Thursday, June 16, 2016

A Nashville Walking Food Tour

Nashville, Tennessee is having a moment. A big moment. Coming from country and western music, glittery Nudie suits and honky tonks on Broadway, Nashville has grown up quite a bit. It's now the epitome of cool - and that country music, those glittery Nudie suits and honky tonks on Broadway are cool now, too. And at the epicenter of it's coolness is it's food scene. Hot chicken, barbecue, bonuts (Biscuit Loves cross between a biscuit and a donut), tacos, burgers and everything in between, Nashville is on fire right now. 

I recently took a walking food tour with WalkEatNashville tasting at six different restaurants in the SoBro neighborhood of Nashville. (south of Broadway) The company's owner, Karen-Lee took us on our three hour tour which started in the heart of SoBro at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

Cherry Street Eatery and Sweetery
 Our first tasting was at Cherry Street Eatery and Sweetery, a small and quaint cafe tucked inside the Schermerhorn. And we started with a Southern classic, pimento cheese. We had a pimento cheese panini sandwich with just the right amount of tang - and a bit of uniqueness with it's olives and capers mixed in. A side note - if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of Broadway, Cherry Street is a delightfully quiet oasis inside the Schermerhorn.









Bakersfield Tacos
Our next stop was Bakersfield Tacos - Tacos. Tequila. Whiskey. Named after the Bakersfield Sound by such artists as Buck Owens and Dwight Yoakam, Bakersfield hand squeezes all it's own limes for their margaritas and has a selection of 100 tequilas and whiskey. We started with a shot of margarita and then moved on to the out-of-this-world short rib taco. From the menu: Braised short rib, queso fresco, crema, white onion, radish and cilantro. Order this if you eat at Bakersfield. Seriously. Don't question it. You'll be glad you did!







The Farmhouse
We took a short walk down Broadway with Karen-Lee telling us some history of the city and ended up at The Farmhouse. The head chef , owner and local Tennessee boy, Trey Cioccia, took the time to greet us and give us a brief overview of the restaurant. Local farms create local plates is their tagline and everything served in the restaurant is sourced locally - including the dishes which are made by a local potter. The menu is traditional southern cuisine with a modern flair. We were served bratwurst in beer cheese grits with tomato relish(Grits are a southern staple and are ground hominy) I can honestly say it was one of the best things I have ever eaten. Incredible. If you are in Nashville, make a reservation at The Farmhouse right when you arrive so you can experience it!



Husk Nashville
Next we headed uphill to the famous Husk. Set in a historic mansion in  Rutledge Hill, Husk Nashville is the second restaurant (the first is in Charleston, South Carolina) headed by James Beard winner and rock star chef, Sean Brock. Reservations are almost impossible to come by and all food must come from the South." If it doesn't come from the South, it's not coming through the door." We tasted pimento cheese on benne wafers and deviled eggs before we headed to the bar and enjoyed The Calm Before - a non-alcoholic (and very refreshing) drink with Blenheim Ginger Soda, cucumber, mint, lime juice and ginger cordial. 







Steadfast Commons
Steadfast Commons, a coffee and cocktail establishment, was our next quick stop. We tried their signature flash brewed coffee with orange peel. Served cold, it had a very different taste and I wasn't a fan but most of our group enjoyed it. Serving coffee and breakfast in the morning they then segue to cocktails in the evening.


The Goo-Goo Shop
Our last stop of the day was for dessert at The Goo-Goo Shop. The Goo-Goo Cluster was the first combination candy bar in the US and was developed in Nashville in 1912. It contains marshmallow nougat, caramel and roasted peanuts covered in milk chocolate. The Goo-Goo Shop is a store to buy Goo-Goo merchandise, a candy factory where you can see Goo-Goo Cluster's being made and a dessert bar where they use Goo-Goo's to make different desserts. We tried a Cluster, a specialty Cluster and a brown butter blondie with goo goos baked right in. Delicious and decadent, The Goo-Goo Shop is unique to Nashville and a very popular place to visit.












I highly recommend taking one of WalkEatNashville's tours - it was three hours of walking, tasting, history and fun. Karen-Lee is very prepared and organized - she offered us sunscreen, fans and bottled water to beat the Nashville heat - and she gives a fun tour with lots of little known facts. Now I just need to go back and take the East Nashville and Midtown tours!

WalkEatNashville offers three different walking food tours in Nashville. Tours are capped at 12 people each. Visit their website for the tour calendar.


This post is part of a link-up with: Travel Photo Thursday at Budget Travelers Sandbox, Weekend Wanderlust at A Brit and A Southerner,  Weekend Travel Inspiration at Reflections En Route and The Weekly Postcard at Travel Notes and Beyond!











20 comments:

  1. This sounds like a great tour. I love your photo of the crusted tequila glass. :)

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    1. Thanks Jan! And thanks for visiting The Unpaved Road!

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  2. Nashville seems to be everywhere for me. Two weeks ago we ran into a family we have known for a long time. They live in Nashville and invited us to visit them. They offered to take us to their favorite restaurants and foodie spots. I am getting more and more convinced to go. I have never heard of bonuts before but I have to try them.

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    1. I love Nashville! I would definitely give it a visit if you have the chance - even just for eating your way through the city ha ha. Thanks for visiting Ruth!

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  3. I've eaten at a couple of the stops on this tour. Husk Nashville is not to be missed. I really liked the Farm House and Etch next door, too. Looks like you had a wonderful introduction to the Nashville food scene on this tour!

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    1. It was a great introduction - can't wait to take another tour and also eat a full meal at some of these restaurants. Thanks for visiting!

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  4. What a great tip! The food all looks amazing especially the tacos and tequila (two of my favorites)!

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    1. The tacos and tequila were amazing - and also some of my favorites. Thanks for visiting Jim!

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  5. Nashville has recently come into mind. Might end up visiting some day :) Thanks!

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    1. Thank you! And thanks for stopping by!

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  6. Sounds like a great tour, I'd love to visit Nashville. I don't know where to find the time for all these beautiful places... Thanks for joining us for #TheWeeklhyPostcard.

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    1. Finding the time is difficult, isn't it? Always a dilemma! Thanks for visiting The Unpaved Road!

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  7. Yum. I don't know if I could restrain myself If I went on a food feast tour like this.

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    1. It was definitely all my eating for the day - didn't need dinner! Thanks for visiting Rhonda!

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  8. I have had my eye on Nashville for a while, and want to see all of the country and western music, glittery Nudie suits and honky tonks :) I love food walking tours too, so it is looking better and better all of the time.

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    1. One of my favorite cities - even before it was cool! :) Thanks for visiting!

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  9. What an amazing food tour. You got to sample so much delicious food and it was so diverse! I love that at The Farmhouse even the plates are locally sourced! If I'm ever in Nashville I'll definitely check out this tour.

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    1. Thanks for visiting Lauren - and I hope you get to go on the tour sometime!

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  10. Fantastic tour, and I am starving now! The Farmhouse appeals to my taste buds! #TPThursday

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    1. I've gotta get back to The Farmhouse - and soon! Thanks for visiting!

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