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Butcher & Bee: Bringing local fare to the table

While there are countless restaurants in Music City that utilize local products in their menus, one of the city’s newer additions, Butcher & Bee, has made a name for itself doing just this. With another location in Charleston, South Carolina, this trendy eatery is known for partnering with local vendors ranging from farmers to fishermen.

Butcher & Bee offers a variety of delicious shareable dishes, including bacon wrapped dates and whipped feta. PHOTO COURTESY OF BUTCHER & BEE

Butcher & Bee offers a variety of delicious shareable dishes, including bacon wrapped dates and whipped feta. PHOTO COURTESY OF BUTCHER & BEE

Among Nashville’s booming restaurant scene, Butcher & Bee fits right in with its chic atmosphere and unique menu that offers guests all kinds of new dishes and flavors. While relatively new to the Nashville dining scene, it’s already received plenty of praise and is often mentioned among locals when asked for a recommended eatery.

My first time at the restaurant, I was a bit intimidated by the unfamiliar foods that sounded like elegant fare. But I was pleasantly surprised by how accessible the menu is, offering everything from entrees to shared plates at a reasonable price. When my friend told me the whipped feta was one of the best things she’s ever eaten, I was both intrigued and a bit skeptic. But once I tried this is delectable dish, I couldn’t have agreed with her more, as I still dream about the light texture and savory cheese taste to this day. The Israeli Salad was also standout item, prepared from a combination of cucumbers, parsley, tomato and lemon, with each ingredient complimenting the other perfectly, making for an exquisite dish. And I can assure you the bacon wrapped dates are worth the try, with the sweetness of the dates bringing out the divine flavors in the bacon.

This East Nashville eatery also boasts a dynamic ordering process. At their renowned brunch, guests have the option to pick four or six of their delicious small dishes for a fair price, all of which will leave you – and your wallet – feeling full. Just some of the standout options on the menu include the previously mentioned whipped feta and bacon wrapped dates, in addition to the French fries with housemade ketchup and more.

This East Nashville eatery also has an impressive wine, beer and cocktail list that also incorporates local products. PHOTO COURTESY OF BUTCHER & BEE

This East Nashville eatery also has an impressive wine, beer and cocktail list that also incorporates local products. PHOTO COURTESY OF BUTCHER & BEE

But brunch is only just the beginning. Butcher & Bee has a special way of incorporating other cultures into its culinary expertise, as you’ll find the word “Israeli” on the menu more than once. Lunch includes everything from fried avocado to figs and honey, with plenty of eclectic cuisine in between. There’s also the funky pink eyed peas, butter corn and fire roasted carrots that are sure to make for a savory side dish.

And the local touch is also present in the wines, brews and spirits they have on site. The beer list boasts a host of familiar names like Nashville’s own Yazoo Brewing Company, Fat Bottom Brewery and Jackalope Brewing Company and Blackberry Farms in Walland, Tennessee, along with regional standouts including Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale, Louisiana’s Abita Rootbeer and more.

Whether from the middle Tennessee region or made right in our backyard, Butcher & Bee is home to some of the city’s best fare. As they state on their website, “Supporting local and sustainable is not a slogan. It’s the right thing to do, and the food tastes better for it.” And we couldn’t agree more.

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