Woolworth on 5th, located inside a restored department store-turned-restaurant, is home to a famous lunch counter that was the site of some of the first Civil Rights Movement sit-ins. This place feels a bit like you’re walking into a museum exhibit, or that you accidentally time traveled back about 50 years, and the menu is centered around traditional Southern classics like deviled eggs, fried green tomatoes, and shrimp and grits. After dinner, order a Fifth Avenue Fizz or Susie Q - boozy versions of soda counter favorites - before you head downstairs to the Palladium Ballroom to catch some live soul, jazz, and funk.
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Chauhan Ale and Masala House
Chauhan Ale and Masala House is a Downtown Indian/Southern spot great for starting a fun night out.
Gray & Dudley
When you want to eat a burger, have a few drinks, and look at some art, check out Gray & Dudley, the all-day spot inside the 21c Museum Hotel.
Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant
A trip to Puckett’s is just like going to the Ryman, except it’s a lot smaller, serves good Southern food, and you haven’t heard of whoever’s playing.
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When you want to sit on a patio, have a few good bourbon teas, and eat some BBQ nachos or pulled pork, head to Edley’s Bar-B-Que in 12South.
The Catbird Seat
The Catbird Seat is an experimental/new American spot in Midtown with a fun U-shaped bar.
Pelican & Pig
Pelican & Pig is an East Nashville spot with a big wooden hearth and lots of good wine.
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Hattie B’s Hot Chicken
There are lots of hot chicken spots in Nashville, but Hattie B’s is the best. Order a two piece, some sides, and a beer. Repeat as necessary.
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