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East Side Smiles' Dr. Thomas Hadley picks his East Nashville food favorites

The Hadleys
 
We figure that if you dedicate your life to studying the things that go on inside the human mouth, you might have a particularly good understanding of quality food and drink.
 
But when we reached out to Dr. Thomas Hadley — the family dentist who leads East Side Smiles, the 2012 president of the Historic East Nashville Merchants Association and the guy pictured above with his lovely family — about his East Nashville food favorites, we figured he’d only want to point toward treats suited for oral health. This particular tooth pro/craft beer moonlighter, however, isn't quite so predictable.
 
"Everything I like is in fact not particularly great for your teeth -- or the rest of your body for that matter," Hadley says. "I like all the bad stuff! I actually tell my patients to do what they want in moderation and I'm here to fix any problems that arise. I'm the carpe-diem dentist."
 
Phew. So with that air cleared, we asked Dr. Hadley to share some of his personal favorite East Nashville foods and drinks -- stuff that, of course, he enjoys in moderation before flossing and thoroughly brushing with a soft-bristled toothbrush.
 
Here, his neighborhood favorites, “with no regard to teeth.”
 

5) Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams (1892 Eastland): chocolate hazelnut ice cream sandwich

 
Jeni's Ice Cream Sandwich
 

4). Pied Piper Eatery (1601 Riverside): The two egg breakfast

 
Pied Piper Eatery
 

3). Edley's Bar-B-Que (908 Main St.): pork or chicken tacos

 
Edley's BBQ tacos
 

2). Five Points Pizza (1012 Woodland): the lunch special slice and garden salad 

 
Five Points Pizza

 

1). Olive & Sinclair Chocolate Co. (1628 Fatherland): Mexican Style Cinn-Chili Chocolate bar

 
Olive and Sinclair Chocolate Co.
 
Whaddya say - agree/disagree with the mouth professional? Share your picks in the comments.
 
Visit Dr. Hadley (to talk teeth and/or East Nashville treats) at East Side Smiles, 7 North 10th St. Or check out East Side Smiles on Facebook or at their official site
 

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Karri on April 23, 2014 said:
My husband and I have gone to dr. Hadley for several years and are so happy he's on this side of town! He's as honest and transparent in person as he is in this article! Thanks for spotlighting members of the community that make East Nashville great!