Food and Drink

Bad Luck Burger Club earns cult following

Four bad luck burgers sit on a tablecloth.
Photo: Katty Danger, courtesy of Bad Luck Burger Club

COVID-19's stranglehold on the live music industry turned Andy Atkins' life upside down.

  • His work at a stage and lighting production company evaporated, so he started working odd jobs building decks and fixing motorcycles.
  • But Atkins' favorite way to pass the time was testing out burger recipes with his friend Cody Driggers.

Flash forward: Several months of tinkering led to a burger recipe that formed the bedrock of one of Nashville's up-and-coming business ventures — Bad Luck Burger Club.

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The Supper Club is located inside Twelve Thirty Club on Broadway. Photo: Courtesy The Supper Club

Nashville's food scene continues to get more star-studded with celebs such as Justin Timberlake and Miranda Lambert opening new restaurants this fall.

👋 Axios Local's Emma Way here! I'm visiting the Axios Nashville crew next week from Charlotte, and there are a lot of new restaurants I want to try since my last trip here pre-pandemic.

  • The spots on my short list are Instagrammable and trendy. I'm out to see if they live up to the hype.

Joelton's secret BBQ joint

A man orders outside of Wise Guy's barbecue in Joelton.
Wise Guy's barbecue in Joelton. Photo: Nate Rau/Axios

Flying under the radar of Nashville's growing foodie scene is a barbecue hut in Joelton where patrons wait in long weekend lines and food often sells out by early afternoon.

Why it matters: Wise Guy's barbecue is a throwback to an era before Nashville had a bevy of buzzy BBQ joints in trendy neighborhoods.

  • Located on Coopertown Road 19 miles northwest of downtown, Wise Guy's eschews the typical BBQ business model, operating with limited hours and leaning heavily on word-of-mouth marketing.
  • Open just two weekends a month (including this one), the setup is spare: a few picnic tables next to a small hut where owner Kelli Guy and her team take orders.
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