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Jun 25, 2014 06:56 PM

Nashville ideas

My wife and I will be in Nashville on a Friday and Saturday in July. We will be staying at the Renaissance downtown but we will have a car. So we are looking for a good lunch and dinner both nights or maybe a Saturday brunch and some happy hour ideas. We'd like one meal to be a nice dinner and the others to be reasonable to the budget. I've eaten at Margot's in the Five Points area and I had a great meal so I had thought about taking her over there. Hot chicken a must? We are from KC so I think we will pass on BBQ. I thought maybe Arnold's? Any rec's are appreciated. Thanks,

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  1. Catbird Seat, Etch, Patterson House, or Husk for a nice dinner. In that order of preference.

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      Gotta say, hello ipse - I used to live in L.A. now in Clarksdale, MS where I am truly suffering for lack of decent Asian food - although the Winchester Market in Memphis provides something of a lifeline for ingredients. I was in Nashville last weekend and Etch was horrible, truly horrible, everything, and I do mean everything, was way too sweet, way too overdone with too many ingredients that didn't go together and just overall surprisingly awful. On the other hand, Husk was fantastic. Don't know anything about the other two.

      1. re: estone888

        Hey there!

        Sorry to hear about your experience at Etch. I've enjoyed my meals there, with the apps always being more interesting than the mains. I suppose some of the flavors might come off as sweet. Oh well, at least you had a good time at Husk

        Definitely get a seating at Catbird Seat next time you're in town. A true gem. Even with the change in chefs this year.

        1. re: ipsedixit

          Thanks. Will definitely give it a try.

    2. Catbird Seat requires a reservation through online system a month in advance. Patterson House would be a great cocktail option. You'll have an easier time getting into Husk, especially if you're ok with dining at the bar.

      I would also encourage you to look at City House, Rolf & Daughters, Lockland Table, Jonathan Waxman's new place - Adele, and Sinema which top chef alum Dale Levitski is running.

      Arnold's is a must for lunch on Friday, but be prepared to wait in line unless you arrive very early. The lines move fairly quickly.

      1. Recently was in Nashville during a road trip and had one of the best meals of my life at Catbird Seat; such a cool experience, amazing food and incredibly friendly staff. We also really enjoyed the ambiance at Patterson House (attached to Catbird Seat) when we indulged in a pre dinner cocktail there.

        Had an outstanding lunch and dinner at Husk as well; also fantastic food, really beautiful space and friendly staff. Get the pig ear lettuce wraps if they are still on the menu; one of our best bites of 2014; the vegetable sampler plate was amazing as well.

        For a cheap eat we had so much fun having hot chicken at Hattie B's.

        1. Definitely have lunch at Arnold's on Friday (they are not open on the weekend). Get the roast beef, turnip greens, mac & cheese, and a piece of chess pie. Thank me later...

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          1. re: grundoon

            or anything they serve. everything is good - especially the fried green tomatoes and the peach pie.

          2. Are you willing to travel a bit??


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            1. re: Davwud

              I'd be willing.

              Whatcha have you in mind?

              1. re: ipsedixit

                South on 65 at exit 47 (I think) Columbia, there's a great truckstop/restaurant that is supposedly what Cracker Barrel was based on. Great food. Everything except the cream pies is made in house. It's called Stan's.

                A bit further drive in a slightly different Direction is Bell Buckle Cafe. It's in Bell Buckle which is abit south of Murfreesboro. Fantastic country cooking and the best dessert I think I've ever had that didn't have a ton of chocolate. Oatmeal Cake with Warm Caramel Syrup.


                  1. re: ipsedixit

                    While I know and respect both those places, I sure wouldn't go that far out of my way for either if I only had two days in the area...

                    1. re: grundoon

                      I doubt I would either. Although Stan's isn't too far. It's right off 55.