Being a senior at Vanderbilt University sure has its perks. I’ve been lucky enough to spend the last four years in Nashville, TN, a city I knew very little about before moving here from Chicago, IL in August 2008. Since then, I’ve embraced the South, country music, cowboy boots, biscuits and all, and, without even trying, become a bit of a Southern girl myself. Even after I leave here in May for New York City, I know my heart will remain in Nashville. Here’s my list of the top 5 places to visit (in no particular order) if you’re ever lucky enough to experience Music City.
1. Patterson House
Walking in, it’s as if you have stepped into a 1920s speakeasy. Books line the walls, menus are sealed with a red, wax stamp, and the atmosphere is dark, sophisticated, and utterly old-fashioned. The drinks are perfection, in both their taste and presentation and the appetizers delicious as well. Try the Juliet and Romeo gin cocktail and sweet potato fries and you’ll understand what I meant by heaven.
2. City House
The best restaurant in Nashville. Tucked away in Nashville’s Germantown area, this restaurant has it all. The atmosphere is casual and chic and the food, a creative take on Italian fare. Try the winter vegetable salad, margherita pizza, and Carolina trout, and, if you’re lucky, spot Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds, as I did on my last visit.
3. Lonnie’s Western Room
Who doesn’t love karaoke? I know I certainly do. Located downtown in Printer’s Alley, Lonnie’s is a must see if visiting Nashville. Even if you’re too shy to sing a song yourself, singing along to country with the crowd will be well worth your time.
4. Las Paletas
Gourmet popsicles are perfect on a hot summer (or even spring and fall in Nashville) day. The flavors change daily, but two of my favorites are chocolate with raspberries and chocolate chip cookies with cream. If you’re looking for lunch before your treat, stop at Burger Up next door, it’s my favorite lunch spot in Nashville.
5. The Stage
Broadway bars are not to be missed when visiting Nashville. The Stage is no exception. See up and coming country stars play music, while enjoying yourself at the bar with friends. If you’ve ever seen Country Strong, the beginning was filmed at The Stage. Reason enough to check it out? My roommates, who are in love with Garrett Hedlund, certainly think so.
By: Lindsay Abrams
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