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If your New Year's resolution includes getting out and about and trying new Nashville restaurants, add these six new spots to your list!
November 28, 2022
In a busy month filled with holiday decorating, travel plans, gift exchanges, seasonal gatherings, and shopping ’til you drop, it can be a relief to sit back, relax, and let someone else hand over a beverage and some tasty bites. Thankfully, Nashville has several new culinary options for you this month. Grab your coat and your loved ones, and head out for a little wining and dining Music City-style!
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4001 Charlotte Ave., Nashville, TN 37209 • (401) 523-6351
Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; closed Monday
Sylvan Heights’ newest neighborhood restaurant and bar, Common Ground, has taken over the former Chaatable space. Co-owner Wes Taylor describes it best: “Our concept is designed by locals, for locals. We feature a fast-casual cafe, lunch offerings, an elevated unique dinner menu, a world-class beverage program, private dining options, and a lively brunch on weekends.” You’ll find an approachable menu with everything from avocado toast to the Wagyu Smashburger to a local mushroom ragout. Not to mention, you won’t be at a loss for cocktails with kitschy names you won’t soon forget, like the “Don’t BNA Hole” (bourbon, amontillado sherry, fresh lemon, cinnamon, watermelon, orgeat, and mint). With its proximity to Sylvan Park and The Nations, this is one neighborhood hotspot to put on your radar.
“Our menu highlights include a Wagyu Smashburger, Hamachi Crudo, composed toasts, salads, and housemade focaccia with whipped Boursin cheese,” says Wes of the Common Ground menu. “Our chef’s carrot cake has also been a very popular item.” We can see why! Image: Sean McGee
970 Woodland St., Nashville, TN 37206 • (615) 730-5472
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 4 p.m. to midnight; Saturday, noon to midnight; Sunday, noon to 10 p.m.
The newest culinary brainchild from Thai Esane owner Nina Singto, Bar East, has officially opened its doors in East Nashville’s Five Points neighborhood. The cozy, community-style cocktail bar and restaurant highlights Asian-fusion dishes such as Spam Fried Rice and a Miso Butter Board, along with Nina’s signature menu staples like drunken noodles and Pad Thai. Additionally, the menu boasts some unexpected, non-Asian options like Macho Tot-chos, a tater tot nacho dish with ground beef, queso, goat cheese, crispy chickpeas, jalapeños, tomato, and lettuce. Beverage Director Ashland Ghaffari also delivers the goods with a drink menu that features Japanese whiskey and unique cocktails like the Bittersweet Love Affair, a mezcal and tequila cocktail poured over an edible black rose. And stay tuned for the rooftop, slated to open in spring 2023!
Bar East brings unique beverages and Asian-inspired (with a hint of Hispanic) cuisine to East Nashville. Image: Hunter Hart Photo
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710 Demonbreun St., Nashville, TN 37203 • (615) 510-0400
Hours: Tuesday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to midnight; Friday and Saturday, 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.; closed Sunday and Monday
As if 1 Hotel Nashville weren’t already exciting enough, with its beautiful biophilia-influenced decor and delightfully elevated 1 Kitchen dining experience, it has recently debuted its new lounge with a view, Harriet’s Rooftop. Sit by one of the outdoor fire pits and indulge in a selection of extravagant cocktails, such as the Purple Haze (lychee, hibiscus martini with prosecco) or the From the Grounds Up (featuring Absolut Elyx, Coffee Liqueur, Grand Marnier, and Licor 43 topped with orange biscotti foam and salted espresso syrup). Your thoughtfully curated cocktails can be accompanied by equally well-curated (and easily shareable) bites, like Hot Chicken Bao (we highly recommend these!) and signature sushi rolls. Additionally, you can look forward to live music performances and weekly DJ sets to add even more ambiance to your evening to remember.
There’s no doubt the interior of Harriet’s Rooftop is stunning … and wait until you see the skyline views! Image: Sam Frawley
415 4th Ave. S., Nashville, TN 37203 • (615) 830-5263
Hours: Monday through Sunday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

For a quick grab-and-go spot that’s close to the downtown action, The Bodega Nashville has you covered. From a caffeinated morning pick-me-up with an accompanying pastry or breakfast tacos to Detroit-style pizza, hot sandwiches, and more, Bodega is making sure you’re well-fed even when you’re in a rush. Plus, the ambiance is Music City meets New York, with an emphasis on convenience.
Behold, a pretty little sandwich wrap from The Bodega Nashville. Image: Micah Pringle
5104 Centennial Blvd., Nashville, TN 37209 • (615) 891-7215
Hours: Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; closed Sunday

Subtly opening in The Nations, LuckyWest Nutrition Studio is the perfect spot to hit up if you’re making healthier resolutions in the New Year … or even if you’re not! There may not yet be much information about this new concept, but it’s worth checking out. With a menu chock full of meal replacement shakes and energy teas, from Funfetti and salted caramel to a vitamin-infused cucumber-watermelon tea, you can satisfy your sweet cravings while still feeling like you’re indulging. Talk about encouraging a healthy New Year’s resolution!
This vibrant lineup at LuckyWest Nutrition Studio packs some serious protein and vitamin power! Image: Instagram
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900 Main St., Nashville, TN 37206 • (615) 953-7021 
Hours: Monday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Get ready for some South-Asian cuisine, East Nashville! The old Fat Bottom Brewing Co. location is now home to Gully Boyz, where you can fill up on a combination of authentic Indian and Pakistani fare, thanks to owners Qasim “Q” and Arjun “AJ,” who are bringing their family recipes to life in a vibrant, fast-casual setting. “When you enter Gully Boyz, you can expect to receive a #GullyLife experience when you come into our Gully!” says Qasim. “From the aroma of fresh-cooked meats to the visual aesthetics, we have tried to take our guests on a sensory adventure,” adds Arjun. “Gully means ‘Street’ in a neighborhood.” Though the pair initially searched for a spot in the Hillsboro Village area, fate had other plans for them in East Nashville. “We didn’t really choose the location,” says Qasim, “more like the location chose us.” “Of course, not having a South-Asian restaurant and a concept like Gully Boyz in East Nashville helped,” says Arjun. “Having awesome landlords, like we do, was the icing on the cake! We are excited to share our South-Asian cuisine with our East Nashville neighbors.”
Check out this feast from Gully Boyz! Image: Hannah Woodcock
Enjoy your dining adventures! If you’re feeling inspired, check out even more of our local restaurant favorites.
The holiday season is in full swing, which might mean you’re spending more time in the kitchen than usual. If you’re looking for a break, you’re in luck. This month, the Nashville culinary scene was flooded with fantastic new options! From epic deli sandwiches to an Australian cafe and Southern Italian cuisine, here are 12 eateries that recently opened their doors or introduced new concepts. Check them out!
921 Gallatin Ave., Nashville, TN 37206 • (615) 953-7605
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; closed Sunday and Monday
East Nashville recently welcomed FatBelly Pretzel and Deli, which serves (among other delightful things) hand-rolled pretzels. From pretzel danishes to pretzel crunch cookies, pretzels are the name of the game. But even if you aren’t a serious fan of traditional pretzels, don’t underestimate the sandwiches, such as the Cuban B (roasted pork, pit ham, Swiss cheese, provolone, dill pickles, garlic mayo, and “Yella Mustard” on a Cuban roll) or the Lango (roast beef, Swiss and American cheese, coleslaw, banana pepper mayo, and pickles).
“We are a fast-casual bakery and deli, and all are welcome,” says co-owner Kim Wallace. “You can grab food to take home or hang out and enjoy a fast-paced, lively atmosphere with a fun staff and good music. The walls are covered with a local artist — Maxwell Sebastian’s artwork — as well as kitschy trinkets and a photo wall dedicated to our wonderful customers, their children, and animals!”
The Fatbelly Muffuletta on a jumbo pretzel bun | Image: Kim and Levon
211 12th Ave. South, Nashville, TN 37203 • (615) 988-8200
Hours: Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday, 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; closed Monday

Esteemed New York City restaurateur Anthony Scotto is putting his stamp on Nashville’s dining scene with the new Luogo, now open in The Gulch. Featuring a menu chock full of elevated, seasonal Italian dishes with a healthy dose of Mediterranean flair, the 6,800-square-foot, five-star culinary venue beams diners to the Italian coast — think grilled Margherita pizza, lasagna with vegetables, or grilled sausage with roasted peppers. Plus, signature cocktails are a must-try, including the Amalfi Aperitivo made with Piedmont amaro, sparkling rosé elderflower, blood orange, and soda. Buon appetito!
Luogo is as authentic as it gets, with Italian dishes and cocktails galore. Image: Mayter Scott
830 Meridian St., Nashville, TN 37207 • (615) 933-5554
Hours: Thursday through Monday, 11 a.m. to 11 a.m.; closed Tuesday and Wednesday
Originally from Charleston, SC, Xiao Bao has been moonlighting in Music City as a pop-up for a while now. The fun and funky eatery finally found a permanent spot on Meridian Street in East Nashville, joining the likes of local favorites Folk, Audrey, Redheaded Stranger, and more. Known for its Asian comfort food and delicious cocktails, the hotspot from husband-and-wife duo Joshua Walker and Duolan Li keeps getting better and better — particularly now that they’ve set up shop in a vibey neighborhood. “
We design-build all our spaces, and Xiao Bao Nashville is uniquely East Nashville but filtered through our love of Asian retro,” says Duolan. “Our warehouse space on Meridian was an interesting challenge because it was a blank slate; there was nothing too unique about the architecture that we could utilize in the design. We treated it like a film set and built our space with inspiration from my childhood growing up in ’80s China (think Soviet Modernism “home edition”), mid-century retro in all its forms from Japan’s kissatens to British cafes to the good ol’ American diner replete with chrome trim and glossy laminates. We had fun!”
As for the menu, you can expect more of your favorites and perhaps a few new items, too. “We will be serving our own hand-pulled noodles and various styles of dumplings,” says Duolan, “but we enjoy showcasing lesser-known Asian dishes that are not so familiar state-side.”
Head to Xiao Bao for delicious dumplings and other Asian comfort food. Image: Xiao Bao
100 Demonbreun St., Nashville, TN 37201 • (615) 610-6990
Hours: Daily, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
If you’re looking to literally and figuratively break bread with family and friends, the scratch-made artisan sourdough is the way to go! Locally sourced goods, such as vegetables and herbs from Bloomsbury Farm, add exquisite depth of flavor. For dessert, choose from decadent options like the “Autumn in Nashville” (orange-mango mousse with vanilla cream) or the modern tiramisu. If you’re brunching at Mimo, try the Mimo Breakfast Burger or the fried chicken and waffles, which spotlights Asian elements. Not to be forgotten, Mimo’s bar program is a highlight, merging classic Italian cocktails with local flair. Cheers!
Check out this beautiful, fish-forward feast from Mimo Restaurant & Bar! Image: Four Seasons
401 2nd Ave. S., Nashville, TN 37201 • (629) 206-5174
Hours: Monday and Tuesday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Wednesday through Sunday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Bode Nashville welcomes a new all-day cafe! The cozy boutique hotel introduces Dawn Café & Market, a one-stop spot for breakfast, a caffeine pick-me-up, cocktails, and more. Work remotely in the retro-themed space as you snack on cinnamon apple oats or avocado toast with pesto and sip on a seasonal espresso drink like the Bramble (blackberry, cinnamon, espresso, and graham cracker). You can also hit up the happy hour for festive libations like the Snow Shoe, featuring rum, chai, allspice, vanilla, and lemon. Dawn is also a market, so expect a curated selection of local goods and travel accoutrements.
Bode Nashville brings us Dawn Café & Market — the perfect spot to stop for a coffee. Image: Bode Nashville
606 8th Ave. S. Store 400, Nashville, TN 37203 • (615) 964-7700
Hours: Monday and Tuesday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Straight from the Big Apple to the South, Two Hands restaurant brings Australian eats to The Gulch. Vibrant and spacious, the new community-focused hotspot features a menu of simple, delicious food and a great selection of signature cocktails, natural wines, and local beer. You can expect standout dishes like the Lamb Barbacoa and Tamarind Soy Chicken, great coffee, and fun cocktails like the Naked But Not Quite Famous. Additionally, owner Henry Roberts owns and operates a farm in Hudson Valley, NY, so you can look forward to grass-fed beef and lamb, along with organic heritage pork, whenever available.
Breakfast at Two Hands means bright and tasty Australian fare with great cocktails! Image: Two Hands
4101 Charlotte Ave. D130, Nashville, TN 37209 • (615) 900-4739
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; closed Monday
Sylvan Supply keeps upping its game, and we’re here for it. The newest addition to the multi-use complex is Grey’s Fine Cheese, and it’s nothing short of a gourmand’s paradise. The shop’s second location (the first is in Memphis) is housed in the space next to Woodland Wine Merchant, and the new eatery has already made quite a splash. What can we say? Nashville loves a good cheese board! With cut-to-order cheeses, charcuterie, and more, husband-and-wife duo Jackie and Kurt (a professional cheesemonger) are serving up artisanal cheeses, jams, pickles, books, and educational programming, too.
Longtime Memphis favorite Grey’s Fine Cheese just opened their first brick-and-mortar location in Nashville, at Sylvan Supply! Image: Facebook
401 Korean Veterans Blvd. Floor 21, Nashville, TN 37203 • (629) 231-3180
Hours: Monday through Thursday + Sunday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to midnight
The Joseph, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Nashville introduces a lineup of cozy culinary experiences to embrace the season. Denim, the chic rooftop bar, hosts Autumn at Denim, featuring a new fall beverage and food menu along with two new programs. Maximize your view of the Music City skyline as you dine al fresco 21 stories above Nashville, thanks to Denim at Dusk. For $95, you and up to three additional guests can relax in a heated cabana, complete with a dedicated server, as you indulge in a four-course feast. Seasonal dishes and beverage pairings make the night even more unique. Alternatively, Fireside Evening ($75 per guest) lets you reserve a private cabana and warm up while you enjoy shareable snacks and beverage pairings. You can also add a tasting flight of bourbon or tequila, and there’s even a gourmet s’mores kit!
Experience Autumn at Denim, complete with s’mores! Image: The Joseph, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Nashville
2719 Lebanon Pike, Nashville, TN 37214 • (615) 331-3986
Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Edley’s Bar-B-Que has done it again! The award-winning, locally owned (and exceedingly popular) bar-b-que joint has opened the doors on its fourth Nashville location — this time, in Donelson. Making its home in front of the Music City Star Donelson Train Station, the eatery is the largest Edley’s location yet and features both indoor and outdoor seating and the menu we all know and love. You can look forward to that tasty pork and brisket, smoked daily and served with housemade sides like potato salad, coleslaw, greens, and banana pudding. For dessert in cocktail form, they’re known for their signature Bushwackers!
Donelson welcomes Edley’s Bar-B-Que! Image: Nathan Zucker
414 Gallatin Pike S., Madison, TN 37115 • (615) 942-6789
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.; closed Monday
It may have taken them over a year to renovate and open the doors, but Pinky Ring Pizza is officially up and running in Madison! Start with appetizers like the seasonal focaccia with whipped ricotta spread, giardiniera, or antipasto platter, then move on to the main course. The pizza lineup features stellar options, from classic, New York-inspired cheese to the Bianca, a ricotta cream-based beauty with smoked mozzarella, a mushroom blend, shallots, and basil. Additionally, don’t skip the Porchetta, featuring Gifford’s bacon ends, red sauce, smoked provolone, balsamic glaze, and rosemary. Choose from an extensive beverage menu offering everything from ranch water and cream sodas to a great selection of beer (including non-alcoholic options). Oh, and save room for the cheesecake!
530 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203 • (615) 988-5055
Hours: Wednesday and Sunday, 5 p.m. to midnight; Thursday through Saturday, 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.; closed Monday and Tuesday
In perhaps the most mysterious opening of the month, hospitality guru Sam Fox (The Twelve Thirty Club and Blanco Cocina + Cantina) has unveiled Nashville’s first underground margarita bar, Pushing Daisies. Fox Restaurant Group’s third endeavor at Fifth + Broad, located in an elusive underground space beneath Blanco Cocina, the bar is an easy draw for downtown visitors looking for a good time and great margs under the hustle and bustle of Broadway. An impressive list of agave-infused cocktails features everything from the Devil’s VICE (jalapeño-soaked tequila with smashed strawberry, clementine, blistered shishito, and finishing salt) to the ¡Vamanos! (an espresso martini with a twist featuring reposado tequila, espresso liqueur, Spanish vanilla, and cinnamon-spiced cold brew). Of course, there’s always a classic margarita if you want to go the authentic route!
Bring on the margs at Pushing Daisies. Image: Fox Restaurant Concepts
3820 Charlotte Ave., Nashville, TN 37209 
Hours: Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; closed Monday and Tuesday
Thanks to local entrepreneur Lora Aboulmouna, Eat Bubbles brings artisanal, handcrafted boba teas to L&L Market. Deeply influenced by her Lebanese heritage and her love of the popular Taiwanese tea-based beverage, she’s sharing her passion with Music City — and using all-natural, fair-trade ingredients, too. Learning the ropes at various farmers’ markets throughout town, she’s growing her business with a storefront, and it’s worth stopping in for her delicious drinks that range from her signature black milk tea to an Ube Latte made with Ube Japanese potato puree to the Honeycomb Toffee Latte, which is just as decadent as it sounds!
Enjoy an authentic boba tea at the brand new Eat Bubbles in L&L Market! Image: Chelsea Rochelle
Enjoy your dining adventures! If you’re feeling inspired, check out even more of our local restaurant favorites.
When sweater weather finally sets in, we crave hearty, comforting bites with a view of the changing leaves. Luckily, recent Nashville restaurant openings have us covered, with everything from tasty Tex-Mex to juicy burgers paired with local brews. One new eatery even offers a Mariachi brunch, while another invites us to let our pups tag along on the patio! Here are six new restaurants to check out this month in Music City.
1011 Elm Hill Pike, Nashville, TN 37210 • (615) 810-9125
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; closed Monday
Offering a simple and classic menu, Cledis offers a comfy spot to grab a Smashburger and seasonal brew. Even better? You can enjoy it on the outdoor patio. “I fell in love with the building because of the awesome outdoor seating vibe,” says owner Shane Nasby. “In addition to the indoor seating, there are two patios and a lovely beer garden. It’s a cozy, beautiful, hole-in-the-wall joint, and we think that’s perfect.”
The former owner of HoneyFire BBQ in Bellevue is making the most of his new eatery, creating a casual scene where you can sit back, sip one of 24 local brews, and indulge in one of 10 signature burger options (or sub the burger for chicken breast or a veggie burger). “We’re trying to create a very laid-back atmosphere with an excellent outdoor vibe,” says Shane. “[There’s] live music, fire pits, a beer garden, great food, an amazing local beer selection, and of course, friendly service.”
Indulge in all kinds of messy deliciousness at the mission-based restaurant, Cledis! Image: Sam Angel
2600 8th Ave. S., Ste. 109, Nashville, TN 37204 • (615) 538-8906
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Pancho & Lefty’s Cantina is officially open on 8th Avenue (in the former Sutler Saloon space), offering up a steady stream of its signature Nashville-style Mexican cuisine that merges spicy Tex-Mex and soulful Southern fare. From the Hot Chicken Tacos on homemade tortillas to scratch-made margs and boozy slushies, the menu is chock full of tasty bites and beverages that will have you going back for more. If you’re already familiar with the eatery from its current Sylvan Park location or its former days downtown, you might be intrigued to hear there’s an updated menu exclusive to the new site, showcasing fun new taco options and more.
For those in the burger mood, go for The Pancho Burger featuring two beef patties, housemade pimento cheese, roasted poblano pepper, red chile mayo, and chipotle-agave glaze. If you’re enjoying a family outing, don’t miss the create-your-own-taco bar, served family-style with plenty of food to go around! Enjoy the vibrant decor as you sip a Cosmic Cactus (prickly pear, lime juice, agave, and color-changing butterfly pea flower tea with edible glitter dust) on the patio, or head over for the weekend Mariachi brunch (with a live Mariachi band!) and indulge in bottomless mimosas and a Chicken and Churro Waffle served with hot honey.
Fun taco combos abound at Pancho & Lefty’s Cantina in Melrose! Image: Pancho & Lefty’s
101 17th Ave. S., Nashville, TN 37203 • (615) 933-5554
Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Midtown has seen some changes recently, as restaurants such as Flatiron and M Street’s longstanding Tavern closed their doors. But that isn’t to say a new batch of eateries isn’t on the horizon. In fact, the second Scout’s Pub location hit the Midtown scene at the tail end of September, bringing its family-friendly, community-based bar and restaurant to the neighborhood.
Like Scout’s Franklin location, you can expect a seasonal menu, craft cocktails, and plenty of local brews to quench your thirst. You can also find signature dishes like the Bear Creek Farm beef burger, flatbread pizzas, and Whiskey Frites with apple bacon, whiskey glaze, parmesan, and housemade aioli. For cocktail specials (such as seasonal sangria) and a good time, hit up the happy hour from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday through Thursday. Did we mention you can bring along your pup? Named after Scout, the Marshall (of A. Marshall Hospitality Group) family dog, the outdoor patio welcomes those with feet and paws!
Enjoy a KBQ Burger (a Korean BBQ turkey burger with pineapple-chile salsa, cheddar, arugula, and more) on the pup-friendly patio at Scout’s Pub in Midtown! Image: Amy Whidby
5604 Nolensville Pk., Nashville, TN 37211 • (615) 750-5044
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; closed Monday
Tucked away in the Shoppes at South Plaza strip mall on Nolensville Pike, Taste of Persia Pastry & Restaurant brings some beautiful (and savory) Mediterranean fare to South Nashville. Run by a mother and daughter team who make everything fresh each day, you can look forward to traditional dishes such as hummus or kebabs as well as heartier options like lamb shank with rice. For dessert, order the Baklava (available every day) as well as the daily dessert special, which is often a Persian or French-inspired cake. Oh, and don’t skip the special Persian tea! Not only is the presentation beautiful, but it completes the experience perfectly.
From hummus to Baklava and this good-looking Chenje Soltani, get ready for tasty bites at Taste of Persia Pastry & Restaurant. Image: Instagram
1810 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203 • (629) 250-3410
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m; Friday and Saturday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Get ready to make plans for a visit to Hotel Fraye. Celebrating its official grand opening along with the new Midtown hotel, Gathre offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner — and a stellar new weekend brunch menu that’s chock full of delicious dishes like a smoked salmon tartine with caper-onion crema, a buttery Pan Perdue on brioche with orange mascarpone, and the 1810 burger featuring Bear Creek dry-aged beef with caramelized onions and comeback sauce. Plus, you can look forward to tunes every Saturday, thanks to the weekly DJ and a cocktail menu that extends beyond mere mimosas and Bloody Marys (though you can get those, too!).
If you’re headed there for lunch or dinner instead, think wagyu meatballs with tomato sugo, whipped ricotta with crusty bread, and decadent lobster rolls. Entrées like the Pan-Seared Tilefish, Sumac-Roasted Carrots, and Korean-Style Skirt Steak wow, but the true standout is the Chicken Parm, a secret recipe by head chef Tony Fraske that’s brined for 72 hours and cooked to perfection. Oh, and don’t forget your side of Smoked Duck Mac N’ Cheese!
Gathre is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner … and now, brunch! Image: Mick Jacob
1406 McGavock Pike, Ste. D, Nashville, TN 37216
Hours: Thursday and Friday, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; closed Monday through Wednesday

It might take a minute to figure out where Yellow & Lavender is located (it’s tucked away in a back alley behind the Riverside Village Pharmacy in East Nashville), but it’s certainly worth it once you find it! The brand-new vegan bakery is 100% women and non-binary-owned — it’s also 100% delicious. What started in a garage is now a bonafide neighborhood bakery (fondly referred to as “The Rainbow Bunker”) with everything from vegan horchata to danishes and sandwiches. The menu changes weekly, but you can’t go wrong with any of the goodies — especially their popular PB&J Pop-Tarts and gluten-free brown sugar fig cupcakes. Don’t walk; run!
Pop-Tarts for grown-ups? Yes, please, Yellow & Lavender! Image: Facebook
Enjoy your dining adventures! If you’re feeling inspired, check out even more of our local restaurant favorites.
We’re inching closer to sweater weather, and that means fall-themed cocktails and seasonal menu changes in restaurants everywhere. For Nashville, it also means the opening of several new restaurants and concepts we’re eager to explore. From epic homemade tortillas to festive Halloween-inspired fare, check out these new options around town!
1400 Adams St., Nashville, TN 37208 • (615) 709-3158
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.; closed Sunday and Monday
The long-awaited Star Rover Sound has officially (and finally!) hit the Germantown scene. Referred to as a “classic honky-tonk snack bar,” the concept is yet another stellar addition to the culinary roster of Executive Chef and owner Ford Fry (The Optimist, Jacqueline, Le Loup). A bit of a deviation from his seafood-forward norm, this spot is a tribute to all things live music and tacos. That isn’t to say you can’t get his signature ceviche (you can and should) or a tuna tostada, but the stars of the show here — aside from whoever’s on stage, of course — are the Tacos Dorados.
If you aren’t feeling tacos, the Butter Burger, nostalgic Fried Bologna “Wich,” or lighter Little Gem Wedge salad with avocado, crispy chorizo, chiles, and spiced pepitas are also great options. This eatery excels in shareable snacks. Plus, thanks to a fairly extensive beverage menu that covers everything from Tecate to Ranch Water to Palomas, you won’t go thirsty. Comfy quilted vinyl booths offer a great view of the music, offering Nashville a unique listening room experience.
One of Star Rover Sound’s many shareable snacks, this basket of cheese fries topped with queso, pico de gallo, sour cream, and cilantro really hits the spot! Image: Andrew Thomas Lee
401 Union St., Nashville, TN 37219 • (615) 988-8511
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 2 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The Fairlane Hotel has done it again, beckoning us with their autumn-inspired pop-up, Falling for Fairlane. While the past few themes have leaned more toward the whimsical (Alice in Wonderland and Miami Vice, for example), this iteration is all things warm, cozy, and harvest-related. The menu is chock-full of seasonal beverages and bites, and the view, as always, is spectacular.
Sip on The Drunken Pumpkin, a frozen pumpkin spice latte, or the Fall-tini, a martini with chai-infused vodka, oat milk, vanilla nut syrup, and nutmeg. If you’re looking for a light snack to add to your experience, we recommend the pimento cheese with housemade bagel chips or the Mixed Nut Tart with honey caramel. Don’t miss an opportunity for a festive fall evening in front of the Music City skyline — the pop-up runs through Friday, November 11. Did we mention it’s the perfect place for fall photoshoots?
Pumpkin spice and everything nice, indeed! Image: Oliver Hospitality
415 4th Ave. S., Nashville, TN 37201 • (615) 862-1544
Hours: Sunday through Wednesday, 11 a.m. to midnight; Thursday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
With humble beginnings as a social media success story, the Barrett Brothers have brought their @friday.beers comedy and party culture to Nashville! If you’re looking to up your game (literally), Almost Friday Sporting Club is the place to be. Celebrating its grand opening on Saturday, September 24, this vibrant hotspot merges sports and music and offers an opportunity for you to “gather to eat, drink, party, and play the Almost Friday way.”
From donut holes and “Brunchiladas” to a decadent five-pound burger or the “Hot Pocket of the Day,” the bar and restaurant offer bites for any time of day. The extensive cocktail list showcases fun choices such as the frozen Fratpuccino (vodka, cold brew coffee, cacao, and simple syrup) and even “adult juice boxes.” Plus, there’s plenty of entertainment to go around! You can look forward to nostalgic pop culture references, classic board games, and more.
Grab a beer and play on … it’s Almost Friday! Image: Almost Friday Sporting Club
118 7th Ave. N., Nashville, TN 37203 • (629) 208-1613
Hours: Sunday through Wednesday, 11 a.m. to midnight; Thursday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
For a bewitchingly good time, head to BarTenn at the Holston House. Halloween enthusiasts are in luck (as long as they’re 21+), thanks to the immersive Hocus Pocus-inspired activation running through Monday, October 31. Get ready to channel Max, Dani, Binx, and the Sanderson sisters as you snack on bites like a giant pretzel or sweet potato poutine, and sip on movie-themed spirits such as the Sandersons’ Brew featuring Ketel One Peach and Orange Blossom, melon liqueur, Cointreau, lemon and lime juice, and pineapple juice.
You can even catch the Sanderson Sisters performing by making a reservation HERE. Though hotel guests don’t need reservations, and the performance is complimentary with a hotel stay, space is limited, so be sure to book your seats in advance.
The wild wonder of mystical magic is alive and well at the Holston House! Image: Holston House
3101 Clarksville Pike, Ste. 10, Nashville, TN 37218 
Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; closed Saturday through Monday
Joining the ever-growing trend of pop-ups and food trucks-turned brick-and-mortar, the team behind Maiz De La Vida is bringing several concepts our way. While the permanent restaurant location isn’t scheduled to open until later this year (it’s slated for the upcoming Paseo South Gulch construction), you can find the new Maiz De La Vida Tortilla Shop on Clarksville Pike — it opened on Tuesday, September 13, just in time to be fully operational by Mexican Independence Day on Thursday, September 15.
Get ready to swoon over homemade tamales, flautas, salsas, and, of course, fresh tortillas. And while the initial intention was to open as a tortilla shop-meets-grab-and-go market, the team launched a full lunch menu on Tuesday, September 20, thanks to immediate and overwhelming community response. “The community came out and didn’t mind eating while standing as they picked up goods for the house,” says Chef Julio Hernandez. “We will add more seating in the weeks to come. Twenty seats is the goal, and home-cooked Mexican lunch is available from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. We are now a FONDA (a small intimate establishment with no smoke and mirrors).”
With a dining room that doubles as a space to grind masa each morning, you can anticipate an authentic experience that includes thousands of heirloom corn ears as decor.
The new tortilla shop from Maiz De La Vida offers a chance to shop for fresh salsas, homemade take-home Mexican dishes, and more. Image: Chef Julio Hernandez
1 Music Square W., Nashville, TN 37203
Hours: Wednesday and Thursday, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.; closed Friday through Tuesday

You may or may not have heard about The Late Great, a private members club and venue in the Virgin Hotel Nashville that has been a bit of a secret amongst music artists and industry folk since May 2021. An exclusive, members-only lounge with private liquor lockers, impromptu jam sessions, and a memorable collection of artifacts (including the last photo ever taken of Johnny Cash), The Late Great pays homage to acclaimed artists and their work.
While the speakeasy still exercises some serious exclusivity, it is offering limited reservations for those looking to catch a glimpse of the hidden gem, sample signature cocktails such as Coal Miner’s Daughter or Time of the Preacher, and have a seat amidst the plush, cozy decor designed by Johnny Cash’s granddaughter, Hannah Crowell. Non-member reservations for up to four guests are available on Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
With interior design by Hanna Crowell of Crowell + Co. Interiors (granddaughter to Johnny Cash and daughter to Rosanne Cash and Rodney Crowell), this secret bar is moody, cozy, and beautiful. Image: The Late Great
2005 Belcourt Ave., Nashville, TN 37212 • (615) 730-9139
Hours: Monday through Sunday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Hillsboro Village has a new tenant, as the former ‘Za Wood Fired Pizza location is now home to Charleston-based The Co-op Frosé & Eatery. With a second location opening soon in The Gulch, this fun spot offers everything from breakfast items to salads and sandwiches to … you guessed it … frosé. There’s even a kid’s menu — sans the frosé, of course. The signature cocktail is made with rosé, simple syrup, and lemon juice, and you can order a flight to taste test all the flavor options. Fall may be saturated with pumpkin spice everything, but this piece of summer remains. Thanks to The Co-op, you can enjoy a frosé all year long!
It may be fall, but you can get a taste of summer with a delightful frosé at The Co-op Frosé & Eatery. Image: Aleece Sophia
248 Sanders Ferry Rd., Hendersonville, TN 37075 • (615) 431-2395
Hours: Monday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
TailGate Brewery is expanding faster than we can say “pale ale,” and the newest location has popped up in Hendersonville. With a taproom that overlooks Old Hickory Lake, it’s the ideal spot to sit on the expanded deck and enjoy the view as you dine. TailGate continues to bestow us with its colorful wall art, an extensive selection of draft beer, and menu options like pizza, loaded waffle fries, and more. Plus, they’re serving up cider slushies to celebrate the season! Though they are currently only open in one portion of the building, TailGate is building out the entire 8,200-square-foot space and even creating a lager production facility!
Grab a beer and catch a sunset at the recently opened Tailgate Brewery in Hendersonville. Image: Tailgate Brewery
210 4th Ave. N., Nashville, TN 37219 • (615) 622-0600
Hours: Monday through Wednesday, 4 p.m. to midnight; Thursday, 4 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Friday and Saturday, noon to 1 a.m.; Sunday, noon to midnight
Halloween is in the air, and Parlour Bar in the lobby of Dream Hotel is making sure we have our desired dose of spooky. They’ve recently debuted their fall pop-up, and it’s brimming with all things Beetlejuice. Themed decor and specialty menu items pay homage to the classic Tim Burton film, with signature cocktails like Knock Three Times (Lunazul tequila, ginger, lime, and blood orange) and bites such as Lydia’s Squid Ink Pasta (carrot butter, heirloom carrots, arugula, beemster) and Adam’s Hot Chicken Sandwich (hot chicken, slaw, and black buns). Reminisce about popular scenes from the ’80s flick as you sip, snack, and celebrate the spirit of Halloween.
Even if you’ve never seen the movie, the BeetleBar offers a spooky good time! Image: BRND House
2057 Scarritt Pl., Nashville, TN 37203 • (615) 864-7901
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; closed Sunday
The third location to open in Nashville, The Poki Vanderbilt is a campus-adjacent spot for fast-casual fare — the perfect go-to for those looking for something fresh and tasty. “I thought a Poke shop would be a great addition to the [area] because of the high quality — the healthy choice — that we provide … especially for students,” says owner Kelvin Tran. “It’s a lighter option.” Among the most popular dishes are the Gangnam Spicy Tuna, which features housemade Gochujang sauce with a spicy kick, and the Smoki Poki, which Kelvin says is his personal favorite (though he substitutes the chicken for tuna). While there are plenty of delicious signature options, you also have the choice of building your own bowl from scratch. Additionally, Kelvin says that all the ingredients come directly from Japan and Korea for authentic flavors that wow.
Grab a signature bowl or build your own at The Poki by Vanderbilt. Image: The Poki
Enjoy your dining adventures! If you’re feeling inspired, check out even more of our local restaurant favorites.
Just when we thought our Nashville restaurant bucket list couldn’t get any longer, August came along and proved us wrong. From trendy smashburgers and sinfully sweet soft serve to a Japanese comfort food pop-up, there are plenty of wonderful new ways to satisfy your cravings this month.
710 Demonbreun St., Nashville, TN 37203 • (615) 510-0400
Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; closed Monday and Tuesday
Culinary Director and “Top Chef” alum Chris Crary is making his mark on Nashville, opening his seasonal and ingredient-driven restaurant, 1 Kitchen, in South Broadway District’s brand new, mission-driven 1 Hotel. Featuring an inviting ambiance that pays homage to biophilic design and considers the restaurant’s carbon footprint, 1 Kitchen showcases a menu filled with local ingredients, a biodynamic and organic wine list, a sustainable cocktail program, and (in keeping with the hotel’s initiatives) zero-waste dishes.
Their menu highlights fresh fare like Beet Wellington (Chef Chris’s take on a meatless Beef Wellington) and Bear Creek Farm Beef Ribeye. Even better, 1 Kitchen sources 75% of its ingredients within a 200-mile radius. The restaurant is also composting all of its green waste, utilizing an on-site glass crusher, and partnering with ACE to recycle its oil. Located on the ground floor of the hotel, 1 Kitchen is truly food and earth-driven, with dishes that embrace the local culture and landscape of Music City.
The vibrant, seasonal dishes from 1 Kitchen make 1 Hotel even more of a desirable destination. Image: Frawley Photography
Bearded Iris: 101 Van Buren St., Nashville, TN 37208
Hours: Wednesday + Thursday, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.; closed Sunday through Tuesday
Smashburgers have taken over the Music City food scene in a big way, and we aren’t complaining! One recent addition to the roster is Cabin Attic Burgers, a small-batch smashburger food truck pop-up currently holding an August residency at Bearded Iris in Germantown. The patty melt with Swiss cheese and caramelized onions is dreamy, but you can’t go wrong with the classic A-Frame burger or the Surf Shack Burger either. The latter features two mustard-fried beef patties with American cheese, caramelized onions, pickles, and Cabin Attic’s Special Spread. For those looking to skip the meat, Cabin Attic has a griddle-toasted grilled cheese gussied up with American cheese, caramelized onion, pickles, and a special housemade spread.
Heads up! Cabin Attic’s stint at Bearded Iris is over on Friday, September 2, so follow the eatery’s Instagram page for updates on where to find your next smashburger fix.
Smashburger pop-ups are all the rage! Image: Cabin Attic Burgers
2039 Greenwood Ave., Nashville, TN 37206 
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; closed Monday
Joining the intersection of Porter Road and Greenwood Avenue with the likes of Café Roze and Vinyl Tap, the new Soft Service Station walk-up window delivers a short and sweet lineup of coffee and soft-serve ice cream. Attached to the new Tabla Rasa Toys, the cafe is the perfect spot to enjoy a treat and people-watch, read a book, or admire the youngsters on the mini skateboard ramp. The shop specializes in cold brew, but there are also plenty of espresso options, chai, and a house lavender lemonade. If your sweet tooth is calling, grab a cup or cone, and don’t forget to add some sprinkles. You deserve it!
Vanilla, chocolate, or swirl? You decide. Image: Soft Service Station
1330 5th Ave. N., Nashville, TN 37208
Hours: Thursday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; closed Monday through Wednesday

This new neighborhood market from Chad and Alex Kelly, which officially opened its doors on Thursday, August 4, brings Germantown a thoughtfully curated selection of prepackaged goods and daily housemade sandwiches, bread, and pastries — all out of a little white house on the corner of 5th and Taylor. “It probably started with a conversation about how nice it would be to stroll down the street to grab a loaf of bread, a head of garlic, a bottle of wine, and good olive oil,” says Alex of the endeavor. “At the time, there wasn’t anywhere in Germantown to get the components of a meal without doing a full grocery haul — Lazaroli had closed, and Local Distro was undertaking more hot food options. From there, the conversation never stopped.”
While the concept morphed several times before becoming the Spread Market and Larder it is today, one thing is certain: Alex and Chad knew they were onto something. “Over time, we fine-tuned the concept as something that worked for the neighborhood and us as a family and business owners,” Alex tells us. “It combines everything we love: storytelling, cool brands, homemade bread, and hosting.” In its current iteration, you can expect to shop everything from specialty groceries and snack items to beer and cider (wines are coming soon!). Additionally, you can stay on-site to sip and snack or take it to go. “We have pre-made sandwiches (one meat and one vegetarian) that change daily, plus a daily side and salad,” says Alex. “We always have fresh bread (regular loaves, sandwich loaves, and baguettes — all sourdough-based) and daily pastries (cinnamon rolls have been the favorite).” We can see why!
Don’t miss out on the sourdough cinnamon rolls at Spread Market and Larder. Image: Molly Peach
620 Taylor St., Nashville, TN 37208 
Hours: Thursday through Sunday, 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.; closed Monday through Wednesday
Tailor has been around since 2018, so while some folks may not think of it as new, we find the opening of their new location to be totally newsworthy! Displaced by the pandemic, the award-winning multi-course supper club concept from Chef Vivek Surti (who’s insanely talented, might we add) and Heather Southerland is finally in its new Germantown digs, and we couldn’t be happier. If you’ve never partaken in the experience, you’re in for a treat.
While Tailor enjoyed a temporary stint at The Nashville Food Project, the South Asian restaurant is now in its standalone, 40-seat, Pfeffer Torode-designed home on Taylor Street. The menu continues to delight with its array of flavorful dishes that honor Vivek’s Indian heritage — from Gujarati snacks to homemade bread and grilled meats. Dishes like Black Bass with coconut, Thai chile, Sungold tomato, and Limdi (curry leaf) will have you swooning.
Tailor is back in Germantown … and better than ever! Image: Minnie Morklithavong
1244 3rd Ave. N., Nashville, TN 37208 • (615) 730-5095
Hours: Monday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 12:30 a.m.
Tennessee’s first official cannabis restaurant is open, and it’s in Nashville. Germantown, to be exact. A laidback restaurant and bar with a menu that’s chock full of elevated pub fare, Buds & Brews is one of the most talked-about recent additions to the local restaurant scene. So, where does the cannabis come in, you ask? It’s offered in the form of locally-made (and totally legal) THC-infused dipping sauces, and the menu boasts more than 25 of them. The list runs the flavor gamut — from traditional options like BBQ and ketchup to slightly more unexpected choices like Cajun butter or soy sauce.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the cannabis-infused sauces and mocktails have some people raising an eyebrow. But rest assured, all products adhere to federal and state laws. So head over for southwest chicken rolls, cheese curds, burgers, fried pickles, and, of course, craft cannabis. You can even order a bowl of Lucky Charms. True story.
Chicken tenders and fries with THC-infused dipping sauce at Buds & Brews | Image: Buds & Brews
Times and locations vary.
What began as a “kitchen takeover” pop-up at The Patterson House and segued into various farmers’ market stints is steadily moving toward an official location in East Nashville this fall. That’s right; you can finally look for Kisser to make its brick-and-mortar debut in the Highland Yards building come October (at least, that’s the plan!). “I had been the sous chef of The Catbird Seat for three years, so for me, it was a fun sort of homecoming to pop up downstairs at the Patterson House,” says Kisser chef Leina Horii, who owns the restaurant with her husband, Brian (former chef of Le Sel and Bastion). “Since then, we have popped up all over town,” she says, naming a roster of Nashville’s best, including Bastion, Proper Saké, Urban Cowboy, Southern Grist, Harding House, and Joyland.
These days, you can find them serving Japanese comfort foods like udon, curry, and house-baked Japanese milk bread sandwiches at places like the East Nashville Farmers’ Market and the Saturday Richland Park Market. Follow their Instagram for updates on pop-ups and their future opening in Highland Yards!
“We like to serve dishes popular at a shokudo — or casual Japanese cafe,” says Leina of the Kisser menu. “In Japan, they are often mom-and-pop restaurants serving comfort foods such as udon and curry. One of our most popular items is Onigiri — seasoned rice balls with different fillings.” Image: Leina Horii
613 S. Main St., Springfield, TN 37172 • (615) 560-6296
Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.; closed Monday and Tuesday
If you’re looking to “get away” without leaving the Nashville vicinity, head to Mystic Picnic in Springfield for a quiet lunch surrounded by charm and history. “It’s an easy 25-mile drive north of Nashville, and the Historic District is just the small town fantasy we were hoping to find,” says Adam LaClave of discovering the Mystic Picnic location. He co-owns the restaurant with his husband, Zach, and they have approximately 25 years in the restaurant industry between them.
“We eventually found the right space for Mystic Picnic right in the center of the downtown area,” Adam tells us. “[We] took a small, uninspired bakery/office space and renovated it from the floor to the high ceilings that now exist.” Adam and Zach have created a little oasis that serves wine, craft whiskey, and a short but sweet food menu. “With our wine list, we focus on mostly natural and sustainable producers from around the world that are making exciting, approachable, small case production wines that you can’t just go pick up at any wine shop or grocery store,” says Adam. He adds that the two most popular food items are a charcuterie plate and the house twist on a croque monsieur that they’ve dubbed the Croque Mystique.
Mystic Picnic’s croque mystique offers an indulgent take on a French croque monsieur. Image: Zach Vannieuwenhuyze
1120 4th Ave. N., Suite 103, Nashville, TN 37208 • (615) 610-3394
Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Move over, chicken and waffles; there’s an equally delicious combo in town. Waldo’s Chicken & Beer has made its way to Germantown, bringing its extensive beer list and menu of chicken, chicken, and more chicken. Nashville certainly isn’t underrepresented when it comes to what’s on draft, with plenty of local brews from TailGate, Jackalope, Yazoo, and others. As for the food, people flock to Waldo’s (bad pun intended) for the fowl. Try “The O.G.” (a fried chicken sandwich with pickles, lettuce, and mayo), “The Roost” (a slow-roasted chicken sandwich with pickles and Alabama white sauce), or Waldo’s Wings. And don’t forget the cheddar biscuit basket. Yum!
Chicken and beer is a combo worth heading to Waldo’s for! Image: Facebook
5511 Centennial Blvd, Nashville, TN 37209 • (615) 730-9065/a>
Hours: Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 9 p.m.; closed Monday
Just because Maru Sushi & Grill opened its third Nashville location with slightly less fanfare than some of the other restaurants on this month’s list doesn’t mean it’s any less exciting. The sushi-centric eatery already boasts locations in East Nashville and Hendersonville, and now, The Nations joins them. Start with the spicy edamame and move through beautiful dishes like Albacore Carpaccio, Hamachi Kama (charbroiled yellowtail cheeks), and squid salad. Of course, the sushi is not to be missed, with a list that includes everything from classic maki and deep-fried rolls to baked rolls and premium combinations like The  Captain’s Secret, which features fried shrimp, spicy crab with avocado, chili-marinated tuna, scallions, fish roe, ponzu, and eel sauce. Talk about complex flavors!
Satisfy your sushi cravings at the new Maru Sushi & Grill In The Nations! Image: Facebook
This summer in Nashville has been smoking hot, and we’re talking about more than just the record-breaking temperatures. If you’re looking to find a few new favorite dishes, sip seasonal cocktails while you watch the sunset, and explore creative menus with everything from cereal to caviar, you’re in luck. Here are 10 new Nashville restaurants and concepts to tempt your tastebuds this month!
1620 West End Ave., Nashville, TN 37203 • (615) 327-8000
Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Elegant and modern, Blue Aster merges fine dining with farm-to-table fare that wows. Picture fresh local ingredients whipped up into elevated dishes that will have you over the moon. (It’s not often that I walk away dreaming of the vegetable plate, but the homemade romesco and green goddess dipping sauces are simply divine!) The menu is chock-full of fabulous dishes — from the bread loaf brushed with fresh herbs and served on a hot stone to the Whole Roasted Lobster Thermidor Pasta. If you’re looking to grab a craft cocktail after dinner, sip on the “Campfire Legends,” a smoky old-fashioned with burnt orange and a marshmallow syrup twist, or head to the adjacent Lounge at Blue Aster to catch a glimpse of the 2,500-bottle wine room.
Fine dining in an elegant atmosphere isn’t all Blue Aster has to offer. Prepare to be wowed by the food, too! Image: Jenna Bratcher
1000 Broadway, Suite 101, Nashville, TN 37203 • (615) 622-3225
Hours: Monday through Friday, 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

The Continental keeps introducing us to fun concepts that lend themselves to everything from happy hours to full-fledged culinary extravaganzas. (In fact, keep scrolling for another one of Chef Sean Brock’s fine dining experiences!) Highball Hour at The Continental is an opportunity to pull up to the bar, imbibe a carefully crafted drink, and snag a delicious bite. All the beverage options on the Highball menu are worth trying, but we highly recommend the vodka and sherry cocktail with toasted coconut. Additionally, the Campari with rosé vermouth, apricot, and prosecco is a refreshing (not to mention picture-perfect) drink that offers classic elevated flavors with a summer spin. If you’re considering some food (and you should), the Continental Prime Rib French Dip is out of this world and a big enough portion to satisfy, despite being labeled a “bite!”
Sip in style at Sean Brock’s The Continental. Image: Emily Dorio
1000 Main St., Nashville, TN 37206 • (615) 538-5111
Hours: Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Closed Monday through Wednesday

If you’re an Emmy Squared fan, you’re in luck — particularly if you live in East Nashville, where the beloved neighborhood pizza joint opened its fourth location on Friday, July 1. Emmy Squared takes over the former Shep’s Deli spot (and Marché, if you go even further back), bringing popular menu items like the Le Big Matt Burger and signature Detroit-style pizzas to the East side. Picture a square-shaped, crispy-bottomed cheesy crust with signature sauce. We highly recommend the Colony pizza, which features pepperoni, pickled jalapeños, and honey! Additionally, they’ve honored the building’s former residents with a pizza called The Shep (a Reuben pizza with pastrami, sauerkraut, mozzarella, and spicy Russian dressing) and another called The Marché (smoked salmon with cream cheese basil pesto, and everything seasoning). If you’re looking for a lighter bite, the summer menu boasts culinary offerings like plant-based meatballs and a turkey burger.
Emmy Squared hits East Nashville, serving their delicious burgers, pizzas, and more — like these loaded waffle fries! Image: Emmy Squared Pizza
809 Meridian St., Nashville, TN 37207
Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, 5 p.m. to close (last seating at 8 p.m.); Closed Sunday through Tuesday

After several months of lead-in dinners featuring phenomenal chefs from around the country, Sean Brock’s long-awaited tasting experience, June, is finally up and running! Officially launching on Wednesday, July 13, the concept is located above another of Chef Sean’s restaurants, Audrey. Hosting only nine tables total, June is a tranquil, intimate space that encourages serenity and food exploration. “I am so excited for everyone to sit in this space and experience how relaxing it is,” says Chef Sean. “We put a lot of emphasis on making it the most zen experience possible. The last two-and-a-half years have been very difficult for all of us. June is a place to escape and focus on art and happiness.” Art and happiness, indeed. The 20+-course menu rolls out the culinary red carpet. “I find the tasting menu format extremely exciting,” he tells us. “A tasting menu allows me to focus so much more on the overall experience because you have so much more control. It’s much easier to tell a story from start to finish.” That story merges the American South and Chef Sean’s connection to Appalachia. Featuring five “acts,” the current lineup includes dishes such as Cherrywood Smoked Scallop with Fennel, Grilled Porcini with Yuba, Eggplant, and Garlic Scapes, and Crispy Quail Leg with Shiso.
At June, a 20+-course menu delivers exquisite bites from Chef Sean Brock. Image: John Troxell
401 Union St., Nashville, TN 37219 • (615) 988-8511
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 2 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.

If you’ve never been to one of the Fairlane Hotel’s penthouse pop-ups, this should be your inaugural excursion. From Studio 54 to Alice in Wonderland, the themes just keep getting better and better! This season’s iteration, Nash Vice, is an ode to all things ’80s summer, and they’ve spared no expense. The beach vibes are in full effect! From light bites like pineapple mango salsa with cinnamon dipping chips to on-theme cocktails like The Don Johnson (whiskey, ginger liqueur, lemon, honey syrup, honey bitters, and mint) and a perfectly pink strawberry frosé, they’ve spared no imagination when it comes to being festive. If you’re a mezcal fan, we recommend the Bringin’ the Heat, which is essentially a watermelon-basil margarita. Take it on the patio to watch the sunset — it’s summer at its finest!
Who needs Don Johnson? The Fairlane’s new penthouse pop-up, Nash Vice, offers a vibrant experience with Miami Vice vibes. Image: Jenna Bratcher
1111 Caruthers Ave., Nashville, TN 37204
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Closed Monday

Coffee, cereal, and ice cream? Wanna Spoon Cereal Bar may have found the perfect trifecta. This newly opened (and super fun) spot technically opened its doors on Friday, July 15, but the official grand opening is in August. Nevertheless, the new 12South cafe is experiencing an immediate and overwhelming response. A soft launch led to some serious word of mouth, and the eatery is off and running. Mixed cereals, cereal milk lattes, and ice cream with coffee add-ins or the cereal topping of your choice are just a few of the popular menu items, and rumor has it they’re working on dairy-free and gluten-free items too. Cereal fanatics are in for a treat!
Mix and match cereals at 12South‘s new Wanna Spoon Cereal Bar. Image: Jennie Wood
3109 Ambrose Ave., Nashville, TN 37207 • (913) 209-2355
Hours: Wednesday and Thursday, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 1 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.; closed Monday and Tuesday

Sake enthusiasts, this one is for you. On Thursday, July 14, Proper Saké opened the doors to Rice Vice, a new bar concept showcasing an ever-changing roster of Japanese imports and sakes brewed on-site. Sit, sip, and broaden your tasting horizons as you listen to tunes from their stellar record collection. Additionally, Rice Vice offers a variety of Koji beers and craft cocktails, and they’ve been celebrating their opening with guest culinary collaborators such as pop-up Fox Den Izakaya and Kisser.
Proper Saké Co.. delivers plenty of ambiance and tasting opportunities at Rice Vice. Image: Alex Crawford
3901 Kedron Rd., Spring Hill, TN 37174  • (931) 486-1253
Hours: Monday and Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Whether or not you’re a golf enthusiast, the brand new Birdsong Social gives you an excuse to head out to the picturesque Towhee Club in Spring Hill, designed by golf great Arnold Palmer. But you don’t have to be a club member to experience the Birdsong Social dining scene, which merges a classic clubhouse vibe with a contemporary aesthetic. Feast your eyes on the driving range’s panoramic views while indulging in signature craft cocktails and approachable dishes like burgers, wings, and loaded nachos. Outside, enjoy some friendly competition with classic lawn games like horseshoes and bocce ball, and check out the community fire pits and outdoor movies!
A variety of classic American dishes abound at Spring Hill’s new Birdsong Social. Image: Mandy Reid
915 3rd Ave. N., Nashville, TN 37201 • (615) 953-7089
Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 a.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Adding yet another fun neighborhood haunt to the area surrounding the Nashville Sounds’ stadium, TailGate Brewery has opened a new Germantown location beneath Third and Home. With an open taproom and a patio that offers a great view of Left Field, this is about to be one busy hotspot! Vibrant murals surround the building, and you can expect your menu favorites such as the spicy feta dip, hot honey pizza, or loaded waffle fries with any and every topping imaginable. Of course, the brew lineup is also stellar, with everything from the offbeat peanut butter milk stout and limited edition barrel-aged French toast brew to classic IPAs.
Welcome to Germantown, TailGate! Image: TailGate Brewery
Various locations throughout Nashville

Chef Brandon Frohne is all about a weekend pop-up. The former chef at Mason’s in the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel, he’s bringing his skills to the Wildcat BBQ pop-up — a Southern-style craft barbecue joint with a nod to the tropical flavors of his childhood. Think Thai Tomato Salad, sticky spareribs, and Snap Crackle Pop Chicken Wings. And the creativity doesn’t stop there. Tasty dishes you won’t find anywhere else include the Hot Ruffle Lumpia, a Filipino dish packed with smoked brisket, spicy noodles, cabbage, cheese, and chiles, then breaded with Hot Ruffle potato chips and crisped up. The menu changes weekly, so get ready to be adventurous and follow Wildcat BBQ on Instagram for pop-up location updates!
The Tropic Like It’s Guac from Wildcat BBQ features mango salsa, candied ancho-tequila bacon, and crispy tortillas. Image: Brandon Frohne
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Jenna Bratcher is StyleBlueprint Nashville’s Associate Editor and Lead Writer. The East Coast native moved to Nashville 15 years ago, by way of Los Angeles. She is a foodie through and through and enjoys exploring the local restaurant scene bite by bite.
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