My amazing friend Belinda lives in PA, and I rarely get to see her (except at this conference). She suggested we grab brunch at Another Broken Egg Cafe and I was blown away by the menu selection and service we received! Their staff may literally be the friendliest, and most on it team I have had the pleasure to dine with. From the minute I sat down, they were incredibly attentive about my allergy, and when I said the words no gluten to Belinda, overhearing, they plopped down a gluten free menu in front of me like ninjas. The lobster and brie omelette is incredible. The sauce was so yummy, I was looking for things to mop it up with! You can get a flight of pancakes. Yes. A. Flight. They have locations all over, but this was my first visit to one, and I must say, if you’re going to go, go in Nashville!
Sadly, I was there for a reception and the lighting was so dark, I couldn’t get a decent photo of anything. The decor is super cute, and their short rib mac and cheese was to die for. Would love to try it out for a regular dining experience!
Yes, yes, a million times yes. Little Octopus is a beautiful venue, with a very cool vibe.
I was so impressed by the noted dishes. They designated Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Ovo/Lacto, Pescatarian, Vegan, and Whole 30. They also kindly took a menu to the chef and came back with x’s and notes for me on what dishes I could try and what alterations they could make to existing dishes to accommodate my allergy. It was amazing. I was able to try the cornbread… which had a lime finish which made it tasty and unique, and the hanger steak. Beautifully prepared, the steak was filled with perfect bites of flavor.
I was also really excited to discover that Little Octopus is right around the corner from where my cousin David lives. Dave and I had been trying to figure out a time to get together since I was going to be in town, so he and his girlfriend (now fiancee!) Katie came over and we had a few drinks at the bar! Rebecca was at dinner with me, and somehow knew Dave from many years ago, so she joined us as well.
I was so excited to try out the Flipside. While at Draper James, they recommended the Bloody Mary, and oh God. See below. I was so happy when I walked into this restaurant. It has a very cool diner vibe, with beautiful decor, and a fun atmosphere.
This Bloody Mary is not only lethal, it’s dangerous for a whole other reason.
Tater tots, chicken, whole pickles, bacon, and crab legs? Wow. This drink is a meal in itself, so if you go for brunch, I would prepare for leftovers or share a meal if you order this bad mamma jamma.
I, being deathly allergic to bloody marys (ironically), ordered a very delicious root beer float. All the adorable retro vibes had me feeling like a milkshake or a float was the way to go!
This is the poutine. Gravy and cheese and french fries and tater tots AND chicken? It was delicious, but a LOT of food.
I of course, had to order the weirdest thing on the menu. This is the Elvis Has Left the Buidling. Chicken with peanut butter, honey, banana, and bacon. It was… different. it was such a weird flavor combination that my taste buds were confused. It was good! Definitely good! But jarringly different, and that’s what made it unique. I recommend giving it a try if you’re feeling adventurous… or perhaps just nostalgic for the King.
Go here, right now. Five Daughters makes a 100 layer cronut, and it’s perhaps one of the most delectable things I have ever consumed. I ordered several donuts, and managed to take them home with me in my carry on bag. Needless to say, it made me a very popular wife, and Nate has declared them the best souvenir he ever received. Their 12 South location is just adorable. They have great hours, but when they sell out for the day they close. Get there early to make sure you don’t miss out.
The white chocolate cherry was so good. It’s absolutely delicious, and I had to wrestle a few bites away from Nate.
While all the hype is about the honkey tonk, Etch provides an upscale dining experience to take you to a different landscape. Again, fantastic service (I think it’s just a Nashville thing), and some seriously yummy food. The chef very kindly made alterations to the dishes for me, and we had an exceptional dining experience! Highly recommend for a high end dinner or romantic date.
Not gluten free and totally worth it! I was so excited to finally try out Biscuit Love. Yum. Yum. Yum. It’s a really cute place. My Lyft driver told me that the line is usually out the door, so prepare for a wait. I lucked out that the line was only extended inside, and somehow managed to snag a table as well! I think I went during a weird time, not breakfast or brunch. Worked!
These are “bo-nuts.” They’re cream filled and sugar coated donut holes made from biscuit dough with a berry compote… I physically had no more room, otherwise I would have devoured this entire plate myself! Fortunately, Kiki and Matt Fox were around the corner at Milk and Honey, so they came over and finished my leftover food.
This is the East Nasty, consisting of a gigantic buttermilk biscuit, fried chicken thigh, aged cheddar, sausage gravy, and I added an egg. The chicken was perfectly tender and crispy, the gravy was rich and flavorful, and the biscuit was buttery and just wonderful.
So, I couldn’t go all the way to Nashville and NOT talk about Hot Chicken… except with my SEVERE pepper allergy, I’m allergic to the city’s signature dish! Every single concierge, cvb staff, and lyft driver said that Hattie B’s is the way to go. Being unable to try this myself, I gave Kiki a mission, and here were her thoughts!
Nashville is a food lover’s paradise. It’s also full of a lot of really fun things to see and do! If you get the chance to make the trip, check some of these places out!