One of Nashville’s historic neighborhoods is bringing people closer to town to live and play. Germantown, so named because of the influx of German immigrants in the mid nineteenth- century, was Nashville’s first suburb. The district is one of Nashville’s most architecturally heterogeneous neighborhoods, containing a significant concentration of Victorian building styles. It has been designated as a city Arboretum by the Nashville Tree Foundation because there are more than 100 species of trees in the area. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1979, the neighborhood is now being restored to its original grandeur.
The year-round Nashville Farmers' Market is divided into three distinct areas. The Farm Side houses up to 100 farmers and artisans. Any day of the week, you can get the freshest fruits and vegetables from local farmers. The Market House, in the middle of the property, is home to 10 restaurants serving cuisine representing countries from all over the world. The Flea Market is on the opposite end of the Farm Side and is open Friday-Sunday with more than 50 merchants selling clothes, jewelry, home goods, and more. The Farmers' Market also hosts special events throughout the year like cooking demos and classes, supper clubs, and dance parties.
Germantown Café specializes in straightforward traditional cooking with a subtle twist. Featured in Bon Appétit, this unpretentious restaurant serves bistro fare with the menu changing seasonally. Nearby in a restored Victorian home, Monell’s is a staple of the Nashville food scene. A traditional meat-and-three restaurant, meals at Monell’s are served family-style. Seated at tables of 10 or 12, patrons pass the bottomless bowls of fried chicken and hot rolls to the diner on their left. Get there early as Monell’s doesn’t accept reservations.
Located down the street from Monell’s is the Mad Platter Restaurant. With a menu that changes seasonally, this intimate and inviting restaurant was one of the first local cafes in Germantown. Guests are encouraged to try the signature dessert - Chocolate Elvis, a three-layer terrine with dark and white chocolate ganache and Italian milk chocolate buttercream on an almond graham cracker crust.
One of the newer additions to Germantown is City House Restaurant. Matching the décor of the quaint residential neighborhood, City House, located in a house built in 1901 that was at one time sculptor Alan LeQuire’s home and studio, has been turned into a space that’s both chic and rustic. The dining rooms have a farmhouse feel, with high ceilings and rough plaster walls. The kitchen is open, bounded by a chef’s bar that lets diners watch the action. The cuisine at City House is Italian, but it’s not typical Italian-American fare. The inspiration is the simple but sublime food that could be found on a dinner table in Italy.
New to the neighborhood, Zackie’s Original Hot Dogs serves a bevy of all-American dogs with a build-your-own menu of 18 different toppings. Head down the street and pick up some handmade pasta, cannoli or prepared Italian meals from Lazzaroli Pasta. If you are feeling seafood, check out Little’s Fish Co. This 54-year-old family-owned business prides itself on fresh seafood from salmon filets, lobster tails, and tilapia to freshwater catfish.
Appealing to the sweet tooth, The Cupcake Collection offers delectable treats.