nashville, nowville, music city USA

oh, nashville. don’t overlook this city when planning on your next trip to the south. from the minute i stepped foot off the plane, i felt the southern hospitality and kindness.  but what really caught my attention were the amazing resturants and well decorated spaces scattered throughout town. here are a few of the many shops i was able to check out:

barista parlor- the tennessee whiskey carmel latte, that melt in your mouth butter biscuit, and that waffle. a great way to start any morning.

monells- if you want a down right southern meal, come here.  inside of this old victorian, the food is served family style and guests are seated at large tables as serving dishes are passed around. collard greens, fried green tomatoes, hush puppies. make sure you get your hands on that fried chicken. finger lickin good.

imogene + willie- this converted gas station is now home to denim heaven. with a collection of jeans, shirts, and jackets made in house. and their candle collaboration with los angeles fragrance designer, apothia, has my room smelling better than ever.

husk- chef sean brock brought his charleston establishment west and dropped in in nashville. if you make it here, be sure to order the “southern plate of vegetables.”  and this time around, i left with more than a business card (everywhere i eat, i take home a business card as a souvenir). i got my hands on the apron that the staff wore. imagine an rugged, almost woodshop, denim-like textured material, in a tan and brown color with little pockets for pens, utensils, and a rag towel.

city house- think roberta’s in brooklyn x frances in san francisco. everything was a hit. farm-to-table vegetables were delightful, the pizza will put a smile to your face. and that sweet potato cake with bourbon fluff. probably one of the better desserts i’ve ever had.

las paletas- speaking of my sweet tooth, las pzletas is a gourmet mexican inspired flavored popsicle joint. get the mini paletas so you can try different flavors. my favorites include the avocado dipped in mexcian chocolate, tamarind with chilli, and the hot chocolate with chili peppers.

the patterson house- a dimly lit speakeasy that serves great cocktails. reminded me of violet hour in chicago.  if you love bacon, then the bacon old fashioned is just for you.

…add a visit to prince’s and hattie b’s for hot chicken, a great vintage find (a world war 2 gunpowder shoulder bag), the full moon pickin party, and a 49ers game, and i still left nashville with more to do, see, and eat. an indication that i’ll be back soon. cheers y’all.