7 Must-Try Places to Eat and Drink in the Nations

People enjoying a great meal

The Nations is one of Nashville’s top-most growing neighborhoods. If you’re thinking about making the move, check out these delicious spots nearby!

1) EiO & The Hive: 5304 Charlotte Ave

Focused on sustainability and serving Nashvillians healing, nourishing foods that are organic and locally sourced, EiO & the Hive is not fussy on reservations – they embrace the counter-side model. The restaurant was founded by wellness entrepreneur Jennifer Masley and is located in the heart of the burgeoning Charlotte Avenue corridor area of West Nashville. The globally inspired menus feature comforting, wellness foods, all of which are sourced from the finest local suppliers and purveyors.

2) Coco’s Italian Market: 411 51st Ave. North

Known for some of the best Italian food in all of Nashville, this casual market/restaurant has been bringing in patrons for decades. People are obsessed with this place and feel like they’ve discovered their own spot in Nashville upon first dining here. Look for fresh pastas, delicious pizza and reasonably priced bottles of wine. And the weekend brunch menu is not to be missed, served from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. (source: www.styleblueprint.com)

3) House: 712 51st Ave N

With a vintage vibe, House is only a year old. They serve simple and scrumptious home-cooked meals like your mama made them. But you’re mama did not make “Classic or sweet fries, award-winning chili, queso, tomatoes jalapeños, sour cream” – need we say more?! YUM. This is a low-key place to get a good bite without unnecessary frills. Good food and service. Word on the street is the bloody Mary bar set up that they host each weekend at 10 a.m. is one not to miss!

4) 50 First Kitchen and Bar: 5104 Illinois Ave

A dog park and a restaurant…need I say more? According to Zagat, “51st is seasonally driven and accompanied by a well-rounded wine list and various house cocktails.” They have 4.6 stars on Google review, they are a dinner only restaurant with a fresh menu and lots of great outdoor space for you and your mutt. Live music on Thursday’s make it a great place to gear up for the weekend.

5) Double Dogs: 4017 Charlotte Ave

Need a burger the size of your head?! This is your place. Onion rings, hot dogs, and burgers are their specialty. The patio is nice and be sure to check out their chicken wings as they’re highly recommended and bone lickin’ good! Double Dogs features over 100 craft and imported beers including Sam Adams seasonal beers, Founders Centennial, Fat Tire & Yazoo Pale Ale. As with all restaurants in the Nations – bring your dog! They are all about your furry family member as it’s their name!

6) Taqueria la Juquilita: 5913 Morrow Road

Importante: CASH ONLY AMIGOS! We have heard such great things about this little Oaxacan (a state in southern Mexico) hole-in-the wall. We finally went and all we can say is GO! Don’t wait any longer  — like we did. There’s a reason Jim Myers of The Tennessean gives it such high reviews and you will too. We recommend the torta sandwiches, tlayudas, fish tacos and enchiladas. We’ll be going back to make our way through the entire menu — item by item — and every pound gained will be worth it. Do note that it is cash only, as several places online mention that it takes credit cards, which is not true! And speaking Spanish helps but you’ll figure it out even if you can’t speak the language. (www.styleblueprint.com)

7) Fat Bottom Brewing Co:  800 44th Ave North

Enjoy a great happy hour at Fat Bottom Brewing Co. Started in 2011 – Fat Bottom serves beer built around a wide variety of styles from around the world, and proudly brewed in Nashville, Tennessee. For $10 you can tour the brewery and hear about the software guy gone micro-brewer. You’ll end the tour with a sampling of their 4 flagship beers and take home a cool souvenir mug.  While there is no food at Fat Bottom, there’s a great 4-7pm happy hour and just a cool Nashville Nations vibe.

These are just 7 of the fun and friendly establishments only a bike ride or walk from our properties. Feel free to add your favorites in the comments or review any of the above locations.

The Nations neighborhood is growing but it continues to maintain its charm and character despite its growth. This cool vibe is because of the people that make The Nations so inviting and unique. Residents are dedicated to a funky and eco-friendly lifestyle and the eclectic mix of new and old makes this blend a great combination. The 7 restaurants above are testament to the dog-friendly, low key nature that The Nations.

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