Nashville’s Culinary Secrets Revealed

A chef/guide from Walk Eat Nashville shares some of the city's culinary secrets with visitors.
A chef/guide from Walk Eat Nashville shares some of the city’s culinary secrets with visitors.

If the sweet smell of chicken and waffles isn’t enough to make you pack up your things and head down south, then surely a visit to the music capital of the USA is. If you’re visiting Nashville and aren’t planning on eating your way through the city, then you are doing yourself a major injustice.

Nashville is not only known for its popular tunes and the Parthenon, but also for its comfort food. It’s the perfect destination for any foodie. 

The best way to truly experience the culinary excellence of the city is through Walk Eat Nashville. Several different walking food tours offer a rich taste of the city, people, and food that makes Nashville so remarkable. The ticket price includes all food tastings, behind the scenes interactions with chefs and experts, and a personal tour guide.

The first tour, called East Nashville Food Tour, takes you on a scenic tour two miles across the river from downtown. The 1.5-mile walk includes tastings at 5-6 different chef owned restaurants and eateries.

With the destinations always rotating, you don’t have to feel guilty if you take the tour again… and maybe again. The 3-hour tour will also allow you to stroll past Victorian homes and bungalows, and you’ll even learn about the music studio where Johnny Cash and Neil Young made records.

Just a few of the comfort foods you can learn to cook and enjoy in Nashville.
Just a few of the comfort foods you can learn to cook and enjoy in Nashville.

The second tour is called the Midtown/Vanderbilt Food Tour. The hustle bustle area of Midtown is situated between downtown and Vanderbilt University. Once a business district, this constantly changing neighborhood has both a small-town and big-town feel.

Get a taste of old fashioned favorites, while also getting the chance to discover the newest flavors of the city. Enjoy a gourmet cupcake from Gigi’s Cupcakes or a steak from Union Common. Every stop or so, you’ll get to take in Nashville’s “Rock Block” and discover the history of Vanderbilt University.

The last delicious tour is the SoBro/Downtown Nashville Food Tour. Take a stroll along one of the city’s most happening areas. Culinary hotspots are typical throughout the area and live music can be heard from every street corner. In between bites, you’ll get the chance to walk on Nashville’s Music Mile and learn about the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Each individual tour is three hours long and costs $58 plus tax. To learn more about Nashville’s food tours, visit http://www.walkeatnashville.com.
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Nashville, Tennessee: New Attractions in the Music City

The Ascend Amphitheater in Nashville, Tennessee.
The Ascend Amphitheater in Nashville, Tennessee.

Erase any negative preconceived notions you have about Nashville because this southern city has a lot going on. Whether you’re a fan of music, sports, or great cuisine, the capital of Tennessee holds a variety of new and exciting things to do.

It’s not called “The Music City” for nothing. Country music and rock n’ roll have been a presence in, and perhaps the defining quality of Nashville. The Music City Walk of Fame Park immortalizes musical artists and other members of the music industry in a landmark tribute reminiscent of Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. Recent inductees include Trisha Yearwood, Garth Brooks, Mayor Karl Dean, and many others.

The Ascend Amphitheater’s 2015 opening was celebrated with a two-day performance starring Eric Church. This fairly new music venue hosts a myriad of different musicians throughout its operating season that ends in November. Enjoy an amazing night at the Ascend Amphitheater as you look up into the night sky while simultaneously watching your favorite artists perform!

Music isn’t the only cultural aspect of Nashville. Multiple sports teams have been expanding and improving in the Tennessee capital. The Tennessee Titans of the NFL enjoyed a 9-7 record in the 2016/2017 season. Their Nissan Stadium has almost 70,000 seats so there should be no trouble finding tickets for this growing football franchise.

First Tennessee Park is the home to the Nashville Sounds, an AAA baseball team.
First Tennessee Park is the home to the Nashville Sounds, an AAA baseball team.

The Nashville Sounds, the AAA affiliate of the MLB’s Oakland Athletics, have a new stadium called the First Tennessee Park that opened in 2015. And who could forget the NHL’s Nashville Predators incredible 2017 playoff run that saw the Preds sweep the Blackhawks and earn their first ever Western Conference title?  They might have lost to the Penguins, but they certainly put the city on the world’s hockey map.

After you have seen the musical and sports aspects of the Tennessee capital, try one, or more, of Nashville’s awesome new restaurants. The Hillsboro Village neighborhood is home to the Grilled Cheeserie Melt Shop with the top of the line grilled cheese sandwiches and milkshakes. Slim and Husky’s Pizza Beeria in the Germantown Area has an upbeat vibe along with great pizza and local microbrews.

The Mainstay, a restaurant with plenty of craft beer and TVs, sits in East Nashville. Experience these newly opened eateries and tons of others within the city of Nashville!   If you’re traveling to Nashville, find the best deals on hotel rooms and get points to use on your next trip from Bonwi.