We’ll be sharing insider tips about cool places around the United States and world. First up: Nashville, Tennessee. We enlisted art director Elise Joseph, who was born and raised there, to give us her tour…
American Restaurant in Nashville, TN, United States
Nashville hot chicken — fried chicken with cayenne pepper, served with pickles over white bread — is becoming a thing on menus around the country, for good reason. I usually stick to a milder version, but you can go all the way up to “damn hot” and “SHUT THE CLUCK UP!!!” which comes with a burn notice (!). Come prepared to wait in line — this is one of Nashville’s finest.
You have to order the bialy sandwich, which comes layered with tomato jam, chive cream cheese, arugula and scrambled eggs. They also have offbeat cream cheese flavors, like Nutella Peanut Butter and Lavender.
Italian Restaurant in Nashville, TN, United States
The industrial space, in a 100-year-old factory, is cozy and charming, and they serve New American food to communal tables. Start with the sourdough and seaweed butter — it sounds boring, but I promise it’ll knock your socks off. I also love the heritage pork ragout pasta, but you really can’t go wrong with any of the clever dishes.
Their small plates are perfect for sharing with friends — each dish delivered to the table as soon as the kitchen prepares it. With spicy fingerling potatoes to avocado with crispy shallots, this place appeals to carnivores, vegetarians and vegans alike.
This small but legendary honky tonk features live country music from some of Music City’s best. It’s a grill during the day, but transforms after 6 p.m. into the ultimate Nashville hangout with dancing, cold beer, Moon Pies and fried bologna sandwiches. Always a good time.
One of the most beautiful places in Nashville. It’s best known as the original home of the Grand Ole Opry and still has the original wooden pews from 1892. Everyone from Bob Dylan to Patsy Cline to Coldplay has graced its stage. This hallowed hall makes any performance feel that much more profound. If you’d like, try to get tickets to a show while you’re in town!
Located just south of town, this peaceful oasis is my favorite getaway within the city. They have several quiet hiking trails, where I always happen upon deer, herons and turtles. It feels like another world.
Furniture / Home Store in Nashville, TN, United States
My married friends Josh and Ivy Elrod opened this amazing design store in Germantown. I’ve found such cool furniture and decor for our apartment, and look to them for my perpetual incense fix. They’re super friendly and have some of the best taste in town.