Restaurants & Eateries

Food Finds: Nashville

November 20, 2013

I feel really fortunate to be living in Nashville where I’m surrounded by so much good food. We’re in the news a lot for our restaurants, but sometimes those local gems get lost. Thankfully I’ve got word of mouth, Twitter, and Batch Nashville to help me out! Lately I’ve discovered some awesome food finds right here in Nashville. If you don’t live here, don’t worry! Most of these goodies can be ordered online…or you’ll just need to plan a trip to the Music City soon!

Sweet 16th Bakery Breakfast Sandwich on So, How's It Taste?

I am obsessed with The Breakfast Sandwich from Sweet 16th bakery in East Nashville. Obsessed. My coworker was having one for breakfast and let me have a bite and that was all I needed. It’s a slice of egg and cheese casserole with mild green chilis, served in their cheddar cheese scone. It is to die for. I’m glad I don’t live close to this bakery or I’d be a bajillion pounds because I’d eat that sandwich every single day. Their scones are light and fluffy, almost like a biscuit. The sandwich is a tinge greasy from all that glorious cheese, but not overkill. It’s just enough to satisfy you and cure any morning blahs. Get to the bakery early, the line lasts as long as their open and everyone orders the sandwich. If they ever ran out before my order, I’d crumple into a ball and boo hoo right there.

Fido Kitchen Sink Cookie on So, How's It Taste?

I’ve been eating at Fido for a long time, but am usually so focused on my entree that I don’t look in their bakery case. Um, yeah, that makes no sense, especially with my sweet tooth. On a recent lunch outing, I was jonesing for a cookie big time. Lined up on the counter is a selection of huge cookies. I went with the Kitchen Sink Cookie. It’s got oats, coconut, dried cranberries, chocolate chips, and pecans. Hello! It was chewy, hearty, not too sweet, and perfect. Everything I like all bundled into a cookie. I’ll buy two next time!

Walker Creek Confections Caramels on So, How's It Taste?

From my last two batches from Batch Nashville, I’ve been introduced to some amazing treats. My October batch included these Salted Bourbon Caramels from Walker Creek Confections. Holy smokes were they delicious! Soft, chewy, and the most buttery caramel you’ll ever taste. The bourbon addition is pretty fantastic, too. They don’t have a storefront, so you’re in luck that you can order the caramels online. I see they have a Short Mountain Shine flavor. I’m sold! Great for gift giving, but don’t forget to buy a bag or two for yourself!

Gracey's Gourmet Ginger Cookies on So, How's It Taste?

My November batch included two goodies that I cannot live without. The first thing I ate was the Pumpkin Spice Cookie from Gracey’s Gourmet Cookies. It was soft and delicate and full of comforting spice. I shared a few of these at work, but then hoarded the rest. I have no shame in being stingy when it comes to insanely delicious cookies! You can order their cookies online, but I don’t see the Pumpkin Spice, only a Ginger. I’m not sure if it’s the same cookie or not, but it won’t be a bad thing to have to taste them and find out!

Soberdough Brew Bread on So, How's It Taste?

Soberdough White Brew Bread on So, How's It Taste?

Also in my November batch was a bag of Soberdough Brew Bread. I made their Original White with Samuel Adams Boston Lager and it’s changed my life forever. All you do is put the mix in a bowl, add beer, and bake. If you want to get really decadent (yes!), pour melted butter over the top in last few minutes of baking. Super easy! The bread had barely cooled from the oven when I was on their site ordering more. I was super giddy when I discovered they come in several different flavors, including a seasonal Pumpkin Spice! I ordered that one, the Rosemary, and the Green Chile Cheddar. I cannot wait to bake them all.

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  • Sues November 20, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    Nasvhille is on my list of places that I need to visit ASAP! Will definitely use this as a guide when I do 🙂

    • Leah Short November 20, 2013 at 12:25 pm

      You would love the food here!

  • Beth November 20, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    I haven’t yet made the beer bread from my last Batch, but I will say that I LOVED those Gracey’s cookies! I thought they tasted very, very gingery (which to me is a good thing). While I was eating them, I actually looked at the bag again to make sure I was eating pumpkin spice and not ginger…hmmm. Makes me wonder now that their online store shows ginger as the only option.

    • Leah Short November 20, 2013 at 12:28 pm

      I’m wondering if it’s the same cookie. I wrote down Pumpkin Spice because the sticker on the bottom had that, but it’s not on their website. Sure does look like the Ginger cookie though. We should order some and call it research. 😉

  • Kathy November 20, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    Love Nashville! Will be back visiting first weekend in May for the Son’s College Graduation from Belmont U, and want to take out family and friends (10 in all) to a nice restaurant on Sunday. My preference is some local southern food, but need menu choices for the parents and fussy daughter. Not TOO expensive, but this IS a special occasion. Any suggestions? Thanks!

    • Leah Short November 20, 2013 at 2:53 pm

      I’m not sure if all of these are open on Sunday, but some great choices are Etch, Husk, Germantown Cafe, Mason’s, Sunset Grill. I’d suggest getting reservations well ahead of time, too!

  • Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic November 21, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    The kitchen sink cookie sounds delicious. I’d love to visit Nashville someday soon!