casual dining near Vanderbilt U
we will be visiting the Vanderbilt campus this summer and are looking for casual/fun/college-y dining spots near campus. any suggestions?
Vanderbilt is in an area rich with dining options -- not just because of the university, but that's a fairly hoppin' part of town, generally. So, where you might want to go will depend a lot on type of food and price points you're interested in. Here are some of my favs, but there are many, many more.
Hillsboro Village, just south of campus, probably has the highest concentration of what you're interested in.
Fido - coffee shop with food, breakfast, lunch and dinner. funky
Provence - French bakery, takeout, breakfast & lunch. pleasant, grown-up
Jackson's - basic apps, sandwiches, entrees, drinks. funky
Bosco's - regional brewpub
Sam's - sports bar
Pancake Pantry - Nashville institution
Sunset Grill - upscale, but reasonable lunch
Cabana - upscale, urban bar scene and noveau southern food
Rotiers - Nashville institution, a favorite of Jane and Michael Stern, classic college dive burger joint. It is rumored that Jimmy Buffett wrote "Cheeseburger in Paradise" about a Rotiers burger
Calypso Cafe - Carribean-style basic inexpensive eats
Elliston Place Soda Shop - another institution; classic meat-and-three diner
South Street - Cajun-influenced (but not truly Cajun) joint -- oysters, beer, burgers, po boys, etc.
If you want more upscale recommendations -- and there are plenty -- holla.
I love Rotier's for sentimental reasons, but I find their burger to be overrated. However, it did just get named the best burger in Tennessee by the Food Network:
If you do go to Rotier's, be sure to order a milkshake (even though it's not on the menu).
I think that Pancake Pantry is a must-eat for breakfast.
Other college-y points of interest in the Vandy area:
-Pizza Perfect (Hillsboro Village
)-Sportsmans Grill (Hillsboro Village)
-South Street (Midtown)
-Samurai Sushi (Elliston Place)
-Ted's Montana Grill (West End)
-Which Wich (West End)
And I'll throw in one random, slightly nicer place:
-Bricktop's (West End)