Eat Like a Local: Nashville Originals’ Restaurant Week

It’s a weeks worth of special menus and deals at all of my local favorites and it’s twice a year!

It’s the brain child of Nashville Originals, an organization full of local restaurateurs dedicated to sustaining the independent restaurant as a fixture of Nashville’s culture and community.

The August edition forced me out of my comfort zone… taking me to a few spots I hadn’t been before.

Let’s start with breakfast!

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Fenwick’s 300 in Melrose has been open for almost a year now but I am just now making it there to try… huge mistake!

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My News 2 photographer pal, Armondo, and I actually went there to “work” on a few live reports one morning… and they threw the book at us! Biscuits and gravy, eggs benedict, strawberry french toast, jalapeno cheddar grits, beignets and one big ole’ pancake.

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And those lattes… had to take one to go!

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That night I ventured into the house of ramen at Two Ten Jack with the insanely talented Kelsey Cherry.


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We both dove head first into the ramen… mine the tori paitan which included chicken broth, tsukune, greens, chili oil, a soft egg and hon-shimeji.

Hers the yasai shoyu with vegetable broth, burnt corn, greens, benishoga and mayu.

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So good it makes you want to lick the bowl!

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It was a long day and we may have had one too many of those sake punches.

The next day was lunch at one of my favorites… Smokin’ Thighs!

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Personally, I am a huge fan of their juicy jumbo wings but for Restaurant Week they were all about their smoked chicken tacos… which didn’t disappoint!

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Barbecue applewood smoked chicken topped with a roasted pepper corn lettuce slaw and my favorite ranch! I added on my two favorite sides in Nashville… their loaded baked potato salad and bacon mac-n-cheese.

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My latest stop for dinner was Cabana… a hidden Hillsboro Village gem.

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I did their full three course, wine flight Restaurant Week experience with the Blackened Mahi.

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But it was also 2-for-1 pizza night so… had to.

Get out there Nashville! Only a few more days left of restaurant week… and then it’s back to the clean eats ūüôĀ

Happy Restaurant Week!

Farm to Fork: Antebellum Homestead Manor


You would think this place is a dream.




Thompson’s Station’s crown jewel.




The 19th century Homestead Manor mansion has been turned into Harvest at Homestead, a farm to fork, tuscan/southern inspired experience. And I mean it when I say experience instead of restaurant!




A few of my new beautiful blogger friends and I spent the evening touring the beautiful property, sipping the libations and tasting the harvest.


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We started inside the dining experience. Each room has a story to tell from each era the manor has lived through since the 1800’s.




The Library pays homage to the pre-Civil War years at Homestead.


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The Alice Thompson Room…. the daughter of town’s namesake. She’s the only known woman to participate in battle… she ran from the cellar of the Manor to pick up the fallen regimental flag and wave it in the heat of the Battle of Thompson’s Station.


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The room is also a nod to Homestead’s role as a hospital to both Union and Confederate troops after the battle.




Post Civil War moves us to the Industrial Room. Homestead was in the middle of the “modern” age of technology with a railroad being built in the middle of the property.

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The Picnic Room takes us through the Great Depression which even then southerners used to create and atmosphere of hospitality and joy.

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The Blue Gray Room reflects both sides of the Civil War. The Homestead folks say it isn’t a coincidence that the rooms are not divided, but share large doors.



The Music Room is their ode to being so close to Music City. The custom made chandelier is made of old piano keys!



Homestead Manor sets the bar for local farm to fork restaurants because their farm is literally a few feet away.

Cross the railroad tracks in middle of the property and you’re in the farm watching the restaurant’s full time farmers pick your food.



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The restaurant’s menu is always changing to reflect what the farm has in store. All of the fruits, veggies and herbs in what you are ordering are picked right from their backyard that day.


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On to the event barn that I could live and die in. Those chandeliers… WHAT A DREAM! Thompson’s Station has just relocated their summer farmer’s market here.


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It was on to the tastes in the detached glass bar modeled after an old greenhouse.


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Homestead‚Äôs ‚Äúmomma meets mama mia‚ÄĚ style brought us everything from spaghetti and meatballs to peach and pecan pizza.


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My favorite Homestead concoction was the summer sangria which is always changing just as the menu is.

It was so good I decided to recreate it at home!


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All I needed was a bottle of my favorite Lambrusco, some rum, orange juice, cranberry juice, simple syrup and some fresh berries from the market and I was set.


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Make a reservation to taste the real thing at the beautiful Homestead Manor. You won’t regret it!


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