by TJ AndersonThere’s a lot to celebrate about the Nashville food scene, and rightly, folks from around the country have been celebrating us more and more, for years now. The New York Times
Where To Find The Best Macarons In Nashville
by TJ Anderson
Hey look: According to the French corners of the Internet, National Macaron Day just passed. Kinda bummed we missed the chance to celebrate, since those things are delicious — and even if you don’t immediately think of Nashville as a macaron hotbed, we’re actually pretty well stocked.
Wanna know where to go to find delicate, decadent and delicious local macarons with creative flavors? Having done extensive research (it’s a hard job, but I do it for you), here’s some help.
Utterly’s game isn’t limited to macarons — they make donuts and pies and lots of other sweet stuff. But Utterly captain Mayme Gretsch — former pastry chef at The Catbird Seat — is utterly gifted when it comes to creating these luxurious French treats.
Standout flavors: Only Catbird Seat diners got a chance to try Mayme’s Black Truffle Macarons (whoa), but she makes plenty of other creative/awesome flavors, from Black Licorice to Brown Butter + Lemon Thyme.
More info: Utterly Nashville on Instagram
On top of being responsible for what I’d vote as the tastiest cupcakes in town, the folks at this East Nashville shop make a spot-on macaron too, in a mix of traditional and fun flavors.
Where to find them: 803 Woodland St. in East Nashville
Standout flavors: their Southern-love Red Velvet macarons are worth attention, as are Peanut Butter Cup and — hold your eye-rolls — Pumpkin Spice.
More info: Nashville Sweets website
Barista is a craft-focused coffee shop first and foremost, but really, their food and dessert menus are just as finely crafted, with a mess of baked goods made in-house, including remarkably good macarons.
Standout flavors: they change regularly, but some of the cooler ones have included Peach Buttercream & Jam (during The Peach Truck season) and Strawberry Jam & Basil Ganache.
More info: Barista Parlor on Instagram
Am I sending you to an ice cream place to have macarons? Yes. Because these aren’t just delicious, chewy macarons — they’re ice cream sandwiches made with macarons (and some of the best ice cream you’ll ever try).
Where to find them: either of Jeni’s’ four Nashville locations: East Nashville (892 Eastland Ave.), 12 South (2312 12th Ave. S.), Hillsboro Village (1819 21st Ave. S.) and the Nashville Farmers Market (900 Rosa L. Parks Blvd.).
Standout flavors: Jeni’s has tons of out-there ice cream flavors, but they score with traditional choices here — the famous Salty Caramel with smoked almonds, or Chocolate Hazelnut (dark chocolate ice cream between hazelnut macarons rolled in roasted, salted hazelnuts).
More info: Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams website
Pastry chef Rachel De Jong, who heads up this Germantown fine-dining space’s program, earned her pastry arts degree in Paris, and has a “heavily French-influenced” style, so naturally, the “Rachel’s macarons” on the menu are authentic and delicious.
Where to find them: 1411 5th Ave. N.
Standout flavors: See that S’mores macaron up there? Yup. (Rachel’s also added a little edible gold to her Gilded Oreo + Peanut Butter Cup macarons. Serious business here.)
More info: 5th & Taylor website
Naturally, Nashville’s long-loved take on the French boulangerie has top-notch macarons to choose from.
Where to find them: The original Provence Breads & Cafe in Hillsboro Village (1705 21st Avenue S.) or the downtown Library location (601 Church St.).
Standout flavors: Provence stays pretty traditional, and very delicious, with chocolate, pistachio, lemon and more.
More info: Provence Breads website
Macarons are what Nashville’s Sarah Darling of Sweet Darling Patisserie does, and — lucky for us — she does it quite well, with inspiration that came direct from Paris.
Where to find them: The Sweet Darling cart at the Village Marketplace (the old Bosco's building) in Hillsboro Village (1805 21st Ave. S), the Batch store at the Nashville Farmers Market or Saturday mornings at the Franklin Farmer’s Market. (You can also often have some delivered right to you.)
Standout flavors: Sarah offers lots of traditional flavors to choose from, but come on — how can you go wrong with the Cookie Monster above?
More info: Sweet Darling Patisserie website
Go forth and enjoy, Nashville — and if you feel like thanking me for the recs with a few extra, you know where to find me.
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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