REVIEW: The Old School Nashville

A wonderful thing about Nashville is the abundance of farms that harvest fresh produce for the locals to enjoy.  There are close to 200 farms in and around Nashville cultivating everything from meats (we love the lamb ladies!) and dairy to gorgeous, seasonal produce. Luckily there are many local farmers’ markets to shop these ingredients year round, but why cook when you can bring the farm to the table at the farm’s restaurant?

The farm-to-table trend really began in the 60s and 70s with the hippies ditching processed foods for local and organic food.  Since then, the trend has steadily grown and  became mainstream in the early 2000s, changing diners’ habits and shedding light on the quality of food. Several of the 50 best restaurants in the world are farm-to-table restaurants with NY farm restaurant, Blue Hill at Stone Barns coming in at #11. With increasingly more education on the science of food and how it affects our well-being from overall health, skincare and even our moods, it’s no surprise consumers are becoming more aware of what they are putting in their bodies.

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The Old School is a farm-to-table restaurant located in Bells Bend about 10-15 minutes from downtown Nashville on Old Hyde Ferry’s Pike. The farm is an incredible organization dedicated to giving back to the community. According to their website, it’s a “unique non-profit dedicated to producing quality farm-to-table food while providing employment for individuals of all abilities.”

Sean and I first discovered The Old School Farm when we attended our friends’ wedding there in April. The wedding in April was absolutely gorgeous, so I suggested it to another friend who recently got engaged.  She and I made a plan to go for brunch to check it out together.

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REVIEW: Sky Blue Cafe

Who doesn’t love a quaint, street-corner café? Sky Blue Cafe is the quintessential neighborhood spot.  The outside of the café reminded me of that classic mob movie scene, like A Bronx Taleof gangsters hanging outside of the local neighborhood café.  Instead of mobsters there were East Nashville hipsters sipping free coffee at picnic tables while they wait the half hour to be seated inside.

Sky Blue Cafe is located in the historic Edgefield neighborhood of East Nashville and is known for comfort breakfast food that caters to both meat-lovers and vegetarians. We’re currently eating according to the Whole30 plan, so the variety of options falling within our limited range was the very reason we chose to come for breakfast the morning after the Fourth of July.

Upon arrival, the friendly hostess informed us the wait would be 30 minutes. Kind of a bummer due to the extreme heat that day.  We decided to stick it out and I grabbed a cup of the aforementioned free coffee.

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Hot coffee on a 100° day was not the best choice. A pitcher of ice cold water for the parched, waiting patrons would have served us better. After 30 minutes, we started to get sweaty, hungry and antsy. Thankfully, our name was called about 10 minutes later. Continue reading “REVIEW: Sky Blue Cafe”