Brunch is an American institution and they take it very seriously at Josephine. Order up a cheeseburger, steak and eggs or even a peach tartine to start, definitely don’t leave without a serve of the bite-sized cinnamon doughnuts, and bookend your meal with Bloody Marys. 2316 Twelfth Ave South, Nashville TN. +1 615 292 37204. https://www.josephineon12th.com/. Mon-Thu 5pm-10pm; Fri 5pm-11pm; Sat 10am-3pm, 5pm-11pm; Sun 10am-3pm, 5pm-10pm.
If you’re going to eat fried chicken in the US, do it here. This place is an institution and they’re earned their global rep. The meat is tender and juicy, the shell is crunchy and their sauces come in multiple strengths, from mild, flavour-over-heat condiments to a hot sauce so powerful you’ll feel like you can see through time after putting a microscopic amount on your tongue. Fill any space on your table that doesn’t have plastic baskets of chicken and white bread on it with jugs of craft beer, baked beans, mac’n’cheese and pickles. 112 Nineteenth Ave South, Nashville TN. +1 615 678 4794. http://hattieb.com. Mon-Thu 11am-10pm; Fri-Sat 11am-midnight; Sun 11am-4pm.
Martin’s Bar-B-Cue Joint
Spending a day in the top floor beer garden at Martin’s should be on everyone’s hit-list. They prime their pit barbecues in the wee small hours to cook whole hog barbecue that is juicy, tender and perfectly smoky. There’s fat-lined brisket, of course, plus smoked turkey, sausages, wings and long racks of ribs. Basically what we’re saying is wear a mumu because you won’t want to leave a scrap behind, but the pitmaster tasting plates are not for the waist watchers among us. 410 Fourth Ave South, Nashville TN. +1 615 288 0880. http://www.martinsbbqjoint.com. Dining Room: daily 11am-10pm; Beer Garden: Sun-Thu 11am-10pm; Fri, Sat 11am-midnight.
You can waste a lot of time just hanging out at Pinewood Social. They’re freelance friendly, with stacks of computer ports, Wi-Fi and squashy armchairs. They also bust out some of the best mod-American dining in the city, and there’s a bowling alley to break up the all-snack party. They’re no slouch on the drinks front either, so settle into a big booth and get familiar with some local, small batch spirits. 33 Peabody St, Nashville TN 37210. +1 615 751 8111. https://www.pinewoodsocial.com. Mon-Fri 7am-1am; Sat, Sun 9am-1am.