Puckett’s Grocery and Restaurant

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Before I left Nashville, I brunched at Southern style restaurant, Puckett’s Grocery and Restaurant. What started out over 50 year years ago as a country store, Puckett’s has expanded to a full service restaurant with a handful of locations. 

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Inside, you get a real down-home Southern vibe with friendly service. They also offer a stage where you can catch some live music with a side of Southern food. 

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Ok, so, I know it’s isn’t quintessential Southern food, but it sounded really delightful to me, so, I went for it. I ordered their most popular salad, Strawberry Field Salad with Grilled Salmon (mixed greens topped with strawberries, feta, walnuts and raspberry vinaigrette). I really liked this salad, it was light, fresh, and any salad with a killer fruit/nut/cheese combo is a real bonus. 

The Shorts:
Name: Puckett’s Grocery and Restaurant
Location: 500 Church Street, Nashville
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Yes, and next time I’ll try to make it in before 11am because their breakfast looked great.
Would I recommend it? Yes, get some Southern charm and check back at their menu for new and daily meat and veggie specials.

Music City Tippler

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Upon entering Music City Tippler in Nashville’s Midtown, I thought to myself, this place, contrary to many of the very Country bars on Nashville’s Broadway, could do well in NYC. Well, go figure, it’s actually sisters to NYC’s very own Tippler that I reviewed months ago. So, it was no surprise that I liked the place. 

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You can notice similar aesthetics in the decor, the bar, and the cocktails. Country music not particularly your thing? No problem, because you won’t hear much, or any, of that here. Playing hip-hop, top 40, and some club bangers, the vibe here takes you outside of Nashville, but keeps you around all the sweetness and politeness. Ideal, right?

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To drink, I had their Del Rio (Vida Mezcal, St. Germain, lemon, maple, The Bitter End BBQ Bitters). Mezcal never really seems to disappoint me, and certainly didn’t in this drink either. You definitely get the smokiness, which is pushed further with the BBQ bitters, but then a nice sweetness from the elderflower and maple. 

The Shorts:
Name: Music City Tippler
Location: 1922 Adelicia Street, Nashville 
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Yes, Nashville is awesome, but this bar gave me a little piece of NYC.
Would I recommend it? Definitely. Good crowd, good tunes, good drinks.