Austin, Dallas, Memphis & Nashville Road Trip Itinerary / by lee tilghman

Last month, I had the pleasure of going on a 5 day road trip excursion with my boo Alison Wu from Austin to Dallas, to Memphis to Nashville. It was an incredible experience to go on a road trip with such a close friend, and Alison and I shared some unforgettable moments and extremely deep belly laughs together. 

The purpose of this trip was to host an event, Elements of Well in collaboration with Subaru. Alison and I collaborated on the menu together, and we settled on a gorgeous cheese plate, layered smoothies, and savory herb-y salads with a soft boiled egg and a lemon tahini dressing. 

Elements of Well was centered around food, conversation, yoga with Portland-based Bibi McGill, and flower pressing with Austin's Kelly Dewitt. 

Our event was a hit and was one for the books. 

The rest of our road trip was also amazing, driving across the country in our Subaru, stopping at some of the most deliciously healthy eateries and cafes along the way, and I wanted to share some of my favorite places with you guys!But first, some highlight photos from the roadtrip. Scroll down to find my restaurant recommendations for each city. 

Austin

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Josephine House

Small, home-like vibes with a delicious menu. I had the albacore tuna with pea hummus, artichokes, potatoes, and fresh herbs and it was divine. Great dinner spot.

Interior of June's All Day

Interior of June's All Day

Elizabeth St. Cafe
Adorable little Vietnamese restaurant in the Bouldin area of Austin. We went for lunch and I got the spring rolls which were absolutely incredible! They also have a really wide selection of coffee, teas, and other drinks. Highly recommend!

June's All Day

This place has all the vibes. Pink interior, black and white tiled floors, mirrored walls, old bar. We went twice, once for brunch, and once for dinner. The food is consistently divine and the service was fantastic! Will definitely be coming back when I’m in Austin next. 

Picnik

An Austin must-eat! This place is a healthy person’s dream. The food is good and the menu is amazing. Imagine adaptogenic drinks with add-ins like MCT oil, grass fed butter, or collagen. They also have grain free options and evolved items like sugar free bacon and paleo blondies. I love their breakfast tacos and their matcha is good- though ask for it unsweetened, or else it’s super sweet. 

Vegetable tacos at Picnik! On grain free Siete tortillas, of course.

Vegetable tacos at Picnik! On grain free Siete tortillas, of course.

Outdoor Voices

One of my absolute favorite athletic apparel brands. They make the comfiest leggings for lounging around the house, running errands, hiking and doing yoga in. Their flagship store is in Austin and is adorable! Their simple, neutral color palettes got me like 😍pretty much all the time. I’m a fan of their 7/8 leggings and Athena crop tops. Use code LEE10 for 10% off your next OV order. 

Dallas

HG Supply

One of my favorite restaurants that we stopped at on our trip! Beautiful rooftop bar where we watched the sunset over the trees. I got a cauliflower grit dish with chicken, and oh man, it was so good. I ate it so fast- literally scarfed it down. I could have eaten 2 plates it was so good. The atmosphere is great here.

Mudhen

Good, “healthified” food of Southern comfort food. I got cauliflower grits, pulled rotisserie chicken and steamed collard greens. Must-visit!

Memphis

City Silo

A casual eatery, perfect for breakfast. The menu is extensive and they make a mean matcha, Just make sure to ask them to make it unsweetened. It was probably one of the best matches I had during the entire trip (besides the ones that Alison and I would make…hehe) 

I got the hippie plate with rice, quinoa, kale, and 2 fried eggs.  A little carb heavy, but still good. 

Nashville

Five Daughters Donuts

PALEO DONUTS FOREVER! Alison and I stumbled upon this place by accident and it was one of the most delicious accidents I've ever encountered. 10/10 would go again. 

Paleo Samosa donut, so good!

Paleo Samosa donut, so good!

Lemon Laine

Imagine all of your favorite products in a beautifully manicured store - this is Lemon Laine. They carry some of my favorite brands, like Vital Proteins, Marie Veronique, Honest Hazel, and more. It's a must visit for clean beauty!

Lemon Laine interiors are on point.

Lemon Laine interiors are on point.

Cafe Roze

Cutest interiors, menu, and matcha. PRO TIP! Ask for a double shot of matcha as they make their matcha really weak. I got the "simple breakfast" and it was divine. 

What are some of your favorite Austin/Dallas/Memphis/Nashville eateries?