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Q. Tell us about The Catbird Seat...

A. The Catbird Seat is a small tasting room open four nights a week. We do everything in front of the guests so it’s a really interactive and upfront experience. There’s no ordering here. Just a set tasting menu of 7 to 9 courses with the option of a wine pairing by our new Beverage Director Adam Binder.

Sweet Potato Bisque

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Q. What store-bought ingredient are you loving right and how are you using it?

A. Yogurt -- at the restaurant, we’ve been infusing it with hay and serving it alongside pigeon. We can’t really roast whole birds in hay here, so we thought by incorporating it into the yogurt we could achieve that delicious roast-hay flavor.

Chefs’ Recs... Nashville, TN

Find | Markets & Shops

K & S World Market

It’s a little grocery store by the Nashville Zoo that specializes in Latin and Asian foods. All the produce is priced a third of what a chain grocery store charges and the Asian non-perishables are organized by country. There’s a Thai aisle, a Japanese aisle, a Korean aisle.

4225 Nolensville Pike, Nashville, TN 37211

T: 615.832.8881

City House

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Eat | Restaurants To Take A Visiting Chef

City House

I love it, but it’s a tough table to get these days. Rustic Italian in philosophy and using many locally-sourced ingredients. They do a killer job. I wish I could cook octopus as good as they do. Order the pan-roasted octopus, Frico and Carolina trout.

1222 4th Avenue N, Nashville, TN 37208

T: 615.736.5838 (make a reservation)

Paradise Park Trailer Resort

Perfectly greasy and perfect in every bad and guilty way you need a cheeseburger to be. It’s a lifesaver after a long night of drinking.

411 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203

T: 615.251.1515

Mitchell Delicatessen

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Mitchell Delicatessen

The best sandwiches in town. If they had a spot near me, I would probably go there five times a week. I hate using the word ‘hipster,’ but that may be the best way to describe it. It’s not an old-school deli -- it has a younger vibe. Most of the cooks have been there since the beginning though and that says a lot. Order the Muffalatta or the Banh Mi.

1402 McGavock Pike, Nashville, TN 37216

T: 615.262.9862

Squid Ink Pasta and Cocktails

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Rolf and Daughters

They have great food and cocktails. I love the squid ink pasta.

700 Taylor Street, Nashville, TN 37208

T: 615.866.9897

Eat | Off The Beaten Track

El Amigo

It’s off Nolensville Road. Definitely order the grilled chicken.

3901 Nolensville Pike, Nashville, TN 37211

T: 615.833.6434

Eat | For A Quintessential Nashville Experience


Arnold’s Country Kitchen Meat and Three

I always take visiting friends here. It’s a Nashville institution. You walk through a cafeteria-style line, choose three side dishes from 8 to 15 options, one protein from 4 to 5 options and you have a great lunch. You have to try the brisket, jalapeño cheese grits and bread pudding. There are a lot of meat and threes in Tennessee, but Arnold’s does it the best.

605 8th Avenue S, Nashville, TN 37203

T: 615.256.4455

Cocktails at Bar No. 308

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Drink | Cocktails

The Patterson House

This was one of the first speakeasy-style bars to open in Nashville. They really focus on the classics, but the bartenders also contribute original cocktails to the menu as well. You must order the doughnuts!

1711 Division Street, Nashville, TN 37203

T: 615.636.7724

Bar No. 308

I like this place because the bartenders can make amazing cocktails, but they also make a lot of highballs and house-made soda. It’s cool; it’s hip. The Mitchell Delicatessen crowd hangs out here.

407 Gallatin Avenue, Nashville, TN 37206

T: 615.650.7344

Coffee at Cream

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Drink | Coffee


When I saw the barista weighing coffee grounds with a gram scale and then weighing out the actual espresso shot, I was impressed. Nobody in town does it better than Crema. The baristas here really love their jobs and it’s just a really cool shop. They do great seasonal coffee drinks as well. They have one in the summer called the Café Tom Kau that’s a double espresso with Kaffir lime leaf syrup and coconut milk shaken like a cocktail.

15 Hermitage Avenue, Nashville, TN 37204

T: 615.255.8311

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Nashville, TN


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General Information

The Catbird Seat


New American

1711 Division Street

Nashville, TN 37203

T: 615.248.8458 (make a reservation)







Recommended By

- Barista Rachel Lehman of Crema in Nashville, TN

- Chef Philip Krajeck of Rolf & Daughters in Nashville, TN

- Bartender Matt Tocco of Rolf & Daughters in Nashville, TN

- Sommelier Mollie Ward of Rolf & Daughters in Nashville, TN

Recommended By

- Barista Rachel Lehman | Crema

- Chef Philip Krajeck | Rolf & Daughters

- Bartender Matt Tocco | Rolf & Daughters

- Sommelier Mollie Ward | Rolf & Daughters



The Pros

- Chef Erik Anderson

- Chef Josh Habiger

- Bartender Toby Maloney

- Former Beverage Director Jane Lopes