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One day, I walked into Fido–for no other reason than to grab a cup of their amazing coffee. It was around 3, maybe 4 o’clock and I was getting a little hungry. To be honest, I’m usually hungry at all times of the day (I start wanting lunch around 10:30 a.m.!) so I started to peruse the menu. My friend, Chef John Stephenson, came out of the kitchen and we started to chat. He told me to try the burger, and I obliged without too much hesitation. I got my coffee, sat down at a table, and anxiously awaited.
Then, I saw it. A tower of a burger with a pile of delicious fries tossed in herbs and garlic. For a second, I didn’t care about anything else. Beautifully charred patty of local beef and lamb cooked to a perfect medium. Fig mayonnaise, caramelized fennel, crispy onion rings, Kenny’s aged cheese, local lettuce. I wanted it all. I took one bite and with all that juice running down my chin, forearms, and elbow, I went in and just took bite, after bite, after bite. Soon after, it was gone. And boy, was it good. No, it was great!
Chef John asked me how it was, and the only thing I could say was “this is the best burger in town”. None other, in my opinion, really compare and I like to say I’ve had all the good ones. The careful sourcing of the best ingredients, brought together in perfect harmony, make this one truly special burger.
Sometimes, it is hard for me to order anything else. I rarely do. But when I look beyond the burger, there are some amazing dishes here, usually on the Fido daily special’s board. The beef empanada with avocado and curtido slaw is fantastic. I love the sweet potato gnocchi with pistachio pesto, and the fish tacos are some of the best in town!
It’s great for brunch (I get the burger), and lunch (I still get the burger), and dinner (did I mention the burger?) Sometimes the lines can be long, and you can have trouble finding a table, but in this case, the wait is worth it. So if you want to cash in on one of Nashville’s great food secrets, then get yourself on over to Fido.
One of my favorite places to eat in Nashville is a coffee shop. That’s right folks, some of Nashville’s most delicious bites are at a coffee joint in Hillsboro Village. WARNING: the lines get very long there during lunch hours, but they tend to move fairly quickly. I don’t recommend going during prime lunchtime if you only have an hour. Try coming around 11 a.m. or after 1:30 p.m. if that’s the case.
On to the delicious food. Vivek and I have both tried many things on the menu, but there is one dish that gets me every time: The Green Chile Mac N’ Cheese. This dish is literally heaven. It’s creamy, spicy, rich, and everything you could ever want in a bowl of mac n’ cheese. Although I try lots of other things on their menu, I always come back to this dish. It’s generally listed on the specials board, but I spoke to Chef John recently and it looks like they’re going to add it to their menu permanently! Yay! It also comes with your choice of soup or salad and I usually opt for the creamy tomato soup with a delicious piece of focaccia.
My favorite dish for breakfast at Fido is the Cheese and Herb Eggs. It’s a very simple dish, but I must say, I’ve never had eggs this delicious. I have no idea what Chef John puts in them, but they remain a staple for all things brunch related. I also enjoy their awesome vegetarian sandwich, the Fideau, which is a melted Brie sandwich with Granny Smith apples, mache, aioli and caramel-champagne vinaigrette.
Fido is part of the Bongo Java Roasting Company, so alas, they also have great coffee. I generally go for black coffee or espresso shots on ice, but Vivek drinks really girly coffee drinks, so I’m sure he can fill you in the lattes! HAH! That being said, their coffee and espresso are quite delicious.
If you’re looking for a sweet treat, Fido has all sorts of great cookies, vegan muffins (the beet one is my favorite!), and delicious cakes. I also recommend heading to their sister restaurant Hot/Cold next door for a sweet treat. You generally don’t have to wait in line over there and you can enjoy delicious local paletas and Jeni’s ice cream!