Nashville Vanderbilt Area
Hi. I will be touring Vanderbilt with my daughter on August 9-10. One dinner and a couple of lunches. Money no object. Would like one great interesting meal and a couple of regular local spots/hangouts. Any ideas. Thanks.
Check the recent "Suggestions for West Nashville" thread from a few months ago (last post May 30), pretty good coverage - Zola's for high end, Rotiers for the greasy cheeseburger. Of course Tin Angel too, on West End. Decent watering holes/restaurant choices with interesting shops in Hillsboro Village along 21st Ave on the southeast side of campus (down the street from the hospital area).
Park Cafe on Murphy Road just off West End is a great for a nice dinner. parkcafenashville.com -- they have great fish, steaks, pork chops and appetizers. definitely try the green chili mac and cheese. A few other favorites in the "gulch" area which is near 12th ave off Broadway are Radius 10 -- more great seafood, shrimp and grits. It's a new/hip place with a nice view of Union Station http://www.radius10.com/ and Flyte is in the same area; most of their food is organic and/or locally grown and they specialize in "flytes" of wine/food; it's owned by Vanderbilt grads which is a fun plus. http://www.flytenashville.com/ One other standby for great food/fun atmosphere is the Boundry; it's been around for about 12 years and was of the first "hip" places to open and has stayed that way. Great tapas, pizzas and entrees. It has a fun atmosphere and is a typical favorite among the vandy crowd/parents
For lunch, Jackson's in Hillsboro Village is great (sandwiches, wraps, salads, apps) and has a nice patio if it's not too hot. Bread & Co. on West End is a locally owned "chain" and has great sandwiches, salads, etc. South Street next to Boundry is a fun casual place for lunch or dinner; they have BBQ, steak & biscuits, enchiladas, etc. Lots of options for different tastes and all is done well (be sure to ask for white sauce with your bread!) Corner Pub is also a newer sports bar/sandwich place further down 21st avenue that has become a favorite for the college students. lots of tvs, steamed sandwiches, etc. One other VU favorite for lunch or casual dinner is "SatCo" (San Antonio Taco Company) they serve tex-mex food, buckets of beer and has a large patio. definitely nothing fancy but the VU students/alums go there in droves.
hope this helps and enjoy your visit!