It might be known as Music City, but that doesn’t mean you should count out Nashville’s food and drink scene. There are plenty of crazy and interesting dishes you won’t want to miss, especially since you might not find them anywhere else. Make a memorable meal choice that both you and your taste buds will remember with these unique foods.
Beer Battered Shrimp
Where to get it: Mafiaoza's
Located on the trendy 12th Avenue South, Mafiaoza’s Pizzeria & Neighborhood Pub brings authentic tastes and plenty of puns when it comes to its pizzas. For starters, the Brass Knuckles pizza really brings a punch with spicy wing sauce, roasted chicken, blue cheese crumbles and a blend of cheeses. A vegetarian favorite, the Bellagio has alfredo, prosciutto, sage and eggplant. Beyond their unique pizzas, Mafiaoza’s also serves pastas, salads and other Italian staples. Oh, and the delicious yet insane star of the show: beer battered shrimp.
Goo Goo Clusters
Where to get it: Goo Goo Shop
For those not in the know, the Goo Goo Cluster is an American candy bar that was created in 1912 in, you guessed it, Nashville, Tennessee. At the time they were pretty revolutionary in the world of candy for combining more than one element. The bars themselves consist of marshmallow nougat, caramel, roasted peanuts and milk chocolate. Unsurprisingly, they're delicious. Head to downtown candy store Goo Goo Shop to experience the delight for yourself - watch them made right in front of you, buy some branded merchandise (if you're that keen) and tuck in.
Have a craving for something sweet that will help you relax after a long day? Try a sip of a bushwacker, which is basically an alcoholic milkshake. Recipes vary, but the most popular one includes a blended mix of dark rum, Kahlua, ice or ice cream, cream of coconut and dark chocolate liqueur. There’s some debate, but Nashville’s Broadway Brewhouse claims to be the home of the original bushwacker. And trust me, they’ve earned the right to say that with their perfectly blended drink. This restaurant and bar has a casual environment and five locations throughout the Nashville area. Edley's Bar-B-Que also does fantastic bushwackers - their happy hour deals shouldn't be missed.
Stuffed Pretzel Sandwich
Where to get it: Village Pub
Don’t get this confused with your average pretzel bun. Village Pub’s stuffed pretzel sandwich features a giant, thick pretzel that’s been cut in half and stuffed with meat and veggies. The pretzels come with everything from blackened chicken and bratwurst to chipotle black bean burgers. Their most popular stuffed pretzel is the Italian sausage stuffed pretzel, which has sausage, caramelized onions, mozzarella and homemade confit bruschetta. You can enjoy the food and drinks either inside or out in the pub’s patio. You’ll find this eatery in East Nashville’s Riverside Village.
Trailer Trash Ice Cream
Where to get it: The Pied Piper Creamery
Who doesn’t want to walk into an eatery and order “Trailer Trash” or “Some Like it Hot”? Those are just two of The Pied Piper Creamery’s 24 homemade ice cream flavors available at their East Nashville store. Trailer Trash is vanilla ice cream with Oreo, Twix, Butterfinger, Nestle Crunch, Snickers, M&Ms and Reese’s Pieces. Some Like It Hot is chocolate with cinnamon and cayenne pepper. They also serve flavors like apple pie, key lime sherbet, iced tea sorbet, Dr. Pepper custard and avocado ice cream.
Bourbon Barrel Vanilla Latte
Where to get it: Barista Parlor
If you’re looking for a coffee shop with an overall experience that’s as unique as its drinks, check out what Barista Parlor has to offer. One of their crazy menu items is the bourbon barrel vanilla latte, which is a sweet way to start the day. You’ll enjoy the nautical theme in the warehouse-inspired space as you sip on a warm cup of coffee. Barista Parlor has three Nashville locations in Gallatin Ave, Golden Sound and Germantown. And no big deal, but their iced coffee contains whiskey-caramel sauce. Naughty but nice.
Authentic Hot Chicken
Where to get it: Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack
Although the hot-chicken craze continues to grow across the country — heck, there’s even hot fish now — there’s only one place where you can get a taste of the original: Nashville. Hot chicken is fried with plenty of pepper and comes in a range of heat levels. If you’re new to hot chicken, we suggest sticking with one of the lower levels if you value your taste buds. Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack is said to have created the dish, but you can also get your fill around the city at places like Hattie B’s in Midtown and Pepperfire Hot Chicken in East Nashville.