Nashville: Pinewood Social

Take an empty 13,000 square-foot trolley barn. Subtract the dust. Add acclaimed Chef Josh Habiger, cocktail guru Matt Tocco, and barista experts from CREMA. Multiply by the Golberg brothers, known for launching brilliant Nashville restaurants, and don’t forget to include six reclaimed bowling lanes, countless staff, and 4 separate menus for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. All that math equals one fine restaurant: Pinewood Social.

The part-living room, part-restaurant, part-bar has taken Nashville by storm, and the hype is well deserved. With its lofted barrel ceilings, natural light, and inspired menus, Pinewood Social marries the best of an old-school 50s-style athletic club with the finest of Nashville’s culinary scene. The brunch menu includes from-scratch chicken and biscuits served with homemade gravy, as well as the lighter, but no less decadent three-egg smoked trout omelet with cream cheese, capers, sprouts and dill.

Favorite morning drink options include custom coffee-cocktails that wake you up and chill you out like the Southern Limerick (coffee, bourbon, sorghum and heavy cream), or for those with classic tastebuds, The Good Sinner pairs gin or vodka with St. Germain, pineapple, Pernod, and sparkling wine. If you’re keen on bowling, $40 gets one group of six one hour on an alley, shoes included. And just because you’re bowling doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy everything the Chef has to offer—the bowling alley is full-service, just like everywhere else.

We recommend making reservations for a group larger than four. Things get pretty busy on the weekends, especially in the bowling alley, and chances are it’ll be busy pool-side, too, once the river-front cabana opens this summer. And while reservations can be hard to come by, you can only experience the real joy of Pinewood Social when you stay a while. So after a late brunch, stick around and see how the place changes over time. We think an afternoon at Pinewood Social equals a perfect day.