Nashville Bucket List – Top Local Restaurants, Speakeasies & Coffee Shops

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I am a huge fun of supporting local establishments in Nashville – and luckily for me there are a ton of delicious spots in town – no matter what you are looking for. Given that we have been named “Nowville” by GQ and one of the “hottest cities in America” by the New York Times – I wanted to celebrate a few local spots and share them with everyone.

I keep this list for myself (hmm where should I go to dinner tonight?) and to be honest I haven’t even eaten at every restaurant on here, but I thought it would be great to share with everyone anyway.

Leave me comments and get your favorite spots added as well!

SOUTHERN FOOD & LUNCH

  • Arnolds
  • Prince’s Hot Chicken
  • Monell’s
  • Loveless Cafe
  • Martin’s BBQ Joint
  • Burger Up
  • Mas Taco
  • Sloco Sandwich Shop
  • Local Taco
  • Pharmacy Burger

DINNER SPOTS & NICER PLACES

  • Silly Goose
  • Margo
  • Marchete
  • The Southern
  • Silo
  • Tavern
  • City House
  • Catbird Seat
  • Etch
  • Rumor’s East
  • Lockeland Table
  • Smiling Elephant
  • Watermark
  • The Bound’ry
  • Flyte
  • Capitol Grill at the Hermitage
  • Manja
  • Rolf & Daughters
  • PM Nashville

 SPEAKEASY

  • Patterson House
  • Holland House
  • Corsair’s Tasting Room

COFFEE HOUSES

  • The Well
  • Barista Parlor
  • Crema Coffee
  • Fido
  • Frothy Monkey
  • The Jam Coffee House

Updated as of 2/14/13 – Thanks everyone for the suggestions!

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Candied Bacon Infused Bourbon – Southern Decadence At Its Finest

So you wanna make some Bourbon that will blow your mind? What’s awesome? Bourbon. What else is awesome. Bacon. What’s even better? Candied Bacon (or “dog treats for humans” as Epic Meal Time calls them). The Mother Of All Awesome? Candied Bacon Infused Bourbon.

The best part is its pretty easy to do. The hardest part is cooking the bacon! All it takes is time and a little bacon grease.

Part One: Candy Thy Bacon

Things you will need (aka ingredients)…

  • Bacon
  • Brown Sugar
  • Real Maple Syrup
  • Baking Sheet w/ Rim
  • Optional – cinnamon

Get some bacon. Benton’s if you want to class it up – if you want to keep it really simple just get some bacon at the store.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Lay the bacon flat on a baking sheet with a rim

Cover the bacon in brown sugar (but not too thick)

(Optional) Add a pinch of cinnamon

Drizzle very lightly with real maple syrup (otherwise the bacon gets too gooey)

Note: Do Not Use fake maple syrup or corn syrup – it burns in the oven and ruins the recipe!

Stick in the oven for 10-12 min

Watch it very closely! It goes from delicious to burned pretty quickly.

Enjoy a delicious candied bacon snack.

Part Two: Use Your Infusion 

You can end up doing a bacon-infused bourbon with any bacon grease – but why do that when can you can be even more decadent and make candied bacon too?

 You will need…

  • Bottle of Bourbon (we used Bulleit)
  • 1-2 Bowls
  • Fine / High Grade Coffee Filters (get a pack at least)
  • Funnel
  • Pitcher
  • Liquid Bacon Grease

Start by pouring off (or drinking) the first half of the Bourbon. Obviously you don’t need to throw it out – just move it to another container. You only want approximately a ½ full large bottle of bourbon.

Carefully pour the bacon grease from your baking sheet into a bowl or pitcher and then pour it carefully into the ½ full bourbon bottle (use the funnel if you need to).

Seal the bottle and shake the bourbon & grease mix thoroughly. You will want to shake the bottle for a good 15 minutes to make sure the grease flavor really infuses into the bourbon.

Once you have shaken the mixture thoroughly you want to pour the entire mixture into a large bowl (or 2 smaller bowls) and let it settle. Simply leave the bowls out on the counter (do not refrigerate) This could take 1-2 hours.

Once the mixture has settled – all of the grease will rise to the top and the alcohol will all remain on the bottom. Carefully transfer the settled mixture to a freezer. Freeze for another 2-3 hours.

Now – pull out your bowl – the grease has hardened and frozen and the alcohol has not. Simply pour the alcohol mixture into a pitcher and leave the frozen grease in the bowl. (That stuff is really gross by the way!)

Using another bowl or bottle – pour the bourbon mixture from the pitcher through a fine coffee filter & funnel – it will take some time as there are still big chunks of grease infused in the bacon. Once you’ve run the filtration through once, run the entire mixture through again to clear up any remaining grease particles.

Viola – you now have Candied Bacon Infused Bourbon. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the decadence as you sip on your delightful hand crafted cocktail.

Let me know what you think below and hit me up on Twitter.

BONUS CLIP: How To Make Chocolate Covered Bacon