And now for the second part of my Nashville food guide. Seriously, there are so many good eats in that city and I have barely scratched the surface.
Mas Tacos Por Favor
Right across the street from The Pharmacy Burger is Mas Tacos. Is there really any reason to ever leave East Nashville? On our first visit we saw someone we recognized as we walked to the door. Andrew Zimmern from Bizarre Foods. I was so excited to see a celebrity filming a TV show where I was eating! The novelty soon wore off and chaos ensued as the crew rushed around filming. I decided I would rather eat in peace and quiet than worry about the possibility if being filmed eating elote with corn all up in my grill and cheese all over my lips. Mas Tacos handled all the excitement with grace and the food was still wonderful. My favorite item is the chicken tortilla soup.
We picked up some Las Paletas popsicles and Korean shaved ice at Hot and Cold in the 12th Ave South neighborhood (a cute shopping area near Vanderbilt University with a variety of restaurants and coffee shops). Sadly, that shop is now closed, but you can still find these delicious popsicles at other locations.
Desano’s Pizza Bakery
Great pizza. I loved the peppadews on the San Gennaro pizza. You can even buy them at the cash register and take some home for your own pizza making adventure.
There isn’t anything more comforting than hot fried chicken on a rainy November day. So simple and so satisfying.
There are some other good places that I should feature. They were fun to try, but nothing that would motivate us to make the 3 hour drive up to Nashville. These honorable mentions include:
Pied Piper Creamery
This place was super cute. They had children’s toys, which kept the little one happy, but the ice cream wasn’t anything out of this world. Let’s be honest though, have you ever had BAD ice cream??? Probably not.
For me this was your basic casual dining Mexican place similar to Chipotle or Cafe Rio (for you westerners). My fish burrito was really good, even if it didn’t totally knock my socks off.
Marche Artisan Foods
I had heard so many good things about this place, but between the really long wait, another long wait at the table with a unhappy, hungry toddler, and the fact that my food (a savory pork crepe) was served cold, I was not super impressed. For that price point I think they could make an effort to make it look a little more appetizing too. I saw a lot of food around me that looked incredible, so maybe I went on a bad day or just ordered the wrong thing….I would be willing to give them another chance.
Pleeeeeeaaaaaaase bring me some foooooood! Little ones experience hunger much more intensely than we adults do. I never used to worry about slow service (as long as the food made up for it), but as a parent the terror is real! I have since learned to stock my bag with snacks for while we are waiting so that we aren’t those obnoxious customers. But seriously…look at that face.