Currently Crushing on Nashville Restaurants – Vol 1

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Currently Crushing on these Nashville Restaurants

I’m starting a new category here at Spinach Tiger. Every weekend, I hope to give you a rundown of the best places to eat in Nashville and the surrounding area.

I don’t get to write full reviews of restaurants as often as I would like to, but I thought it would be fun and useful to share the our most recent places that we recommend.

Nashville Restaurants: Good Morning: Brunch/Breakfast Restaurants 

See my roundup of brunch places here.

This was a good season for brunch and breakfast.

The Old School, a little bit of a drive, but so worth it. We can’t wait to go back.

Fort Louise – A small, cozy, neighborhood eatery with the best breakfast sandwich in town. The double double burger is everything a burger needs to be. Read more at our brunch post.

Hemingway’s Bar and Hideaway

This is a charming restaurant known for their poutine. It’s divine. I ate every single bite. See more about their brunch here.

Milk & Honey – Located in the Gulch, it’s busy, big, and you wait in line for an hour, but go and do it like this: Put your name in, and walk around the Gulch and explore the shops (see below about Killebrew Coffee). Order the biscuit for starters and anything on the menu. Fun place. Takes a large party.

Nashville Restaurants: Coffee Houses with Food

Post East – This is a coffee shop with great food, featuring great coffee and many gluten free items. We recommend the featured bowl, and if you like smoothies, this is your jam.

Frothy Monkey – this is the place we most frequent, because the coffee drinks are so consistent, and the atmosphere is friendly. I always order the omelette made my way, but the California with a fried egg and whole grain toast is a favorite. If you just want coffee and a sweet, they bake their own.

I’ve been to all the Frothy Monkey locations, including Chattanooga in the Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel.

However, you can usually find me at the Franklin location, drinking a rosemary latte (not on the menu, ask) and the architect omelette (served all day). I like the vibe, and the very friendly service. Pretension in coffee shops is a big no for us.

They serve alcohol and some locations have pretty cool bars like the Nations and Chattanooga.

Killebrew Coffee in the Gulch

When you’re in the Gulch, stop by  Killebrew Coffee in the Thompson Hotel. This is a place to hang while you’re waiting for your table (which takes an hour) at Milk & Honey.They also have yummy pastries and quick bites.

Lunch Restaurants in Nashville

The Cafe at Thistle Farms serves breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea, Monday through Saturday. Thistle Farms Store is in the same location. Nestled in a modern farmhouse interior with a teacup ceiling installation, there is whimsy, yet there is purpose.

Nashville Restaurants: Cafe at Thistle Farms

The Café is part of Thistle Farms’ social enterprise, which heals, empowers, and employs women survivors of trafficking, prostitution, and addiction. The love heals banner and love heals hashtag represents graduates of the Magdalene recovery program jobs, as they are included in all facets of the cafe.

During your visit, take a moment to browse the retail shop and be pleasantly surprised.

Nashville Restaurants: Cafe at Thistle Farms

Nashville Restaurants: Dinners 

Answer in Sylvan Park 

It’s a neighborhood restaurant with upscale, yet rustic small plates, meant to share. We enjoyed several small plates, one larger (the bucatini) and a fabulous dessert. The service was wonderful; the decor is casual modern chic, and it has a great neighborhood restaurant vibe. It’s family friendly and we saw several children, which is nice to see in a place with a somewhat sophisticated menu.

We also recommend the Burger and Chicken Sambal, Sesame, Citrus, Ginger, Peanut slaw

Bucatini with Pork and Lamb Ragú. The picture doesn’t do this dish its justice. It was made to perfection.

Be sure to save room for dessert. They make the most creative and amazing sweets.

Nashville Restaurants: Answer Restaurant from Spinach Tiger


I waited almost a year for Peninsula to open, ever since I had tried the braised rabbit in garlic broth at a food event.

Nashville Restaurants: Peninsula from Spinach Tiger

Settling into an East Nashville neighborhood, in a small yet smart and cozy space, they are featuring small plates meant to share, inspired by the Iberian Peninsula, with Spanish, French and Portugese notes, locally procured ingredients.

The food is clever, but not fussy with an emphasis on pleasing the palate.

Everything we tried, we loved, but we especially recommend:

  • Braised Rabbit, Garlic Broth, Piment D’ Espelette.
  • Serrano Ham, Tomato Butter, Grilled Bread (from Dozen Bakery)
  • Lime Curd with Blueberries (this is outstanding).

Food Trucks Worth Mentioning

Et Voila is at the Franklin Farmer’s Market on Saturday and has the best gluten free crepes that they stuff with bacon and eggs. You can also get them sweet, or try their beignets. On my next visit, I’m getting the fries smothered with beef bourguignon.

Nashville Food Trucks. Et Voile

I hope to post every Sunday, a day you can take your time, and plan your eating adventures. Please follow me on instagram so you can see all the stories on the Nashville restaurants and the kitchen tested recipes! We love that you visit here!

NEXT WEEK: We tell you about an upscale Chinese restaurant, two places to take a drive to, the donut you have to have at least once, a new favorite pizza place, and date night picks.

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