What can be said about Barista Parlor in Nashville that hasn’t already been said by Eater, Thrillist, Food Republic, The New York Times, Esquire, and your mom? The talking points are all out there: one location is in a converted transmission shop, another in a converted recording studio. High ceilings, natural light, indoor/outdoor seating. Ace coffee, served every way under the sun. A staff that regards your gripping indecision with infinite patience. Sausage buttermilk biscuits. Hot motorcycles parked in front. A spread of daintily wrapped artisanal chocolate bars at the register. A strawberry soda pop made with sparkling cascara, a.k.a. coffee cherry tea. Barista even has its own blocked parody account (@baristaparlour)—the ultimate sign that one has made it in the world.
519B Gallatin Ave., Nashville, TN; 615-712-9766.
610 Magazine St., Nashville, TN; 615-227-4782.
1230 4th Ave. N., Nashville, TN; 615-401-9144.