This year we celebrated my husbands 50th birthday by dropping the kids off for camping and jumping on a plane down to Nashville to spend some responsibility free time with friends and family in a new city! So far it’s been the most amazing weekend that I may not return on my scheduled flight.

For a native Texan, I found myself in a new city filled with southern comfort temptations…somehow I managed to narrow my favorites to these top 5.

Pinewood Social

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Food, drinks, games, pool …. how quickly I made a reservation

From their website:

“Pinewood Social is a space that is based on the idea of creating a social gathering place that can accommodate your needs morning, noon and night. Think of us as a comfortable place to work with a cup of coffee in the morning or a casual lunch with a co-worker. Think of us as a place to meet friends for cocktails and dinner. Think of us as a place to play, whether that means bowling or playing bocce ball. Come hang out and enjoy all the different elements we have to offer at Pinewood Social, a place to meet.” www.pinewoodsocial.com

5th and Taylor

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5th and Taylor Nashville

From their website:

“5th & Taylor is Chef Daniel Lindley’s homage to the American family meal. Inspired by Sunday dinners from his childhood, the menu features familiar yet refined expressions of traditional fare meant to foster a sense of community among guests.

In early 2013, Lindley began designing 5th & Taylor American Restaurant. His earliest visions for the historic Germantown warehouse space included a tribute to General Francis Nash, Nashville’s namesake, to be executed by Chattanooga-based artist, Cessna Decosimo. The life-size sculpture floats over ample banquette seating, both of which now dominate the main dining room. A residential feeling permeates the space and oversized two-way mirrors, shielding private dining rooms, add depth to the raw interior. Additionally, plans called out a prominent, open kitchen with a French island suite and 8-foot wood burning grill; as well as a 28-foot bar beneath the original hot rolled steel warehouse windows.  An enclosed patio space featuring a diamond-shaped, infinity-edged fountain and matching exterior bar were also designed by Lindley. The chef-designer worked with Nashville architect firm, Smith Gee Studio, to draft his plans from graph paper to architectural drawings as well as Chattanooga-based Range Projects on furnishings, new store fronts and custom kitchen cabinetry. Lindley collaborated with Ruth De Jong of LA-based De Jong & Co for furniture design and interior decorating.

Our wish is for the experiences and memories made at 5th & Taylor to foster a sense of community, hospitality and warmth.  We hope we have created a place, much like home, one can return again and again. www.5thandtaylor.com

City House Nashville

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This restaurant was everything that the Trip Advisors reviews promised. With their passion for fresh ingredients and creative combinations their pizzas are anything but run of the mill. Full menu here.

Husk, Nashville

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From their website:

“Located in Rutledge Hill—just a few blocks south of Historic Broadway, in the heart of Downtown Nashville—is the newest outpost of the Neighborhood Dining Group and James Beard Award-winning Chef Sean Brock’s renowned restaurant, Husk. Led by Brock, the kitchen reinterprets the bounty of the surrounding area, exploring an ingredient-driven cuisine that begins in the rediscovery of heirloom products and redefines what it means to cook and eat in Nashville.

At Husk, there are some rules about what can go on the plate. “If it doesn’t come from the South, it’s not coming through the door,” says Brock. The resulting cuisine is not about rediscovering Southern cooking, but rather exploring the reality of Southern food. Seed-saving, heirloom husbandry, in-house pickling and charcuterie programs by the culinary team are the basis of Husk’s cuisine.” www.husknashville.com

Butchertown Hall

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burtchertown hall restaurant nashville

From their website:

“As Germantown’s “neighborhood joint”, we offer our guests warm hospitality in a gorgeous setting. We cook food with soul, utilizing primitive wood-fired cooking techniques for sandwiches, brisket and handmade sausage by the pound, Tex-Mex favorites, and much more.

We also feature an expansive beer garden, complete with a list of superior brews made especially for us by the city’s finest breweries.

Butchertown Hall is always open, 7 days a week, for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch.

Our glorious indoor and outdoor spaces, designed by BH owner Terry Raley,  are available for private events, so please contact us for your next important gathering.  Please join us soon! www.butchertownhall.com