Porter Road Butcher
(West Nashville location) Hot, fresh and delicious breakfast (and lunch) sandwiches and pastries with drive-thru window option. All meat is locally sourced. *The East Nashville location also sells delicious BBQ and sides from “The Gambling Stick” on the weekends. Order: Anything.
(West End) Divey. Request to sit in the tree house and settle in for the $2 Bloody Mary’s and Mimosas on the weekend. Order: Blue Cheese Chips and Oysters on the Half Shell.
The Family Wash
(East Nashville) Breakfast, lunch and dinner- ALL day and ALL night starting at 7 a.m.! Sunday brunch on Sunday. Live music nightly. Order: Family Wash Burger or Fish n’ Grits.
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(The Gulch) Fantastic service in a swanky atmosphere. Bottomless mimosas. Great for celebratory brunch, bachelorette party or girls weekend. Ask to sit Chef’s Tasting Room if you feel like getting rowdy. The pastry cart is always a delight! Order: Chilaquiles.


M.L .Rose
(2 locations: 12 South and Charlotte Ave.) Awesome burgers, sweet potato fries and beer selection.  Charlotte Ave location has fun patio with TV’s- perfect for the sports’ enthusiast.  Order: The Belgian and Bottle Caps to sop up all the beer.
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(Downtown) Fast service and BBQ on point. Ask how the place got its name. Order: Ribs and BBQ Pork Nachos (add jalapenos and ranch on the side.)
Butcher and Bee
(East Nashville) For those who love to share and try it all! Go all in with the Mezze side of menu: $5 for 1, 4 for $16 or $50 for all! Order: Whipped Feta, ask for extra pita. So simple, so delicious.
Nashville Farmer’s Market
(Germantown) Airy market next door to Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park hosting several eateries from Chinese to Jamaican to Mexican food so there is something for everyone! Pack a blanket or score a bench in Bicentennial Park and enjoy views of the Capitol and downtown Nashville. Order: Brisket plate from B&C BBQ, Gyro from Chicago Gyro, Pizza of the Day from Bella Nashville and Pistachio Honey or Milkiest Chocolate from Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream.

(reservations recommended for all):

Moto Cucina and Enoteca
(The Gulch) Metropolitan dining space. Rustic and inventive Italian cooking. Great for winos and cocktail enthusiasts, alike.  Order: Black Spaghetti, Blueberry Lasagna and Brussels Sprouts.
(SoBro) Elegantly prepared and locally sourced upscale southern, lowcountry classics, served in a beautifully redone historic home. No availability? Snag a seat at their bar. Check out their garden why you wait for your table. Order: Menu changes daily but literally, anything.
51st Kitchen and Bar
(The Nations) Farm-to-table Italian food served in a converted home that is perfect for an intimate date night. Portions are not huge, but just right.  Fantastic happy hour Monday-Saturday 4:30 – 7:00. Order: Any of the pasta dishes.
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(East Nashville) Eclectic menu featuring delicious options like chicken liver pate, locally sourced steaks and wood-fired pizzas. Cocktails are equally impressive. Order: Chicken liver pate, LT Pig Pizza, Bananas Foster Bread Pudding and Olive and Sinclair Cookie Skillet.


Bajo Sexto Taco Lounge
(West Nashville/Sylvan Park/The Nations) Bright and fun spot serving upscale Mexican dishes. Patio seating available. Order: the vibrant Purple Moon Cocktail and the Bourbon Horchata.
Le Sel
(Midtown) Enjoy cocktails in the light and bright dining room with pink velvet dinettes and fun neon signs or head down to ‘The Bar’ for a more intimate, eclectic atmosphere. Also great for those who love a good raw bar and French cuisine. Order: The Mercedes.
Eastland Café
(East Nashville) Come for the fantastic happy hour, including booze and bites, all ranging from $3-$6 between 4:30-6:30 M-Th. and 4:30-6:00 F-Sat.  Order: Manhattan or Raspberry Gimlet.  
Rumors East
(East Nashville) Beautiful patio with bistro lights, fire pit and romantic, back yard feel. Perfect place to unwind and relax. Order: Any of the wines or cocktails and charcuterie plate.  

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