The city's restaurant explosion was bound to bolster our favorite weekend meal.
Originally Appeared on Condé Nast Traveler
Tell us about your first impressions when you arrived.
Flooded with natural light and accented with bold patterned tile, Henrietta is one of the most striking restaurants in Nashville. You have a tough decision ahead of you: Nab one of the bar stools, settle into a booth, or grab a seat at one of the communal tables?
What's the crowd like?
The restaurant comes from the same group as the Catbird Seat and Bastion, and as a result, it immediately drew a regular crowd of locals. The recognition of both the restaurant and chef Julia Sullivan by the James Beard Foundation in 2018 and 2019 has kept the foodies coming back.
What should we be drinking?
There's a variety of affordable wine by the bottle (in the $50 range), as well as craft beers from notable Tennessee breweries like Blackberry Farm. Cocktails are a nod to the now-defunct Nashville theme park Opryland USA with fun names like Tin Lizzy and Flume Zoom. For a college throwback, come on Thursdays when they serve different flavors of Jell-O shots.
Main event: the food. Give us the lowdown—especially what not to miss.
With its raw oyster bar, Henrietta Red offers something different than everywhere else in Nashville. The rest of the small, but well-conceived menu includes shareable plates, such as a sunchoke salad or smoked mackerel toast. If you're in town on a weekend, brunch is a must; start with the monkey bread and a boozy coffee milk punch, then order the baked egg.
And how did the front-of-house folks treat you?
The staff skews young, but don't discount their experience. Many have worked in the other award-winning restaurants from Strategic Hospitality.
What’s the real-real on why we’re coming here?
Grab a gang for an epic brunch—and maybe stay right on through happy hour.
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