After going to Nashville last year and the year prior, I was starting to get the itch to go back again this time around. I was so excited when my friend, Sami, asked me to go again.
As soon as we got in, we knew we had to do brunch at our favorite spot from the last trip, Biscuit Love. I had been waiting to sink my teeth into their East Nasty: fried chicken on a fresh biscuit with in-house made fresh daily sausage gravy and cheddar. It was the best thing I ate on my last trip, so I knew I had to get it again. The chicken is crispy while the gravy is nice and thick with fresh sausage that they smoke daily for 24 hours. Keeping in the fresh theme, we got freshly squeezed orange juice mimosas too. Nothing beats juice straight from the source! Something to note: when we came last year, we came on a Sunday morning – it was about an hour plus wait. However, this time we came around 1:45 on a Friday and there was NO WAIT. If you’re able to go on a weekday, it’ll save you a bunch of time!
As luck would have it, Amelia’s Flower Truck was parked right outside, perfect for a photo op! This truck is usually parked by White’s Merchantile or Imogene + Willie in 12 South, but if you need to find it you can always look on their website. Such a cute local find! We also managed to find the Angel Wings mural as well. Can you believe that we had to wait in line for a shot?? Such a change from a year ago!
After getting a few pics in, we departed to our next destination: Mockingbird. This spot’s owners hail from Chicago, describing their bar as a mix between Dove’s Luncheonette & Little Goat. The ambiance was impeccable! Floral walls, funky lighting, gold hardware on the bar, everywhere we looked something would catch our eyes! We lucked out and came right at the start of happy hour so we ordered drinks and a snack. I got the Dealer’s Choice which was a less bubbly twist on a French 75. Very refreshing!
I also tried a shot of Uncle Val’s Botanical Gin because right before I left for Nashville. Claire told me that it was the best gin she’s ever had, so when I saw it on the menu I knew I had to try it. Shout out to the great bartender that let me sample it after sharing this story with him, you’re the real MVP. Plus it came in the prettiest little glass! It was very smooth and flavorful, I would definitely pick this up in the future.
Since it was National Grilled Cheese Day at the time AND we were starting to get hungry again, we tried their mini trio of grilled cheese filled with brie, jalapeño jam and chimichurri on top – voted one of the best in the country via USA Today.
The last drink we got before parting ways was the Punchin’ Bag – and yes it’s just what it sounds like. Served in a bag, this punch cocktail changes with the season. When we were there it was grapefruit, peach and thyme and you just pick your spirit. I put gin in mine and it tasted like a bellini!
After Mockingbird, we took the long way back to our Airbnb through this pretty little hill. There were trees all around and the Nashville flag was waving in the wind!
Obviously, for night one we explored the famous Broadway packed with all the famous bars. We went to Honky Tonk (my favorite) as well as Crazy Town (a more rocker bar). I liked that this one had throwbacks and a lot of current pop/hip-hop music later in the night on the third floor – plus you can’t beat that rooftop view! We came for country music but a little break was nice, and the crowd was mainly our age too.
That’s it for the first night, stick around for the next two wrapups to learn about one of my favorite cities in the world!
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