Nashville Restaurants and Food
France in Whites Creek and New Orleans in East Nashville
You have probably heard of urban homesteading, but what about rural restaurant-steading? That's the story behind the unlikely pairing of a French bistro with the Northwest Davidson County neighborhood of Whites Creek. Josh Rew and Garrett Pittler are opening the Chelsea Bistro at the top of Germantown Hill on Clarksville Highway, which is really more Joelton, but technically Whites Creek. We have to admit, we never thought we would see a sign that says "Cuisine Francaise" in our quiet backwater. None of it makes much sense, until you talk to Pittler and he shows you around the place. The Chelsea Bistro is still a few weeks away from opening. Pittler, though, is getting ready, not only in the front of the house, with a complete makeover of the space formerly occupied by several pizza places, but also in the way-back of the house. The Executive Chef has a robust garden going, thanks to truck loads of soil, and the current plantings will make the fresh ingredients for his ratatouille.
Much of the credit for opening up Northwest Davidson County has to go to the folks at the Fontanel. The restaurant and beautiful concert venue encourages new enterprises. Pritchard's Distillery will be starting up a satellite location on the Fontanel grounds soon. Ten years ago if you had told us that Sigur Ros would be playing Whites Creek and we'd have a French restaurant opening at the top of Germantown Hill, we would have scheduled you for a psychiatric visit. Oh, and we're getting the Alabama Shakes at the Fontanel as well! Very cool.
I digress. The Tenn-Sixteen menu also incorporates tastes of the Big Easy without letting them dominate. Sure, you can find po' boys and gumbo. The fried green tomatoes, Jalapeno cornbread and Gorgonzola and mushroom stuffed meatloaf, though, speak to a nuevo-Southern thing and that shows that the kitchen has freedom to create. A Nashville hot chicken entree will have to be next up for sampling. They've only been open a week and our first visit was a great start. The location and the execution bodes well for Tenn Sixteen. Once the word gets out, this place will be hopping. We'll be back a few weeks down the road and have a review.
1016 Woodland Street