What Dad Really Wants for Father's Day: The Food Edition

Bourbon, Bacon, BBQ and Brunch.  It's what Dad really wants.  

Looking for a great gift idea for Father's Day?  Take our advice and send Dad one of these great gifts, or treat him to brunch at one of the best spots in Nashville.  Check out our top recommendations below and let us know what you're getting for your Dad this Father's Day.   

Bourbon

Now Dad can have the smooth taste of Bourbon in a unique way through Apple Bourbon Jam spread over fluffy buttermilk biscuits, Bourbon BBQ seasoning that adds a bold flavor to the grill, Bourbon Pecan granola for the perfect snack, and an award winning Bourbon Brittle to satisfy any man's sweet tooth.  

Bacon

Our Artisan Snack Box includes five great tastes from Nashville including Wildflower Honey Shortbread cookies, Prohibition Popcorn, stone ground chocolate, teriyaki beef jerky, and Bacon Brittle.....yes, BACON brittle!  If your Dad likes Bacon, he's going to love this perfect blend of sweet, smokey, and savory.  

BBQ

Barbecues are a Summers staple for Dads everywhere.  A grill, some good sauce, and the perfect seasoning blend will turn burgers, chicken, pork, and more into a mouth watering backyard BBQ experience. 

Brunch

Most Father's don't ask for much in return for all the sacrifices they make along the way, but don't they deserve a little pampering of their own sometimes?  Spending time with Dad over brunch seems like the perfect gift to us and Nashville has some of the best brunch options around.  You might even be able to squeeze in a little Bourbon, Bacon & BBQ into your brunch for the ultimate Father's Day gift food experience.  Here are a few of our top recommendations for places to take Dad this year: 

1. Tavern - This Midtown bar and restaurant has been one of the top spots for weekend brunch for years and there's a reason it's still a popular spot.  The food is good, there's a full bar, a patio, and TVs everywhere so you can catch the game while you're catching up over brunch.  Try the Cheddar Cheese Biscuits with chorizo gravy, the Nooner, or the Tavern Burger. 

2. Chauhan Ale and Masala House - This unexpected brunch spot is one of the best brunch menus in town for true foodies.  Inspired by Executive Chef Maneet Chauhan’s Indian roots, and her love for Southern cuisine, this is a unique brunch selection, but you won't regret anything on the menu.  Try the "What Came First, the Chicken or the Egg?", Elvis' Favorite waffles, Bacon Chicken Deviled Eggs, and don't leave without the Stop Monkeying Around bread that tastes like dessert for brunch. 

3. Etc. -   One of the few really great places to eat in Green Hills, this new spot from Chef Deb Paquette is intimate and casual and still a bit upscale.  Dad will love the classic Bistro Steak and Eggs with fried potato salad and don't miss out on the sour cream coffee cake. 

4. Saint Anejo - If Mexican food is more his speed, the perfect blend of brunch items and Mexican inspired food flavors coupled with a fantastic atmosphere can be found at Saint Anejo each weekend.  You can't go wrong with a single item on the menu, they've got a fantastic bar, and they have a great patio for when the weather is perfect for outdoor seating. 

Of course Nashville is filled with great brunch spots and if you're ambitious, maybe you want to even try your own hand at making Dad a Father's Day brunch at home so he never even has to put on real pants! Because isn't that the dream? 

Whatever you decide to do this Father's Day, know that if you're lucky enough to have a great Dad, you should celebrate him, say "thank you", and embrace the gift of time well spent with him whenever possible. 

To Father's everywhere, Happy Father's Day from Nashville, Tennessee! 

Nashville's Best Coffee Shops

We're slightly obsessed with our daily coffee and that's partially due to the many incredible local coffee shops in Nashville.  When we travel, we scour the internet for the best coffee stops in town, so we thought we'd share the ones in Nashville that top our list.  Whether you're a local or just passing through, you'll want to grab a coffee from one of these favorite spots. 

https://www.instagram.com/cremacrema/

https://www.instagram.com/cremacrema/

1.     Crema

This unassuming coffee shop is located in a former diesel engine repair shop close the the heart of downtown Nashville.  Their commitment to ethically sourcing coffee from trusted farmers that are paid well and roasting in a way that honors the nuances of the coffee is unwavering.  You’ll find some of the finest espresso drinks in the city here along-side an assortment of pastries, muffins, macaroons, avocado toast, granola bowls, and more.  For a quick breakfast or an afternoon coffee, you’re sure to enjoy this local favorite.

https://www.instagram.com/baristaparlor/

https://www.instagram.com/baristaparlor/

2.     Barista Parlor

Nationally recognized for their commitment to the highest quality coffee, Barista Parlor has three locations in Nashville and while they each have their own personality, they are all equally worth a visit.  Each location pays homage to a restored building with updated garage doors, locally handcrafted furniture, and coffee sourced from around the world.  They also have the best biscuit sandwiches in the city, assorted donuts supplied from Five Daughter’s Bakery, and bagels supplied by Proper Bagel.  The lines can be lengthy on a Saturday morning, but you’ll get a true taste of the city and the caffeine fix you’ll need for a day of sightseeing or shopping.

https://www.instagram.com/dosenashville/

https://www.instagram.com/dosenashville/

3. dose. 

Open since 2009, dose. has been a go-to for a simple coffee, espresso drink, pastry, or made-in-house biscuit sandwich at their location just off West End past Centennial Park and they're now serving up the same delicious drinks and food at their new location in East Nashville.  This no-frills coffee shop takes their coffee making seriously and it shows.  

Photo Provided by Frothy Monkey 

Photo Provided by Frothy Monkey 

4.     Frothy Monkey

A long time staple in the 12th South neighborhood of Nashville, Frothy Monkey now has additional locations in Franklin and Downtown Nashville as well.  You’ll feel at home here with their friendly service, breakfast until 5pm, and fun espresso drinks like the Monkey Mocha or the Turtle Latte.  Their menu aims to please with pre-made or make-your-own options for omelets, waffles, pancakes, and more.  They even offer a special menu for Little Monkeys. 

https://www.instagram.com/fidonashville/

https://www.instagram.com/fidonashville/

5.     Fido

As the oldest coffee shop in Nashville, Fido has quite the reputation in our city. Aside from the occasional Taylor Swift sighting, Fido is typically filled with a relaxed crowd of college students, young professionals, and families.  Nestled in the heart of Hillsboro Village, it’s a popular place to start before a Saturday morning of boutique shopping.  With one of the largest breakfast menus in town, there’s something for everyone.  With an emphasis on organic and locally sourced ingredients, you cannot go wrong.  Try the Sweet Potato French Toast or the Village Scramble with one of their signature espresso drinks like the Local Latte that contains local honey and a dash of cinnamon.  

https://www.instagram.com/bongojava/

https://www.instagram.com/bongojava/

6.     Bongo Java

Bongo Java, across from Belmont University, is a popular spot for college students and recent graduates.  A casual vibe, low-cost food menu, and fun specialty drinks are par for the course here.  When the weather is nice, check out their spacious patio seating! 

https://www.instagram.com/threebrotherscoffee/

https://www.instagram.com/threebrotherscoffee/

7. Three Brothers Coffee

Brought to us by the owners of Cumberland Transit, just next door to the coffee shop, Three Brothers Coffee is a hidden gem.  They locally source coffee from Bongo Java Roasting Co., pastries from Dozen Bakery, and cookies from Christy's Cookies.  With fast wifi and friendly service, this is a convenient stop for staying a while or grabbing a cup of joe to go.