Charles Hunter III is a personal chef, blogger, recipe developer, and creator of The Salted Table, an online food and lifestyle journal.
Why is Charles lovin’ Nashville right now?
My experience living in Nashville has been really good. It’s such a great city that really embraces and encourages the entrepreneurial spirit and creatives as a whole. It’s been really great to see that there’s a demographic of people here that really love and appreciate the service we offer. The fact that strangers who have never met me or only know me via social media allow me to come into their homes and create beautiful meals and experiences energizes me and gets me really excited about what we’re doing.
My typical morning has become very regimented over the past few weeks. It typically starts with me going to D’Andrews Bakery and Cafe or swinging by Frothy Monkey. I love being able to drink my coffee and look over the city. D’Andrews is uber-talented in the realm of sugar. They have amazing pastries. D’Andrews also has a really good breakfast and lunch overall. Frothy Monkey has everything from breakfast to dinner options, and they all taste great.
I am definitely a coffee addict because my typical afternoon usually involves me getting more coffee. However, I am trying to make the switch to drinking more tea, so I like going to High Garden Tea to grab a cup before I head home. Occasionally, I’ll stop by Baked On 8th. They have a really nice selection of desserts.
My evening still involves getting more coffee, of course. My wife and I will usually try to go some place where we know there won’t be a terribly long wait, so that we can get back home. We tend to go for Mas Tacos. We also really like Butcher and Bee. We know that we can get a consistently good meal at both of these places and get in and out in a timely manner.
I love Old Nashville staples like Marche Artisan Foods. We always try to go there for lunch or brunch. It’s just so simple and so good. It’s consistent and always locally inspired. Lockeland Table in East Nashville is another place that we enjoy. If you love southern and seasonally inspired food, you’ll love it. It’s a cross between grandma’s cooking and high-end dining at a medium price point. It’s great!