Dinner with Friends at 5th and Taylor

On Friday night we’d planned to get dinner with some friends at one of our favorite sushi restaurants in Downtown Nashville. We’d totally forgotten about CMA fest going on downtown, and didn’t realize that parking would be exorbitant ($20 for one hour), so we decided to reroute and try somewhere new, preferably away from the CMA crowds.

To avoid the traffic and crazy parking we headed to Germantown, where we met our friends at 5th and Taylor for a drink, and to decide where to go for dinner. We sat outside on their patio, which feels secluded despite being just off of the road, and has wraparound seating by their fountain, as well as a great bar. After looking over their menu, and liking the idea of not having to drive somewhere else, we decided to stay for dinner as well.

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The patio, featuring a very large centaur

Their menu has some great appetizers and snacks that are perfect for sharing (the fried pickles are amazing!), and there’s something for just about everyone. The chef, Daniel James Lindley, also headed up St. John’s Restaurant in Chattanooga, which is amazing, and is definitely worth a trip if you’re ever in the area. Our table had the pork tasting, which featured three different preparations, the tuna, which came with a lovely carrot puree, and the red quinoa pilaf, that had some amazing veggies, and lots of fresh basil.

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red quinoa pilaf

Cameron and I will definitely head back in the future, either for drinks on their patio, or for dinner. The restaurant is a converted warehouse with some really cool seating areas inside, and a large open kitchen along the back wall. It’s a great place to go with a date, or a small group- they also have separate areas for larger groups. If you do go for dinner, think about making reservation, as there can be a bit of a wait, although you could always arrive early like we did and have a drink at their outdoor bar.

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