Nashville hangouts: great local restaurants on a college budget

By Christy Ulmet

Trevecca is situated right in the middle of what the New York Times named in its January edition: America’s ‘It’ City. There are plenty of places to see and more hangout spots than you can count. Here are a few local restaurants to give you a quick taste.

Two Boots Pizza

It’s New York meets New Orleans. It’s Italy meets the United States. Two Boots Pizza is a chain pizza eatery with a local feel. The restaurant was started in New York City’s East Village in 1987by two indie filmmakers.

The two “boots” refer to the geo-graphical shapes of Italy and Louisiana. The original restaurant’s pioneers Phil Hartman and Doris Kornish were in-spired by all things New Orleans, so the ambiance is similar to that of a New Or-leans hangout spot. Two Boots Pizza’s newest location lies here in Music City.

Resting in West Nashville off Broadway, Two Boots Pizza Nashville came to be in June of this year. For about $10, you can get a slice of pizza ,a salad and a drink. The pizza is hand-crafted with unique toppings, blended with crust that is just gooey enough and just crunchy enough.

It’s a great spot to grab a bite to eat. With indoor and outdoor seating, the restaurant is always hopping with jazz music. It’s sure to be a hit in Nashville.

Located at 1925 Broadway @ Division Street, Nashville.

The Silly Goose

Nestled in East Nashville, The Silly Goose is one of Nashville’s most popular up-and-coming places to eat. Around dinner time, don’t count on having a wait time of less than 30 minutes, but it is worth the wait.

The Silly Goose was started by Roderick Bailey in October of 2009.

“I wanted to have a place to eat at for this neighborhood, because nothing was around at the time,” Bailey said.

At lunch, you can find a list of some delicious sandwiches, most notably “The Bird.” Each sandwich comes with a choice of salad greens, couscous or a mix of both. Sandwiches are served all day.

Bailey opened the restaurant with a medium price point in mind. Ranging from $9-$30 (the sandwiches being on the lower end). At dinner time, you can find meals like salmon, shrimp, pork ribs and steak.

Bailey’s goal for the restaurant was for it not to be put in a box.

“It has a little bit of everything, with flavors that are Indian-spiced, Latin-flavored and Mediterranean, governed by whatever is local and fresh,” Bailey said.

Located at 1888 Eastland Avenue, Nashville.

Bobbie’s Dairy Dip

A trip to Bobbie’s Dairy Dip will take a person back in time. The restaurant has been in the same location since its opening in 1951. It’s a classic American outdoor dairy bar complete with hamburgers, hotdogs, ice cream and more.

Bobbie’s is widely known for its ice cream, but they also know how to grill a great burger. Some of Bobbie’s most popular dishes include their sweet potato fries and hamburgers. There is almost always a line, but it isn’t something you’ll want to miss.

At Bobbie’s, come for the dinner, stay for the dessert. With hand-dipped cones, banana splits, soft-serve ice cream, chocolate-covered frozen bananas and more, your stomach will leave happy.

The restaurant is also known for its unique, yet delicious milkshake menu. With flavors like bacon, peanut butter and almost anything you could possibly want, the milkshakes are always a great choice.

Hurry and get there quick, because Bobbie’s shuts their windows for the winter November through February.

Located at 5301 Charlotte Avenue, Nashville.

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*This article originally appeared in the September 2013 TrevEchoes.

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