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Wanderlust: Nashville, TN Edition

Wanderlust: Nashville, TN Edition

Nashville, Nashville, Nashville... Be still my heart. I have so much love for this little town. I first visited in 2015 with 13 (yes, 13) of my favorite ladies for 3 full days of my Bachelorette party shenanigans, and I got to come back earlier this Spring for one of my best friends Bachelorette party! Needless to say, both times I visited we had an agenda. A fit-as-much-drinking-eating-fun-and-partying into as little time as possible. They were whirlwinds of trips and I left each time {with the worst hangovers of my life} wishing we could've slowed down and done a bit more sight seeing and exploration. Thankfully, one of my best girl friends, Amy, moved to Nashville last year and my husband has never been so this go round we were able to take it easy and really check out all that Nashville has to offer! 

We flew in on a Thursday morning (quick 45 minute flight from Charlotte and Southwest has super affordable flights into BNA) and my very first request was to stop at BISCUIT LOVE in the Gulch. On both of my prior visits this was a spot I wanted to try but the line is typically outrageous on a weekend! We walked right in- NO wait, hallelujah- and started our trip off right with some ridiculously tasty southern food including (in order of photos below): 'Bonuts' with lemon mascarpone & blueberry compote, the 'East Nasty' which was a large fried chicken breast atop a biscuit with aged cheddar & a fried egg, the 'Vegetarian Grits' with tomato gravy, kale & eggs and  'The Bill Neal' consisting of shrimp, mushrooms, bacon & lemon tabasco cheese grits. This was one of my favorite meals of the whole trip and certainly started us off on the right foot!

Following our delicious brunch, we made our way over to 12South. This is a quaint little neighborhood with charming little coffee shops, restored homes, Amelia's Flower Truck (swoon), fabulous dining and several stylish little shops, including Draper James where I was hoping to run into Reese Witherspoon but no dice :(... We stopped into the Frothy Monkey Coffeehouse which was recommended to me by a fellow foodie, and Amy and I tried their Rosemary Honey & Goldenmilk latte's which were super tasty. After a bit of shopping we hit up 'No Baked' which is a cookie-dough bar that I have been daydreaming about since we booked our flights! Edible cookie dough may just be my favorite invention. Ever. And this spot did not disappoint! 

For our first night's dinner we went to The Southern which is a place we went to eat brunch while on my Bachelorette. Holy. Cow. It was stupid delicious and by far my favorite dinner of this trip! From the biscuits, to the salads, to the entrees- there were no bad options! Menu items (pictured below in order) that we tried: Tequila Peach Spritzer, New South Caesar salad, Chargrilled Oysters, The Southern Burger with SP fries & the Bahn Mi Tacos with Kimchi. All winners in my book and I will definitely be coming back on our next visit! 

After dinner, we went to the soft opening of 'Hopsmith', a new bar opening in Midtown where Amy's friend was working- AND got free drinks, winner-winner! They featured a  'Jalepeno Grapefruit Mule' which was pretty on point! If you've ever been to Midtown I am sure you can assume we also had to stop by Loser's bar which turned out to be a CLUSTER buuuuut I can't be mad because we happened to see an up & coming country singer named Devin Dawson. I wasn't sure who he was until he played his most recent hit "All on Me" which I definitely knew, and was awesome live! To say the least, our first day of food adventures was pretty epic and I could not wait to dive into Day 2! The next morning I prepared a quick breakfast and believe it or not we actually made it to the gym prior to embarking on our 'day drinking' tour of Nashville ;)  

First stop: ACME Feed & Seed which was a spot on Broadway I had never been to in my previous visits! We drank 'Mule Kickers' which were moonshine lemonade slushies and oh-so-potent! For lunch we tried the Local Yokel chicken tinga burrito, the Broken Spoke Meatloaf which was stuffed with gorgonzola (YUM) and the LoBro Ahi tuna burger. Yet again, everything was phenomenal. Surprise, surprise. After lunch we bar hopped along Broadway which is my favorite thing to do while in Nashville. You'll find live music in every bar with so many talented musicians. This go round we only made it to a few: Honky-Tonk Central, Tootsies and Paradise Park-- before our bodies began revolting against our liquid diets and begged for some solid food/nourishment (lol)... We ended up eating dinner at Bakersfield which was the only place we could find that wasn't an hour & a half wait (bummer, since we have one of these in Charlotte). We ended the night at FGL- Florida Georgia Line's new bar off Broadway and danced until we couldn't dance anymore...

On Saturday (it is hard to believe it was only Saturday at this point) we woke up and headed to brunch at Tavern in Midtown. Hellllllloooooo BOGO Bloody Mary's! I tried the Cucumber Bacon Bloody which was delicious and we ate the following entrees: Singapore Stir Fry which was like fried rice with Sriracha & fried eggs, the Benedict Three & the Turkey BLT. The rest of our afternoon consisted of playing games at Kung-Fu Saloon where Kings of Leon was hanging out and a bit of shopping in the Gulch where I ran into one of my favorite Nashville (show) stars, Lennon Stella. Thanks to fearless Amy we had a sweet little introduction & I was able to get a picture (of course I went total fan-girl-freeze-mode). Next was an awesome rooftop bar called L.A. Jackson on top of the Thompson Hotel where we sipped on 'Hinny Mules' and watched the sunset over the city, so dreamy! We ended our evening at The Dawghouse watching college football and eating bar-food which sadly was not worth a photo. BUT we did see Chris Young... never have I ever seen so many famous people in such a short time!

And just when we thought our trip would never end- BOOM, it was Sunday :( I was so done with alcohol at this point butttt the place I picked for brunch, The Flipside (12South), just so happened to be known for their epic Bloody Mary. It's named 'The Big Fix' and boy oh boy was this thing legit. I forced Amy to split it with me and made this $@%& my meal! It’s a 22oz frosty mug with a celery salt rim, Tito’s Vodka, Climate juice, pickle juice, Worcestershire, Tabasco, entire pickle, bacon, cucumber, celery, olive, pepperoni, tots, Jack’s Best Chicken, and a freaking Snowcrab Claw! Every dish on the menu includes a chicken breast pounded thin, which you can have topped or made into a sandwich. Matt got the Elvis which had bananas, bacon & syrup and Amy got the Scooter with jalepenos, cheese dip & wing sauce. Holy heck what a way to end this foodie adventure! 

And as quickly as it came, the trip it was over! I think I am gonna make this Nashville thing a bi-annual foodie trip. I just can't get enough of this city and it's lively vibes. Until next time, Nashville.... 

Thanks for reading and reliving this trip with me, y'all! 

-Gabrielle

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