Thursday, January 26, 2012

NASHVILLE

BAKERIES, COFFEE, ICE CREAM, JUICE & TEA
Bagel Face Bakery – 700 Main Street East; 615-730-8840; bagelfacebakery.com; New York-style bagel shop.
Dose Coffee & Tea – 3431A Murphy Road; 615-457-1300; dosecoffeeandtea.com; coffee shop.
Fido – 1812 21st Avenue South (Hillsboro Village); 615-777-3437; bongojava.com/fido.php; coffee shop.
Hermitage Hotel – 231 6th Avenue North; 615-244-3121; preferredhotels.com; afternoon tea.
Las Paletas – 2907 12th Avenue South; 615-386-2101; small storefront that makes popsicles from fresh fruit and vegetables.



BARS & NIGHTCLUBS
Family Wash – 2038 Greenwood Avenue; 615-226-6070; familywash.com; live music (alt-country, alt-folk, and alt-rock) at 9 a.m.; get there early and dine on Shepherd’s Pie.
5 Spot – 1006 Forrest Avenue; 615-650-9333; the5spotlive.com; live music.
No. 308 – 407 Gallatin; 615-650-7344; bar308.com; try William Burroughs (cola-infused vodka shot).
Oak Bar – 231 6th Avenue North (at Hermitage Hotel); 615-345-7166; capitolgrillenashville.com; classic, dark, gorgeous bar.
Patterson House – 1711 Division Street; 615-636-7724; thepattersonnashville.com; best cocktail bar in town try bacon-infused old-fashioned or Juliet & Romeo (angostura bitters, gin, mint, and rosewater); darkwood paneling and chandeliers.
Robert’s Western World – 416 Broadway; 615-244-9552; robertswesternworld.com; live, country music.
Skull’s Rainbow Room – 222 Printers Alley; 615-810-9631; skullsrainbowroom.com; burlesque show with standard 70s club menu (cocktails, chops & steaks).
Springwater Lounge – 115 27th Avenue North; 615-320-0345; springwatersupperclub.com; popular dive.
Wildhorse Saloon – 120 2nd Avenue North; 615-902-8200; wildhorsesaloon.com; at 8:30 p.m., dance instructions.



HOTELS
East Park Inn – 822 Boscobel Street; 615-226-8691; eastparkinnnashville.com; colorful, 19th Century Queen Anne B&B with 2 suites.
Hermitage Hotel – 231 6th Avenue North; 615-244-3121 or 888-888-9414; preferredhotels.com; 5 star hotel.
Hutton Hotel – 1808 West End Avenue; 615-340-9333; huttonhotel.com; numerous, eco-friendly amenities.
Union Station Hotel – 1001 Broadway; 615-726-1001; unionstationhotelnashville.com; housed in former train station; ultra modern rooms contrast with ornate, 19th Century lobby.



RESTAURANTS
Arnold’s Country Kitchen – 605 8th Avenue South; 615-256-4455; hollyeats.com/ArnoldsCountryKitchen.htm; Southern cooking.
Bolton’s Spicy Chicken & Fish – 624 Main Street, #B; 615-254-8015; nashvillerestaurants.blogspot.com/2008/03/boltons-spicy-chicken-and-fish.html; fried food.
Burger Up – 2901 12th Avenue South; 615-279-3767; burger-up.com; Taylor Swift’s fave.
Capitol Grille – 231 6th Avenue North (in Hermitage Hotel); 615-244-3121; preferredhotels.com; no relation to steakhouse chain.
Catbird Seat – 1711 Division Street; 615-248-8458; thecatbirdseatrestaurant.com; highend, modern, and upscale.
City House – 1222 4th Avenue North; 615-736-5838; cityhousenashville.com; try pork conserva with green tomato agrodolce; rich, Italian food.
400 Degrees – 319 Peabody Street; 615-244-446; 400degreeshotchicken.com; fried.
Gabby’s Burgers & Fries – 493 Humphreys Street; 615-733-3119; gabbysburgersandfries.com; for griddle-fried burger.
Hattie B’s Hot Chicken – 112 19th Avenue South; 615-678-4794; hattieb.com.
Husk – 37 Rutledge Street; 615-256-6565; husknashville.com; regional ingredients cooked on ember-fired grill create inventive meals in historic mansion.
Loveless Café – 8400 Tennessee 100; 615-646-9700; lovelesscafe.com; home-cooking.
Marche Artisan Foods – 1000 Main Street; 615-262-111; marcheartisanfoods.com; in East Nashville; great brunch food; not good-ole-boy-type food.
Mas Tacos, Por Favor – 732 McFerrin Avenue; 615-543-6271; eatmastacos.com; tortilla soup.
Miss Saigon Vietnamese Restaurant – 5849 Charlotte Pike; 615-354-1351; misssaigontn.com; where Black Keys go for pho.
Pancake Pantry – 1796 21st Avenue South; 615-383-9333; thepancakepantry.com; Nashville tradition since 1961.
Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack – 123 Ewing Drive; 615-226-9442; seriouseats.com/2010/01/princes-hot-chicken-shack-in-nashville-tennessee-best-fried-spicy-chicken.html; terrific side dishes, too; mostly go for hot wings-type chicken.
Rolf & Daughters – 700 Taylor Street (Germantown); 615-866-9897; rolfanddaughters.com; neighborhood restaurant with great pasta; also, excellent chocolate cake.
Rotier’s Restaurant – 2413 Elliston Place; 615-327-9892; rotiers.com; famous for cheeseburgers, French fries, and fried chicken.
Silly Goose – 1888 Eastland Avenue; 615-915-0757; sillygoosenashville.com; lunch and dinner; vegetarian restaurant; big bowls of couscous and sandwiches like Frisbee, herb-grilled portobello with walnut pesto sundried tomatoes, kalamata olives, honey flaxseed.
Skull’s Rainbow Room – 222 Printers Alley; 615-810-9631; skullsrainbowroom.com; burlesque show with standard 70s club menu (cocktails, chops & steaks).
Tayst – 2100 21st Avenue South; 615-383-1953; taystrestaurant.com; “green restaurant”; seasonal American dishes.
Wild Cow – 1896 Eastland Avenue; 615-262-2717; thewildcow.com; popular vegetarian restaurant.



SHOPPING
Art & Invention Gallery – 1106 Woodland Street; 615-226-2070; artandinvention.com; arts & crafts knick-knacks.
Bolton’s Spicy Chicken & Fish – 624 Main Street, #B; 615-254-8015; nashvillerestaurants.blogspot.com/2008/03/boltons-spicy-chicken-and-fish.html; fried food.
8th Avenue Antique Mall – 2015 8th Avenue South; 615-279-9922; 8thavenueantiquemall.com; antiques.
Green Wagon – 1100 Forrest Avenue; 615-891-1878; thegreenwagon.com; natural products.
Grimey’s New & Preloved Music – 1604 8th Avenue South; 615-254-4801; grimeys.com; indie music.
Gruhn Guitars – 400 Broadway; 615-256-2033; gruhn.com; guitar shop; guitars downstairs and “relics” upstairs.
Hatch Show Print – 316 Broadway; 615-256-2805; hatchshowprint.com; print shop specializing in country music icon works.
Imogene + Willie – 2601 12th Avenue South; 615-292-5005; imogeneandwillie.com; men’s and women’s clothing.
Katy K Designs – 2407 12th Avenue South; 615-297-4242; katyk.com; vintage Western wear shop.
Olive & Sinclair Chocolate Co. – 1404 McGavock Pike, #C; 615-262-3007; oliveandsinclair.com; bean-to-bar chocolate products.
Venus & Mars – 2009 Belmont Boulevard; 615-915-4846; venusandmarsvintage.com; boutique that carries vintage fashions.



SIGHTS & SITES
Belle Meade Plantation – 5025 Harding Pike; 615-356-0501; bellemeadeplantation.com; 30-acre estate 6 miles from downtown; well worth trip.
Country Music Hall of Fame – 222 5th Avenue South; 615-416-2001; countrymusichalloffame.com.
12th Avenue South – 12south.org; neighborhood known for trendy shops and tree-lined streets.
Studio B – 1611 Roy Acuff Place; 615-416-2001; countrymusichalloffame.org/visit-3; drab, cinderblock place not open to public so just drive by or arrange through website (then verify at telephone number); where Elvis, Roy Orbison, and Dolly Parton all 1st recorded.

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