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Inspector Picks: Five Nashville Hangouts

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October 13, 2021
Looking for some local hangout spots to visit during your Music City vacation? These five restaurants are particular favorites of our AAA Nashville inspector.
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Fat Bottom Brewing Co.

800 44th Ave. N.
AAA Inspector 597: The open spaces and delicious menu are what makes this the perfect weekend hangout location for me.
This local craft brewery provides a welcoming atmosphere that will make guests want to hang out all day long. During the warmer months the patio with games is great for an extended dinner. The menu offers burgers, tacos and salads. The soft pretzels are a great starter and come with a wonderful house-made beer cheese.
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2400 12th Ave. S.
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Pinewood Social

33 Peabody St.
AAA Inspector 597: I love the variety of activities available at this fun restaurant including bowling, a pool, and a coffee shop.
This refreshing establishment offers a new twist on dining and socializing in downtown Nashville. They offer breakfast, lunch and dinner in a welcoming, fun atmosphere. Whether you want to share a meal with family—which is an option with large format meals—or just grab a quick snack such as the smoked trout dip after work, this is the place to come. The menu offers a variety of favorites including lobster rolls, hanger steak and fish and chips.
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The Pharmacy

731 Mcferrin Ave.
AAA Inspector 597: The fun setting, great fresh ingredients, and outdoor seating make this one of my favorite afternoon spots!
This popular restaurant is great for a juicy burger and an old-school phosphate soda or milkshake. The menu is limited but offers options such as house-made bratwurst and a variety of burger options made with locally sourced beef. They also have vegetarian choices such as black bean burgers and an amazing black bean and corn salad. The patio dining area is great for friends and family to gather around and have a relaxing meal.
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Von Elrod's Beer Garden & Sausage House

1004 4th Ave. N.
AAA Inspector 597: The appeal here is the relaxed atmosphere and the yard games. This is the perfect spot before or after a baseball or football game!
This fun, upbeat restaurant is the perfect place for a casual lunch or a Saturday hang out with friends. All of the fresh pork, beef, chicken, and lamb sausages are hand cranked in house. The menu also features a variety of local, rotating beers that are sure to please. The pretzel is a must to share with the table and goes perfectly with all three house-made dipping sauces.
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