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Favorite Java Hut?

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My favorite is Cafe CoCo's.. but others tell me about Bongo Java..

Where else in Nashville is there to go to get a good cup of coffee, mingle, and relax?

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Bongo is great. You could also go to Fido in the Village.

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Bongo Java is a classic and is has tasty drinks/food and neat atmosphere, however that's just my personal preference.

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well i shall definately check those places out when i'm in town again! thanks guys :D

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My favorite is Cafe CoCo's.. but others tell me about Bongo Java..

Where else in Nashville is there to go to get a good cup of coffee, mingle, and relax?

I don't go to coffee shops often, but I will say Cafe Coco since its so busy and stuff.

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Cafe Coco! I used to live 1/2 block from it, and went all the time. Ate dinner there last weekend and realized how much I miss hanging out there. It's one of the most eclectic places to hang in town, especially late night/early morning. Bongo and Fido are good too, but I hit one of the downtown Provence locations every morning en route to the office.

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Yeah.. its bad.. i am starting to know that area like the back of my hand o.o

and i live roughly an hour from there.. haha

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There is this funky, unique little joint over my way called "Starbucks". Anybody heard of it?

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There is this funky, unique little joint over my way called "Starbucks". Anybody heard of it?

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The Nun Bun was a cinnamon roll that was in the shape oif what looked like Mother Theresa's head. Bongo Java used to have it sitting in a glass case in the store. But, someone broke in and stole it several months ago.

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There is this funky, unique little joint over my way called "Starbucks". Anybody heard of it?

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Speaking of Starbucks, I drove by the almost-complete MetroCenter store recently. Blank brick walls face MetroCenter Blvd. WHY? The only windows on the building are on the opposite site, facing the parking lot. Disappointing.

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^ I can beat that.

When the new H.G.Hills center opens in Green Hills next fall there will be 3 starbucks within walking distance of each other...

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^ I can beat that.

When the new H.G.Hills center opens in Green Hills next fall there will be 3 starbucks within walking distance of each other...

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Speaking of Starbucks, I drove by the almost-complete MetroCenter store recently. Blank brick walls face MetroCenter Blvd. WHY? The only windows on the building are on the opposite site, facing the parking lot. Disappointing.

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I would guess--and this is purely a guess--that the zoning code in that area literally makes it illegal to put a building on the street, facing the street, in traditional urban fashion. Most suburban zoning codes are like this.

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I would support home grown any day.. they support the local economy more than a starbucks...

^_^

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Take anyone who thinks Nashville is a one horse hick town to Cafe Coco. I've never been to a place with so much diversity. They used to have a room dedicated to playing Coast to Coast AM with Art Bell. Too bad they don't do that anymore since it's mostly George Snoory.

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As far as the coffee itself [rather than the coffee shop] I rank them

1. Frothy Monkey - IMO the best-tasting coffee in town, and it's consistent

2. Wild Oats - Not the best place to hang out, but they know how to brew coffee. It's up there with Frothy

3. Provence - They get good quality beans, but could make the brews a little stronger. I get most of my daily fixes there.

4. Noshville - Good as it gets at a diner

5. Sam & Zoe's - I don't go much but it's always good

6. Bongo Java/Fido - they brew it a little too strong but it's consitent

7. Cafe Coco - I like the place, but the coffee is so-so. I don't think they roast beans and I'm not sure where they get them.

8. Starbucks - Very, very rarely do I go there since #3 has a store downtown

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Good news for Java junkies. Dunns Brothers coffee is now open in the bottom of the L and C Tower downtown, and a Joe Muggs is going to open in Nashville West. I have been to the one in Atlanta, but there may be some protest as the Joe Muggs I went to in Atlanta has a large pornography section!

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We went to a new place in East Nashville/Inglewood on Riverside drive called SIP. Their first day was yesterday and it was incredible! Check out SIP if you are in the area.

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Yep, SIP is a good neighborhood place. It's nice that after the opening Friday, I can stop in, say hi to Kathryn and Jack, the owners, and they know my name. I had to dress up this morning extra special for work. I'd stopped in early Sat. morning in my landscape atttire and when I got back for round 2, Kathryn said, "I didn't recognize you without your "wife beater." Mercy.

Please, if in the Inglewood/Riverside drive area, support these folks. Super nice and taking part in a much needed renaissance of an intersection with so much potential to become a modern day version of what I remember about it when I was much younger...before many things stepped in the change it. Soon, there will be a restaurant, along with the always good Castrillos Pizza, the East Nashville School of Music, a used music and bookstore (already open)...it does my heart good. So many things here revolve around reestablishing these cool little neighborhood commercial districts. I'm talking this one up as I'm about mile away and it's always on my way to work each morning.

Thanks Raider for sharing a cup of joe Sat. morning.

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