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Sweet Treats

Chocolate maker Scott Witherow at Olive & Sinclair

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Olive & Sinclair

Chef-turned-chocolate maker Scott Witherow worked at famous restaurants like the Fat Duck and Nobu in London and Alinea in Chicago before he began making artisanal bean-to-bar chocolates. Chef Sean Brock of Husk calls their chocolate “outrageous” and uses it in his restaurant. You can drop by for a tour of their factory on Fridays at 4:30pm.

1404 McGavock Pike, Suite C, Nashville, TN

T: 615.262.3007 |

Markets & Food Stalls

Nashville Farmers Market

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Nashville Farmers Market

This daily farmers market began in 1828 and local chefs like Philip Krajeck of Rolf and Daughters and Margo McCormack of Margot Cafe shop here for their restaurants. In addition to the produce, Margot likes the atmosphere, “It’s like a party every week with music and food trucks and other entertainment.”

900 Rosa L. Parks Boulevard, Nashville, TN 37208

T: 615.880.2001 |

Meat n’ Three

Arnold’s Country Kitchen

One of the best known meat n’ three restaurants -- one main dish and three sides. Chef Tandy Wilson of City House is a fan, “Where else do you find a place where they still make yeast rolls? Not many. They’re making their own pie crust. Everything is seasoned to perfection.”

605 8th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37203

T: 615.256.4455


City House

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City House

This is the restaurant that every chef in town passes along as a recommendation. Chef Tandy Wilson’s Germantown Italian menu includes artisan pizzas cooked in a wood-fueled oven and house-cured salami. Josh Habiger and Erik Anderson of The Catbird Seat say, “They do a killer job. I wish I could cook octopus as good as they do. Also order the Frico and Carolina trout.”

1222 4th Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37208

T: 615.736.5838 |

Dinner & Cocktails at Rolf & Daughters

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Rolf and Daughters

The restaurant is housed in a historic 100-year-old Werthan Factory and chef Philip Krajeck cooks seasonal Mediterranean food with Southern ingredients. Chefs Josh Habiger and Erik Anderson of The Catbird Seat recommend ordering the squid ink pasta.

700 Taylor Street, Nashville, TN 37208

615.866.9897 |

Charred Root Vegetable Salad at The Catbird Seat

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The Catbird Seat

This small tasting room is open four nights a week and there is no ordering. It’s a set tasting menu with 7 to 9 courses where chefs Josh Habiger and Erik Anderson are not only cooking, but serving. Barista Rachel Lehman of Crema loves the cherry crisp with a smoked ice cream and droplets of Maker’s Mark bourbon balls in gel form.

1711 Division Street, Nashville, TN 37203
T: 615.248.8458 |

Hot Chicken at Prince’s Hot Chicken

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Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack

So hot, it’ll make you sweat and cry. Chef Philip Krajeck of Rolf and Daughters calls it a hole in the wall, “They essentially fry it in cast iron on a home stove in the back. It is wicked hot and they serve it on top of bunny bread.”

123 Ewing Drive, Nashville, TN 37207

T: 615.226.9442

Off The Beaten Track

Mas Tacos Por Favor

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Mas Tacos Por Favor

Teresa Mason started the business in 2008, selling Mexican street food from a 1970s Winnebago. Popularity led to opening this storefront shop. Chef Philip Krajeck orders the fried avocado taco, tortilla soup and pozole. “They make great horchata and agua frescas.”

732 B Mcferrin Avenue, Nashville, TN 37206

T: 615.543.6271


The Patterson House

A speakeasy that pays homage to bourbon, as well as the Tennessee governor who vetoed the return of state-wide prohibition in 1909. Chefs Josh Habiger and Erik Anderson work upstairs at The Catbird Seat and go down for cocktails, “They really focus on the classics, but contribute original cocktails to the menu as well. You must order the doughnuts!”

1711 Division Street, Nashville, TN 37203
T: 615.636.7724 |

Honky Tonk

Robert’s Western World

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Robert’s Western World

Live hillbilly, rockabilly and traditional country music with no cover charge.  Chef Philip Krajeck gets the Recession Special, “a fried bologna sandwich, a bag of chips and a PBR for $5.”

416 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203

T: 615.244.9552 |


Coffee at Crema

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Bean-t0-barista with a few important steps in-between. This is where the industry comes for coffee, like chef Tandy Wilson who gets their Cuban coffee, “It is so sweet, wonderful and delicious with sweetened condensed milk.” Josh Habiger says, “When I saw the barista weighing coffee grounds with a gram scale and then weighing the actual espresso shot, I was impressed.”

15 Hermitage Avenue, Nashville, TN 3704

T: 615.255.8311 |

Coffee at Barista Parlor

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Barista Parlor

“One of the best coffee places in Nashville,” sommelier Mollie Ward of Rolf and Daughters says, “it’s in an old garage and when it’s nice, they roll up the doors.” They serve Stumptown, Coava Coffee, Counter Culture, Madcap, Sightglass, Intelligentsia, Four Barrel Coffee, Verve, and Handsome Coffee Roasters. You can also get local products like chocolates from Olive & Sinclair and meats and cheese from Porter Road Butcher.

519 Gallatin Avenue, Nashville, TN 37206

T: 615.712.9766 |

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Contributing Pros

Chef Sean Brock | Husk

37 Rutledge Street, Nashville, TN 37210

T: 615.256.6565 |

Chef Philip Krajeck + Sommelier Mollie Ward | Rolf and Daughters

700 Taylor Street, Nashville, TN 37208

615.866.9897 |

Chef Tandy Wilson | City House

1222 4th Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37208

T: 615.736.5838 |

Chefs Josh Habiger & Erik Anderson | The Catbird Seat

1711 Division Street, Nashville, TN 37203
T: 615.248.8458 |

Chef Margo McCormack | Margot Cafe

1017 Woodland Street, Nashville, TN 37206

T: 615.227.4668 |

Barista Rachel Lehman | Crema

15 Hermitage Avenue, Nashville, TN 3704

T: 615.255.8311 |






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