A Hungry Intern’s Guide to Germantown:
I wish I could tell you that everyday after work, I go home and cook myself dinner and lunch for the next day. I also wish I could tell you that I never forget to bring that lunch with me to work, and it doesn’t sit in my fridge at home in a sad tupperware container while I smack myself on the forehead.
Alas, I am human. A hungry human, at that.
Luckily for we redpeppers, 305 Jefferson Street sits in Germantown, prime location for some of Nashville’s best eateries. Here’s a list of some of the best places to grab some grub while you’re on the job.
Get there on your feet:
Little Donkey - As a Texas native, I proudly consider myself a Mexican food snob. But I have fallen in love with this place. The guacamole = life changing. Their outdoor seating is fun for a quick lunch with your fellow interns, or you can pick it up and take it to go. (Have an intern happy hour here. They’ve got great cocktails, too.)
Juice Bar - This is my go-to when I want something quick and fresh. In addition to their juices and smoothies, they have healthy food options like acai bowls, spring rolls and kale salads. Great for a mid-afternoon energy boost!
Cochon Butcher - Bomb sandwiches. Brussel sprouts and mac n’ cheese on the side. Nuff said.
Red Bicycle - Crepes, tacos and sandwiches, oh my! Red Bicycle is a quaint cafe boasting cozy brunch vibes and a delicious array of breakfast tacos, paninis, salads and amazing sweet and savory crepes. Not to mention, great coffee. My personal favorite: the Mexi breakfast crepe.
Nashville Farmers’ Market - The Farmers’ Market is a great option for group trips because of the variety. Craving BBQ, Chinese, farm-to-table sandwiches, Indian or Jeni’s ice cream? Find it here! And you never know, the Grilled Cheeserie might be parked outside. It’s definitely walkable, but a farther trek than the above options.
Get there on wheels:
Germantown is just a bridge-across-the-Cumberland from East Nashville, one of the city’s trendiest and most thriving neighborhoods. Needless to say, it boasts some pretty good food, as well. If you have a car, these places are only a short drive away.
Burger Up - One of my all-time favorite restaurants, I frequent the 12th South location (probably too) often, so I was stoked to find out Burger Up had opened an East Nash location. Their menu is sourced locally and sustainably and it pays off. I couldn’t live without their kale salad, Woodstock burger or truffle fries (I may be eating them as I type this…). But don’t just take my word for it; recently they were voted Nashville’s best burger and fries.
Turnip Truck - Nashville’s only full service, locally-owned food grocer, Turnip Truck is basically the Whole Foods of Whole Foods. Healthy and delicious lunch options are always stocked, and you can usually find another redpepper making a lunch run. Grab some groceries while you’re at it.
Five Points Pizza - Your search for that perfect slice of New York-style pizza is over. Order a couple pies for your intern brainstorm sessions (pizza makes you more creative, right?).
The Pharmacy - Pharmacy is one of the most notorious Nashville spots with its burgers, wursts and biergarten out back. It may be too hard to choose between the tater tots and sweet potato fries, so I suggest just getting both. The only downside: you can’t place a to go order over the phone. Maybe save this one for a special interns’ lunch, or go after work.
Not only do these restaurants have great food, but they also hold special memories from my redpepper internship. Our crazy cohort bonded at Little Donkey during our first weekly intern lunch and I’ve only become closer to these incredible, intelligent, quirky, creative individuals since. Whether piling into someone’s car to hit the Farmers’ Market or walking the few blocks to grab a juice, these experiences have served as opportunities to learn more about my fellow interns and more about myself, tiny and monumental moments of growth.
Hustle & Grow (& EAT).
Hannah Bush, Production Services Intern, Dallas, TX.