Merchants: Downstairs Bistro

merchants 6Merchants has been around since 1892- what started out as a hotel has morphed into one of the best downtown eateries in Nashville. Head upstairs for the dressier dining room or stay downstairs to enjoy the more laid-back bistro and bar.

We chose the downstairs bistro for our dinner experience. Sit at one of the many booths surrounding the bar for great people watching and entertainment from the bar staff.

parmesean popcorn

parmesean popcorn

Snack on a complimentary batch of parmesan and herb popcorn for you to snack on as you look over the menu. Merchants offers classic cocktails, like the Moscow Mule or the Dark and Stormy, and a number of local brews, including selections from Yazoo and Jackalope.

Our waiter recommended the baked cheese appetizer, described on the menu as “ooey gooey cheesey yumminess.” Sold! It came to the table still bubbling from the broiler with a side of tortilla chips and pico de gallo. The tang from the pico balanced out the cheese perfectly. Other starters include duck fat tater tots and fried green tomatoes. You could make a meal of their starters alone!

baked cheese app

baked cheese app

For the main course, we went with the Greek chopped salad and the strawberry salad topped with blackened salmon. Their fresh, crunchy ingredients piled high in bowls will fill you right up.

merchants 3Carnivores will be plenty satisfied too with the burger selection. Build your own burger with add-ons, from a fried egg to sautéed mushrooms to pimento cheese. The house made potato chips make for the perfect side to a juicy burger.

Open for lunch and dinner, the downstairs bistro at Merchants is a great escape from the bustling Broadway crowd. If you’re looking for a fancier dining experience, try second floor of Merchants – more on that to come!

C & A

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Merchants Restaurant


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