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I officially have a new favorite restaurant in town. Greko Greek Street Food in East Nashville is hands-down some of tastiest food I’ve had and I’ve already been 3 times in 3 weeks. It wasn’t until I started dating Steve that I discovered my love for Mediterranean/Greek food. His family makes some of the best Greek food I’ve ever tasted, so it’s hard to find places that can compare. When we heard a Greek place was opening up near us, we knew we had to try it. And it delivered. It’s so good!

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My favorite thing on Greko’s menu is the beef souvlaki pita with a side of pita and tzatziki. Their tzatziki has the freshest cucumber flavor ever. You seriously have to try it.

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Top- Abercrombie & Fitch // Skirt- Marshall’s // Sandals- Target // Bag- Hush Puppies

After dinner we went downtown to catch week #3 of Live on the Green to see Portugal the Man. I was pumped to see them play live and have been waiting for so long to see them. As much as I love LOTG and attending outdoor music festivals, I hope to someday see them in a more intimate setting where I don’t have to be trampled by thousands of people who could care less about the band playing. That’s the tough thing about free concerts, I suppose. Regardless of the insane crowds, we had a great time and they played an incredible setlist!

I hope you all have a great weekend! I plan on relaxing to the max from now until Sunday night. 🙂

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A couple posts back I mentioned how Steve and I had a date night at the recently opened Fort Louise restaurant in Riverside Village, a quaint area of East Nashville. Today I’m sharing more about that experience. I had heard many good things via friends (shoutout to my friend Ashley for motivating me to go after THIS Instagram post) so it was the perfect place for us to have a date night that wasn’t too far from home and where we could sit outside and enjoy the nice weather.

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Photo via hungrylikeafort.com

The restaurant is in a cozy home-like setting with adorable decor, an inviting front porch, and a beautiful back patio. The menu was really impressive at first glance and I knew I was going to have a tough time making a decision. We decided to start with the spiced edamame. They came served in a chili-garlic sauce and were topped with grated parmesan. We were also served some of the house-made pimento cheese spread and crackers, compliments of the chef. Both appetizers were delightful and packed with flavor.

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fort louisefort louiseFor our entrées, I ordered the Curry Fried Chicken (because if you know me, you know that fried chicken is my weakness) and Steve ordered the Baby Back Ribs with Coconut BBQ and Pineapple Fried Rice. If you aren’t drooling yet, you will be.

fort louise baby back ribsfort louise curry fried chickenThe fried chicken literally came in a bucket. It was like they were speaking to my soul. It’s the simple things in life that please me. Like a cold glass of beer and a bucket of chicken. I don’t ask for much. And HELLO, it was curry flavored! My love for fried chicken knows no boundaries and this was one of the most exceptional dishes I’ve tasted. You need to try it ASAP.

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fort louiseI highly recommend paying a visit to Fort Louise for a date night or a casual lunch with friends. It’s a cozy environment with incredibly delicious and unique menu options. The back patio is the perfect place to sip on a glass of wine and enjoy an appetizer as well.

Go check it out immediately and let me know what you think. 🙂 Have a great week, everyone!

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For a northern girl living in the south, I am serious about my fried chicken, especially when it’s hot. Moving to Tennessee was dangerous to my health (and probably the reason I gained 10+ pounds) when I discovered my love for Nashville hot chicken. After two years of eating my way through the city, I’ve compiled my list of top places to get hot chicken. Some will disagree with my order, but I’m not just judging by heat– I’m taking into consideration the flavor, texture, and overall experience at each of these hot-chicken-serving establishments.

To give you a frame of reference, I am not exceptionally brave when it comes to the Scoville scale. I typically stay between the mild to medium range on anything I order. However; for those who like to order things just for the burn, I think you’ll appreciate this list just the same.

Here is my list for the best places to get Nashville Hot Chicken:

 

Hattie B’s Hot Chicken

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I choose Hattie B’s Hot Chicken as my number 1 pick for Nashville hot chicken. Not only do they have multiple selections on their heat scale, but the crispiness of their chicken breasts is my favorite. Although I’ve been to the one in Midtown several times more than the location in West Nashville, I’ve had positive experiences at both places and have always enjoyed the customer service. It helps that their selection of sides are amazing too! (Get the banana pudding and thank me later).

Hattie B’s has two locations (soon to be three!)

Midtown: 112 19th Ave. S.

West Nashville: 5209 Charlotte Ave.

Coming Soon: Hattie B’s Melrose: 2222 Franklin Pike

 

Bolton’s Spicy Chicken & Fish

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My first experience with Bolton’s hot chicken was takeout that my husband brought home during Nashville hot chicken week. As soon as I opened the styrofoam takeout box I knew I was going to be in for a wild ride. The spices tingled my nose. After I got past the intense immediate heat (at level Medium), I thoroughly enjoyed the flavor and the juiciness of the chicken. It is good, ya’ll.

Bolton’s has two locations:

624 Main St # B in East Nashville

2309A Franklin Pike near 8th Ave. South

 

Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack

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Ah, Prince’s, where the original Nashville hot chicken was born. Prince’s was the last place I visited out of all of the hot chicken places on this list, and it’s a shame I waited so long to finally try it. If you want Nashville hot chicken done the right way, this is it. You can’t come to Nashville and not try Prince’s for the full hot chicken experience.

Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack has two locations. Their original shack at 123 Ewing Drive and their south location at 5814 Nolensville Pike.

 

Party Fowl

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I didn’t recognize Party Fowl as a hot chicken joint the first time I visited. In fact, we randomly dropped in with a couple friends who were visiting from out of town while we were walking through the neighborhood. We decided to grab dinner and all of us ordered the hot chicken and I was pleasantly surprised by how delicious it was. I’ve since been a handful of times for different reasons: a Nashville Food Bloggers happy hour, casual date night, and more. Each time I go I order some sort of hot chicken.

Party Fowl is located at 719 8th Ave. South in the Gulch.

 

Scoreboard Bar & Grill

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I love how ‘old Nashville’ Scoreboard Bar & Grill is. Being out by the Opry means it’s tucked away from the main hustle and bustle of the city, but it still holds that timeless charm that the rest of old Nashville has. It’s also a pretty hopping sports bar, especially when the Nashville Predators make the playoffs. The original hot chicken is great and so are their hot chicken tenders.

Scoreboard Bar & Grill is located at 2408 Music Valley Drive.

So there you have it: my list of the best places to get Nashville’s famous hot chicken all around the city. You may agree, you may not. That’s fine. I know what I like and I want to share it with you all, especially if you’re planning a trip to Nashville and need some hot chicken recommendations! 

Happy eating!

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Some photos c/o Nashville Guru.

Last weekend we paid a visit to the newly opened Cafe Roze in East Nashville. We’d heard only great things since its opening, so we figured we’d make a stop for our favorite meal on the weekends: brunch. Cafe Roze was opened by the highly acclaimed chef Julia Jaksic who is known for playing a major parts in popular restaurants like Employees Only and Jack’s Wife Frieda. I’m always excited to see cute cafes and casual hangout spots open near us. I typically look at them as potential for ‘remote work’ locations.
cafe roze I cannot say enough great things about Cafe Roze. The overall aesthetic of the restaurant is beautiful, clean, and a combination of all my favorite things: pale pink, marble countertops, black accents, industrial walls, and tin ceilings. The service was friendly and the food was top-notch. I ordered the rose latte and the grilled chicken sandwich with fontina, avocado, and smoked paprika aioli. Steve ordered a cold brew and the stout waffles with mascarpone and poached fruit. We shared both dishes and were pleased with every bite. He said the waffles tasted like Christmas morning.
cafe roze cafe rozeIt was the perfect place for us to have a quiet and slow Saturday morning. The service was excellent and friendly. I won’t be surprised if this becomes a go-to spot for us. Cafe Roze currently serves breakfast and lunch and will eventually be serving dinner. Their hours are currently 8am-4pm and they’re located at 1115 Porter Road on Nashville’s east side.

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Last night was the 1 year anniversary party for Jeff Ruby’s steakhouse downtown. I was invited by my favorite ladies at Reed PR so I brought Steve with me to make an appearance and celebrate the past year of success, delicious food, tasty cocktails, and the best damn desserts I’ve ever had at this luxurious steakhouse. You can learn more about Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse in this old blog post.

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The party included live music, hors d’oeuvres, a sushi bar, tiny chocolate desserts, a signature whiskey cocktail, and a cake that looked like a giant t-bone steak and cigar box. It was amazing. If you haven’t already visited this Nashville restaurant, you need to plan ahead for your next event, anniversary, birthday, or just for a night to treat yourself. They have, by far, some of the best food I’ve ever tasted in my life.

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The sushi bar was incredible. The last time I visited Jeff Ruby’s they served a sushi roll wrapped in thin-sliced, pan seared steak and I talked about it for weeks after. I also can’t sing enough praises about the pastry chef on staff here because not only are they decadent and delightful, but they’re the most beautifully decorated desserts I’ve seen. I didn’t get any pictures of them last night, so you’ll just go see for yourself.

jeff ruby'sAfter the event, Steve and I strolled around downtown near 4th Avenue to enjoy the remaining daylight of one of the most beautiful days we’ve had in Nashville. It was finally not too hot to stand outside for more then a few minutes.

nashville bloggernashville bloggerAgate Beach Blue & White Dress– Lulu’s (on sale!) // Tahari Slides– Zappos (available in different colors) // Hat- Old Navy // Watch- Charming Charlie // Charee Cross Body Bag– Hush Puppies (available in different colors)

nashville bloggernashville bloggerThis is one of my favorite new dresses from Lulu’s. I love that it’s a light material for summer but also has high slits and long sleeves. It’s the perfect mix of professional, trendy, and practical. It even snaps all the way down and the fit is great. I love a good belted dress.

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Happy Friday, friends! I hope you all have a fun-filled weekend ahead.

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