He worked in the finest kitchens in Charleston and Nashville before opening The 404 Kitchen in a former shipping container in Nashville’s Gulch neighborhood in 2013. Since, the restaurant has grown and moved, recently opening a larger, more elegant space—but menu staples like the scallop toast and burrata live on. We caught up with Bolus to talk eating and drinking around Nashville.
Crema. Ben and Rachel, the husband and wife team that own and run Crema, are committed to sourcing coffee from exceptional farmers, roasting it on-site, and serving it in a fun, unpretentious atmosphere. You can get a unique craft coffee drink or just a simple cup of delicious black coffee—and you may even meet one of the farmers while you’re there.
LA Jackson's would be first - both the drinks and view are so impressive. From there, of course I’d bring them down to The 404 Kitchen. I'm biased, but I can't let any friends leave without cooking for them. After dinner, drinks would start at The 404 as well since we’ve got over 360 whiskeys to choose from. Then we’d go to Bar 308 in East Nashville for their craft cocktails.
Upon arrival at Bastion, it's like it’s just a cool bar. But once you go down the back hallway and through the nondescript door, your date will know that this is something special. Behind this door is a quaint bar serving delicious craft cocktails made with vintage liquors. For dinner, you can choose to have up to 15 courses from their beyond amazing menu.
Jackalope! I've been in love with this beer since the first sip! They have their staples (I recommend that you have the Rompo and the Bearwalker around you at all times) and they brew seasonal treats that are bound to be among the best you’ve ever tasted.
Martin's BBQ downtown. You have to climb to the top floor to be outdoors, but the “southern” beer garden at the top is definitely worth it. What else? Two bars, live music, darts, shuffle board, and Nashville's finest pulled pork, brisket, and wings.
Josephine's always delivers. Whether you go simple or complex everything will be spot-on perfect because Chef Andrew Little and his wife Karen create the absolute pinnacle dining experience while somehow keeping it low-key.
Robert's Western World for three reasons. One, it’s the quintessential honky tonk. Two, you never know who’s going to be playing (serious talent comes through). Three, the recession special—$5 for a bologna sandwich, a bag of chips, and a PBR - is unbeatable.
Photo courtesy of 404 Kitchen