CHAMPAGNE AND QUESO Insider's Guide to Nashville

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Episode 8 is our Insider's Guide to Nashville. Lindsay and I along with our friends Beth Sachan from Eat.Drink.Smile and Vivek Surti from VEA Supper Club dished about our favorite places to dine, shop, visit and see live music.

Use this guide for yourself to discover new places, or share it with your friends when they come to visit. Enjoy and may your glasses always be full of champagne and queso!

Things to do and where to go with out of town guests:

Visit at least one honky tonk on Broadway. Tootsie's is the most famous, but be prepared for big crowds any time of day. Robert's is known as the locals' honky tonk. Head to Nudie's on Friday night and you might get to hear Lindsay sing!

Snap Instagram worthy photos of the Nashville skyline from LA Jackson at The Thompson Hotel or the Pedestrian Bridge 

Go for a hike at Radner Lake or Percy Warner Park, or take a walk around Centennial Park and visit the Parthenon.

Catch a show at TPAC (Tennessee Performing Arts Center) or hear the Nashville Symphony play at the Schermerhorn Center. 

Check out the latest exhibits at the Frist Center for Visual Arts or Cheekwood

Take the tour at the Ryman Auditorium - the first home of the Grand Ole Opry

Learn about the history of country music at The Country Music Hall of Fame

Hop on the big pink school bus and take the most irreverent tour of Nashville. Nash Trash Tours book up early, so plan ahead! 

Grab a Bushwhacker (a delicious boozy milkshake!) at Broadway Brewhouse, Three Crow Bar, Beyond the Edge or Edley's BBQ

favorite restaurants

Husk - Brunch is best here. Pro Tip: Ask for the downstairs room that overlooks the garden

City House - Italian with a Southern flair - Chef Tandy Wilson is a James Beard Award Winner - Get the belly ham pizza! Don't skip dessert here. The cookie plate will be the best plate of cookies you've ever tasted.

Arnold's Country Kitchen - One of Nashville's best meat and threes - Arnold's is only open for lunch and it's inexpensive for a lot of food

Hattie B's - Hot Chicken - Pro Tip: Go to the Charlotte location to avoid the massive Midtown line

Peg Leg Porker - for West Tennessee style BBQ

Martin's BBQ - Try the smoked wings with Alabama white sauce. The brisket here is fantastic. If you're super hungry go for the brisket burger. It's a burger topped with brisket.

Germantown Café - Consistently good and you get a lot for your money here. Don't miss their brunch! Those little cinnamon donuts they bring to your table in the bread basket are delicious.

Lockeland Table - Everything here is delicious. Get anything that has the chimichurri sauce!

Margot Café and Bar - Country French and Italian cuisine in the heart of East Nashville 

Marché - Delicious breakfast spot from the owner of Margot Café

Butcher and Bee


Rolf & Daughters - You can't go wrong with anything here. Favorites are the squid ink pasta with octopus and the garganelli pasta with pork ragout.

Nicky's Coal Fired - Chicago-style coal fired pizza in The Nations. Try the daily red and the white pie. Try something from each section of the menu here. It's all delicious. Charcuterie and pastas are made in-house.

favorite cocktail spots

Bastion - Get the Toy Soldier and definitely get the nachos. Get there early and play some Pac Man or Galaga on the video game table.

Patterson House - Pioneers for craft cocktail programs in Nashville. Best to go early or late to not wait in line. Get the donuts and the tater tots!

Urban Cowboy Public House - Head to the fire pit and enjoy the indoor/outdoor seating. Delicious cocktails. In the fall and winter try their hot toddy. Simple and delicious food here too.

Old Glory - You'll find inventive cutting edge cocktails here in one of the most unique spaces in Nashville. Go early or on a week night to avoid a wait. Start your Sunday Funday here. They open at 11am.

Barcelona - They have a huge wine list here and it's great for big groups

Favorite happy hours


Union Common - Small plates menu is half-off and so are wines by the glass

Lockeland Table - Community happy hour Monday-Saturday from 4-6pm

Baja Sexto



Park Cafe

favorite rooftop spots

LA Jackson

L27 at the Westin

Virago Patio



Crazy Town

Bar at the George Jone's Museum

Hidden gems

Skulls Rainbow Room

Bourbon Street Boogie Bar

Fleet Street

Vivek surti's 24 hours of Nashville eats

We challenged Vivek to tell us where he would take friends who may only be in Nashville for 24 hours.

Drinks & Appetizers - Little Octopus - Great bar area separate from the restaurant. The wine list is good here and they have lots of rosé. Appetizers here aren't heavy, so it's a perfect place to start.

Dinner - 404 Kitchen - One of Nashville's smallest and best restaurants sits across the street from Little Octopus. The burrata here is a must as are reservations. 404 also boasts one of the city's best whiskey lists.

Dessert - City House - Sit at the bar and sip on an amaro or one of their delicious after dinner drinks. You can't go wrong with any dessert here and remember what we said earlier about that cookie plate? It might just be the most underrated dessert in Nashville.

Late Night - Treehouse - At 10pm the late night menu comes out at Treehouse. Try the ramen and the fried chicken by the drumstick. And if you passed on dessert at City House, then get the chocolate soufflé.

Late Late Night - Bastion - There's nothing better than late late night nachos. Grab a cocktail or a $3 beer and play some video games. Try the house punch.

live music


where to shop


where to stay