It’s been a busy summer for restaurant, bar and cafe openings throughout Nashville, but our office is in East Nashville, so we can’t help but pay special attention there.
Just over the past few weeks, we’ve welcomed new spots for breakfast, lunch, dinner and post-dinner drinks, and they’ve already got our East Side devotion.
In case you spend a lot of time in East Nashville too, but haven’t kept up with all the openings, here are a few of the East Nashville newcomers we’ve fallen for in just the past month or two.
New dining/drinking spots in East Nashville
1008 Gallatin Ave.
We’ve been eagerly awaiting the opening of tropical lounge Pearl Diver (pictured up top) in part just to see the finished decor — from the front door to the signage, they gave early peeks of cool midcentury touches that very much had us at hello. The interior doesn’t disappoint either, with bright colors and bold wallpaper patterns and cool light fixtures galore. The menu delivers on Pearl Diver’s promise too, with daiquiris that are as beautiful as they are delicious, fresh octopus and togarashi yakitori and more. Get to know Pearl Diver better at pearldivernashville.com.
Kawai Poke Co.
901 Woodland St., Ste. 105
For a little more tropical flavor: Kawai Poke Co. just opened in the Wabash building on Woodland, with an aim of bringing the flavors of Hawaii to Nashville. On the menu: smoothie bowls with all kinds of tropical fruit, and poke bowls with rice, greens or noodles topped with fresh seafood or tofu/veggies. Nashvillians who like to eat fresh and light will definitely find something to love here. Check out more at kawaipoke.com.
East Park Donuts & Coffee
700 Main St.
This place is technically soft-opened, but they’re still serving fresh, classic cake and brioche donuts and espresso/coffee every day but Sunday, and it all makes for a breakfast of champions, for sure. Follow East Park Donuts & Coffee on Facebook for the latest updates.
811 Gallatin Ave.
If you’re a craft beer fan you’ve likely stopped by one or more of this Nashville brewery’s other locations, near Music Row or on Charlotte in West Nashville (close to our Ashland Place townhome listings). Their smaller East Nashville brewery just opened days ago at 811 Gallatin Ave., where they’re serving house-made pizza, sandwiches, salads and more, plus all kinds of classic and creative craft beer options. Learn more at tailgatebeer.com
935 West Eastland Ave.
We miss the now-shuttered Holland House Bar & Refuge, but the recent opening of Lyra in its former home washed quite a bit of the bummer away. In the totally redesigned and refreshed space, onetime Holland House executive chef Hrant Arakelian is now serving modern Middle Eastern cuisine, and it’s unlike anything we’ve had in Nashville before. He mixes familiar Middle Eastern flavors in surprising and exciting ways, like stunning carrot kibbeh wraps with date-marinated cashews and fermented peppers. (Their stunning octopus kebab is pictured above.) If you’re obsessed with food in Nashville, Lyra’s one you absolutely have to try. More at lyranashville.com.
What newcomers to the Nashville food scene have you fallen for recently? We’d love to add some other places to our to-hit list.
If the thriving East Nashville food scene has you determined to make that neighborhood your home, please let us know if we can help you find the perfect place! Take a look at some East Nashville homes for sale here, and reach ACRE here.