33 Peabody Street
Nashville, TN 37210
Mon – Fri: 7A – 1A
Sat – Sun: 9A – 1A
From the moment you step in the door at Pinewood Social, you know you’re in Hipster Heaven. I’ve been there twice now, and each time, I was the only person there NOT wearing jeans. Literally. But don’t let that keep you from going if you’re not a Hipster (I’m not), or if you don’t own a pair of skinny jeans (I don’t).
Whether you’re 21 or 71, Pinewood Social is indeed hip. The atmosphere is at once welcoming and chaotic. Apparently, they let different members of the staff choose the musical playlist, and this is a good thing. Or at least it was on the day we were there for brunch. We heard everything from Smokey Robinson to Amy Winehouse to Coldplay to K.C. and the Sunshine Band.
The building is a huge converted warehouse, and they’ve managed to keep the warehouse feel somehow. The only permanent walls I noticed were the exterior walls and the walls containing the bathrooms. There are also a couple of “private” rooms for parties. The rest of the place is open and accessible.
The large rectangular bar is located mostly in the center of the main room, and tables and booths surround it. There are also casual gathering spaces where you can sit comfortably on sofas/chairs and have a drink – or a meal if a table is not available.
In the rear of the building there is a bowling alley, and outside you can play bocce ball or go for a swim, weather and self-esteem permitting. On this day, we chose to simply have brunch…inside…at a table. I know, we’re not hip.
The menu is segregated by time of day and by day of the week. On the weekends, during the day, you can only have brunch. The lunch menu is available Monday – Friday, and they serve dinner nightly. The cocktail list is lengthy, very lengthy. If you can’t find something you like to drink at Pinewood Social, then you’re just not trying hard enough. For a peek at the full menu, click here.
While we waited for our table, which admittedly took longer than advertised, we sat in one of the social areas and enjoyed a wonderful cup of coffee. We drank, listened to the music, and people-watched. We lost track of time, and the wait was seriously not a problem. I could have sat there all day drinking and listening to music.
After we were seated, we started our brunch date with fried broccoli and mimosas. Now you have to understand, I’m a reluctant convert to broccoli. I began eating it only because I knew it was good for me. Over the years, I have learned to tolerate it and – on occasion – like it. This broccoli, however, was exceptional. It was lightly stir-fried and coated with lemon zest and sea salt, and it’s served with an almond garlic dipping sauce. We almost fought over the last piece.
Michelle ordered the gluten-free fried chicken, which is served with a cauliflower salad. This was her second time to have the GF fried chicken, and it was just as good as I remember it. I’m not sure how they do it, but this is some of the best fried chicken I’ve ever tasted. Maybe it’s because I rarely eat fried chicken anymore, but I don’t think so. It’s just that good. At $15, it might seem expensive, but they do give you a lot of chicken. We had so much, we ended up with a go-box.
I ordered the chicken and biscuits. This is just what you think it is: fried chicken filets served on biscuits and topped with milk gravy. Seems simple, and it is. It was also incredible. My only suggestion would be that given the price ($11), you should receive three chicken biscuits instead of just two. I’m pretty sure the chicken was GF, but I forgot to ask. Given that it was served on non-GF but very delicious biscuits, I don’t suppose it matters anyway.
With tax and tip, our visit to Pinewood Social set us back $70. It was a fantastic date brunch, and I’m looking forward to going back soon. Now where did I put those skinny jeans?