It has been sweater weather for a while in Nashville and I can honestly say I’ve never loved living in sweaters more than I do this year. Maybe that’s because in the south the bitter cold still isn’t nearly as bad as it was in Michigan, but it’s also just comfortable to step outside wearing a sweater. It feels like more like ‘cozy’ weather than it is ‘freezing.’ I’m still looking forward to Spring already though.
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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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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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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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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.
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