Restaurants & Diversions
a random list for ResoSummit participants and their families
Looking for nearby restaurants, a caffeine hit or a brief escape from reso-madness while at ResoSummit? Are family members accompanying you to Nashville, where they will certainly want to find activities that don't involve the sound of 100 dobros? Here is a random list of possibilities to consider.
We suggest calling ahead to confirm details; and send us an email if you have a suggestion for something to add or change on this page.
Here are some events and diversions you or your accompanying famiy members may enjoy while you are in Nashville:
Chihuly at Cheekwood & Chihuly Nights (through Oct. 31, 2010)
This exhibit features stunning, hand-blown glass sculptures by renowned artist Dale Chihuly, on display throughout the botanical garden at Cheekwood. Wednesday through Friday, the Cheekwood grounds will be open until 10pm, specially lit for strolling, with each of Chihuly’s installations brilliantly illuminated for a unique and stunning nighttime art experience. Click on the image at right for more information.
Cheekwood is a 55-acre botanical garden and art museum located on the historic Cheek estate, approx. 8- 1/2 miles southwest of downtown Nashville.
Chihuly at the Frist
A related exhibit is at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, not far from Scarritt-Bennett at 919 Broadway.
Open daily until 5:30pm, and until 9:00pm on Thursdays and Fridays. Click on the image at right for more details.
Marshall Chapman at the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum
Sat., Oct. 30, 1:30pm
Interview and performance: Marshall Chapman discusses They Came to Nashville. For her just-published book, They Came to Nashville (Country Music Foundation Press/Vanderbilt University Press), Marshall Chapman sat down with fifteen artist-songwriters to document their first journeys to Nashville. In compelling, often humorous stories, Mary Gauthier, Emmylou Harris, John Hiatt, Kris Kristofferson, Miranda Lambert, Willie Nelson, and others describe what drew them to Nashville in the first place, how they got here, and what happened to them when they arrived. In this publication celebration, Chapman discusses the book and performs songs from her new album, Big Lonesome. Following the program, Chapman will sign books and CDs in the Museum Store. Included with museum admission. Free to museum members. Click on the image at right for more details.
Walk the Scarritt-Bennett labyrinth
The labyrinth, located in the International Garden at Scarritt-Bennett Center, is the only outdoor labyrinth in Nashville and is a replica of the 11-circuit Chartres Labyrinth, laid in the floor of the Chartres Cathedral around 1220.
Click on the photo at right for more information about the labyrinth.
Visit The Front Porch, Scarritt-Bennett's place for gifts, books & coffee, and Gallery F, a contemporary and outsider art gallery, located in the Ogburn House at the corner of 19th & Grant.
Click on the logo at right for information about the current art exhibit at Gallery F: Eleven Visionaries and One Submarine: More Art Brut. This exhibit features paintings, drawings, installations, sculptures, text and video by artists who have had experiences with mental illness: one as a psychiatrist who worked with the mentally ill and the others who have experienced mental illness.
Gallery hours: Tues-Fri 12-6p • Sat-Sun 9am-4pm
Nashville Attractions and Places of Interest
Scarritt-Bennett (S-B) is located between 19th and 18th Ave. South, with Edgehill on the south edge and Grand on the north edge. A short street, Scarritt Place, connects S-B on the western side (19th Ave. S.) to 21st Ave. South, where there are many restaurants. Some of these are listed below.
You can also click on the link below the restaurant list for a Metromix "playlist" of restaurants near ResoSummit, with restaurant descriptions and an interactive map. Not on the Metromix map, but on 21st Ave. South near Grand, are a Starbucks and a Subway, and the nearby Japanese restaurant, Goten.
"Nashville Originals" is a link to some finer dining options. Many of the restaurants listed below have vegetarian & vegan options; Betty is your go-to person for advice on veggie food options.
Very close to Scarritt-Bennett
(listed in order of proximity, west and then north of S-B along 21st Ave. S.)
See Playlist for restaurant descriptions and details.
Bruegger's Bagel Bakery (1-2 on map)
422 21st Ave. S.
bagels, sandwiches, salads ($)
Ben & Jerry's (1-2 on map)
416 21st Ave. S.
ice cream, sorbets
San Antonio Taco Company (3-8 on map)
416 21st Ave. S.
tacos, burritos, beer ($)
Panera Bread (3-8 on map)
406 21st Ave. S.
sandwiches, salads, soups, breakfast ($)
Starbucks - opens 5:30 am (3-8 on map)
402 21st Avenue S
Subway (3-8 on map)
400 21st Ave S
sandwiches, salads, soups ($)
Mediterranean Cuisine (3-8 on map)
400 21st Ave. S. (2nd floor)
Greek/Mediterranean, casual ($)
Highly recommended! Try the vegetarian platter with falafel, hummus, rice with lentils, tabouli.
400 21st Ave. S.
burgers, including veggie options ($)
Mellow Mushroom (9 on map)
212 21st Ave. S.
pizza, salads, hoagies, calzones; incl.
vegetarian options (tofu, tempeh) ($-$$)
Bound'ry (east of 9 on map)
911 20th St. S.
global cuisine (a Nashville Originals member) ($$$)
Nearby, north of S-B:
Noshville (10 on map)
NY-style deli ($-$$)
Blackstone Restaurant & Brewery (11 on map)
1918 West End Ave.
upscale pub food, microbrew ($$)
Goten Japanese Steak & Sushi Bar
1719 West End Ave. (corner of 18th)
Lunch M-F only, 11:30-2:30. Dinner nightly.
Nearby, south of S-B:
Cuisine of India (12 on map)
1602 21st Ave. S.
Indian food; lunch buffet ($$)
Provence Breads and Cafe (13 on map)
1705 21st Ave. S.
quiche, sandwiches, pastries ($)
Pancake Pantry (14 on map)
1796 21st Ave. S.
pancakes, breakfast ($$)
Recommended Restaurants - Nashville Originals
Looking for something closer to fine dining? These independent Nashville restauranteurs are "dedicated to the challenge of sustaining the independent restaurant as a feature and a fixture of local culture and community." We haven't tried them all, but we like all the ones we've tried. Click on the "Nashville Originals" link below for restaurant details.