Last week, I experienced a whirlwind trip through Nashville and admittedly just scratched the surface on the vibrant food scene there. I penned a travel article for Travel Mindset which offers a snippet the experience I had, and thankfully I have the blog to share a bit more on some of the spots I visited.
I sought out suggestions on places to eat & drink in the city on social media and received a ton of recommendations, and fellow photographer Andrew, blogger Bella, and publicist extraordinaire Amanda all recommended this restaurant Rolf & Daughters on the edge of downtown Nashville in the leafy Germantown neighborhood.
I stopped by for a quick bite before a concert at the Grand Ole Opry (more on that later) and sat at the bar where Scott took good care of me. The drink on the menu that was calling out to me was the Spiker & Sponge, made with Dickel Rye, peach shrub, lemon, honey, Peychaud’s bitters & a the Turtle Anarchy IPA. I loved the mix of local elements, Dickel Rye & Turtle Anarchy are both made in the region and the shrub was prepared in-house. Everything was in perfect balance and hit the spot on a hot Tennessee day.
The emphasis on the food here is as you can imagine, local, fresh with an Italian-Mediterannean influence. I’m a fan of freshly made pasta and chose their garganelli verde with heritage pork ragout and parmesano, as well as a side of pole beans with tomato & house made feta. Both were delicate and light and matched the fun relaxed vibe of the place. It’s definitely a spot that I’d like to return to if I have a chance to make it back to the city to try more of the menu.
700 Taylor Street
Nashville, TN 37208