Hemingways Bar And Hideaway Takes Its Place As One Of The Best New Restaurants In Nashville

Dated: 07/03/2017

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by TJ Anderson

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With how quickly the restaurant scene in Nashville is expanding, it’s almost impossible to keep up with how many must-go spots have just opened. But I’m game to keep trying if you are.

Among my latest attempts, and now officially among my favorite Nashville restaurants: Hemingway's Bar & Hideaway, in Wedgewood-Houston.

I’d been hearing about this place being in the works for about two years, but the doors finally opened in late May, at 438 Houston Street, Suite 160, and I was excited to get to explore.

As a fan of interior design, the aesthetic first caught my attention. Hemingway’s has a certain amount of the hardened masculinity attached to its namesake, novelist Ernest Hemingway — craggy stone and brick walls, big rugged beams, unfussy communal tables with rocks glasses at the ready.

The menu was what made me fall in love, though, and although it’s fairly trim, the dishes are definitely more rich and intense than lean-and-understated Hemingway. 

Ordering at Hemingway's in Nashville

Some favorites from the Hemingway’s menu that I enthusiastically recommend you run out and order:

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The Korean Fried Chicken, nestled on top of the thinnest, scallion-laced cornmeal pancake… I was almost mad at the pancake for stealing the sauce, until I tried that together too. Literally every bite is perfect.

The Duck Poutine (pictured above) is so decadent I almost felt guilty having dessert later. The Hemingway’s kitchen creates seriously unstoppable roasted duck gravy and drizzles it over crispy hand-cut fries, and our Kentucky neighbors, Kenny’s Farmhouse Cheese, provide perfect curds. If you’re feeling like you deserve to get spoiled, it’ll be hard to find a more appropriate option in Nashville.

Other Hemingway’s options range from classic American dishes like chicken and dumplings or a massive 32-ounce ribeye with truffle butter, to New Orleans-inspired étouffée and Vietnamese crispy chicken wings. The cocktails list is creative and cool too.

My recent Hemingway’s dinner: easily among the top five meals I’ve ever had. I know Nashville’s seemingly unrelenting growth can get overwhelming, but the plus side is a food scene blossoming like this.

Head to hemingwaysbarandhideaway.com for more, and stop by for lunch/dinner/bar goodness any day of the week — Hemingway’s is open 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Whenever you get by, tag TJ Anderson Homes on Instagram — I’d love to see if you’re as obsessed with the place as I am.

And if hanging around Wedgewood-Houston makes you fall in love with that Nashville neighborhood, let me know if I can help you find the perfect new home there (or any other neighborhood in the Nashville area). Call or email TJ Anderson Homes here.

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TJ Anderson

TJ Anderson is a Nashville Realtor with Benchmark Realty who's helped countless clients both buy a home and sell a home in Nashville, Tennessee. He blogs about Nashville regularly, from Nashville-area....

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