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An Actually Useful Guide to Nashville, Tennessee

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This is Spilling the Beans, where plugged-in baristas give us the lowdown on where to go, what to do, and what to eat (and drink) in their hometown. In this installment, Raleigh McCool of CREMA shows us around Nashville, Tennessee.

Let Mr. McCool show you around Nashville. Here, he’s “emceeing a latte art throwdown at CREMA, which is cool, I guess.” Photo: Courtesy of Raleigh McCool

Nashville native Raleigh McCool grew up idolizing the hip kids at CREMA, one of Nashville’s best coffee shops. He wanted in so badly that he answered a Twitter ad and washed dishes until he could work his way up to barista. It’s been four years since he started, and now his co-workers know him as the guy whose last name telegraphs his greatest asset. He’s the person who knows what’s up and what’s good in Music City—and he wants to be your guide.

Where should we stay?
I would tell you to AirBnb it somewhere in the Germantown area, 12th Avenue South, or East Nashville.

Where should we go for breakfast?
I love the breakfast at Pinewood Social, which is, full disclosure, sort of where I work because CREMA has a secret bar inside. I also like Fido and Mitchell Deli in East Nashville, which is a lunch and sandwich shop that has breakfast on the weekends. It’s so good. That’s a little under the radar. It’s an old-school hot bar by the pound. Get a heaping plate of biscuits, sausage, and gravy.

For a great cup of coffee?
A couple of friends I used to work with run a place called Steadfast. They’re crushing it. I’d send you over there first thing. Another is Barista Parlor, which has several locations.

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Source:: Bon Appetit