Downtown - The Gulch - Vanderbilt
I decided to do this post a little bit differently since I spent an extended period of time in Nashville and saw quite a few different areas. I’ll break down what I did into the areas I visited and only the places I liked best, starting with the Downtown/Vanderbilt area.
Hattie B's Hot Chicken
Nashville was this southern-fried-chicken loving girl’s dream. We went to the famous Hattie B’s Hot Chicken Restaurant. I had never had hot chicken before and let me tell you it lives up to its name. I was a little wee bit intimidated by people talking about just how fiery Nashville Hot Chicken is so being a nervous Nancy I had Medium which wasn’t super spicy so if you like spicy I would get Hot, which is what my brave soul will be doing next time. The line at Hattie B’s can be ridiculously long but I promise it is so worth it. If you want to skip the line, I hear you can place a takeout order online then just go in and grab it.
Peg Leg Porker
Nashville is also known for its incredible barbeque. We headed over to the Peg Leg Porker to see if the rumors were indeed true. They are. It was amazing. If you take my suggestion and check out the Peg Leg Porker, order the ribs. You won’t regret it.
We met up with a dear friend for brunch at Biscuit Love, which has quite an assortment of biscuit brunch items with a Nashville flare. I had the Princess, which was a biscuit with Hot Chicken. This only comes in one spicy level, which was perfect a little spicier than the medium but not spicy enough to make me perspire through my white dress. Win. Win. Nate had a sweeter option, the Gertie, which sounds like someone’s pump nervous cousin but in actuality is a scrumptious biscuit with chocolate sauce, peanut butter, and pretzel crunchies on top. Biscuit Love is another place that has quite a long line, however, it was very good and I would go back and probably wait in a decent line to have that hot chicken again.
We went to quite a few places on Broadway, but the Robert's Western World really stood out. This little honky tonk is rumored to be a favorite of many country music legends. I love classic country music (Johnny Cash, Porter Wagner, Dolly). A lot of the places on Broadway are very Bourbon Street-yjust covers of more recent country music songs and huge bachelorette parties, which is great if you’re into that! But, the Robert's Western World feels a little more timeless and a little more classic like you’re stepping back into the 1950’s or 60’s.
After mass at the Cathedral, we decided to tour the Parthenon. We strolled around the exterior of the Parthenon and decided to do the tour inside. As part of your tour, you are invited to visit the art museum which houses a 63 piece permanent collection from 19th and 20th century American Artists. On the tour you’ll also see artifacts from the Tennessee Centennial Exposition, which was why the Nashville Parthenon was originally built.
The crown jewel of the tour was being able to go inside the interior of the temple and view the statue of Athena and Athena nike. This would be such a fun thing to do with kids after teaching them about ancient Greece and maybe reading about the battle between Athena and Poseidon over who would be Athens’ patron. Centennial Park is also an absolutely gorgeous spot for a picnic.
Hatch Printing Press
I would also suggest you go on the Hatch Printing Press tour. Hatch Printing Press has been printing in Nashville since 1879. They have printed music posters for music legends in Jazz, Country, and Rock and Roll. This was such an interesting tour which vibrantly articulated Hatch Printing Press’s part in Nashville’s rich in history.
Oh yes. We did a little brewery pub crawl for my hubby’s 26th birthday. I liked these breweries but I’ll post about my absolute favorite one which is in Germantown.
Jackalope Tap Room
Jackalope Taproom is eccentric and full of character, which makes sense because it is the first commercial female owned brewery in Tennessee. Cheers to that! I’ll toast a Bearwalker Brown Mable Ale to their success any day.
Black Abbey Brewery
We started at Black Abbey Brewery. This was an interesting brewery with an obvious nod to brewing monastery roots. There are two larger rows of picnic tables on either side of the bar, which succeeds in reflecting a monastery dining or, like its name, “fellowship hall.” We did eat anything here but we sampled quite a few of their beers. Our personal favorites were the 5 points IPA, the Rose, and the Potus 44. I ordered the Rose several more times in Nashville is floral and just such a nice and easy beer to drink.
Tennessee Brew Works
I really loved Tennessee Brew Works. There is seating downstairs closer to the live music or upstairs. If you sit upstairs they have bunches on table board games and a large glass window which overlooking the brewing operation. I loved their Country Roots Beer, which is a sweet potato stout.