July is upon us and here we are in the heat of summer…. Which means… I am really itching to travel abroad.
Beaches, Europe, South America… I’m not picky. The idea of far away places just won’t seem to leave me alone.
But, if you find yourself in a similar situation as myself: using summer vacation time for weddings, reunions, and other intercontinental activities- then READ ON! I have compiled a deliciously tempting list of cultural experiences right here within the city limits of Nashville. Enjoy!
GERMANY: Gerst Haus, 301 Woodland St. If you are looking for a festive and authentic German experience in the traditional beer hall atmosphere, you should definitely make your way to the Gerst Haus on Friday and Saturday nights where a live polka band will entertain you whilst you enjoy your wiener schnitzel, corned beef and cabbage! You will be pleased by the full menu of classic German meals, sandwiches and of course the beer selection is fantastic!
ENGLAND: Fleet Street Pub, 207 Printers Alley. Have a hankering for shepherd’s pie? Find your way to Printer’s Alley tucked behind the Honky Tonks. The pub has an authentic decor and a full traditional pub menu. An impressive selection of English import bottles and drafts will quench your thirst as you grab a bite with your mates! You can surely talk to them here as this is one of the rare bars in Nashville that has no music, bands or karaoke.
ITALY: Coco’s Italian Market, 411 51st Ave. Coco’s truly captures the essence of Italia and offers a great escape for those aching for an real Italian experience. Complete with market, restaurant, gelato, espresso, wine and bocce courts, you really can not go wrong! The marinara at Coco’s is so popular, you can buy it in bottles to take home with you, as well as breads, meats, cheeses and pasta.
VIETNAM: Miss Saigon, 5849 Charlotte Pike. This tasty find is reasonably priced and offers traditional pho, vermicelli and steamed rice plates. The egg rolls and spring rolls are simply delicious and be sure to try one of their Vietnamese style drinks such as the soda chant muoi- salted lemon with soda, sugar and ice.
THAILAND: Smiling Elephant, 2213 8th Ave. This quaint little spot is well known for Thai in Nashville. Start your traditional meal with steamed dumplings or rice paper rolls… but Smiling Elephant is famous for their pad thai. Whether you like it mild or burning hot, they will have something to suit your taste!
MEXICO: El Jaliciense, 3225 Gallatin Pike. This hidden gem in East Nashville has a spacious interior with traditional Mexican art and decor. Chips and salsa are served to the tables, but you should definitely try the guacamole. The prices are great and the exterior is unassuming- but the taste of these little tacos are well worth the trip. They are small in size so 3-5 will do for a single person.
So… who’s hungry? I know I am!