You can’t go to Nashville without coming across a meat and three — a Southern culinary term for a restaurant offering a meat entree and three sides of choice.
Heck, there’s even an Indian food restaurant with an ode to the meat and three!
To celebrate the booming foodie scene, here are seven neighborhoods in Nashville with a meaty main attraction and three sides to remember. Spend a long weekend here, and you'll have it covered.
Meat: Start with an order of crispy pig ears with house mustard at The Farm House. You really can’t go wrong with anything on this farm-to-table menu, but we’ll consider you especially lucky if the sweet tea crème brulée is on the dessert menu when you visit.
1. Bowling, swimming, bocce, eating and drinking at Pinewood Social. As they say, it’s the place to be morning, noon or night.
2. Ride a pedal cart down Broadway, then end the night honky tonk hopping through the dozens of live music venues on Honky Tonk Row on Lower Broadway. Many have rooftop patios.
3. Tour the Country Music Hall of Fame, where you’ll see artifacts such as Elvis Presley's gold Cadillac and the original handwritten lyrics to Dolly Parton’s "Jolene." In the same building, tour Hatch Show Prints is also worth a tour.
After, head to Bajo Sexto Taco (also inside the Country Music Hall of Fame building) to taste the Bourbon Horchata, one of the best drinks in town.
Meat: Grab a tray and order a meat and three at Arnold’s Kitchen. Meats include fried chicken, pork chops, fish and beef; sides include macaroni and cheese, fried okra and turnip greens. Is your mouth watering yet?
1. Get in line at Biscuit Love, a Music City staple, for "bonuts" (biscuit donuts) and biscuit sandwiches.
2. Head up to L.A. Jackson, the rooftop bar at the Thompson boutique hotel, for a spectacular view of the city, especially at night.
3. Enjoy live bluegrass at The Station Inn in The Gulch. Go on Sunday, when there isn’t a cover charge.
Meat: Stop for a bite at the I Dream of Weenie hot dog truck in a retrofitted VW van. There's a rotating menu of weenies and a weenie brunch on Sundays. Bring a blanket and claim a spot on the lawn while you're polishing off your dog.
1. If you’re looking for boots to wear 'round town, Goodbuy Girls is the place to find a vintage pair.
2. Enjoy a Czech kolache from Yeast Side Bakery.
3. Tour the chocolate factory at Olive & Sinclair for $5 on Saturdays or pick up artisanal small-batch confections.
Meat: The bacon-laden King Kong (Maple/Bacon) croissant donut at Five Daughters Bakery is one not to miss. Before you go, check out the Donut Cam to make sure they’re not out of your favorite sweet treat for the day. Once they’re gone, they’re gone.
1. Pop into Reese Witherspoon’s shop, Draper James, where you’ll find clothing and accessories full of Southern charm. Our personal fave is a tote bag with the phrase “totes y’all”. When you’re done shopping, head around the corner for a picture in front of the blue-and-white striped Draper James wall. Bonus: It’s right across from the iconic “I Believe in Nashville” mural.
2. Give Amelia’s Flower Truck (@ameliasflowertruck) a follow on Instagram to find out where this mobile flower shop will be parked — it’s almost always at Imogene + Willie or White’s Mercantile (both shops are worth a visit!). You can pick your own stems or ask one of the women in a black-and-white attire to put together a bouquet for you.
3. Caffeine up with a White Monkey Mocha at the Frothy Monkey. Prepare to wait in line.
Meat: Order a side of sausage with your banana bread pancakes at Pancake Pantry.
1. Shop the many micro shops such as Hey Rooster General Store and United Apparel Liquidators.
2. Count us in for an eatery that specializes in grilled cheese. Grilled Cheeserie is known for its sandwiches and over-the-top milkshakes.
3. If you’ve never had Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, here’s your chance! With flavors such as Riesling Poached Pear Sorbet and Ricotta Toast with Red Berry Geranium Jam, you can’t go wrong.
Meat: Hot chicken and Nashville go together like, well, hot chicken and Nashville. With three locations, Hattie B’s Hot Chicken is one finger-licking-good way to spice things up. Beware. "Shut the Cluck Up" doesn’t mess around.
1. If you’re looking for a light lunch or a trendy Instagram snap, Caviar & Bananas is the place. Take a picture of the “Yay Wine!” floor tiles and order a charcuterie platter and frosé to enjoy outside under the black and white striped umbrellas.
2. Walk down Music Row, stopping at Studio B is by Guided tours are hosted hourly from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Admission includes your visit to the Country Music Hall of Fame.
3. Time travel back to the '20s with a handcrafted cocktail at The Patterson House.
Meat: Make a reservation at City House for Sunday Supper, which features a new lineup of creative pizza and pasta dishes weekly. We’re talking catfish, gnocchi and smashed chickpeas on pizza - kind of creative.
1. For a true taste of Nashville, peruse the Nashville Farmers Market. Open daily, year-round, it’s always bustling and full of local food and artisan goodies.
2. Stay at the Germantown Inn. The six-room bespoke inn is a mix of modern and traditional. Each suite is inspired by former U.S. presidents with Tennessee ties.
3. Tennessee is known all over the world for its whiskey — there’s even a Tennessee Whiskey Trail. Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery is your foray into all that is Tennessee whiskey. Tour the production floor before settling down in the tasting room.
FOR GOOD MEASURE:
Union Station Hotel is a boutique hotel inside a beautifully restored 19th-century railroad station. The soaring 65-foot barrel-vaulted ceiling features giant sparkling chandeliers and rooms decorated in Nashville style, including cowhide headboards.
The Grand Ole Opry is the place to catch a show. You can take a backstage tour during the daytime. Tours are scheduled every 15 minutes, so grab your preferred time online before heading over so you don’t have to wait around for hours.
The Bluebird Cafe is best known for launching the careers of Garth Brooks and Taylor Swift, and you never know who might show up for a surprise cameo ... ahem, Taylor Swift. Tickets go on sale online a week before shows — and they go fast! If you’re lucky enough to get a seat in this tiny venue, you’ll be part of an intimate experience where the songwriters sit in the middle of the club and take turns playing and discussing the music.
Stop in to Chauhan Ale and Masala House for lunch, where you can try Chauhan’s ode to Nashville in the form of an Indian food meat and three. It consists of the chef’s choice of meat and three signature sides of rice, chutney, naan or papadum.
Nashville has no shortage of colorful large-scale wall murals, so make sure your camera is ready! Highlights: “What Lifts You” mural on 11th Avenue South behind Taziki’s; “The Nashville Walls Project” mural by Jason Woodside at 11th Avenue South and Laurel Street in The Gulch; "Nashville at Heart" rainbow at 2705 12th Avenue S in the 12 South neighborhood; and “Happy Endings” cross-stitch and “Five Points Bears” on Woodland and North 11th Streets in East Nashville.