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A quick weekend guide to Nashville


As hundreds of eager Alabama fans rush toward Vanderbilt stadium this weekend, it’s no surprise the hottest spots in Nashville actively tune every string and restock on plenty of barbecue sauce in preparation to feed and entertain the student crowds. Beyond CrazyTown, the Parthenon and Wild Horse Saloon, however, lies a variety of lesser-known Nashville gems you won’t want to miss this weekend.

For breakfast in Europe: The Perch

With over 25 different crepe combinations, famously secret ingredients and a rustically cozy atmosphere, indulge in one of The Perch’s creamy European delicacies before a full day of football. Choose from Nutella with strawberries, smoked salmon with cream cheese and dill or a notable cup of coffee — made with exclusive Zimbabwean and organically-grown Columbian coffee beans. 

For a bite of BBQ: Edley’s Bar-B-Que

Did someone say “brisket tacos”? Try a taste of Nashville’s best at this welcoming joint where the pulled pork is cooked low and slow, the sides are made from scratch on the daily and the ingredients come fresh from the farm. 

For a sweet pick-me-up: Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams

With flavors like Roxbury Road, Key Lime Buttermilk and Gooey Butter Cake, don’t leave Nashville without the full scoop. Straying from synthetic flavorings, dyes and off-the-shelf mixes, Jeni’s truly embodies the best cream of the crop.

For a quick rest: Warner Parks

A 3,180-acre space just off downtown Nashville, Warner Parks welcomes any and every guest for a short stroll or quick nap. Dotted with hundreds of scarlet oaks and black cherry trees, step out of the sun and into the shade for a pre or post-game power-up.

For a slice of pizza: MAFIAoZA’s Pizzeria and Neighborhood Pub

Grab a group of friends and head toward 12th Ave. S for a lengthy list of specialty pies and build-your-own pizzas for less than $20. The best part? MAFIAoZA’s doesn’t close its doors until 3 a.m.

For a celebratory dinner: Taqueria del Sol

After another Tide win, have your own fiesta at this fast-casual and local favorite enchilada/taco haven. Grab a roasted chicken enchilada (or three) with a side of jalapeno coleslaw, and take a seat on the patio to rest your legs.

For an unforgettable burger: The Pharmacy Burger Parlor & Beer Garden

If you’re looking for a weekend lunch or dinner outside of the taco realm, discover an old-fashioned soda machine and endless supply of creatively-constructed burgers at The Pharmacy for more than reasonable prices. Oh, and don’t forget the sweet potato fries. 

For southern comfort food and on-site shops: Loveless Café

A taste of home with down-home dishes like honey-fired BBQ chicken, a cozy country vibe and eclectic shopping just around the corner. Loveless Café has been on its toes, every morning by 3 a.m., for the past 65 years, so it’s no doubt they know southern comfort to a tee. 

For your fair share of singers and songwriters: Bluebird Café

Known for its live music featuring top up-and-coming artists, Bluebird Café sits you down for more than just mozzarella breadsticks. Quaint and cozy, book in advance and prepare both your stomach and ears for an unforgettable dining experience— acoustic guitar and all.

For a skyline view: E.S. Rose Park

If you really want the best sunrise or sunset view of Nashville in all its grandeur, head into E.S. Rose Park for all the Snapchats you came for. Picnic atop with a baguette and brie as you close the busy weekend with a relaxing dose of Music City.

For quality karaoke: Wanna B’s Karaoke Club & Restaurant

Wanna B’s is no place to be shy, so take on the stage with your favorite rock-classic or ’90s pop throwback. Known for its lively evening atmosphere and kind staff, kick back and enjoy the entertainment alongside a pile of tempting beef nachos.

Before you leave in the morning: Pancake Pantry

A both local and tourist hit, you’ll find a line out the door earlier than you thought possible, but note the stomach-rubbing customers that exit and you’ll see why the sweet potato pancakes are more than worth the wait. 

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