We’re proud of our homegrown dining scene here in Middle Tennessee. With countless uniquely local restaurants popping up daily, Nashvillians have the option to select the specifically to fit their food craving, skipping the commercial chains. However, among the single brick and mortar shops there are a few carefully crafted chain restaurants that have strategically selected Nashville to establish one of their outposts. One such “chain” (that you’d likely never guess is one) that’s making chain snobs think twice is Butcher & Bee.
Situated on the bustling thoroughfare of Main Street in East Nashville, with a name-bearing facade that blends almost too well into painted brick, you might just buzz past it. Butcher & Bee is technically a chain, with it’s original location in Charleston, North Carolina, but you wouldn’t know it when you walk in. The wait staff isn’t asked to wear “pieces of flare” and the dishes aren’t deep fried or thawed Butcher & Bee was founded on the appreciation of locally sourced, sustainable, fresh ingredients that create flavorful plates. Their menu is an ever-evolving seasonal rotation of new age American food that’s meant for sharing among friends, but those who prefer to have their dinner to themselves have entrée-sized options as well. With a plethora of menu variations, there’s something for any palate, so if you have a picky date, this may just be the perfect place to impress with ease.
The cozy and casual ambiance promotes conversational dining, without the distractions of televisions or an extra noisy crowd, making it a natural destination for a date night, business dinner or brunch. Adding to it’s easy dining demeanor, Butcher & Bee takes reservations, making it even more convenient for Nashville diners who are accustomed to hour-plus wait times at most popular local spots during peak hours. It’s a great place for planning ahead, with accommodations for most dining scenarios, including large parties.
Toss your “chain restaurant” assumptions aside, because beyond their versatile menu, there isn’t anything standard-issue when it comes to Butcher & Bee. Whether you dine within the confines of a booth, belly up to the bar, or reside on the patio, that typical chain feeling can’t be felt here, ensuring that Butcher & Bee blends perfectly in with its locally created counterparts.
For more information on Butcher & Bee, visit the Eat Like A Native page.