It's Gonna Be May
To quote one of my favorite boy bands, N’Sync, “ It’s Going to May.”
Now that the NFL Draft, the St. Jude Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon and multiple musical acts have vacated Music City, Nashvillians can take pause, breathe deeply because May will be here before we know it.
May 1 signifies the start to one of the busiest social seasons of the year. If you’re new to the area, you might wonder what all the fuss is about. From college and high school graduations, Mother’s Day celebrations, Iroquois Steeplechase, the Symphony Fashion Show, Nashvillians have a full dance card.
Planning is clearly underway as I have received numerous messages seeking advice on where to go to brunch so I thought I would put together a few of my favorite places. Reservations can be hard to come by and wait times may be long so consider having these bites delivered right to your door with Grubhub or simply order ahead and pick it up!
Chauhan Ale and Masala House serves classic Indian fare with a Southern twist. Chef Maneet Chauhan has created some delectable brunch dishes that are sure to satiate even the most voracious appetite. I’ve got several dishes that I order on repeat, but if you haven’t experienced brunch at Chauhan, these dishes are essential.
Being a Southerner, I am an avid deviled egg fan and when I saw Bacon Chicken Deviled Eggs on the menu, I was sold. The bacon to deviled egg ratio was sheer perfection. Confession: even if I can’t make it in for brunch service, these are saved as one of my favorites on Grubhub and I order them on repeat!
It’s not often that brunch is not accompanied by a mimosa, but in an effort to have the full experience, I ordered some Chai Tea and it did not disappoint.
Generally, my eyes are bigger than my stomach but when I ordered the Vindaloo Chilaquiles, I had no idea the dish would be big enough to feed a family of four! (Can we say leftovers??) The poached egg was a nice addition to this dish and the Indian spices really brought the heat so make sure your water glass is handy!
Whether you are a brunch purist or someone who’s more adventurous with food, there’s something for everyone at Chauhan Ale and Masala House.
If you’ve followed Blonde Voyage Nashville for any length of time, you know that Louie’s Wine Dive is frequently in my restaurant rotation. Not only do they have a great happy hour but their brunch is OUT OF THIS WORLD.
With so many appealing options, it can be difficult to make a decision, especially when the caffeine hasn’t kicked in. Am I right? Here are a few of my go-to dishes when I’m at Louie’s.
First things first, if there’s fried cheese on the menu, it’s definitely getting ordered. In my world, fried cheese has it’s own food group. The Cheese Curds are excellent and I love that they give you two different dipping sauces. Even though I usually migrate to the Pomodoro sauce, the Spicy Dill Aioli is out of this world.
Living in the South, fried chicken is a staple and you will likely see some variation of it on any restaurant menu in Nashville. For brunch, I especially love the Fried Chicken Biscuit. The biscuit is light and fluffy but maintains the perfect consistency so it doesn’t fall apart when you pick it up. In true Nashville style, I ordered my chicken a bit on the “hot” side.
It’s funny, no matter how full I may be, I always seem to find room for dessert. Louie’s Wine Dive has the best beignet game in town. In fact, they disappear almost as quickly as they arrive. There is just something so magical about the warm beignets drenched in powdered sugar and dipping them into the rum butter sauce. My mouth is watering just writing this!
If you’re like me, afternoon meetings can be brutal. I know if I want to get anything done, I have to provide snacks and caffeine. The cheese curds are an absolute perfect afternoon snack. I simply place an order on the Grubhub app and walk over from my office and grab these. In a matter of minutes, productivity increases 150%.
The Mockingbird has a special place in my heart as I have been following culinary duo Brian Riggenbach and Mikey Corona since they landed in Nashville. If you’re looking for a restaurant that serves elevated comfort food with a global twist, The Mockingbird is your place.
Why everyone should brunch at The Mockingbird:
Leave it to Mikey Corona to come up with some of the best entree names in town. I’ve eaten my way through most of the brunch menu and I haven’t found a dish I don’t love yet. Come prepared wearing a flowy dress or elastic waistband pants because you won’t want to leave a bite behind. Some of my favorite dishes include Kiss My Grits, Flock Yes, I’ll Have What She’s Having and Taco The Town (featured above). One of my favorite Grubhub orders from The Mockingbird is Don’t Worry Brie Happy. Absolute bites of heaven.
Not only does The Mockingbird have fabulous savory dishes but their pastry game is on point. Chef Brian Riggenbach’s Hole in One has become quite popular with the brunch crowd. Don’t be fooled, this donut is as large as it appears!
I don’t know about you, but I’m hungry. Thank goodness there are food delivery services or I’d have to resort to doing the thing I hate most, grocery shopping. Grubhub delivers throughout the Nashville area. Satiate that appetite and get busy ordering! Blonde Voyage Nashville readers can get $12.00 off their first Grubhub order of $15.00+ by using the code BLONDEVOYAGE.
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