Typically when you hear mention of the word “butcher” in general conversation your first thoughts go to fresh cuts of meat (or maybe you think of Daniel Day-Lewis in the classic movie Gangs of New York, whichever you prefer). If you’re a vegetarian/vegan (or Gangs of New York isn’t your thing) you’ve probably already stopped reading this because what the heck does knowing about a butcher do for you?! Regardless of your association, it’s the likely the furthest thing from “vegetarian friendly”, let alone trendy new dining spot, but a newcomer to the Nashville restaurant scene is officially blowing up our old assumptions. Butchertown Hall is not your typical neighborhood butcher and, with the intense buzz surrounding this hotspot, you’re more likely to see Daniel Day-Lewis eating there rather than thinking of his movie role.
Heating up the Germantown neighborhood just northwest of downtown, Butchertown Hall has created an entirely new restaurant genre as Nashville’s first (and only) Texo-German Beer Hall. What is Texo-German exactly? According to this chic new meat market’s menu it includes several parts meat (available by the pound, in sausages, or in a burger), several parts tacos, and a few veggie-friendly dishes sprinkled on top. Yes, you can get a big pile of pork, brisket, turkey, or chicken served as a sandwich or with a side of chunky pieces of Texas toast. The sausage selection gets its own section on the menu and the majority of the tacos come with the same meat selection. They do, after all, own the fact that they are a meat market, but vegetarians – don’t fret! There are small plates, paella (vegetables and rice), and tacos just for you! The menu is highlights a combination of German and Mexican flavors that can be enjoyed by all dietary restrictions.
So the sustenance is a diverse array of Texo-German flavors, but it’s the drinks that exemplify the best of both worlds. The bar is presenting classic cocktails with an innovative twist on the main ingredient. Using Mezcal and Tequila Blanco as the base, Butchertown is serving up a new style of Mexican cocktail (think Old Fashioned with a smoky tequila taste and a Negroni with Mezcal instead of gin). That’s not all. They’re capitalizing on their beer hall spirit with beer cocktails, and a private selection of beer released specifically for only their restaurant patrons to enjoy!
While the food and drink are the shining thematic light at Butchertown Hall, the décor and atmosphere make for a perfect evening with a significant other or a group setting. The clean white bricked walls and vaulted ceiling offset by stacks of caged wood, and exposed cross beams is not what you’d expect of a restaurant with “beer hall” in the description. This restaurant isn’t made for game watching and chanting, it’s made for the who’s who in Nashville to enjoy an intimate, yet relaxing evening. Not only is the general buzz around Butchertown drawing major springtime crowds, it’s a sure bet that the patio will be the place to be for brunch or an evening meal this summer. If there’s any new restaurant in town that is demonstrating the growing depth and diversity of the Nashville restaurant scene, it’s Butchertown. Whether you’re a meat lover, an adventurous vegetarian, or you’re in the mood for a beer cocktail, move Butchertown to the top of your list to try now!
Check out their website on the Eat Like a Native page!
TIP: They don’t take reservations, so try to go off-peak hours or enjoy the bar as you wait!