I took my first trip to Nashville recently for a business trip. It was a quick trip, but I got some great eating in while I was there. Here are my reviews and recommendations for what to try and do in a quick, two-day trip to Music City.
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Nashville Downtown (315 4th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37219). I love to stay at Hilton family hotels when not staying at a boutique hotel. The DoubleTree Nashville Downtown was a great hotel, ideally located to the downtown attractions. I could walk almost anywhere I needed to go (Honky Tonk Row, the Ryman, great restaurants), or take a $4-$6 Uber ride if my shoes required. The rooms were nice, and there was even a Starbucks in the lobby (always a bonus).
Since I had limited time, I am sure I only scratched the surface of Nashville cuisine. That being said, I was really impressed with what I did have.
- Dunn Brothers Coffee (401 Church St #100, Nashville, TN 37219). A great cup of coffee and great breakfast pastries.
- Jack’s Bar-B-Que (416 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203). A delicious BBQ selection in a great location on Broadway in Honky Tonk Row.
- Etch (303 Demonbreun St, Nashville, TN 37201). If you plan to visit here, get a reservation in advance. The place is very popular, and for a reason: the menu is very creative, and everything is delicious (especially if you are an adventurous eater, like me). I loved the Venison Carpaccio, the Shrimp and Octopus Bruschetta, and the Pork Tenderloin.
- Arnold’s Country Kitchen (605 8th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203). A cafeteria style restaurant with amazing southern cooking. I recommend trying a piece of their chocolate chess pie.
Image Source: Jack’s Bar-B-Que
|Octopus and Shrimp Bruschetta at Etch. Delicious!|
|Seasonal fish selection at Etch (red snapper), beautifully presented
Lunch at Arnold’s Country Kitchen
Again, I was on limited time, so couldn’t venture far. If you have only two days like I did, I would try and focus on the following attractions:
- Honky Tonk Row (Lower Broadway), AKA Honky Tonk Highway. A lot like Austin’s 6th Street, you can walk down Broadway and hear live music from every bar and club (or, honky tonk). We had a great time just hopping from place to place when the music called to us. The music was great, and the experience was a lot of fun. I especially recommend stopping at Acme Feed and Seed (101 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37201) for a great vibe and fantastic view.
- Ryman Auditorium (116 5th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37219). A Nashville (and music) legend, home to the Grand Ole Opry.
- Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum (222 5th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203). Considered to be a “must visit” for music fans visiting Nashville.
The legendary Ryman Auditorium
Image Source: Ryman.com
The must-visit Country Music Hall of Fame
I am sure I missed some key places to see or eat. What would you recommend I try and do or see next time I make it to Music City? Comment below!