My friend Laurie had a film accepted into the Defy Film Festival in Nashville, TN and asked me and Stella if we’d like to accompany her on a weekend road trip there. The end of summer was quickly approaching, so this was a marvelous and unexpected opportunity for our last summer hurrah. Plus, we love road trips so the answer was yes!
It’s about an 8-hour drive so we brought some snacks, but we stopped along the way somewhere in the middle of Indiana to grab the newly released Impossible Whopper, which Laurie hadn’t tried. I was surprised and delighted to find that we weren’t the only ones ordering this plant-based option as some older men in front of us were also giving it a try!
Once in Nashville, there were lots of places I wanted to visit, but we didn’t have a lot of time. When I visit a town I want to hit the ground running. If it was up to me I would go, go, go. My travel campaigns tend to be a little more laid back, but I still managed to cover some ground in a short amount of time.
The Southern V
The Southern V is a cute little modern styled, family-owned comfort food restaurant in the Buchanan Street Business District. It was interesting because it had upscale decor, but you order at the counter and the food was served in baskets. I did wish that they didn’t use plastic (an issue at many of the place we visited), but the food was outstanding.
I had the Chick’n Fried Chick’n and thought it was amazing. I loved the crispy coating and thought the spices were perfect. I had the mushroom gravy on the side because I wasn’t sure if I’d like it, but it was so good and savory. When I first tasted the macaroni I thought it was a little heavy on the nooch, but by the end, I was ready for a second serving. The coleslaw was also exceptional.
Graze is a small bistro and bar in East Nashville. We had a short wait for a table, but it’s located in a cute little plaza so we just took a look around while we waited.
I ordered the biscuits with roasted veggies and hollandaise sauce. Initially, I was a little put off by the amount of carrots in the veggie mix, but the flavors were amazing and I shared some of the carrots with Laurie so they weren’t too overwhelming. We also had avocado toast on delicious, thick-sliced bread, $5 Mimosa’s and Bloody Mary’s, a rich and healthy Divine Cocoa smoothie, and a luscious Peach Chai Cheesecake. We were very full and satisfied when we left! We all agreed we could eat here every day.
Laurie’s film was screening on this day so she wanted to stay at the festival and network beforehand. She let me take her car so I could drive over to Vege-licous on Nashville’s north side.
There was one other person waiting for a to-go order when we arrived. Since we were in a bit of a hurry because we needed to get back to the festival I was feeling scatterbrained and couldn’t decide on what to order, the to-go guy kindly suggested the “Not” Bacon Cheese Burger. This was a homemade burger with grilled onions, mushrooms, coconut bacon and a special sauce. It was good and messy, which are two things I love in a sandwich. Stella wasn’t feeling very hungry so she ordered the V-Licious Taters, which was tots marinated in a house-made vegan cheese sauce topped with black eye pea salsa. She was very happy with her order.
Five Daughter’s Bakery
Located a few doors from Graze, Five Daughter’s Bakery isn’t fully plant-based, but they have a nice selection of vegan options to satisfy your donut needs.