The first stop on our Nashville eating and drinking crawl was at the Nashville Palace to listen to “50 Shades of Hay” country music with singer/songwriter Wendy Newcomer on lead vocal and her husband David Spicher on upright bass. We sipped a drink and nibbled some sweet potato fries while enjoying the music.
Next, we headed to the unique Fox Bar & Cocktail Club not far from Opryland Hotel, hidden behind Nicoletto’s Italian Kitchen. The Fox serves imaginative, seasonal cocktails changing its offerings monthly. Its unusual multi-page menu is replete with a drink-key explaining the images that accompany their cocktails. That includes the specific glass, the type ice (one cube, rocks, spear or crushed) and how the drink is prepared (up, shaken, stirred, swizzled or thrown). The menu also contains a replica illustration of the back of the bar listing everything on it. Although they serve some small plates, we didn’t indulge other than one special offering as Fox was only a cocktail stop. We were off to Folk for our main dinner stop.
We had read about and discussed the cocktails with our friendly waiter Ryan before each ordering one of their spirit-focused concoctions. I chose the unusual Japanese Old Fashioned from the list of five versions. The bartender makes it using Toki Japanese Whisky, Roku Japanese gin, ginger, yuzu, Peychauds bitters, lemon oil and —what caught my eye— a spray of wasabi tincture.
Ryan offered us a sample of the vegan pimento that he (and the menu) claimed: “is so delicious you won’t believe its vegan.” Even our true Southerners agreed the Miyoko’s Kitchen (Petaluma, CA) vegan cheese with pimento was quite tasty. (Thanks, Ryan!)
Don’t miss a drink at Fox. Remember, this isn’t a place to go for a quick drink, instead, it’s a cozy, warm inviting lounge to sit. relax and sip on your favorite libation.