Directly South of Honky-Tonk heaven Broadway, Nashville's SoBro used to be a run-down area of empty buildings and dilapidated streets, but the arrival of the $585 million convention venue, Music City Center, is quickly changing that. This months debut of the Omni Nashville Hotel lends the perfect jumping-off point for your SoBro exploration. Here's six of our favorite stops
Billed as a coffee brewtique, this rustic cafe sits near the Cumberland River on the cusp of SoBro. The beans are small-batch roasted, and the shop doesn't shy away from experimenting with drinks such as its Coffee Soda ($4.50), served carbonated and iced.
2. Husk Nashville
Charleston wunderkind Sean Brock expanded his empire in May to include a Nashville outpost for his famed restaurant. The menu changes daily and offers a Tennessee-centric take on his style. Start with the fried chicken skins ($9) with hot sauce and honey, and don't skip the vegetable plate ($25), because, as Sean says, "In Charleston, it's all about the sea; in Nashville, it's about the dirt."
12 South Taproom, the beer pub at the helm of trendy 'hood 12South, opened a second location in SoBro this year complete with a rooftop patio. Start with a round of local Yazoo beers before settling down with a sobering plate of chimichurri wings ($11). For a nightcap, try the Rude Boy cocktail ($12) made with George Dickel, Chartreuse, and Jack Rudy tonic.
4. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
The museum—home to Hatch Show Print and The Bakersfield Sound: Buck Owens, Merle Haggard and California Country exhibition running now through December 31, 2014—got $75 million to double its space by next spring.
5. The Johnny Cash Museum
Find handwritten lyrics and high school report cards among the 1,000-plus-item collection at this homage to the legend, opened in April.
6. The Southern Steak & Oyster
Diners rave about the double-cut smoked pork chop ($28) at The Southern, but drinks like the blackberry moonshine sweet tea cocktail ($8) keep us coming back.
Did we miss anything? Tell us your favorite stop on Nashville's South Broadway in the comments below.