By Bailey Spaulding & Luke Williams
Bailey Spaulding is the CEO, co-founder, and brewmaster of Jackalope Brewing Company and Luke Williams is the sous chef of The 404 Kitchen. Here are the places this culinary couple keep on regular rotation when going out in Nashville.
Jackalope Brewing Company
701 8th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37203
BAILEY AND LUKE'S NASHVILLE GUIDE
Lunch & Brunch
This Nashville darling went from an Airstream food truck to being one of the most popular brunch spots in town (note: there will be a long line, accept it, become one with it). We have the notable distinction of being the last wedding the owners Karl and Sarah catered before the restaurant swallowed them whole. Our two favorite things are the Nasty Princess, which is what happens with you combine the Easty Nasty and the Princess to create a hot chicken biscuit sandwich, and the Lindstrom, a shaved brussels sprout salad (we use the term salad loosely here) with poached eggs, hazelnuts, lemon, and parmesan. Don't forget to order the bonuts which are fried biscuit dough.
316 11th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37203
Claire Meneely's stylish and modern bakery is also one of our favorite lunch spots. Trout salad on a freshly baked baguette with peanut butter chocolate pie for dessert? Yes please! Their baked goods range from hearty sourdough to delicate cookies, with some special treats like challah on Fridays. Oh yeah, they also do wholesale and we both use Dozen bread at our establishments.
516 Hagan Street #103, Nashville, TN 37203
Brew & Burgers
This is our go-to spot for sports watching. Their seasonal craft beer menu is well thought out and Bearwalker, Jackalope's flagship brew, is a perennial on their draft wall. Our go-tos here are their delicious burgers (Bailey prefers the veggie Nash Vegas) and waffle fries (Luke's favorites are the Carolina Sweets, sweet potato fries with pulled pork, Carolina BBQ sauce and green onions). We are also big fans of their brunch that features 2-4-1 brunch drinks and a selection of breakfast burritos.
2535 8th Avenue South, Suite 107, Nashville, TN 37204 | T: 615.712.8160
4408 Charlotte Avenue, Nashville, TN 37209 | T: 615.750.2920
Happy Hour, Shots, & Oysters
This bustling oyster bar and restaurant opened this spring and since we are ocean-lovers living in a landlocked state, it quickly became one of our new favorite haunts. Comfortable and clean decor, and they didn't throw Bailey out when she showed up this weekend in a sweatshirt and duck boots. From the plentiful raw bar (our favorites are the Shigokus and Murder Points, when they have them) to the whimsical happy hour (Madeira? Craft Jell-O shots?) to the fresh and delicious food creations by chef Julia Sullivan (we never skip the smoked mussel toast), this restaurant is sure to become a staple.
200 4th Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37208
Dinner & Cocktails
Our three worst hangovers of 2016 all resulted from long nights at this two-part establishment. One side is the bar, with delicious yet unfussy cocktails and the best nachos in town. On the other side, chef Josh Habiger and his team serve inspired food in a 24-seat restaurant with an ever-changing menu. We would tell you what to order, but they are constantly innovating, so you never know what's going to be on the menu. The best seats in the house are at the chef's counter. We went for our first anniversary and stayed for six hours (yes, this was one of the aforementioned hangover causers).
34 Houston Street, Nashville, TN 37203
Nicky's Coal Fired
This new joint in The Nations neighborhood is the brainchild of Tony and Caroline Galzin. With a massive coal fired oven named Enrico, Tony and his team pump out some of the best new food in Nashville. Their focus is pizzas (we suggest the red pizza with Sicilian anchovies and the white pizza with clams and Calabrian chiles), pastas, coal fired vegetables, and outrageous affogatos. Don't miss the frozen Fernet and Coke from the resident bar maven Tracy Ardoin Jenkins.
5026 Centennial Boulevard, Nashville, TN 37209
Rolf & Daughters
This is the place where it all began when we went on our first date. We go back every year on our date-a-versary. Philip Krajek's Mediterranean-inspired menu includes a number of delicious house-made pastas, such as Cavatappi, Sapelo Island clams and garganelli verde with pork ragout. Their inventive cocktails are always on point, with great service and ambiance to boot.
700 Taylor Street, Nashville, TN 37208
Just down the street from our house, this well-stocked watering hole is a great place for a relaxing pint or three. Their draught list changes pretty much every day, but you'll be sure to find something delicious amongst the 30 or more brews to choose from. An especially awesome perk for us is their dog-friendly patio, which our pup Ricky takes full advantage of. Another plus is that a food truck is often parked outside. If you want to bring the party home, they have a great bottle shop as well.
2502 8th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37204
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