Staying true to their Texan roots, the chefs at Superica created a Mex-Tex menu in a beautifully designed space housed in the Krog St. Market food hall. This place has everything, bar, dining room, stage for live music, huge patio with a laid-back vibe. Nods to Texas include Shiner Bock logo mirrors, giant Red Stars, stuffed steer above the kitchen punctuated with cow skulls and bright yellow metal hanging fixtures.
Bar – Superica Atlanta
Wall of Mirrors – Superica Atlanta
The bar has ample seating and a more refined side with a bit less kitsch and a view of the wonderful light streaming through all of the amber-colored liquor bottles that line the full glass wall of windows and to the left, a gorgeous wall of mirrors and paintings that is Anthropologie meets Austin.
The same dedication and time to design is given to the Mex-Tex menu. Noon on vacation means you can drink at lunch – I opted for the Texas Star, it had a refreshing zing from the ruby-red grapefruit and lime and great floral flavors from the hibiscus infused Centenario Rosangel tequila mixed with St. Germain.
The first impression of Nashville is of a growing city, scaffolding and construction sites dot the downtown area in what looks like a hotel boom in the city. I was told over eight hotels were being built and these were seriously big hotels. Good sign for Nashville.
On the way to the hotel I noticed the beautiful huge new Music City Center. Construction looked almost complete on this 2.1 million-square-foot convention center which will be having a its grand opening this weekend. According to the website the center is, “…working towards LEED Silver certification with its green roof, solar panels, and rainwater collection tank…the Music City Center as one of the largest public art collections in the nation.”
There are of course hundreds of things to do in Nashville but here is a list of things if you are short on time, like to eat/drink, going on a Monday/Tuesday when live music isn’t as readily scheduled and the snowy weather limits your time outside (yes, it was 30 degrees and snowing while we were there and actually warmer in Chicago). My next trip I would like to see a show at Ryman Auditorium, go to the Frist Center of the Visual Arts and tour the Country Music Hall of Fame among other things.