6 dining spots shaping the gulch this fall

The_Mockingbird.0.0from celebrity chef maneet chauhan, the mockingbird promises to be “a classic diner with a global spin.” in a north gulch space long known for its late night music scene as anthem, mai and before that catatonic, mockingbird will sweep in offering something different to the spot, like frozen cocktails and adult milkshakes. | 125 12th avenue north

top chef maneet chauhan continues to gamble big on the nashville food scene: tànsuŏ, which means “to explore” in cantonese, will open later in 2016. sitting next to the mockingbird and maneet’s chauhan ale & masala house, the new asian eatery will offer up contemporary chinese cuisine at its best and she’s recruited brooklyn’s east wind snack shop chef/owner chris cheung to be in the driver’s seat. | 121 12th avenue north

texas-based del frisco grille will set up shop in their first nashville location in the next couple of months. sitting in a prime 10,000 sqft space on the street level of the new 15-story office building at the corner of 12th and demonbreun, del frisco will offer classic american bar & grille fare. due october 2016.  | 1201 demonbreunCornett_Map_16.08_vs2-01

fin-and-pearl-nashville-gulchlocal restauranteur tom morales, known for the southern and acme feed & seed downtown, has plans to open his newest concept, fin & pearl, in the twelve twelve high rise later this fall.  there will be a focus on seafood and steak as well as offering veggie and sushi options. similar to the southern, fin & pearl will be open for breakfast, lunch & dinner and will have an outdoor patio space. | 1212  laurel street

the 12-story, 224-room thompson hotel will open its doors in a few weeks. james beard award-winning john besh will put his fingerprints on a gulf-to-gulch concept called the marsh house. the seafood-driven, southern cooking will be helmed by chef brian landry, formerly of besh’s new orleans-based borgne. besh will also oversee the hotel’s rooftop bar/lounge.  | 401 11th avenue south

static1.squarespacenot a new name to the nashville food scene really but east side’s pop-up restaurant little octopus will land a permanent home in the former ru sans spot later than anticipated but still this fall.  offering global small plates and everything from pan-roasted chicken to you guessed it, octopus. | 505 12th avenue south

 

 

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21 nashville hot spots for brunch

having a hard time thinking of brunch places for the weekend?  wanting to try something new?  start checking these 21 places off your list as you go:

DOWNTOWN

pucketts grocery serving up southern hospitality since 1950, pucketts offers a breakfast buffet on the weekends.  the breakfast menu is served until 11am which includes chicken & biscuits, country ham & eggs, and cornbread waffle with slow smoked brisket.  | 500 church street 615.770.2772,  saturday & sunday

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the southern  these guys make killer bleu cheese biscuits so i would probably run with their steak & biscuit benedict, served with a poached willow farm egg and hollandaise, mixed greens & griddled potatoes. complimentary valet parking. | 150 3rd avenue north 615.724.1762, saturday & sunday starting at 9:30am

pinewood social  i recommend whipped mascarpone for a starter (fresh macerated strawberries + mint) and then it’s hard to go wrong with their menu from short rib hash to bacon and avocado omelets to chicken & biscuits.  it just depends on what you’re in the mood for but you have options.  they also serve breakfast everyday so you have that menu to choose from as well.   | 33 peabody street 615.751.8111, saturday & sunday 9am-3pm

husk  with an ever changing menu, this may be the only place on the list where you can get a fried softshell crab monte cristo or cornmeal dusted catfish with zucchini and squash. the restaurant prides itself on its low-country charleston fare.  chef sean brock is no stranger to the james beard foundation winning best chef in the southeast in 2010 and being an  “outstanding chef” finalist in 2013, 2014, & 2015. | 37 rutledge street 615.256.6565

kitchen notes – situated on the street level of the omni hotel (complimentary valet parking), they have a pretty unbelievable buffet for $25, extra $5 for bottomless mimosas. | 250 5th avenue north 615.761.3700, sunday only

MIDTOWN

adeles named as an ode to jonathan waxman’s (bravo’s top chef masters, recipe for deception) mom, adeles has quickly established itself as a force in the nashville food scene.  starting this weekend, they will be adding a saturday brunch menu and changing up sundays to only feature a breakfast buffet. | 1210 mcgavock street 615.988.9700, saturday & sunday (buffet only on sundays)

tavern one of the more popular destinations on this list so expect a wait.  it’s worth it for such unique offerings as pretzel pancakes or red velvet waffles with cream cheese drizzle. 2 for 1 brunch libations as well. | 1904 broadway 615.320.8580, saturday & sunday 10am-3pm

two bits you can choose to play from a collection of vintage arcade games like ms pac man and galaga or newer ones like xbox & playstation 4 on a 52″ screen but they also serve up a mean brunch on the weekends. $4 mimosas plus they offer breakfast shots & beermosas.   | 1520 demonbreun street 615.750.3536, saturday & sunday starting at 11am

saint anejo  huevos rancheros, hot chicken + waffles, or even the gringo (2 eggs, potato hash, your choice of meat) if you’re not feeling that adventurous.   the egg white uno comes scrambled with feta, spinach, cherry tomato, avocado, & a side of fresh fruit if you need to go on the lighter side.  2 for 1 mimosas & bloody marys.  | 1120 mcgavock street 615.736.5301, saturday & sunday 10am-3pm

biscuit love they got their start as a local food truck in 2012 working local farms and has only blown up from there.  i tend to favor their gertie from the “to share” menu.  it’s a biscuit, chocolate gravy, peanut butter, banana jam with a pretzel crunch.  some of my favorite things.  my only negative about this place is they use “sonic” ice which i normally love but it doesn’t really work in a bloody mary.  | 316 11th avenue south 615.490.9584 

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SOUTH SIDE

the sutler-their bluegrass brunch on sundays is the authentic music city experience. live bluegrass music 10am-3pm combined with smoked brisket, chicken & cornbread waffles, biscuits & gravy all pair well with $15 bottomless mimosas or their bloody mary bar. | 2600 franklin pike 615.840.6124, sundays only 10am-3pm

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josephines i have such a sweet tooth but their pistachio sticky buns are what i think about during the week.  | 2316 12th avenue south 615.292.7766 

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sinema former food network top chef dale levitski knows how to make a brunch.  apple bottom french toast served with spiced poached apples, brandy creme anglaise, sweet & sour apples, brown sugar oat crumble is a must.    | 2600 franklin pike 615.942.7746, sunday only 10:30am-2:30pm

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WEST SIDE

bricktops maybe the only chain that makes our list but with lump crab benedict, poached eggs over cheddar grits, or even a california benedict (spinach, avocado, tomato, hollandaise served with home fries) are all contenders on their menu. | 3000 west end avenue 615.298.1000, saturday & sunday

house: a social eatery  sitting in the former stone fox location in the nations, house doesn’t offer a terribly extensive menu but with options like shrimp & grits and corn beef hash as well as various spiked coffee beverages (as well as the traditional fare of mimosas and bloody marys) you’re sure to leave satisfied. | 712 51st avenue north 615.678.8773, 10am-3pm saturday & sunday 

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fifty first kitchen & bar located in the emerging nations neighborhood on the west side, its hard to not get the bread pudding french toast…add a side of porter butcher road bacon. | 5104 illinois avenue 615.712.6111, sundays only 11am-2pm

EAST SIDE

margot cafe & bar has sat in historic five points in east nashville since 2001. with a brunch menu that’s ever changing, you won’t be disappointed with anything margot whips up. time recently named her the “alice waters of nashville.”| 1017 woodland street 615.227.4668, sunday only 11am-2pm

marche artisan foods  hard to go wrong with their crepes, frittatas and quiches, their bread baskets with nutella, or their homemade granola with fruit.  a nashville brunch favorite on the east side.  | 1000 main street 615.262.1111, saturday & sunday

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GERMANTOWN

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5th & taylor | hard to beat their chorizo omelette with an avocado salad.  get the monkey bread with the cream cheese glaze as a starter.  i mean, if you’re eating an avocado salad, come on, allow yourself the monkey bread.  | 1411 5th avenue north 615.242.4747, sundays 10am-2pm

germantown cafe the classic brunch experience. frittatas, breakfast bowl, shrimps & grits or if you need a little more kick try the steak benedict (english muffin topped with beef tenderloin, poached eggs & cayenne hollandaise, served with pepper jack grits). | 1200 5th avenue north 615.242.3226, saturdays & sundays 10:30pm-2pm

the mad platter celebrating 27 years this year, the mad platter was germantown before germantown was cool. sitting in the old neuhoff family’s meatpacking building from the late 1800s, they offer up everything from crab cakes to steak & eggs and apparently the city’s best reuben which i have yet to try.  | 1239 5th avenue north 615.242.2563, sundays only 10am-2pm

 

 

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winning in nashville? hotels, losing? strippers

the property where cabaret royale gentleman’s club sits south of broadway, has been sold to make room for a pair of hilton hotel brands (homewood suites and tru by hilton). rising ten stories, the two hotels will offer 233 more rooms to help fill the demand downtown. developers are shooting to be open by 2018.  the ever-growing sobro area already has four new hotels under construction with eight more in the works.

the demise of strip clubs is evident all across downtown nashville lately as a result of the growth in tourism.  with the current over haul of printer’s alley to make way for the upcoming  dream hotel and 21c hotel, brass stables was pushed out of their street level locale recently.

FullSizeRenderalthough future plans for the deja vu strip club property haven’t been confirmed just yet, the prime spot near the gulch was also sold earlier this year.  after 26 years in that location and once boasting “1000s of beautiful girls and 3 ugly ones” it now it appears those girls, no matter their appearance, might soon be in the unemployment line if the strip club can’t find a new place to relocate, which might be tricky.  adult businesses are restricted to what’s called an adult business overlay which is basically a small circle around the downtown area.  downtown real estate is at a premium lately.

on the winning side is our hospitality industry.  we can’t seem to build hotels fast enough. tourism is at an all-time high.  last fall, we reached a milestone in the hospitality world: 60 consecutive months of year-over-year growth in hotel rooms sold, breaking our city’s personal longest streak and a five-year feat not achieved by any of the other top 50 US destinations.

last year, hotels.com reported nashville’s hotel rates jumped higher than any other city. we have become the 14th most expensive city and it doesn’t seem to be leveling off.  note the nashville rates compared to new york city in may 2016:

  • Omni Rockefeller Center – $181 a night
  • Omni Music City Center – $449 a night
  • Grand Hyatt NYC Grand Central Station – $215
  • Hyatt Place downtown Nashville – $334
  • Fairfield Inn on Wall Street – $174
  • Fairfield Inn in the Gulch – $349
  • Hilton Times Square – $222
  • Hilton downtown Nashville – $549

with 2,000 rooms currently being built and an additional 7,000 more rooms being proposed, ultimately the new hotel construction could be the answer.

 

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6 picks to get excited about in the nations neighborhood

6picksthe west side has been blowing up lately.  the nations in particular.  a developer announced in february plans to build as many as 600 homes on a vacant, 36-acre industrial lot on centennial boulevard.  the whole neighborhood, just north of the ever-popular sylvan park, has been on the rise for awhile but now, the infrastructure for more walkability is shaping up.  restaurants & retailers are taking note and staking claim on their spots now.  here’s five in the works:

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nashville’s john mcdougal is on schedule to open a craft beer bar in an old gas station in the nations.  aptly titled, the old gas station, it will offer 12 taps initially but will expand up to as many as 60.  although no wine or alcohol, it will offer a smoke free, dog-friendly covered patio with free wifi which makes up for that. growler fill will also be available.  the old gas station opens in july. | 5205 centennial blvd

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the guys that brought 12 south taproom to life have confirmed plans to bring the nations 51st taproom.  location and details are still under wraps currently but plans are getting finalized with codes.  they plan to open early spring 2017.

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the crew that opened fifty first kitchen last summer are all seeing the vision of the neighborhood and headed out to expand with new concepts separately.  duo tony and caroline galzin are opening nicky’s coal fired, italian cuisine which will include house-made pasta, charcuterie, and coal-fired oven baked dishes.  nickys opens this fall. | centennial + 51st avenue north 

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IMG_9553christy thurman, most recently a partner in successfully creating fifty first kitchen & wine bar, will always hold a soft place in my heart for creating rumours wine bar in 12 south back in the day.  up next, christy has two more nations concepts herself.  first up: nations bar & grill, a retro diner serving up american dishes all day. shooting to open late summer 2016. | 705 51st avenue north

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IMG_9557a little further down the road for christy is grounded, a coffee shop & juice bar. the interior build-out on the space is done and she is working with nashville’s own roast, inc on sourcing coffee beans eater nashville reported. | 907 51st avenue north

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and if you need more coffee options (because everyone needs options), red bicycle is headed to the nations as well.  it will be on the street level of an upcoming 3-story apartment building due late spring 2017. this will be their third location. | 51st avenue north + illinois

 

 

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game of thrones to hold first-ever worldwide convention in nashville

Game-of-Thrones-Season-6-00005-1200x798fresh off what some are calling their best episode to date, the show’s fan site watchers on the wall announced earlier this week  that a con of thrones plan has been firmed up.  nashville will host the first-ever worldwide convention of the popular hbo show.  Kit-Harington-Talks-Hardhomeit will be a 3-day event next summer, june 30-july 2 2017.  it will include panels, performances, workshops, a chance to meet & greet with people associated with the show.  more details in the coming months as it is firmed up.

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