Exploring The Gulch in Nashville
Nashville has no shortage of things to do. Or more specifically, there’s no shortage of music to hear and things to eat. When you’re planning your trip to Nashville, you should set aside time to explore The Gulch. With a mix of new developments and long-standing spots, it’s rapidly becoming the one of the coolest parts of town in an already-cool city. Uber in Nashville can help you get around town, whether you’re taking an uberX or riding in style with a friend in an UberBLACK.
Here are some great places to check out when you’re in The Gulch:
The Station Inn
For more than 40 years, the Station Inn has been an institution in The Gulch. It’s not a glamorous building, but that’s appropriate considering it’s one of the best bluegrass venues—not just in Nashville, but anywhere. Dolly Parton, Randy Travis, and Gillian Welch have all performed here, and though the calendar is always being updated, you can be sure that Sunday nights are for Bluegrass Jam. (402 12th Ave S)
Not far from the Station Inn, you might miss the 404 Hotel if you don’t know where exactly to look for it. It’s Nashville’s first real boutique hotel, built out of an old auto garage, and each of its five rooms is furnished with a mix of modern and antique furnishings, all local. If you’re a crowd, you can rent out the entire place and use it as a townhouse, but whether you stay or not you need to be sure to hit up the next door 404 Kitchen, where you can get skillet cornbread or lamb sugo with locally-sourced ingredients. (404 12th Ave S)
Two Old Hippies
The Gulch has also developed a reputation as a great place for shopping, and Two Old Hippiesis where you go for souvenirs that are a kicked up a notch. Part guitar shop and part boutique, the store is popular with locals and tourists alike. You can find clothes for men and women, jewelry, home decor, and books that match the modern-yet-country vibe, and because this is still Nashville, Two Old Hippies also doubles as a music venue five nights a week. (401 12th Ave S)
When it comes to food, ramen is not the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Nashville—but one place is changing that. One of the Gulch’s newer restaurants, Otaku Ramen started out as a pop-up restaurant and has now settled in a brick-and-mortar spot. There are noodle house staples, but Otaku really shines with its more unusual takes like the kimchi chop, with charred pineapple and lemon vinaigrette, and the Tennessee Tonkatsu, made from pork bone broth, wood ear mushroom, and pork confit. Check their calendar for special dishes that have video game themes, or head early on weekends for the breakfast ramen. You can also check out the okonomiyaki brunch with savory scallion pancakes. (1104 Division St)
Arnold’s Country Kitchen
Of course, you can’t visit The Gulch without eating at Arnold’s Country Kitchen. For 27 years, Jack and Rose Arnold have run this tiny restaurant, serving the standard “meat-and-three,” which means you can get one main dish (roast beef, battered grouper, chicken livers, and rice) and three sides (baked squash, macaroni and cheese, candied yams), and you’re set. Arnold’s has been featured on best-of lists across the country, and it even racked up a coveted America’s Classics Award from the James Beard Foundation in 2009. (605 8th Ave S)
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