Nestled along the western shore of the Cumberland River, Nashville’s Germantown neighborhood has been described many ways, all of them attractive: charming, walkable, tree-lined, even boutiquey. One word we’d like to throw into the mix is “delicious.” This neighborhood is home to amazing cuisine! Here’s a few great Germantown restaurants to get you started, ranging from a quick bite to a leisurely night out.
From the people who bought you Burger Up, Josephine, and the Frothy Monkey, Lulu is fast-casual dining with flair. The menu includes three different juices, labeled Red, Orange, and Green (they’re all fresh, tasty, and natural). There’s excellent composed grain bowls and salad for the health-conscious—but if you’re not ready to say goodbye to animal protein, enjoy a burger made of Triple L Ranch Beef. And don’t miss the soft-serve ice cream… never mind, you can’t, it’s right next to the door.
This local roaster lives by the three Cs: Coffee, Creativity, and Community. Try Steadfast’s flash-chilled coffee, rested drinks (an espresso and milk concoction that’s allowed to “rest” before serving) and their famous Matchless coffee sodas. But don’t feel like you have to stick to the familiar: folks here are always rethinking the art of coffee.
City House earned a James Beard award for a sleek internationalist take on classic Italian—pork sausage with pho broth, bread gnocchi with rabbit sugo, and delectable pizzas. Word has it they’ve got an amazing Sunday supper, including a southern-style catfish that’s out of this world.
Are you looking for a big all-you-can-eat southern dining experience? Monnell’s in Germantown is your stop featuring a 4.8 Google rating. Their dishes include breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus smoked sausage, eggs, biscuit and gravy, skillet fried chicken, fried catfish, stuffed shells, and fried cheese. This place is a destination for both tourist and the locals.
Simple elegance is the watchword at Henrietta Red, which offers fine vegan options like cauliflower steak in addition to signature fare like fried oyster sandwiches. In fact, pretty much everything involving oysters is Henrietta Red’s pride and joy.
If you’re thinking about moving to Germantown and want to get a real vibe for the neighborhood, a night or two at the Germantown Inn is not to be missed. This Federal-style two-story home, built in 1865, has been reinvented as a boutique inn. They don’t serve food here—but you’re right in the middle of all the great restaurants, and it’s wonderful to walk home from your meal.