Noshville (Green Hills)
Noshville has always been a family favorite, but it was forever cemented in our hearts at my brother’s college graduation. After taking our entire clan there for breakfast, my uncle Charlie (a big fan of country music) held the door open for Vince Gill, who was coming in. “Thanks, pal,” said Vince. Uncle Charlie is now known as “Pal” to the entire family.
Pancake Pantry (Hillsboro Village)
Hillsboro is a charming part of Nashville that I lived in for a while, and it gets its fair share of celebrities as well. Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively apparently went ring shopping in the area (I, sadly, was in class at the time), and every once in a while, Pancake Pantry will draw in someone famous. Like—for those of you who follow college football—Coach Derek Mason of Vanderbilt, who I got to meet as he waited in line for (surprise) pancakes.
Lonnie’s Western Room (Downtown)
Friends of mine happened to go to this famous karaoke bar when Seth Green (of Buffy, Family Guy, and The Italian Job fame) decided to check it out. Seriously, Lonnie's is a Nashville institution.
Antique Archaeology (Marathon Village)
If you love History Channel, Mike Wolfe of American Pickers is also frequently seen around his store in Marathon Village. Better yet, he occasionally has events at the Antique Archaeology store, where you can meet him and his dog, Ruby, and get an autograph. (Here was one such event.)
The entire city
Let’s be honest: There’s a decent chance of seeing someone famous anywhere you go in Nashville. It’s a huge hub for country musicians in particular (if you’re into that kind of thing)—although it’s quickly becoming a city for all kinds of music, and actors seem to love it, too.