game. Not really a whole lot to do, except take amazing pictures of the skyline.
Mural hopping in East Nashville – we got up early on Sunday to go find the I Believe in Nashville mural, but we also ran into some other fun photo ops. We were definitely a little disappointed that we didn’t spend more time on this side of the river – there were cute shops and restaurants everywhere.
And some pictures of my sister and I, because we’re flippin’ awesome.
If you made it through this whole post – gracias, because I know it was long AF, and most people don’t care about travel posts, blah blah. But it was a super great break that I really needed and got to spend some QT with the sister. I hope to head back to Nashville soon – preferably when the heat index isn’t 105.