1. What foods is Nashville known for?
And the Peanut Butter Goo Goo, my personal favorite, is made up of roasted peanuts, milk chocolate and a thick layer of peanut butter. When asked about the name of their candy bar, the Standard Candy Company said that their candy bars are so good, people ask for them from birth (goo-goo, goo-goo). Get it?
In the past few years, Nashville has also become known for starting the “hot chicken” phenomenon, which is crispy fried chicken spiced at various degrees of hotness that will have your tongue wishing it could take up permanent residence in your glass of sweet tea. Some of the most popular places to get hot chicken in town are Hattie B’s Hot Chicken, Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack and 400 Degrees Hot Chicken.
2. What neighborhoods should foodies visit when they come to Nashville?
- Downtown/Sobro/The Gulch: The Capitol Grille, Etch, The Farm House, Flyte World Dining & Wine, Husk, Watermark and The 404 Kitchen, Arnold’s Country Kitchen, Yazoo Brewing Company
- Germantown: City House, Rolf & Daughters and Silo
- East Nashville: Lockeland Table, Margot Café & Bar, The Pharmacy and The Treehouse
- Midtown: Hattie B’s, Midtown Cafe, Patterson House and The Catbird Seat
- 12 South: Josephine, Epice, Las Paletas, Sloco and Burger Up
3. What can people expect on your food tours?
The tour is three hours long and covers about two miles. There are five tasting locations on the tour and one unforgettable cultural stop, which many people tell me was their favorite part of the tour. This is not a stuffy tour, so everyone should expect to laugh and have a good time.
Although there are some tastings that would be considered more “foodie” than others, all of the cuisine is approachable. The restaurants chosen for the tour are purposely “off the beaten tourist path.”
Each tasting location was chosen for a specific reason, and most of them for more than one – the specialty food, the owners’ backgrounds, the connection to Nashville, the history behind the restaurant buildings, etc., and all of the tastings are, of course, delicious. There are two alcohol tastings on the tour of just a few ounces each, and while many people are full at the end of the tour, some still crave more.
Tours run on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and can be booked online at www.musiccitybitesandsites.com or by calling (800) 979-3370.
4. Where should we eat if we hope to spot some celebrities?
I’ve also heard that Vince Vaughn was seen at The Southern (SoBro), and that Reba McEntire and Ronnie Dunn both were seen (though not together) at Tavern (Midtown).
Other than that, there are so many celebrities, especially of the country music variety, in town, that one could probably see one almost anywhere, but you have to be pretty good at spotting them, because they all tend to dress down here, so they look a lot like everyone else.
5. Are there any Nashville chefs that we should keep our eyes on?
The chef that I’ve seen written up and talked about the most lately is Tandy Wilson of City House. He was a finalist for the 2014 James Beard Award for “Best Chef: Southeast.”
Margot McCormack of Margot Café & Bar and Tyler Brown of Capitol Grille were also named as semifinalists in the same category.