Saturday, January 12, 2013

East Nashville

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If I were to buy a home in Nashville, I definitely think it would be East Nashville.

This up-and-coming eclectic neighborhood has a character and charm I love.  Duke and I took a drive out there, taking in the cozy Craftsmans and locally owned businesses.  There's a huge list of restaurants I want to eat at in East Nashville, and I love the quirky shops.

It seems a bit hipster, definitely an eco-conscious area with a lot of people who value clean, green lifestyles, eating like a locavore, and shunning big business for a more pedestrian lifestyle vs. commuter.  It's like a mini East Village in New York, or Portland, or Seattle.

Today, being amateur burger connoisseurs, we decided to check out The Pharmacy.

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While parking is a challenge, it was well worth the effort.  The beer selection is awesome, and we loved the atmosphere.  I had the Farm Burger, which was sheer burger decadence:  a local beef burger topped with local bacon, ham, and a fried egg.  A farm-fresh egg.  Phenomenal.  I washed it down with their homemade strawberry ginger ale.  Delish!  As far as Nashville burgers, Duke ranked The Pharmacy > Burger Up, because he liked the meat better.  I ranked Burger Up > The Pharmacy for their house ketchup and truffle fries.  But the burgers were equally awesome to me.

My Farm Burger

Afterwards, we headed over to The Green Wagon, where I found a gloriously-scented candle and lip balm.  It definitely reminded me of the little shops in my hometown, with tons of eco-friendly fare.

We also stopped at Porter Road Butcher, an old-fashioned butcher shop nearby.  I was in love.  So much delicious, local meat!  Farm fresh eggs!  Homemade jams and breads and cheese!  Milk!  Jerky!

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We picked up some eggs and steak, but we will definitely be back for some special meat purchases; it's well worth the trip, and the guys are experts.  I had my eye on some Italian sausage and chorizo for next time.

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