Beef Brisket Sandwich at Full Service BBQ | Photo Credit: ©Find. Eat. Drink.
FULL SERVICE BBQ
Just 20 miles south of Knoxville and a hour from the Sugerlands Visitors Center in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park you'll find this converted gas-station-turned-barbecue-joint in Maryville. They smoke pork, brisket, and chicken right in the parking lot.
113 South Washington Street, Maryville, TN 37804
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Coffee / Breakfast
This coffee shop ticks off lots of the cool quotient boxes. The locations are in large, airy, renovated spaces all with their own history. One was an auto repair shop, another a recording studio in the 1960s, and the third a former drum supply house. Dan Aurebach of the Black Keys is an investor and there is a turntable spinning vinyl in the corner. Most importantly, you can get a well-crafted coffee and a hot, flakey breakfast biscuit.
1230 4th Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37208 | T: 615.401.9144
519B Gallatin Avenue, Nashville, TN 37206 | T: 615.712.9766
610 Magazine Street, Nashville, TN 37203 | T: 615.227.4782
Shop | Chocolate
GOO GOO SHOP
They have been making the iconic Goo Goo Cluster since 1912. It's a round-shaped candy bar with marshmallow, caramel, and roasted peanuts covered in milk chocolate. Chef Bryan Lee Weaver (Butcher & Bee) describes the shop as a real life Willy Wonka Factory.
116 3rd Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37201
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OLIVE & SINCLAIR
Scott Witherow worked as a chef at restaurants like the Fat Duck and Nobu in London and Alinea in Chicago before becoming a bean-to-bar chocolate maker. Chef Matt Bolus (404 Kitchen) recommends buying the "chocuterie" -- a dessert made to look like a cured sausage. It has mold on the outside (string and powdered sugar) and bits of fat on the inside (white chocolate and marshmallow). Their factory and shop is located in an converted 1900s grocery store.
1628 Fatherland Street, Nashville, TN 37206
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This wasn't the first hot chicken joint in Nashville, but it's one of the best and it's easy to get to since they have three locations. The chicken is fried to order and comes with four different heat levels, dialing up to Shut The Cluck Up Burn Notice. Chef Matt Bolus (404 Kitchen) says opt for medium or hot and wash it down with a local Jackalope beer.
112 19th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37203 | T: 615.678.4794
5209 Charlotte Pike, Nashville, TN 37209 | T: 615.712.71372
222 8th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37204 | T: 615.970.3010
Shop | General
IMOGENE + WILLIE
Nashville has an affinity for turning gas stations into hip shops in the 12 South area and this is one of them. They sell custom-cut denim, jewelry, candles, and vintage motorcycle items.
2601 12th Avenue S, Nashville, TN 37204
Another of 12 South's former gas stations, this is an upscale general store selling everything from housewares to cookbooks to artisan pickles.
2908 12th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37204
Shop | Booze
Opened by childhood friends Darek Bell and Andrew Webber, they create unique craft spirits such as gin, triple smoke whiskey, quinoa whiskey, and rye-mageddon as well as seasonal and more experimental creations like Old Punk and Amarillo. You can find their products in the two liquor stores listed below, but can also taste their spirits and beer at their headquarters and brew-distillery.
601 Merritt Avenue, Nashville, TN 37203
1200 Clinton Street, #110, Nashville, TN 37203
Recommended by bartender Matt Tocco for their "selection of quality spirits." With 12,000 square feet of wine, spirits, and an extensive beer selection, this is an excellent shop to purchase locally-produced booze. They also have a walk-in humidor with cigars from around the world.
1610 Church Street, Nashville, TN 37203
WOODLAND WINE MERCHANT
Also recommended by bartender Matt Tocco for their informed staff and focus on wine.
1001 Woodland Street, Nashville, TN 37206
First thing to know is that it's not easy to find. Plan on walking by it a few times because the exterior looks like an apartment house. Inside, the center of the room is a square wooden bar surrounded by black, padded leather stools. It's the kind of place where you want to smoke a cigar and talk about the stock market. The list features 30 original and 20 classic cocktails.
1711 Division Street, Nashville, TN 37203
Cocktails & Dinner
ROLF & DAUGHTERS
Housed in the 100-year-old Werthan Factory with exposed brick walls, reclaimed wood ceilings, and many large communal tables. The food is Mediterranean-influenced using Southern ingredients. Nashville chefs say order the house-made pastas.
700 Taylor Street, Nashville, TN 37208
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Brewmaster Bailey Spaulding (Jackalope Brewing Company and chef Luke Williams (404 Kitchen) come here for the "plentiful raw bar (our favorites are the Shigokus and Murder Points) to the whimsical happy hour (Craft Jell-O shots) to the fresh and delicious food creations by chef Julia Sullivan (we never skip the smoked mussel toast)."
200 4th Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37208
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ROBERT'S WESTERN WORLD
Music City's premiere Honky Tonk club for live hillbilly, rockabilly and traditional country music with no cover charge. Chef Philip Krajeck (Rolf & Daughters) says, "It is the best honky tonk in town. Get the Recession Special, which is a fried bologna sandwich, a bag of chips and a PBR for $5."
416 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203
THE 404 HOTEL
It is almost like staying in a private home. This intimate boutique hotel consists of four suites, each with their own parking spot. There is a small, shared living room with an amenities bar for beverages and snacks.
404 12th Avenue S, Nashville, TN 37203
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LEIPER'S FORK, TN
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DAVID ARMS GALLERY
Gallery and shop in a converted barn selling original designs by Nashville artist David Arms. You can buy his surrealist prints, books, notecards, candles, neckties, and his own line of shave and beard oil.
4136 Old Hillsboro Road, Franklin, TN 37064
FINDS IN THE FORK
Used vinyl, jewelry, instruments, and vintage finds.
4165 Old Hillsboro Road, Franklin, TN 37064
A well-curated shop with antiques and one-of-a-kind items like jewelry, furniture, and textiles. Not for the budget conscious.
4149 Old Hillsboro Road, Leiper's Fork, TN 37064
The small, quaint Leiper's Fork outpost of White's Mercantile is just behind their Victorian rental cottage that was built in 1892. They sell an array of items from housewares to cookbooks to artisan pickles.
4150 Old Hillsboro Road, Franklin, TN 37064