There’s always music playing somewhere in Nashville. It’s called Music City, after all. Deep in the heart of the Tennessee capital, visitors can also find lean eats (no matter how strange), all the live music they’ll ever want to hear—and some pretty cool duds.
Meat-in-bun combos at Burger Up (2901 12th Avenue South, 615-279-3767, www.burger-up.com) are made from the leanest, most organic meats from local Tennessee farmers. Try the meatless Marathon, a quinoa, pecan and black bean burger or the heartier Woodstock made with locally-raised, Benton Farms bacon and a touch of Sweetwater Valley cheese. Go even leaner with bison, salmon, lamb or turkey versions.
Get some Omega-3s and protein with Charleston She-Crab (yes, female crabs), grilled grouper or shrimp and grits, all an order away at Fish & Co. (2317 12th Avenue South, 615-292-2655, www.fishco-nashville.com). A popular take out stop for locals like Taylor Swift, patrons can sit and dine or get their fish to go.
Avocado Ice Cream:
Popsicles are good any time of year—and lower in fat than a cup of the creamy stuff at Las Paletas (2905 12th Avenue South, 615-386-2101). Cool down with Mexican-style homemade ice creams popsicles made of all-natural ingredients. Try spicy hot chocolate or honeydew, or opt for a unusually tasty cream treat like avocado, cucumber with chili or hibiscus.
Tees, Spurs and Studs:
Along 12th Street South, there’s some vintage, country and rock ‘n’ roll garb hanging inside Katy K (2407 12th Avenue South, 615-297-4242, www.katyk.com). Designer K has dressed the man in black and offers up custom-made and consigned vintage rockabilly or “ranch dressing” while Imogene + Willie (2601 12th Avenue South, 615-292-5005, www.imogeneandwillie.com) has more modern finds.