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#75. Arrington

I’ve been to Arrington Vineyards numerous times, but had never had the chance to take out-of-town friends or family. So I put it on my 101 list! My parents were in town last weekend so I thought it would be a nice relaxing break in our busy scheduled weekend. We drove the 30ish minutes south of town, and it rained the whole way down. Luckily, not even kidding, as we pulled onto the road the vineyard is on, it stopped raining and the sun came out! We even got lucky enough to get a parking spot at the top of the hill right next to the building!

We claimed a picnic table and took out our wonderful spread of cheese/crackers, sandwiches, and fruit. And after only about a 30 minute wait, we were called in for our wine tasting! You choose 4 wines from the list to try. I tried 2 whites, 1 red, and a dessert wine. Both dessert wine options, blackberry and raspberry, are served with a chocolate truffle, which they make at Arrington. Delicious.

We bought 2 bottles and returned to our table to enjoy the beautiful weather, good food and wine, and company of family and friends!

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Pfunky Griddle

New restaurant 9 of 10 on my 101 list!! I love breakfast. Breakfast is definitely my favorite meal of the day. If I could eat a huge breakfast every day, I would. Again, parents in town so have to try new things. I’d been hoarding a Groupon to the Pfunky Griddle, which may have the most unique dining concept ever: cooking your own breakfast. Yes, that’s right.

The restaurant is an old house with tons of character, filled with tile-top tables with a small griddle in the middle. Order your all-you-can-eat pancakes and choice of topping, let the griddle heat up, and flip away! You get 2 batters: unbleached white and organic 5 grain. The 5 grain is absolutely delicious, though my dad, ever the traditionalist, loved the white. Fun experience and good food!




I have 1 new restaurant left to complete my 10!! Nashvillian suggestions welcome! 🙂

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Bella Napoli

New restaurant 8 of 10 for #51 on my 101 list! Having my parents in town was the perfect time to try something new (and we did multiple!). I had heard of this little Italian place in Edgehill Village from one friend and my dad loves pizza more than anything. So on Cinco De Mayo (yes, blasphemy), while everyone else waited for hours for margaritas and nachos, my parents and I wandered into the hidden alley of Edgehill Village to find Bella Napoli.

The atmosphere was pretty great, especially for an authentic Italian pizzeria. Tables line the alley and luckily it was the perfect night for us to sit outside. My mom and I split the Melenzane con Ricotta – baked stuffed eggplant. Delicious and very cheesy. Then we shared a Sorrentino pizza with mozzarella, mushrooms, pancetta, and parmigiano. It was good, very fresh ingredients, but I think I liked my dad’s Calzone even better.

If you’re looking for some new, fresh Italian this is definitely the place to go!

photo from Nashville Scene

photo from Nashville Scene