Nashville is one of our favorite day trips from Huntsville for several reasons. The abundance of foodie friendly restaurants and coffee shops makes Nashville a city we can’t get enough of. Additionally, outdoor activities like hiking at Radnor Lake and sightseeing at the Cumberland River Pedestrian Bridge add to our enthusiasm to drive to Nashville for a short weekend trip. This time we decided to stop in Franklin on the way to visit a few places that have been on our list for a while now: Honest Coffee Roasters and Mercantile Deli. Several months ago we learned that Honest Roasters would be adding a location in downtown Huntsville in early 2017. We couldn’t wait for the Huntsville location to open so we decided to check out the original shop in Franklin. We couldn’t have been more excited after seeing pictures of the shop on their Instagram. Honest Coffee was our first stop after arriving in Franklin. The coffee shop is located inside The Factory, which is an entertainment and retail complex that is home to some other favorites like Jeni’s Ice Cream and Five Daughters Bakery.
Our hopes were high for an amazing coffee experience, and we were not let down after having an excellent cappuccino and latte. It’s no secret we are coffee fanatics and always notice attention to detail, which was very apparent at this craft roaster. The experience we had here created even more anticipation for the Huntsville location’s grand opening.
Choosing a spot for lunch is not an easy task in an area so densely populated with good restaurants. We received many recommendations for Mercantile Deli and decided that a sandwich and soup from this local favorite would make for a great lunch. The line was all the way to the door but totally worth the wait when we tried the chicken salad sandwiches and tomato basil soup we both ordered. Mercantile Deli is highly recommended for a healthy and delicious lunch if you’re in the downtown Franklin area.
When in Nashville we always plan for some time outdoors. Whether that’s hiking around Radnor Lake, walking downtown and across the Cumberland River Pedestrian bridge, or checking out the shops along the popular 12 South strip, we always get plenty of steps in when we travel.
Anyone who has searched for a good burger in Nashville has been to or at least heard of The Pharmacy. Well known for their burgers, sodas, and floats, The Pharmacy is a local favorite. We both went with the Mission City Burger topped with guacamole, pico, black beans, and crema fresca. This burger was as amazing as it sounds. Paired with sweet potato fries, tater tots, and cream sodas, this was a delicious dinner experience. As a side note, Mas Tacos is located right across the street if you’re ever in the mood for killer tacos in this area. As full as we were leaving The Pharmacy, tacos and Mexican street corn still sounded tempting.
We will be heading back soon for more fun in Nashville and will be thinking about our must-visit spots in the meantime. Be sure to follow us (Eat Huntsville) and Honest Coffee Roasters on Instagram to keep up with news about their Huntsville opening and to see where our next food adventure takes us. What are your favorite spots to visit in Nashville?