While Nashville’s safer-at-home order currently only extends to May 1 and much of rural Tennessee has rushed back in to eat in restaurant dining rooms in the 89 counties Governor Lee allowed, many who aren’t considered essential workers have clearly grown weary of being cooped up at home. But the city of Nashville and Davidson County must see 14 days of improvement in COVID-19 cases before Phase 1 of Mayor Cooper’s Roadmap to Reopen Nashville begins. Phase 1 is when restaurants may reopen dining rooms at a limited capacity, while their bars remain closed and no live music is allowed.
The safer-at-home order will likely continue a bit longer in Davidson County to prevent further spread, with takeout and delivery the continued reality for area restaurants. With that in mind, Eater Nashville introduces a new weekly planner for dining at home.
The local food guide keeps social distancing and meals at home in mind. New guides will go live on Wednesdays, and include suggestions and new discoveries from Eater Nashville’s editor and contributors on the best takeout they’ve had from local restaurants, wine and beer to purchase from area breweries and shops, local bread, CSA, or meal kit subscriptions to try, cool video series from local chefs and bartenders, virtual food pop-ups to attend, and even mini profiles on restaurant workers making an impact in their communities.
Have a recommendation? Send Eater a message with details to check out for inclusion in the next weekend planner.
Wednesday, May 13
Prioritize peach season with Peach Truck pre-orders and subscriptions
Break out that Peach Truck cookbook because the time is now. Available as a one-time box or a subscription, Nashville’s preferred peach dealer is gearing up for farm-to-porch delivery in light of recent developments. The Nashville-based company, led by husband-and-wife duo Stephen and Jessica Rose, also offers its popular peach jam and Georgia pecans for shipping, nationwide.
Make carb-filled weekend breakfast plans with pre-ordered pastry boxes
Available for Saturday morning pick-up or delivery, find a limited number of D’Andrews Bakery boxes brimming with croissants, doughnuts, pecan rolls, and more. Place orders online by 2 p.m. on Friday.
Pick up tacos, gorditas, conchas and more in Murfreesboro
Alebrije is the new Mexico City-inspired street food option from Nashville chef Edgar Victoria. Get scratch-made conchas made fresh each morning, agua frescas, carnitas tacos and gorditas in Murfreesboro. Click here to order for pick up on Sundays after 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 6
An abundance of leafy greens and other stunning produce plus meal kits and a scenic drive
Get a bountiful box of produce (whatever is fresh — from fennel and rutabaga to swiss chard and escarole) from Southall Farms’ Farm Stand. And since the Rambling is on hold, folks can also get a taste of the popular event, to-go style with their prepared family meal kits for two or four people. Order online, then pick up is on Friday from 2 to 4 p.m.
Don’t forgot about Nashville hot chicken because you’re stuck at home
I’ve had a burning craving for hot chicken the last few weeks and Slow Burn is my current jam. Order online then pick up at either their East Nashville or Madison location.
Wednesday, April 29
Experience a Tribute to Eater Nashville’s 2019 Dish of the Year in Pizza Form
On Wednesday and Thursday nights at Nicky’s Coal Fired, the Galzins have expanded their creative weekly offerings to include Sicilian-style take-and-bake pizzas made, with sourdough crust and ready to bake or freeze for later use. This week (April 29 and 30), they’ve created a weekly special using Setsun’s Jason Zygmont’s salsa Calabria. Inspired by his ricotta agnolotti (Eater Nashville’s 2019 Dish of the Year), the bake-at-home pizza is topped with tomato, mozzarella, ricotta, grana padano, and chef Zygmont’s incredible salsa Calabria. Zygmont is also selling jars of his salsa Calabria via his personal Instagram, with contactless pick-up. (I’m already halfway through my first jar.)
Try new wines from East Nashville’s Woodland Wine Merchant via contact-free pickup
Woodland has long been one of my favorite sources to try new wine. They’ve made contactless pick-up really easy with online ordering and payment. They check your ID through the window and set the box in your trunk. I’ve gotten some really excited recommendations from readers that I can’t wait to try in my next order. And those who know me know I’ve also had to join in on The Bloomy Rind’s cheese box subscription — you can pick these up at the same time at Woodland. This is my kind of one-stop shopping, y’all.
Have a crawfish party at home with Nina Singto’s spicy Thai crawfish
Singto’s spicy curry Thai/Cajun hybrid mudbugs have gained a pretty big following — and I’ve never been lucky enough to try them. I’ve heard the sauce soaks up really well with rice, too, and I can’t wait to experience it for the first time this wekend. Preorder for pick-up at Thai Esane on Friday, May 1 (5 to 8 p.m.) or Saturday, May 2 (until sold out). Call, DM Thai Esane on Instagram (specify amount, spice level, and time for pick-up), or come in to the restaurant until they sell out. Priced $18 for 1.5 lbs.
Fancy date night at home feast with Montreal-inspired tribute to Joe Beef at Urban Grub
The safer-at-home travel series continues with week two at Urban Grub — and it’s a Montreal-inspired tribute to Joe Beef. The feast for two runs $95, — yes, a splurge —but the amount of food is truly impressive. On this week’s menu there’s whole lobster spaghetti, seared sweetbreads, and gateau Marjolaine (an elegant French pastry cake that’s a lovely mix of chewy, crunchy, and smooth textures) to share for dessert. I ate on last week’s Jazz Fest dinner for a few additional meals. You can add on themed cocktails, too. I’m thinking this week it’ll be fun to dress up, set the table (well, bar top in my apartment), the whole deal.