Category Archives: All Things Nashville and Franklin

Cork & Cow: Fine Dining in Franklin, Tennessee

Great food is what Jason McConnell is known for. He has etched out culinary fame in downtown Franklin with three restaurants a stone’s throw from each other, and they are all good. The Red Pony is upscale casual with a … Continue reading

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Marché Artisan Foods, East Nashville’s Best Kept Secret for a Nice Little Dinner

Everyone knows Marché is at the top of everyone’s list for brunch with a weekend line out the door, but did you know, they serve dinner? The thing I know about Marché is that the food always leaves a mark … Continue reading

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Sunset Grill in Hillsboro Village, a Nashville Restaurant

The Sunset Grill opened it doors in 1990, and at the time was considered trendsetting, new, fresh, something different for Nashville. I’m happy to say the food is terrific, and I think they’ve gotten better as they’ve gotten older. The … Continue reading

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Saint Añejo M Street’s Premiere Tex Mex Restaurant in Nashville and a Tequila Tasting Lesson

Where do you go for Mexican food in Nashville? That’s a complicated question, because it has to be qualified. If you’re looking for good Mexican food, leaning tex mex style, a casual, cool vibe, late night hours, sports bar, fab … Continue reading

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Mokara Spa at the Omni Nashville

When the elevator button presses 4 at the Omni Nashville, you can believe a pleasant experience is on the horizon. You do not need to be a guest at the Omni Nashville to use the services, which include massage, hot … Continue reading

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$50 Kroger Gift Card Giveaway to Celebrate New Franklin Kroger Marketplace

The long awaited Kroger Marketplace, located at 1203 Murfreesboro Road, Franklin, Tennessee, has finally opened its doors with a bang of a grand opening, meaning lots of value and choices for customers and $50 Gift Card giveaway in the rafflecopter … Continue reading

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Black Bottom Cupcakes from Pastry Chef, Alisa Huntsman

Black bottom cupcakes combine three favorite ingredients, chocolate cake, chocolate chips and sweet cream cheese. Pretty to look at, easy to make and moist and gooey to eat, they are a perfect dessert to bring to a party or picnic. … Continue reading

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Lockeland Table Enhances Menu with Iron Fork Win

Lockeland Table has been buzzed about, swooned over and busy since the day it opened, boasting a James Beard nomination in 2013 for best new restaurant. No wonder, nearly two years in, people continue to fill up the place, and … Continue reading

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The Bound’ry Introduces New Spring Cocktails and a New Spring Menu

The Bound’ry opened its doors twenty years ago in the Belmont/Vanderbilt area, leading the race in making Nashville a food destination. This longevity is a huge testament to it’s diverse, global menu and quest to step out of the box … Continue reading

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Legato Gelato, Nashville

Located in Edgehill Village, in Nashville, Legato Gelato has long been one of my favorite treats. Located next to Mamacita and close Bella Napoli Pizza, it’s the perfect ending or stop in for gelato, sorbetto, espresso or a baked good. … Continue reading

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Give Away: Two Tickets to May 15, 2014 Generous Helpings at the Nashville Farmer’s Market

A few years ago I wrote about Generous Helpings, a food and beverage tasting event  which benefits the Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee and Middle Tennessee’s Table. Held at the Farmer’s Market, over 27 food vendors will be … Continue reading

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The Yellow Porch Restaurant in Nashville

It had been nearly seven years since we had been to the Yellow Porch. It fell off my radar because it’s not in a location I think about, and even when I’m driving by, I’ll miss it.  Yellow Porch doesn’t … Continue reading

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Best Shrimp and Grits in Nashville

I love shrimp and grits and if it’s on the menu, I’m most likely going to order it. It’s my favorite Southern dish. When Taste Trekkers asked me to write something about food in Nashville, I was excited. They are … Continue reading

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Mitchell Delicatessen, East Nashville’s Favorite Sandwich

Opened in 2008 to immediate success in a small little place in East Nashville, Mitchell Delicatiessen is in larger quarters, better able to accommodate the long line waiting to bite into what might be considered Nashville’s favorite sandwich. What makes … Continue reading

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DeSano Pizza Bakery, Authentic Neapolitan Pizza in Nashville, Charleston, Los Angeles

This week DeSano Pizza Bakery was voted best Pizza in Nashville with over 2400 votes at Eater Magazine. Keep reading to find out why. When I moved to Nashville nearly 15 years ago, there was no DeSano Pizza Bakery or … Continue reading

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Moto Cucina Enoteca, The New M Street Sexy Italian in the Gulch

M Street does it again, and very much to our liking with Moto Cucina Enoteca, the sexy new Italian Restaurant in town. Moto means motion, a nod to the history of the warehouse’s former life as a mechanic’s shop. I’m … Continue reading

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Omni Nashville Hotel Kitchen Notes and Barlines

A few weeks the Nashville food bloggers were special guests at the Omni Nashville Hotel. We were treated to a sit down dinner, prepared by Chef Peter McCall,  at Kitchen Notes, cocktails at Bar Lines and if that wasn’t enough, … Continue reading

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Pre-Opening Party Sneak Preview for Two Ten Jack

This is not a full-fledged review, because Two Ten Jack is not officially open yet, but I was able to get a sneak peek at a recent pre-opening party. I heard about the coming of  Two Ten Jack several months … Continue reading

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The 404 Kitchen & Hotel in Nashville

The 404 Kitchen and Hotel located in the Gulch District, a newly developed urban neighborhood of high rise condos and larger than life restaurants, stands out because it’s the smallest venue down there. In fact, the restaurant only seats 40 … Continue reading

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Giveaway: Nashville Chef’s Table Cookbook and Recipe for Cajun BBQ Shrimp

I’ve talked about a few cookbooks here at Spinach Tiger, but none excites me as much as the Nashville Chef’s Table Cookbook, because I know the restaurants and I’ve had many of these amazing dishes. Please enter the GIVEAWAY below. … Continue reading

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Cakes by Priscilla, Now Serving Cool Springs

I had a birthday party this year which was made most special because Priscilla of Cakes by Priscilla brought me a cake. It just so happens that Priscilla and I share the same birthday, and when we discovered this at … Continue reading

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Gray’s on Main, a Brandy Centric Restaurant in Franklin

The one restaurant I get asked the most about is the new Gray’s on Main. The doors opened in August, with more fanfare than I’ve ever seen anywhere for any opening, setting up a huge expectation. Located in downtown Franklin’s … Continue reading

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Bubba Gandy Seafood Market & Steamery Comes to Cool Springs

Bubba Gandy Seafood Market and Steamery, a new fish market, recently opened up in Cool Springs. This is great news for fish lovers. A large variety of fresh fish, including salmon, grouper, tuna, red snapper are caught wild and flown … Continue reading

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Saffire Restaurant, Still Good Elevated Southern Food

Saffire restaurant is one of those restaurants one can but shouldn’t forget about. Located in the Factory at Franklin in Williamson County, Saffire is not a place one drives by and remembers. Even if you pass the Factory every day, … Continue reading

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Otaku South Meets Yakitori at Joint 2 Art Event in Nashville

Otaku South, self described as an occasional ramen shop in Nashville, is unique in that it is an on-going pop-up ramen shop sprouting it’s noodles in coffee shops, bars, restaurants, bowling alleys, and art events, just to name a few. … Continue reading

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Burns Farm Produce Stand Open for the Summer

I need to say this right up front…Bobby Burns is a good friend of mine. I want you Nashville and Franklin folks to drive over to his farm stand that sits in front of the 300 blessed acres located right … Continue reading

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Walnut Pesto Sauce with Seven Herbs

This is my favorite pesto sauce ever. Please visit the  Williamson Source for the recipe, where I am guest posting. This time I talk about what to do with the herbs in my garden, how to keep herbs fresh in … Continue reading

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Husk Nashville, Garden to Table

By sheer good luck, I found myself driving past Husk one Saturday at noon, and on a whim popped in for lunch.  We had no reservation, so we ate at the bar, but  because we were there, we were able … Continue reading

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Podcast Interview of Nashville Local Restaurant Scene

If you live here in the Nashville area or you are planning to visit, this podcast interview may be of special interest. I know when I plan a trip, the first thing I do is plan it around food, making … Continue reading

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Etch, A Sophisticated Approachable Deb Pacquette Nashville Restaurant

Boom, she’s done it again. Deb Pacquette, the culinary queen behind Etch has tickled our culinary fancy. Sure, some of the food is slightly quirky, some of the plates are a little confusing with unusual combinations, but all in all, … Continue reading

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Margot Cafe, East Nashville

Margot Cafe is a casual, upscale, neighborhood restaurant that sits in a single dwelling at five points across the street from a stream of fun eateries in East Nashville.  Margot McCormack and co-owner, Jay Friene opened their doors six years … Continue reading

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Watermark, Best Nashville Rooftop Restaurant, Superb Food

I’ve been wanting to write about Watermark for years, but I’ve held off. The other times I’ve eaten at Watermark, located in the popular Gulch area, it’s been  for a private party and for restaurant week. It never seemed fair … Continue reading

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Judging an Ice Cream Contest for Purity and the Winner is Graham Ole Opry

On Sunday I had the honor to be part of the  judges panel for a Purity Ice Cream contest, a dairy based right here in Nashville.  The official event was called Martha’s Crankin Ice Cream Social a fund raiser for … Continue reading

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McConnell House, Amazing Event Venue and an Asian Cooking Lesson Adventure

McConnell House is the most gorgeous private event venue owned by Jason McConnell. Many of us in the Historic Franklin area (20 minutes south of Nashville) know that Jason owns three restaurants on the coveted real estate of Main Street, … Continue reading

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The Best of 500 Bites on the 500th Post

Here are the best of the best of 500 bites that I have shared with you over the last four years. I am honored and full of gratitude to get the encouragement to continue blogging here. I started blogging to … Continue reading

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Hattie B’s Hot Chicken, Nashville’s Hottest Signature Dish

Hattie B’s is just one of the new places that serves up Nashville’s Hot chicken. If you’re from Nashville, you know what hot chicken is. At least I hope you do, because outside of goo goo clusters, it’s the only … Continue reading

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Miss Martha’s Ice Cream Crankin’ and Summer Social Benefit for Martha O’Bryan Center

How would you like to sample tons and tons of homemade ice cream? Homemade ice cream made with love and crafted for a cause at the Miss Martha’s Ice Cream Crankin’ and Summer Social. I’ve read about this ice cream … Continue reading

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Nashville’s Lockeland Table, 400 Degrees, John A’s, Featured on Cooking Channel with G. Garvin

Tune in Tuesday night to see G. Garvin of the Cooking Channel visit three Nashville Restaurants.  He will visit Lockeland Table, 400′ Degrees Hot Chicken, and John A’s. G. Garvin is featured above with Chef-owner, Hal Holden Bache of Lockeland … Continue reading

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Zumi Sushi Japanese Kitchen, Hillsboro Village, Nashville

Zumi Sushi Japanese Kitchen is located on Belcourt in the Hillsborough Village neighborhood. If you haven’t checked out the Belcourt scene (where the Belcourt Theater is), the street is charming, as several houses have been transformed into quaint, casual eateries … Continue reading

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Sweet Stash at the Nashville Farmer’s Market

Sweet Stash, located in the Nashville Farmer’s Market, is a sweet find.  I first stumbled upon this bakery when I took Mr. ST to Bella Nashville Pizza for his birthday lunch. To my surprise, Sweet Stash is located in the … Continue reading

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Carlos Davis Premiers Unique Supper Club at Casa Azafrán Collaborating with Local Food Bloggers

I devoted a whole page to the Relish Epicurea Supper Club this past month, because something so cool happened to me. Carlos Davis, the chef I’ve written about here and here asked me to be his guest chef at the … Continue reading

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Holland House in East Nashville – Delicious Food, Smart Old Timey Cocktails

Holland House is one of my favorite restaurants in the Nashville area. If I lived in this East Nashville neighborhood, I would be a regular, frequenting their rather huge but friendly bar which also serves small bites, dinner and a … Continue reading

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Chef Carlos Davis Brings Riff’s Sunday Brunch to the Nashville Farmer’s Market

Riff’s Sunday Brunch, an extension of Riff’s Fine Street Food, is a must go to if you are anywhere near the Nashville Farmer’s Market on Sundays. Chef Carlos Davis has done it again, cooking true to his heart with lots … Continue reading

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Bella Nashville Pizzeria at the Nashville Farmer’s Market Gets it Right

Located at the Nashville Farmer’s Market, Bella Nashville Pizzeria is  little hike for me, but may explain why I’ve been spotted there twice in the last month. Bella Nashville Pizzeria, we love you. It’s not a fluke. It’s not a … Continue reading

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Virago, an Asian Fusion Experience in Nashville

 Post edit: I wrote this post yesterday and last night attended Nashville’s Iron Fork where Chef Jessica Benefield competed against three other excellent contenders and won. I watched Chef Jessica diligently at work with the secret ingredient, maple syrup, and … Continue reading

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360 Bistro

360 Bistro is everything a high-end neighborhood restaurant should be. Chef driven, fine dining, As we looked around 360 Bistro, we took note of the clientele, and could tell there were a lot of regulars who don’t mind dressing up … Continue reading

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Table 3, a Worthy Nashville French Brasserie, and a Table 3 Market

Table 3 is an authentic french, casual restaurant more a brasserie than a bistro.  It’s not Southern and it doesn’t try to mesh cuisines or add Southern notes to fit in. They stay true to who they are. The word … Continue reading

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Frothy Monkey in Franklin, More than Coffee

The Frothy Monkey recently opened its second location in Franklin, Tennessee, giving the barristas in town a new standard to live up to. The atmosphere is just right for me. I’m a vintage meets modern kind of person. I love … Continue reading

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Mack & Kate’s Cafe in Franklin

In my last post I told you about M Restaurant and Bar in Nashville, the sophisticated cousin of Mack & Kate’s, both owned by Jan and Bernie Strawn. Mack & Kate’s on my white board list for a long time … Continue reading

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M Restaurant and Bar in Nashville

M Restaurant and Bar, usually just known a M is conveniently located in Cummins Station, in Nashville, close to the new $623 million Music City Center that’s about to open, near the Frist and easily accessible from the highway. Smart … Continue reading

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Silo, a Southern Farm to Table Sophisticated Eatery in Nashville’s Germantown Neighborhood

The Germantown neighborhood of Nashville has much to be proud of lately, especially when it comes to locally owned restaurants. Silo has been on my go to list for a while. Silo is a farm to table eatery self described … Continue reading

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Sweet Natured Treats – Cheesecake and More in Franklin

Sweet Natured Treats is a new local sweets bakery, located in Franklin, Tennessee, and I’m excited to tell you about it, because Angie is a friend.   I met Angie Gordon about a year ago at a Nashville food blogger’s … Continue reading

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