Culinary delights in Music City's east end
November 1, 2012
In Nashville, Tennessee, Music City’s coolest epicurean destination is not downtown with the honky-tonk bars where you might expect, it is across the Cumberland River in a formerly dicey part of town called East Nashville, which encompasses a variety of neighbourhoods including Lockeland Springs, Maxwell Heights, Rolling Hills, East End, Five Points and Greenwood. Once known for high crime rates, drugs and poverty, the historic Victorian side of town often referred to as “East Nasty” has recently been revived by an array of artisanal food purveyors, highbrow coffee shops, hip cocktail bars and thriving restaurants, all of which are breathing new life into the area.
The last few years in particular have seen a culinary crop that is infused with young creative energy, elevating East Nashville to the level of other US gastronomic destinations like Brooklyn, New York, Portland, Oregon, and Charleston, South Carolina. And the entrepreneurs, chefs and workers — many of whom are also East Nashville residents— are propelling the turnaround with a palpable sense of community responsibility and local pride, making this a town you want to tackle with a hearty appetite.
Whether you are heading to coffee shops that feature cutting-edge equipment, cocktail bars shaking up inventive libations or burger joints that hearken back to the soda shops of yore, East Nashville takes its food, drinks -- and fun -- pretty seriously.
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