Menu preview: Sean Brock opens Audrey, his Nashville shrine to Southern cuisine

Cole Villena
Nashville Tennessean
Chef Sean Brock poses for a portrait outside his new restaurant Audrey Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020 in East Nashville, Tenn. Brock hopes to host mentoring programs for neighborhood residents there.

Sean Brock's new flagship restaurant is now open in East Nashville. Audrey, the celebrity chef's multi-faceted celebration of Southern cooking, opened its first-floor dining room to the public on Friday.

Audrey is named after Brock's grandmother, whom he calls his biggest culinary inspiration.

"When I was naming this restaurant, the one where I want to spend the rest of my life cooking, naming it after her was an easy choice," Brock wrote on the Audrey website. "I didn't consider anything else."

The menu draws inspiration from Appalachian cooking with dishes such as chicken feet, country ham, killed lettuce and honeynut squash. The classic Southern dishes are served alongside other items prepared according to other culinary traditions; Appalachian grits, for example, are served with Japanese matsutake mushrooms and bay laurel.

Audrey's lower level features a rotating five-course menu. The upstairs restaurant, which will open at a later date, will serve a broader tasting menu.

Check out the opening day menu below.

The opening day menu at Audrey, a new restaurant in Nashville, Tenn. from celebrity chef Sean Brock.

First Course

  • Country Ham, Apple Molasses & Hickory Nut Oil
  • Caviar, Chicken Feet, Candy Roaster Squash
  • Radish & Sake Lees 
  • Sunchoke & Truffle

Second Course

Appalachian Grits, Grilled Matsutake & Bay Laurel

Third Course

  • Killed Lettuce & Onions
  • Salt-Risen Bread, Pepper Jam, Cultured Butter

Fourth Course

  • Bear Creek Ribeye, Heirloom Beans, Sweet Potato
  • Cobia, Parsnip, Carolina Gold Rice

(Served with Honeynut Squash & Paw Paw fruit)

Fifth Course

Study of Tennessee Apples (Cripps, Rome & Fuji)


Address: 809 Meridian St.

Website: audreynashville.com

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Cole Villena covers business at The Tennessean, part of the USA Today Network — Tennessee. Reach Cole at cvillena@tennessean.com or 615-925-0493. Follow Cole on Twitter at @ColeVillena and on Instagram at @CVinTennessee.