One of Nashville’s newest neighborhoods, 12South is the up-and-coming place to live and socialize. With the city investing in sidewalks and street lighting, 12South has begun to take shape over the last several years. You can grab coffee, score some new guitar strings, stock up on garden mulch, and grab a bite to eat all in the course of an afternoon on foot.
Start a unique shopping adventure at Katy K’s Ranch Dressing, a one-of-a-kind boutique that offers great vintage finds such as Manuel suits and spangled gowns by Nudie’s of Hollywood. Crammed into this tiny store, customers can look through designer cowboy boots, belt buckles, cowboy hats, and Western shirts – all cleverly called “Ranch Dressing.” You know you are there when you see the shapely cowgirl cutout on the building’s stone façade.
Next, head to MODA Boutique, voted “Best Place to Buy Jeans” by the Nashville Scene. MODA is an eclectic, elegant boutique that features Modern, Original, Distinctive Apparel and Accessories. Stop by and see what all the buzz is about.
Just down the street, hit Imogene + Willie, Nashville’s first and only custom jeans store. Housed in an old gas station, Imogene + Willie has become a local hangout for visiting celebrities from Gwyneth Paltrow to ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons. Jeans are made on the premises, and when customers buy a pair of the signature five-pocket mid-rises, they can get their fit customized the same day.
Shop for trendy clothes and accessories at Serendipity Emporium or for music and music accessories at the Corner Music Store. After walking around this charming neighborhood, pamper yourself in one of the chic salons like Trim Classic Barber or Green Pea Salon.
Walk next door to tHE aRT hOUSE Gallery & Studio, a great source for local fine art. They offer monthly art exhibitions and a variety of studio art classes for adults as well as a selection of unique gift items. Or stroll down the street to Snow Gallery that features talented local artists and ever changing exhibits.
Mafiaoza’s Pizzeria & Neighborhood Pub is located in the heart of the 12South district, and it fits right into the bustling neighborhood. With the slogan “Welcome to the Family,” you know you’ll feel at home in this Godfather-themed restaurant.
Next door to Mafiaoza’s is 12South Taproom, the quintessential friendly neighborhood hangout. It has 22 different beers on tap, an eclectic menu which includes hummus, oysters on the half shell, a jerk chicken sandwich, and shrimp tacos as well as a great lineup of live music. Enjoy the décor of Hatch Show Poster motifs, artwork painted on table tops, and wall designs fashioned from beer bottle caps, or when the weather is nice, sit out on the outdoor patio.
A must-do while strolling through 12South is a visit to Las Paletas. An authentic Mexican popsicle shop, Las Paletas makes fruit and vegetable popsicles from old family recipes. Stripped bare of any accessories, two stand-alone freezers separate the customers from the two sisters who own the shop, and a chalkboard with the flavors of the day is the only menu in the store. Don’t be afraid to try unusual flavors like avocado, corn or hot chocolate (chocolate with hot peppers!).
One of 12South’s busiest restaurants is Burger Up. This upscale burger joint brings a menu of burgers, salads, soups and appetizers made from as many locals ingredients as the owners can get their hands on, with their prized ingredient (local beef) coming straight from the Triple L Ranch in Franklin. A few doors down, you will find Sloco Sandwiches, the latest endeavor from Tayst executive chef Jeremy Barlow: a quick lunch option with a focus on high quality, local, and in-season ingredients.
Across the street is another quality barbeque joint to add to Nashville’s roster: Edley’s Bar-B-Que. Uniting the meat-and-three with a traditional barbeque restaurant, this fast casual eatery serves up smoked pork, chicken, turkey, brisket, ribs, wings, and much more. Their large patio is an ideal place to grab a bite and get immersed in the busy 12South neighborhood.
Housed on an old car wash site, Urban Grub features a menu filled with several different cuisines from Southern-style seafood and a raw bar with oysters, a charcuterie menu, and Latin dishes complete with tacos and enchiladas.
Get your caffeine fix at the neighborhood coffee house Frothy Monkey. With a selection of coffees and teas from all over the world, as well as a delicious breakfast and lunch menu filled with local ingredients, the Frothy Monkey is a popular neighborhood spot. Located close to the Frothy Monkey is Portland Brew, offering locally-roasted coffee, tea, sandwiches, and baked goods in an intimate, hipster atmosphere.