Nashville, Tennessee was a road trip that I was excited to check off my list. I had been many years ago, but I was looking forward to some new experiences and good eats. The city has a lot of great dining options, and if you eat on Broadway, you might just get dinner and a show with live music. A few of the best places to eat and drink in Nashville are Hattie B’s Hot Chicken, Puckett’s, Acme Feed and Seed, the Goo Goo Shop and Pancake Pantry.
Best Places to Eat and Drink in Nashville
Hattie B’s Hot Chicken
If you only eat at one place in Nashville, make it Hattie B’s Hot Chicken. Hattie B’s is famous for their hot chicken, and it definitely lives up to their name. They have four locations to choose from in the Nashville area: Midtown, Melrose, West, and Bham. We went to the West location near Vanderbilt University. It is just a small place with some outdoor seating and very limited parking. When we got there for lunch, the line was already wrapped around the building. You order at the counter and service is pretty quick. We ordered the Hot Chicken Sandwich, the chicken tenders, pimento mac and cheese, crinkle cut fries and baked beans. There are different heat levels for the chicken if you are feeling adventurous, but we stuck to medium and hot. Honestly, you can’t go wrong with anything on their menu.
Nashville has a decent amount of places to find good barbeque. We had a few different options on our list, but we landed at Puckett’s for lunch one day. It isn’t right in the hustle and bustle of Broadway, which is also nice in its own way. They have a few outdoor tables if you go on a nice day. We started with the BBQ meatballs which came out in a cast iron skillet. They were smoked and covered in Puckett’s homemade BBQ sauce. For our main, we had the pulled pork plate with sweet potato fries and cole slaw. The portions were generous and we could barely finish our meal. The pulled pork was really well cooked and seasoned. Puckett’s is a great place for your BBQ fix in Nashville.
Acme Feed and Seed
While we didn’t get to enjoy a meal at Acme Feed and Seed, we did make it to the rooftop. Acme has one of the best rooftop views in Nashville. It is a great place to watch the sunset and look down on the action happening on Broadway Street on one side and the Riverfront park on the other. Even though the rooftop area is really spacious, go early if you want to be able to grab a seat. Seating is on a first come, first serve basis. If the rooftop is too crowded, there are three other floors with different, lively atmospheres. The first floor is classic Nashville honkytonk, the second floor is a bar and lounge and the third floor is called the ‘Hatchery’, which sometimes has live music or private events.
Goo Goo Shop
Home to the famous Goo Goo Cluster, the Goo Goo Shop is the place to stop for a dessert. They are located down a side street off Broadway. You can’t miss their spinning sign. The shop has souvenirs, a detailed history of how the Goo Goo Cluster came to be, and a dessert counter. Invented in 1912, the Goo Goo Cluster was the first ever combination candy bar. The traditional cluster is peanuts, caramel, and marshmallow all covered in milk chocolate. They have a couple different varieties of Goo Goo Clusters, so we got a sampler pack to bring home to share. While at the shop, the “3rd Avenue Heart Attack” caught my eye. I love anything chocolate and peanut butter and this cake is probably one of the best I have ever had. It was a flourless dark chocolate cake with peanut butter cream filling and fudge frosting, topped with
chopped Peanut Butter Goo Goo Clusters. Oh man, it was so delicious and rich! The one slice of cake lasted me a couple of days.
The Pancake Pantry is a great spot if you love breakfast or brunch. The pantry opened in 1961 and has been family owned ever since. When you walk in, the decor reflects that of an old-fashioned country breakfast place. We got there a little after the rush and were seated right away. Even though there were many tempting items on the menu, we stuck with the Old Fashioned Buttermilk Pancakes with eggs and bacon. The pancakes were light and airy and topped with just the right amount of butter and homemade maple syrup. Definitely some of the best pancakes I have ever had.
Note: You can park out behind the Pancake Pantry for free, but you will need to go to get a ticket at the stand to place on your dashboard. The first 1.5 hours are free.
What are some of your favorite places to eat and drink in Nashville?