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The 38 Essential Restaurants in Nashville, Summer 2019

by Delia Jo Ramsey, Eater
The neighborhood restaurant helmed by chef Hal Holden-Bache is quintessentially Nashville throughout, and a cool place to spend a night chowing down on Nashville hot pig ears, empanadas, pasta, and pizza. Its reconstructed storefront is a nod to the original 1930s H.G. Hills store that once called the space home.
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The Best Happy Hours in Your Nashville Neighborhood

by Chris Chamberlain, Thrillist
Neighborhood favorite Lockeland Table likes to call their special time “Community Hour” since a portion of sales goes back to local schools. They offer shareable dishes and glasses of wine starting at $6 plus a kids menu with healthy options, because Lockeland recognizes that working parents need to feed their kids while unwinding with a glass of wine after a long day.
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The Very Best Restaurants in Nashville Right Now

by Chris Chamberlain, Thrillist
The bar and dining room at Lockeland Table is almost always full of neighborhood residents chatting to one another while enjoying fine food and drink, but even if you enter as a stranger, you’ll probably leave with some new friends from this convivial eatery. A roaring wood fire in the pizza oven further warms the ambiance, and the specialty pies that emerge from the infernal heat are ideal for splitting as an appetizer unless you’re too selfish to share. The rest of the menu features Southern fare with international accents like the mandatory app of chicken liver pâté on Tuscan bread or the rack of lamb with fava beans.
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The 7 Best Pizzas in Nashville

by Big Seven Travel
Lockeland Table isn’t a pizzeria, but it does have pizza on the menu and a wood-fired oven. Going with the high quality standard of the rest of the food here, the pizza is a cut above the norm. Their take on a classic Hawaiian is a must-try – it comes with Peach Truck peaches, tenshootoe ham, aged provolone, oregano, jalapenos, red onion and local honey.
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The Best Restaurants in Nashville

by Erin Byers Murray, Food Network
The vibe inside East Nashville’s Lockeland Table Community Kitchen and Bar is always neighborly. But that’s especially true during Community Hour, weeknights from 4 to 6 p.m., when a selection of small plates, like chicken wings and deviled eggs with chow chow, are just $6 and kids are welcome. Co-owners Cara Graham and Chef Hal Holden-Bache have worked hard to create a welcoming space inside their brick storefront restaurant. A portion of Community Hour proceeds is donated to local school PTOs, and a beer brewed in collaboration with a local brewery is on tap. At all times, the wood-fired pizzas and Holden-Bache’s locally minded menu keep locals and visitors coming back time and again.
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The United Plates of America: The 12 Best Foodie Cities

by Katherine Parker, Yahoo Lifestyle
From fried chicken in cast iron frying pans to pimento cheese atop pimento cheese atop more pimento cheese, the Nashville food scene is not for the weak of stomach.
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14 Unexpected Hot Chicken Dishes in Nashville

by Nancy Vienneau, Nashville Eater
Lockeland Table’s Hal Holden-bache is bringing the heat with his fun spin on the classic Nashville dish. His Nashville hot crispy pig ears come served with white bread, Alabama white sauce slaw, and Lockeland Table pickles.
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12 Great Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Nashville

by Kristy Lucero, Eater Nashville
The kids’ menu at Lockeland Table features smaller versions of its popular wood-fired pizza, plus a special kids sides and desserts that include mac-n-cheese, grits and Oreo balls. Though the restaurant can feel a bit small for maneuvering children, there is a an additional side patio that makes a great option for family dining.
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2018 East Nashvillians of the Year: Business – Lockeland Table

by Randy Fox, The East Nashvillian
“When we started Lockeland Table, I knew I wanted our happy hour to give back to the community,” Cara Graham says. “There were so many ways to do so. At the time, a tree was planted for every featured bottle of wine sold. There are so many awesome companies out there doing things like that, and if we support each other, we can really make a difference.”
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Cooking a Culture of Community

by Jennifer Justus, The East Nashvillian
At just after 4 p.m. on a Thursday, a couple of tourists from Pennsylvania arrive at the Lockeland Table Community Kitchen & Bar with some questions about hot chicken. Bartender and manager Jim Popp — who has been at the restaurant since day one — obliges, pouring them a Yazoo Dos Perros while offering the CliffsNotes origin story, and pointing out that Bolton’s is just about a mile away.
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16 Excellent Date Night Restaurants in Nashville

by Delia Jo Ramsey, Eater
The neighborhood restaurant helmed by chef Hal Holden-Bache is an essential East Nashville restaurant. The reconstructed storefront is a nod to the original 1930s H.G. Hills store that once called the space home. Lockeland Table is quintessentially Nashville throughout, and a cool place to spend a night eating Nashville hot pig ears, empanadas, pastas, and pizza while rekindling the romance.
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Ea(s)t Nashville

By Karen Lee-Ryan, The East Nashvillian
Executive chef Hal Holden-Bache has been tinkering with chimichurri since he first read about it as a teenager. The green Argentinian sauce typically combines parsley, garlic, and red wine vinegar in an olive-oil base to complement grilled meats. Experimenting with various combinations, chef Hal preferred making it with cilantro and a hint of lime instead of parsley. He drapes it over his signature dry-aged New York Strip and pairs it with the daily empanada appetizer. But try it on their pommes frites. Or dip a pizza crust into it. Or take home a jar now that chef Hal’s Chimichurri is part of a product line the restaurant launched about a year ago. It amps up just about anything, from bread to eggs to burgers.
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Dining Al Fresco with Some of Nashville’s Leading Women

Tennessee Tourism
It’s no secret the juiciest stories are overheard at the beauty shop. East Nashville’s Lockeland Table’s co-owner, Cara Graham cooks up some pretty delicious tales all her own at this vintage salon-turned-“Community Kitchen and Bar.” With more than 20 years of front-of-the-house experience, she’s a natural at making folks feel welcome. She’s why Lockeland Table’s Community Hour is so popular, 4-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday. You’ll be hard pressed to take an early evening walk up Woodland Street and not be greeted by someone you either know or want to know on the intimate patio dressed in summer’s best. An array of cocktails perfect for porch sippin’ are paired with Chef Hal’s snacks like deviled eggs, black eyed pea hummus or NY cheese pizza fresh from the pizza bar. Budget-friendly, kid-friendly and a portion of the daily proceeds benefit Lockeland Design Center PTO.

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The Future (of Nashville Dining) Is Female

By Nancy Vinneau, Nashville Lifestyles
Hospitality professional Cara Graham partnered with chef Hal Holden-Bache to open Lockeland Table Community Kitchen and Bar in 2012. As general manager, she is dedicated to providing a welcoming experience to guests, while giving back to the community.

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72 Hours to Get Lost in Music, Culture, Food and Drinks in Nashville

It is the last evening. And it is time to visit the awesome neighborhood of East Nashville again. Here you will find the just as awesome Lockeland Table Community Kitchen and Bar. Seeing it from outside you feel as if you’ve gone back in time. They’ve reconstructed the storefront to resemble the original 1930s H.G Hills dry goods store. It is rustic and oozes of old Nashville. Tasting their dishes might also bring you back in time as they are all identifiable to the food the house chefs loved when they were growing up. Maybe also some of your favourites from when you grew up. However, the food and each of the dishes are taken to a whole new level crafted into an exquisite and delightful experience.
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Shake The Hand That Fed You: Chefs and Farms Unite at Music City Food and Wine Festival

12th and Broad
I first learned of White Squirrel Farm from Chef Hal Holden-Bache when he asked me to join him in the kitchen last winter to cook our World Food Champ dinner. (Try my Hunka Hunka Goo Goo Love recipe by clicking here.) Holden-Bache uses White Squirrel Farm cilantro in his signature Chimichurri NY Strip, and it certainly seemed to be a favorite among the carnivorous attendees. Be on the look out for the new Lockeland Table book release later this fall.
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Southern Living
On September 10, enjoy handcrafted cocktails from Donner-Peltier Distillers and small-bites from Peg Leg Porker while you tour the pop-up art gallery featuring works by Mississippi artist Bradley Gordon. Feast on a four-course dinner created by Chef Hal Holden-Bache from Lockeland Table and his friends from Mason’s Nashville, Slow Hand Coffee Co. and The Farm House. Experience the music city at its finest while Nashville songwriters, Casey Beathard, Wynn Varble and Phil O’Donnell play their biggest hits and share their stories about writing songs for some of country’s biggest names like Brad Paisley, Garth Brooks, Blake Shelton, and Eric Church. The ticket prices start at $297 and takes place at the historic Carnton Plantation.

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Los Angeles Times
First-round nominations for the 2013 James Beard Foundation restaurant awards have just been announced, and for Southern California, it’s a mix of trusted old favorites as well as some shiny new stars. (…) BEST NEW RESTAURANT: Balena, Chicago; BierBeisl, Beverly Hills; Bluebeard, Indianapolis; Borgne, New Orleans; Butcher & the Boar, Minneapolis; Cardamom Hill, Atlanta; Empellón Cocina, New York City; Forequarter, Madison, Wisc.; Grace, Chicago; Hog & Hominy, Memphis; Khong River House, Miami Beach, Fla.; Lockeland Table, Nashville; Mateo Tapas, Durham, N.C.; Mi Casa by José Andrés at Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Dorado, Puerto Rico; Mintwood Place, Washington, D.C.; the Ordinary, Charleston, S.C.; Ox, Portland, Ore.; Oxheart, Houston; Pabu at Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore; Puritan & Co., Cambridge, Mass.; Rich Table, San Francisco; Shanik, Seattle; State Bird Provisions, San Francisco; Tar & Roses, Santa Monica; Thirty Acres, Jersey City, N.J.; Underbelly, Houston; Vernick Food & Drink, Philadelphia; the Whale Wins, Seattle; Zacatecas Tacos & Tequila, Albuquerque.
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Welcome back to “Great Urban Weekend Escapes.” Today we visit Music City, home to some excellent Southern cuisine, surprisingly great hotels and of course, music, music, music. For reasons I will elaborate on, Nashville is an absolutely perfect pick for a weekend getaway (…) Just this week, the James Beard Society announced the Semifinalist Nominees for its 2013 Awards, and Nashville’s Lockeland Table was in for Best New Restaurant.
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Nashville Scene
It’s always nice to see our faves recognized on a national level for all their hard work. And it seems to be happening very quickly to Nashville establishments. The Catbird Seat started getting widespread pub almost as soon as it opened, and places like Porter Road Butcher and The Bloomy Rind saw their names in big-time culinary magazines within their first year.
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Southern Living
From iconic dives to underground dens, we’ve been keeping tabs on the South’s top-shelf bars.
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Nashville Lifestyles
If you have lived in Nashville for any length of time, chances are good that when you arrive at Lockeland Table, you’ll see someone you know. If you live on the East Side—which adds another locally-owned restaurant to its stuffed dining portfolio with the August opening of this gem—you’ll run into the folks you chat with on the sidewalks, in the park with their kids and dogs or biking through Shelby Bottoms. West Siders who cross the Cumberland might spot their attorney, physician, pastor or yoga instructor. If you have enjoyed a cocktail at F. Scott’s in the past decade you will be happy to see Liz Endicott behind the bar, running the beverage program here.
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Nashville Scene
It’s hard to think of an occupation that would be more fun than writing about restaurants in a city whose culinary scene is exploding, but it might be similarly intriguing to be on the site-selection team for a television show that’s filmed locally. Think about it: You’d scour the city for the most eye-popping and inspiring visuals, the kind of dazzling cinematographic moments worthy of the opening scenes of Nashville. Aerial shots of West End Middle School, panoramic views of downtown, close-ups of the Shelby Street pedestrian bridge. Jeez, when you frame it all like that, it’s almost like we live in a perfectly splendid city.
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In Nashville, Tennessee, Music City’s coolest epicurean destination is not downtown with the honky-tonk bars where you might expect, it is across the Cumberland River in a formerly dicey part of town called East Nashville, which encompasses a variety of neighbourhoods including Lockeland Springs, Maxwell Heights, Rolling Hills, East End, Five Points and Greenwood. Once known for high crime rates, drugs and poverty, the historic Victorian side of town often referred to as “East Nasty” has recently been revived by an array of artisanal food purveyors, highbrow coffee shops, hip cocktail bars and thriving restaurants, all of which are breathing new life into the area.

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Lockeland Table Community Kitchen and Bar is East Nashville’s new gem. With a lot of new restaurants popping up this season in Nashville, Lockeland Table can definitely compete. Former chef from Eastland Café, Hal Holden-Bache and former GM Cara Graham make Lockeland Table a shoe-in to be one of Nashville’s best this year.

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Chef makes some delightful lamb-neck ravioli.

Lockeland Table Book Release Celebration/VIP Party 2015

Lockeland Table @ Iron Fork


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