- Patterson House
Order: Romeo + Juliet
Average Price: $$$
Perks: The sister bar in Chicago, called The Violet Hour, is one of my favourite places that I’ve ever visited. Velvet drapes, chandeliers, high-backed chairs over low-standing tables, and flickering candlelight make The Violet Hour incredibly romantic. Much in the same way, The Patterson House has a distinct speakeasy feel that captures an essence of Nashville. Bookcases line the walls, filled with old, gold-lettered and tattered book spines, and watching the bartenders prepare drinks is a show in and of itself. It’s a bit of a splurge, but worth going to once or twice.
Caught My Eye: Receipts come in books – leave a quote or two in there when you go. Red-backed booths lining all four sides.
Also Try: The rotating menu changes with the season, but I haven’t had a drink that I didn’t like from The Patterson House. Anything with egg white in it makes for the creamiest, smoothest drink.
- The Row
Order: The Mac n’ Cheese
Average Price: $$
Perks: If you are looking for distinct Southern fare, I would come here. They have a wonderful plate of grits as well, and the interior is crowded with pictures of country stars and singers.
Caught My Eye: Weekend brunch menu. Outdoor patio with lights in the evenings. Live music.
Also Try: Chicken and Waffles
Hattie B’s = for the acclaimed hot chicken
Tavern = for the weekend brunch
Soulshine Pizza = for the unusual crawfish soup
Two Boots Pizza = for a really good, cheap slice of pizza, open late
J J’s Market = for live music, the writing area, and almond muffins