10 Nashville Restaurants Where You’ll Never Need A Reservation

Nashville has managed to completely EXPLODE with people over the last couple of years, making it difficult to snag a brunch reservation or no. We decided to put an end to your hours and hours and HOURS of waiting with a quick list of no-wait restaurants. Some are diners, some are low-key restaurants and taco joints, you’ll even find a juice bar in here. It’s a hodge-podge of quick eats and Nashville quirk that is bound to strike your fancy. Order up!

M.L.Rose is a great spot to watch the game and meet some pals for a drink. We’d recommend the sweet potato fries and one of their creative burger options. Grab a pint of beer and head on over where both the young and old hang out. There’s no judgment, here – and no reservations.

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M.L.Rose expanding to the Gulch

Nashville favorite M.L.Rose Craft Beer & Burgers is bringing its popular sweet potato buns, signature waffle fries and extensive craft beer menu to the Gulch this year.

The restaurant/bar owned by Nashville native Austin Ray of A. Ray Hospitality has inked a deal for the massive $750 million Capitol View project at the intersection of Charlotte Avenue and 11th Avenue North in what’s being called the “North Gulch” just a few blocks west of the Tennessee State Capitol.

The deal marks a third location for the laid-back burger joint Ray founded in 2008 on 8th Avenue South. A second location opened on Charlotte Avenue in 2012, and both spots quickly emerged as neighborhood gathering places for everything from a casual meal out with the family to an after-work happy hour destination or a place to watch a sporting event.

“Any neighborhood without a good neighborhood pub and gathering place like M.L.Rose is a candidate for an M.L.Rose,” Ray said in an interview with The Tennessean Tuesday, adding that Capitol View is an ideal central location with easy access to the Gulch, downtown and Germantown.

The 4,750-square-foot restaurant at Capitol View is set to open this fall and will be located at the southwest corner of 11th Avenue and Nelson Merry Street.

M.L.Rose will bring a convenient dining option to the hundreds of employees at HCA’s Parallon and Sarah Cannon Research Institute. LifeWay Christian Resources and HealthStream Inc. are other planned corporate tenants at Capitol View, which together will bring nearly 1,500 workers to the property.

Ray said M.L.Rose Capitol View will offer the same comfortable, lively pub feel customers have come to expect at the other two locations. It will be about the same size, but Ray said the kitchen will be designed to serve a high volume lunch business. The restaurant will have a sidewalk bar accessible from the outdoor patio.

“We’re committed to the same vibe of M.L.Rose even though we’re in a newer, shinier building,” Ray said, adding he’s pleased that the team behind a high-profile development such as Capitol View is willing to work with local restaurateurs.

An added benefit: customers will have on-site parking.

“To have ample parking in and of itself is a gift in this market and to have it be free is something really special to me,” Ray said.

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Amanda Virgillito
Squeaky Wheel Public Relations
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Best Brunch Spots In Nashville

Nashville has become a city full of culinary talent providing locals with amazing restaurants. While dinner often steals the spotlight, we are highlighting the Best Nashville Brunch Spots! We define the best brunch spots based on menus, originality, and atmosphere. All of the following restaurants are locally owned and operated!

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25 Pretty Excellent Burgers in Nashville

The sweetness of the sweet potato bun on M.L. Rose’s NashVegas Burger is a welcomed complement to the barbecue sauce, rich pimiento cheese and crispy tobacco onions that top this craft burger. M.L. Rose does not have a shortage of burger options but this one is a stand-out, as it’s served on something other than the traditional bun.

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Best Patios in Nashville

M.L. Rose has two locations — one in West Nashville (pictures on the left) and one in the Melrose neighborhood (pictured on the right). Both locations have large patios with giant Jenga for entertainment and fire pits for ambience and warmth. The Melrose location is mostly covered, while the West location is mostly uncovered.\r\n

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11 Nashville Restaurants & Bars with Outdoor Games

Both the Charlotte Avenue and Melrose locations offer giant Jenga, but the West Nashville spot gets the nod with its large front yard space and outdoor dart boards, making it an ideal spot to grab a beer, a burger and a good hang.

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M.L.Rose & Jackalope Team Up for a Collaboration Brew

M.L.Rose Craft Beer and Burgers is well-known for, well … craft beer and burgers. So when it came time to come up with their May Burger of the Month, it figures that owner Austin Ray would reach out to his friends at Jackalope to actually create a special beer for both locations of the restaurant that would complement the burger.

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18 of the Best Patios in Nashville!

M.L. Rose has two locations one on Franklin Road and the other is off of Charlotte Pike! They are known for their wide selection of craft beers and have the best burgers! Both offer awesome patios but I think my favorite is going to be the one on Franklin Rd. They just expanded it and upgraded it like crazy!! It is going to be such a pretty, fun and chill place to hang out!!

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5 to Try: Loaded Waffle Fries

The Tennessean sought out best ways to “play with your food,” and you bet our loaded waffle fries top the list!

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The Kitchen Couple: Top 5 cheap dates in Nashville

This is our go-to spot on Monday nights for trivia and burgers (the west Nashville location). Their trivia special includes two-for-one burgers, and what’s not to like about that? This spot has a great beer selection of bottled and draft beers, perfect for burgers. Trivia goes from 8-10 p.m., with prizes in the form of $50, $25 and $10 gift cards. If you win the big 50, it’s just one less tab to worry about.

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Best Burgers in Nashville

If you’re looking for a burger menu with lots of variety, M.L. Rose is perfect. Their long list of ranges from plain cheeseburgers to turkey burgers to our favorite: the Nash Vegas burger. Served on a sweet potato bun and topped with pimento cheese, crispy tobacco onions, and barbecue sauce, it’s a unique take on the American classic.

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Best Late Night Eats in Nashville

Thrillist named M.L. Rose among Nashville’s best spots to get good grub late night – and for good reason – we offer our FULL menu open to close. Come see us post-event soon!

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Where to Brunch in West Nashville

Better known for their nightlife of beer, burgers, and barbecue—we can’t pass up M.L. Rose’s relaxed patio for brunch either. The well rounded brunch menu includes steak and eggs, breakfast burritos and of course, a Good Morning burger. What to Order: Papi burrito with chorizo, egg, Jack and Cheddar cheese, peppers, onions, and avocado. M.L.Rose’s Brunch Hours: Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-2p.m.

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5 to Try: Late Night Bites

There are morning people, and then there are night people. Both of them are good. Morning people do tend to irritatingly use the phrase “good morning,” though, which is irritating and may cause irritation. Just thinking about it makes me irritated. Only one cure: a burger after midnight the size of a baby’s head, smothered in melted pimiento cheese with a 3-inch layer of crispy tobacco onions and capped with barbecue sauce on a sweet potato bun. It’s the Nash Vegas burger, and you will not find anyone cheerfully eating that at 7 a.m. while singing “good morning.”

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5 Must-Try Breakfast Burgers

M.L.Rose Good Morning Burger – Take an almost perfect burger made with local beef topped with bacon and cheddar. Now add a sunny-side-up egg. You can forget that “almost” part.

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12 Great Places to Get Wings in Nashville

If you’re not in the mood for a burger, the wings at M.L. Rose are a solid choice. The East of Melrose sauce is sweet with a kick of spice and big chunks of garlic to round out the flavor. If you like cilantro try the Verde wings, flavored with green tabasco, cilantro and scallions.

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The best french fries in Nashville

Who doesn’t love a big plate of waffle fries? Especially when those fries are completely LOADED with tons of melted cheese, bacon, sour cream, and green onion. It’s enough to eat for your whole meal… but we guess you could share these with friends. In theory. You can score ‘em with pulled pork, blue cheese, ranchero sauce, and plain cheese if you don’t want them plain. And because all of those options aren’t enough, you can upgrade any of the waffle fry dishes to sweet potatoes if you so desire.

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The best milkshakes in Nashville

M.L. Rose’s Whip-whacker, a grown-up boozy frozen concoction made with whipped cream vodka, was included in a milkshake article, and should be included in your plans today.

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Get a Patriotic Free Burger at M.L. Rose on the Fourth

July 4 is a major grilling holiday anyway, and the fact that it falls on a Friday this year, creating an easy three-day weekend, means charcoal should be smoldering all over town. But not everybody who wants a great burger is willing to fire up the Weber. Fortunately, there’s an easy solution, as long as you also like beer.

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How a new wave of craft breweries is fueling Nashville’s craft beer craze

A good gauge for those tap handles in Nashville is Austin Ray’s M.L. Rose Pubs, where both locations have shifted to exclusively serving craft beer on draft. “The number of local taps has grown exponentially in the last three years,” Ray says. “I think we had two or three Yazoo selections [when we opened]. And now, we regularly represent eight to 12 beers from six or more local breweries at any given time.”

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12 of Our Favorite Queso Dips … Just in Time for Spring!

ML Rose: A place for seriously good sports bar food, ML Rose obviously gives a nod to the southwest with a menu that extends beyond the guac, salsa and queso on the menu. Think Ranchero Fries, a variety of quesadillas and the brunch menu’s Mexican Sunrise BLT. When you go, the queso will not only satisfy, but elevate your expectation for everything thing else headed to your table from this well executed menu.

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Where to find spiked drinks in Nashville

It’s no secret that this town loves a good Bushwhacker. That’s probably why a fair number of bartenders have put their spin on the spiked shake. Here are a few of the city’s best.

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Guru Guide: Best Burger Joints

With two locations, one in the Melrose neighborhood and another in Sylvan Park, M.L. Rose has proven success of a go-to burger joint in Nashville. Menu items like the Angry Dragon (seen above) and NashVegas Burger keep things interesting. You have to ask for the sweet potato bun made especially for M.L. Rose by a local bakery. Known to be one of the best neighborhood bars in Nashville, M.L. Rose has a great atmosphere and a ton of beer on draft to go with your burger.

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Brooklyn Brewery Announces “The Brooklyn Brewery Mash: Adventures in Food, Film, Music, Books & Beer

Brooklyn Brewery is taking its neighborhood on the road. Collaborating with friends old and new, the Brewery has bundled up some of its favorite events into The Brooklyn Brewery Mash as a benefit for Slow Food USA. Including Nashville from April 8–14, The Mash will drop in 11 cities during 2013 and roll out a roster of parties, comedy, concerts, pop-up supperclubs and readings, all featuring humanity’s favorite beverage.

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First Bite: M.L. Rose West Opens

Well, maybe it’s not quite accurate to call this a First Bite, since the menu at the new M.L. Rose Craft Beer & Burgers location at 4408 Charlotte Avenue is the same as the original restaurant on Eighth Avenue. Perhaps this is a “First Sight” instead. But this first sight of the second site indicates that the new M.L. Rose may quickly become a neighborhood favorite.

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M.L.Rose and New Belgium Plant Trees in September

During “Beer for Branches” M.L. Rose Craft Beer and Burgers, New Belgium Brewing, and SoundForest are partnering up to help the planet.

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M.L. Rose Brew at the Zoo

On June 1, 2012,  Rhizome Productions, a local production company known for producing the East Nashville Beer Festival and 12th South Winter Warmer, partnered with the Nashville Zoo to host Brew at the Zoo. M.L. Rose Craft Beer and Burgers, along with Ajax Turner, Blackstone Brewing Company, and several others, sponsored the event. Guests enjoyed the five hour event which included a commemorative pint glass and unlimited 3oz samples from over 25 craft breweries.

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The Melrose Changes Name

South Nashville-based neighborhood pub The Melrose is changing its name to M.L.Rose Craft Beer & Burgers, in part, to differentiate itself from other area establishments, owner Austin Ray announced Monday.

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The Melrose pub changes name to allow more locations

The Melrose pub on Franklin Road is changing its name to M.L.Rose Craft Beer & Burgers, as it prepares to open its second Nashville location this summer.

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Melrose owner set to bring restaurant/bar to West Nashville

Nashville-based restaurateur Austin Ray announced Wednesday his company has purchased the former Lavender Motors site at 4408 Charlotte Ave., on which he plans to operate a neighborhood bar.

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The Melrose pub owner plans Charlotte Avenue location

Austin Ray, owner of The Melrose pub in Berry Hill, has purchased the former Lavender Motors site at the corner of Charlotte Avenue and 45th Avenue, where he plans to open his next project.

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The Melrose’s Austin Ray planning a new joint on Charlotte

Restaurateur Austin Ray — who helped found the late, pioneering Gulch spot Bar TwentyThree and is now best-known for his hugely popular pub The Melrose (remember, the burger that made the cover of the Scene in April) — has finally announced that he bought a piece of property on Charlotte Avenue near Sylvan Park and plans to put a new establishment on it.

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Melrose Pub owner renovating building on Charlotte for ‘something fun’

Renovations have begun on the old Lavender Motors property at Charlotte and 45th avenues, but its new owner, local restaurateur Austin Ray will only say that he’s building “something fun for the neighborhood.”’

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Super Bowl Stakeout

From towel-waving die-hards to casual commercial watchers, Super Bowl Sunday has everyone working out their strategy.

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Local Restaurant The Melrose Launches New Real-Time Sports Trivia App

Super Bowl Sunday at the Melrose will be the first time patrons can play new interactive PubPicks App

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Meet the Chef: Austin Ray

Though his name has often been associated with nightclubs (he and Benjamin Goldberg co-owned Bar Twenty3 and City Hall before they closed), Melrose owner and chef Austin Ray also can show off his mad skills elsewhere – the kitchen.

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Soaring food prices add pinch to area menus

Your next business lunch is poised to cost a little more dough.

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