By inthemiddlenashville


McKay’s is a literary wonderland, on the cheap! Imagine a warehouse filled with row upon row of books, and you’d be close to imagining McKay’s. This Tennessee chain (other locations in Knoxville and Chattanooga) makes us want to read, read, and read some more. When you first walk in, you’ll notice a large desk to…

Holiday Gift Guide 2016

It’s that time of year again! The holidays have officially arrived, and there are so many ways to show your support for your favorite local shops and makers. Here are some of our favorite gift ideas for this holiday season: Everyone loves a beautiful flower arrangement, and no one does it better than FLWR Shop in…

Marsh House

Looking for a new spot for brunch? Check out one of Nashville’s most buzzed about new restaurants, Marsh House! We all know brunch is the most important meal of the day, so that’s what we enjoyed on our first trip to this Gulch hot spot. tart your meal with one of their awesome house drinks and an option (or two!) from their raw bar menu. We opted for oysters and the Millwood – pineapple, rum, blackberry, lime, and prosecco. And let us recommend the best, most magical appetizer on the menu: the shrimp toast. They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so we’ll definitely be coming back to try their other menus!

Galena Garlic Company

Galena Garlic Company is a family-owned business located in the Shoppes on Fatherland, and it is your one stop shop for your cooking needs. Fresh, wholesome ingredients make all the difference, and Galena has you covered with olive oil, vinegars, spices and seasonings that will keep your pantry well stocked for any occasion. When you walk into the store, you’ll see rows of oils and vinegars of every variety. You can sample nearly every flavor, so come ready to test out the different varieties. Pick up your pantry essentials, those hard-to-find spices for your pinterest recipe, and a host of not so traditional items like chipotle or hibiscus sea salt. Stop into the store and ask about putting together a gift basket that is specialized to any taste!



It’s Thanksgiving week, and we know that 2016 has been a tough year for many of you. And yet, we have so much to be thankful for here in Nashville, so we wanted to take some time to notice some of the good in our beautiful city as we move into the holiday season. In case you haven’t noticed, Nashville has been growing! And with growth has come a lot of new bites, sips, and things to do and see. We’re so thankful for the food on our tables each morning, noon, and night. We’re also grateful that folks in the community are working hard so that everyone can have access to nutritious meals. We’re so very thankful for this community, and we wish all of you a very happy Thanksgiving holiday!

Local Honey Nashville

Local Honey

Local Honey is your one stop shop to shop for fun vintage and consignment clothing and accessories and get your hair done. Yes, that’s right – they sell clothes and cut hair, as their motto describes. We weren’t sure what to make of this combo, but when we stopped in to check it out, it made perfect sense! What better way to treat yourself than with a fresh new cut and a new outfit to match? Leather jackets and boots, vintage bags, funky dresses and denim, and cozy flannel fill the racks – it’s hard to walk away empty handed. And don’t forget, you can also get your hair cut and styled while you’re there!

Farm Burger Nashville

Farm Burger

Farm Burger is all about farm to table, partnering with local farms in Nashville and their other locations. The Nashville location is in the new Hill Center development in Sylvan Heights off of Charlotte right next to Salt & Vine. The vibe inside is casual in fun, with reclaimed wood walls and fun decorations all…

LA Jackson Nashville

L.A. Jackson

The L.A. Jackson has snacks, sharing plates, and big entrees to choose from. We went for the broiled oysters covered in herbs, butter and crispy bread crumbs. The topping on these oysters was so good that we scraped the plate for any leftovers! We finished out our meal with the grilled black drum sandwich and the L.A. Jackson burger. The fish sandwich was served on a buttery toasted bun and topped with dill mayo and paired with a side of fries. The burger comes as a single or double patty tower, yum!

Far East Nashville

Far East

On the East Side there are always too many delicious eats to choose from, but when it comes to Vietnamese fare, Far East is a solid choice. This small restaurant is housed in the Shoppes on Fatherland. It’s the perfect spot to cozy up to a bowl of pho on a chilly Fall day, or enjoy warmer weather on under the twinkle lights on their patio. The menu features Vietnamese favorites – pho, banh mi, bun, and broken rice. The pho comes in a heaping bowl of steaming hot broth and noodles. You really can’t go wrong with any choice on the menu – vegetarians, pescetarians, and carnivores will be happy campers.

Dino's Nashville


Dino’s is exactly what a dive bar should be – kitschy, cheap, and fun. But that description doesn’t tell the whole story, Dino’s is so much more! Next to one of our other East Nashville haunts No. 308, you’ll find Dino’s behind frosted windows dressed up with stuffed armadillos.