Jennifer Masley, creator of the Jenergy Bar and Sip Organic Juice Bar, opened EiO & The Hive in June as a restaurant “focused on sustainability and serving Nashvillians healing, nourishing foods that are organic and locally sourced.”
“Steps from the restaurant is our organic farm, where we have bee hives and a chicken coop that will supply the EiO kitchen with produce, honey and fresh eggs.”
On the Saturday late morning that your reviewer paid a visit to the restaurant, it was pleasantly busy. The decor is perhaps best described as ‘Bohemian chic’ with both individual tables for two and four, together with larger community tables. There is also seating outdoors.
Service is via a counter where you place your order and then find your table. The service was prompt. We ordered the Meat and three Benedict together with the Good Vibes juice and the Strawberry Fields ‘blend.’ The food was light and tasty and of modest portions suitable for the time of day. The Good Vibes juice was a touch heavy on the ginger but nevertheless refreshing and the Strawberry Fields blend lived up to its name with strong flavors. Both made us feel we were eating something healthy!
We had chosen from the Morning (Breakfast/Brunch) menu which runs until 11:00 am weekdays and 3:00 pm weekends.
While by no means a vegetarian restaurant, the choice for those who want meat in their Brunch or breakfast is limited to just a handful of items on the menu.
Breakfast and Brunch dishes cost around $8 to $12, with the cost of some juices not much less.
The afternoon and evening menus have a good selection of Broths, Salads, and Entrees – with meat – priced at around $10 to $18.
On your way out, they have some interesting to go items such as Pickled crisps, Salsa jams, Cucumber Caper Berry Potato salad, and boxed water at $2 a pop. There is also the opportunity to arrange for Nut milk to be delivered to your home.
EiO and The Hive has a lovely buzzy, informal atmosphere and an eclectic, original menu. Obviously Jennifer Masley and her chef Dale Levitski have tremendous experience in running restaurants, but Nashville in recent months has seen an explosion of ‘healthy’ restaurants catering to all types of people.
Their approach deserves to succeed and they should be congratulated on emphasizing the use of local produce – some from their own farm – to make people appreciate that home-grown food, properly cooked is delicious. Let’s hope amongst the clutter of new eateries in Nashville this mission ensures their success.
5304 Charlotte Ave.
Nashville, TN 37209