2102 Blair Blvd, Nashville, TN 37212 615-269-5509
Kitchen open 10:45am – 9:45pm
Brown’s Diner opened its doors in Nashville on December 26, 1927 and has been in continuous operation ever since. From its start in a mule-drawn trolley cart, Brown’s has been synonymous with cheeseburgers and beers, and it claims to have Nashville’s oldest beer license. The atmosphere is simple, no-frills, and never-changing with a clientele from college kids to old-timers. If you are looking for a dark, dive-bar type place to grab a burger and a cold one, this is the place. It looks like a trailer that has been added-on to, because it is!
As far as the burgers go, they are simple and remind me of a burger you’d make at a backyard cookout. It comes with all the dressing: lettuce, tomato, onion, and pickle for just $5. The fries are skinny, standard cut fries, and they are crispy. There’s nothing that I hate more than limp, wilty fries, and this place makes them perfect for my tastes. And the price can’t be beat!
105 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37201 615-964-3000
Monday – Friday 11am – open late; Saturday & Sunday 10am – open late; Weekend brunch until 2pm
Owned by rocker Gavin DeGraw along with his brother, Joey, Nashville Underground, formerly National Underground, is a place that you can get good food while also listening to live music. They also boast a multi-level rooftop and beer that is set to 29 degrees, so you always have a cold draft. And if you’re looking for a mechanical bull, they have one on the second floor. This venue has six floors to provide music, food, and other entertainment.
Their burgers are served on a toasted potato bun with lettuce, tomato, and onion and include a side of seasoned fries or a side salad. They also have additional tops that you can like caramelized onions, sautéed mushrooms, or jalapenos. What’s great about these burgers is that they also offer the meat-free option of the Impossible Burger. I was reluctant at first, but these burgers look, smell, and taste just like the real thing. I was very impressed.
The Underground also offers breakfast all day as well as several options for Nashville hot chicken.
174 3rd Avenue N., Nashville, TN 37201 615-953-7155
Bowie’s is a dedicated rock bar located downtown, and is open Tuesday through Sunday. Enjoy Taco Tuesdays or Thirsty Thursdays. And did I mention that they have waffle fries? And if you are a vegetarian, they have the Impossible burger.