Nashville is heaven on earth for a foodie like me.
Every time I travel to music city, I begin the planning process weeks beforehand. Unlike many other Nashville tourists, however, I decide what museums and activities to tackle at the last minute, while I tend to my restaurant reservations like little pets.
I spend time stalking insta profiles dedicated to my beloved pastime, (@nashville_eats…my personal favorite!!), perusing menus, and creating itineraries complete with the best brunch, smoothie, and dinner destinations, with an occasional dessert spot in mind if we feel so inclined (which we usually do 😉 ).
Here are my recommendations from a recent weekend in the city famous for its music offerings and equally tantalizing foodie scene.
Henrietta Red serves American food, but also advertises their infamous oyster bar (I haven’t personally tried the oysters, but the rest of the food is amazing!). It is located in Germantown, along with many other new, up-and-coming restaurants!
If I’m being honest, I chose this one because of the mouth watering photos of monkey bread that I found on Instagram, but it certainly did not let us down.
I ordered the Kimchi Farro Bowl, which included scrambled eggs, kale, avocado, and cashews. I would highly recommend it to anyone too scared to venture towards the oyster bar, which they offer even at brunch.
This all-time classic order was even better than most. Their burger comes with Fontal cheese and whole grain mustard aioli on a Brioche bun, and most importantly…french fries!
EiO & The Hive
After being immediately drawn to the essence and namesake of this new restaurant, I was just as impressed (and full!) leaving EiO & The Hive as I was before going. It stands for Everything is Organic, but even for those of you hesitant to embrace the ~organic~ lifestyle, everything was delicious as well.
The extensive menu gives so many options for everyone to enjoy. This may very well have been the first place I have ever turned down an acai bowl where one is available.
The overall aesthetic and the art found on their walls are just begging passerbys to drop in for a quick pic and bite to eat.
One of their many specials of the day was Blueberry Pancakes. With fresh orange juice and a full plate of these, I could have stayed all day long.
See…they even have bacon! It had something on the menu that everyone in the fam could get on board with easily.
Why drive to one of Nashville’s many photo-worthy murals when you can snap a photo and dine like a queen at EiO & the Hive?
Moto belongs to a company called M Street Entertainment group which owns many other restaurants conveniently located in the Gulch on McGavock Street. Although I cannot attest to all of the restaurants under the M Street umbrella, Moto absolutely ranked in some of the best Italian I have had to date… and you can ask anyone, I loveee Italian food.
Their Spaghetti Pomodoro was to die for. Absolutely. Amazing.
Our waiter made sure to inform us that if we “left the restaurant without ordering the brussel sprouts, [we were] a table full of fools.”
Be sure to check out the menus for Henrietta Red, EiO & the Hive, and Moto online before your next trip to Nashvegas, and stalk them on Instagram, just like I did!