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Welcome to Flavortown: Guy Fieri praises fan-favorite 12 South dive

The newest pit stop to flavor town is right in Belmont's backyard.

Bottle Cap, a restaurant and bar located on 12 South, was featured on the popular Food Network television show “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” on Friday. The local dive opened in 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bottle Cap has become a mainstay for sports fans in town and boasts “lots of TVs” so nobody misses a down or a first pitch.

And every big game needs a feast.

Chef Rachel Cannon describes Bottle Cap’s menu as “classic French techniques and turn it into approachable bar food.”

With no application process and a chance of fate, the “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” team found Bottle Cap on a whim.

“They stumbled upon us and felt that our reviews, and our pictures, and our socials were cool enough to choose us to be on their show,” general manager Kaylin Haynie said.

“That was probably the biggest compliment we could have received because we’re so new.”

Staff and customers alike watched and applauded at Bottle Cap as the episode featuring the restaurant aired for the first time. The usually bubbly and bustling atmosphere turned silent as they listened to the host of the show, Guy Fieri, review some of the restaurant’s signature dishes, including the Titan Burger.

The Titan Burger consists of two beef patties, a chicken tender, bacon, a fried egg, American cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickle and snappy sauce in between two buns. The chefs top it with an onion ring, jalapeño popper, a mozzarella stick and a pepperoncino.

One of the restaurant’s managers, Natalie Beshears, puts it in simpler terms by describing it as having “one of everything that we have” on it.

After tasting the burger, Fieri said that if “you order a burger like that, you’ll be telling all your friends about Bottle Cap.”

Along with cooking up first-rate cuisine, the restaurant’s hospitality is just as important to them.

“We were excited for all of the people to come to Nashville and hopefully get to come here not just for our food and not just for our drinks but just for this experience. We want people to enjoy where they can come into this space eat, and drink, and feel like they're just hanging out with a bunch of their friends and family,” Haynie said.

This sentiment is reinforced as soon as a customer walks in by the motto hanging on Bottle Cap’s wall: “Welcome to the Neighborhood.”

PHOTO: Inside Bottle Cap on 12 South. Karlie Souder/Belmont Vision

This article was written by Karlie Souder

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