5 to Follow: Innovative Nashville Restaurants

Recently Nashville has become a major player on the national culinary stage. And as any good Music City resident knows, when you step into the spotlight, you have to step up your social media.

People are passionate about food, and they love to talk about it with the chefs who create their favorite dishes. Because social media creates communities of foodies and food makers, some of the best Nashville restaurants are fostering those connections on Facebook and Twitter.

Tavern Burger with Fried Egg - Photo from Facebook Page

Let’s take a look at the bistros who do it best.

  • Local Taco. Aside from their thrifty happy hour specials – you can get a fantastic frozen margarita for $4 – Local Taco scores big on their social responsiveness. If someone asks a question, it’s often answered within the hour. And that’s a huge help if you’re trying to find out whether or not the delectable Lobster BLT Tacos are on that day’s menu. Their brunch tacos also feature Benton’s bacon, yet another way they live up to their “local” name.
    Follow them on Facebook and Twitter.
  • The Wild Hare. Leading the food revolution in the White Bridge/Charlotte Pike area, The Wild Hare serves up funky cuisine for lunch and dinner daily. They post their specials on social networks everyday, and they’ve even opened up voting on what they should serve on the Fourth of July: Fried Chicken or BBQ? If you’re there on a regular day, the Beer Battered Mushrooms with Roasted Jalapeno Gouda Sauce will not steer you wrong.
    Follow them on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Jackson’s. A long-time staple of Hillsboro Village, Jackson’s serves delicious soups, sandwiches and pastas that are familiar enough to be comfort food but interesting enough to be innovative. From Mussels & Fries in a mustard broth to the brunch behemoth “The Tasty” – a cheeseburger omelet stuffed with fries – Jackson’s is always a delicious bet. And they combine their sense of community with their love of social by offering specials that relate to neighborhood happenings. Tonight they’re offering $3 Coronas and $5 Summer Shandys in honor of the Hillsboro Village Events Art Walk.
    Follow them on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Tavern. The newest offering from the restaurant group behind Whiskey Kitchen and Virago, Tavern has a hip modern vibe that you can taste in the food and see on social media. There brunch is unbeatable: 2-for-1 cocktails (Wicked Bloody Mary, Bellini Sparkle) and food as varied as Huevos Rancheros and the Singapore Stirfry (fried rice with bacon topped with a fried egg). They often use their social pages to share specials – the daily sandwich special is called “the Midtown Quickie” – and to post mouthwatering photos of their food.
    Follow them on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Puckett’s Grocery. If you’ve ever visited Puckett’s Downtown or in Franklin, you know that the warm, welcoming atmosphere is just as much of a draw as the food. What you might not know is that they’ve taken their concept mobile, recently opening up Puckett’s Trolley, a “food truck” that serves everything from Redneck Burritos to Cherry Cobbler. In much the same way that the staff brings the “down home” feeling to their restaurants, Puckett’s brings comfortable conversation to the social sphere. They also leverage their current audience when launching new ventures, like Puckett’s Boat House, a grill, bar and bait shop (yes, seriously) that they’re currently promoting.
    Follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

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Nashville is a thriving creative hub of local pride and talented businesses. As marketers by trade and Nashville enthusiasts by choice, Parthenon wants to celebrate organizations employing creative marketing, advertising and social media efforts in our hometown!

This story is the second in a series that highlights excellent Facebook pages, Twitter handles, YouTube videos and Pinterest boards that show Nashvillians contribute much more than honky tonks, hot chicken and country music. Check back to see who you should be following in Parthenon’s Socially Savvy 5 to Follow.