It's an odd thing, my love affair with Nashville. We definitely did not fall in love at first sight. In fact, the things I love about Music City are far from typical. On Monday I told you I'd share one of my favorite restaurants with you. Like me, it's definitely one of a kind.
This photo of Wild Hare is courtesy of TripAdvisor.
At first glance The Wild Hare appears to be a joke. Here's a rundown shack with an unpaved parking lot, sitting next to a Jiffy Lube, with a few signs slapped across the front in an attempt to convince passers by that it is, in fact, a legitimate eatery. The interior does little to dispel any doubts, looking like a cross between a shop project and a frat house.
This photo of Wild Hare is courtesy of TripAdvisor
The truth is this quirky little jewel serves some of the best food in Nashville, period. It was voted Best New Restaurant in 2011 by The Nashville Scene magazine and it continues to live up to that title.
So what if the floor slopes? The place is very wheelchair accessible, and the prevailing ambiance has an air of coziness to it. Hipsters abound here, but so do older couples and families with young children. The staff are genuinely friendly and my confidence in the overall dining experience has led me to bring guests ranging from family to visitors from foreign countries. I've never had a bad meal or bad service at The Wild Hare.
All of your culinary expectations will be exceeded without having your pocket picked for the privilege. Food here is fresh, seasonal, sustainable whenever possible, and affordable. Last summer many of the herbs and veggies come straight out of the owners' garden. The chef is one of the few in Music City that doesn't salt the food in palette-killing amounts. Inventive daily specials are offered in addition to the regular menu, which you can peruse here. The place also sports a full bar with a wide selection of beer, wine, and cocktails.
The Wild Hare also understands the value of marketing through social media. More than once my plate of food has been photographed just before it was put in front of me, the photo then uploaded to their Facebook page to tempt the weak and willing. That strategy has worked on me more than once.
Speaking of pictures, how about some food porn to help convince you?
It included my very favorite dessert in all of Nashville. I'll share a photo of it with you next Visible Monday.
If you live in or visit Nashville you have got to taste this food!
The Wild Hare is located at 316 White Bridge Pike, Nashville, TN 37209, (615)818-0219. They are currently open Tuesday-Sunday from 11am - 10pm