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Nashville in March

rockycat Feb 8, 2013 08:31 AM

I will be in Nashville for work during the SEC (lucky me), but I will have some time to myself. I've never been to Nashville before so locations are hard for me to determine. I've been booked into a hotel near Vanderbilt and I don't think I'll have a car, although I might change my mind about that. I'm told that the hotel has a shuttle to Downtown but I will have to verify that.

Given my limitations, are there any places I shouldn't miss? I'm from NC so Southern food is not alien to me, but we have a case of the disappearing meat and 3's. Anything from home cooking to fine dining is acceptable. And is there a good hot chicken place anywhere I can get to without great time and expense?

Thanks for the help.

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  1. pete k RE: rockycat Feb 9, 2013 03:36 PM

    you've got quite a few options around vandy.

    Hattie B's for hot chicken
    Tavern for brunch
    Patterson House for cocktails
    Brewhouse dive bar, great beer selection, be sure to try a Bushwacker
    Catbird Seat for high end, you'll need a reservation

    Downtown/The Gulch:
    Etch for fine dining
    Arnold's for meat & three, not to be missed
    Pourhouse for burgers and a massive bourbon selection
    Yazoo Brewery: great local beer
    Crema for a great cup of coffee

    City House, not to be missed
    Rolf & Daughters

    East Nashville:
    Holland House for cocktails
    Margot for more casual fine dining
    Marche for brunch
    Lockland Table

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      rockycat RE: pete k Feb 9, 2013 05:28 PM

      Thanks! Sounds like I've got more options than I realized. Arnold's was high on my list and some friends are insisting I must get to Prince's, cab fare be damned. I've been wondering about the Catbird Seat and Marche, too.

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        pete k RE: rockycat Feb 9, 2013 06:56 PM

        Prince's is the original and perhaps the best, but imho it's just now worth the drive or wait, and it's exactly in the best part of the city.

        maybe if you have a rental and you're the first person there when they open.

        You'll need reservations a month in advance for the catbird. they're probably the hardest spot to get a seat in.

        rolf & daughters is getting a lot of great reviews. lots of praise from sean brock about their pasta dishes. they're definitely super casual and much easier to get a reservation at.

    2. ipsedixit RE: rockycat Feb 13, 2013 08:18 AM

      I really like Silly Goose, Flyte and Kayne Prime.

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        matthew715 RE: rockycat Feb 18, 2013 07:05 AM

        Given your location I would definitely give an additional vote to Hattie B's and Patterson House. Catbird Seat is basically the best Nashville has to offer in the way of high-end cuisine, but you will have a very difficult time getting in at this point. Corner Pub Midtown is a good place to grab some pints and watch games. It's a bit of a Kentucky fan hangout.

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