Nashville – What’s Hot in “Music City USA” Part II
Welcome back to our second installment of “What’s Hot in Music City USA”. For those of you who are stargazers, this destination certainly doesn’t disappoint – from Kenny Chesney, Dolly Parton and Nicole Kidman (and hubby Keith Urban), to Niki Taylor, Faith Hill (and hubby Tim McGraw), and Toby Keith – Nashville plays home to many A-listers.
These folks also know where to get the best this city has to offer. On that note, we continue with our list of the “right stuff”…
Bound’ry – One of Nashville’s most unusual places to spend an evening, dining at the Bound’ry is a true experience. The upscale global cuisine is delectable, and the restaurant itself is a work of art. The décor is best described as a Salvador Dalí painting gone wild. It is eclectic and beautiful at the same time, combining the five senses into one grand experience.
Lime – This chic new restaurant adorned with exotic hardwoods, mosaic tile, glass brick, supple leather banquettes and glass garage doors that open onto patios boasts a “modern Latin fusion” cuisine and high-end tequila drinks and mojitos.
Virago – One of the hottest spots in Midtown, this see-and-be-seen restaurant serves up an Asian-Fusion contemporary menu. Patrons can choose to lounge around the sushi bar for a more casual dining experience or sit in the main dining room surrounded by Paul McLean’s artwork. Part sushi bar, upscale restaurant, and late night cocktail lounge, Virago plays all of its roles well.
South Street Original Crab Shack & Authentic Dive Bar – Known by locals as simply “South Street”, this Cajun restaurant serves large portions, spicy entrees, seafood and barbecue. With a ‘convertible’ dining room and an open upstairs called the “Treehouse”, this spot is perfect for a casual atmosphere on a warm Southern night.
Noshville – A NY-style deli that offers a broad menu of deli favorites like the Reuben and corned beef – we particularly loved the exceptionally large servings of sour pickles found on every table and the dessert. A great spot to get a taste of the Big Apple in Music City.
Rumours Wine and Art Bar – Located in a quaint remodeled house with revolving art exhibits borrowed from local galleries, Rumours extensive wine list and friendly and helpful staff have earned them “Best Wine Bar” in Nashville. Their menu, which changes daily, offers only fresh ingredients and has become as respected as the wine list.
Mirror- This chic venue mixes the style and flavor of larger cosmopolitan cities with pure Southern charm. Taste their superbly rendered Spanish-style tapas, fine martinis, and decadent desserts.
Mafiaoza’s Pizzeria & Neighborhood Pub – Located in the heart of the 12 South district, it fits right into this bustling neighborhood. With the slogan “Welcome to the Family,” you know you’ll feel at home in this Godfather-themed restaurant.
Margot Cafe and Bar – Housed in an antique gas station turned brick-and-timber gourmet restaurant, Margot’s has quickly become one of Nashville’s most outstanding restaurants. Chef Margot McCormack uses only fresh ingredients gathered that day.
Mad Donna’s – Serving up innovative cuisine and creative cocktails, folks here can expect a taste of old Mexico at this spot.
Eastland Café – Offering a refined dining experience in an unpretentious atmosphere, the menu at Eastland Cafe is an ever-changing secret of the house. The open kitchen and small dining area lend a friendly feel.
Rumours Wine and Art Bar – The newly opened East Nashville location maintains the eclectic and friendly atmosphere as the original. The extensive wine list and knowledgeable staff have made this a popular spot in the neighborhood.
Rosepepper Cantina – Offering another taste of old Mexico, guests may find themselves serenaded by a Mariachi band at Rosepepper Cantina.
3 Crow Bar – A watering hole favorite to many of the local musicians, 3 Crow Bar features more than two dozen beers that are always on tap; while the food menu features NYC- and Chicago-styled deli sandwiches.
Family Wash – What used to be a laundromat is now the charming, shabby-chic Family Wash hot spot – perfect for hanging out with friends, listening to live music or enjoying a meal off of the seasonally changing menu and a cold beer. The vibe here is all about family fun.
Elliston Place and West End
Valentino’s Ristorante – A favorite of Kid Rock (and former flame, Pamela Anderson), this rustic hot spot serves up classic Italian fare and showcases the chef’s Neapolitan roots. Just make sure you know where the restaurant is located – there are no outside lights!
Exit/In – A cornerstone of Elliston Place, this legendary rock club has played host to many of today’s hit-makers since 1971.
The End – For those with more alternative musical tastes, check out this club firmly entrenched in Nashville’s rock scene.
Ombi – Ombi is a South African word that translates to “heat, breeze and tenderness”. Putting a wholesome new perspective on innovative restaurants in the area, this offers up a simple, fresh and elegant dining experience.
Tin Angel – The quintessential neighborhood spot, Tin Angel is a place where people can go for excellent food and service in a warm, friendly, comfortable environment, at reasonable prices.
The Acorn Restaurant – The acorn stands as a symbol of warmth and hospitality in the South, and this restaurant lives up to its name. Through its atmosphere, service and food, Acorn delivers warmth and hospitality for all who enter its doors.
Bluebird Café – With a national reputation as the place to be heard in Nashville if you want to make it as a songwriter, this intimate setting set “in the round” is formatted with three or four songwriters sitting in a circle, sharing songs and the inspirations behind the music. It’s a chance to discover up-and-coming writers or to hear hits, new and old, from some of the best of the best.
Greenhouse Bar – A true greenhouse – complete with hanging plants, gravel floor and fountain. Try one of their specialty drinks or step up to the beautifully crafted bar for a beer.
F. Scott’s Restaurant & Jazz Bar – A restaurant for all jazz lovers, folks here enjoy the award-winning menu, wine tastings every Monday and jazz nightly. F. Scott’s serves contemporary American cuisine in a setting that combines the comfort and familiarity of a neighborhood restaurant with flair and sophistication of a big city.
Eighth Avenue South
Douglas Corner Café – One of Nashville’s most popular listening venues, Douglas Corner Café boasts live music six nights a week ranging from country and rock, to Americana. On some evenings, the stage is even disregarded when songwriters pull up chairs and perform “in the round” in the midst of the audience. Psst… many of the early shows have no cover charge.
The Basement – Another great music venue located in the basement of Grimey’s New and Preloved Music, The Basement’s small setting lends to its intimate “underground” feel. Often filled with its musically inclined regulars, it offers a consistently good music lineup of classic jazz, blues, rock and solo acoustic performances.
Mercy Lounge – This music spot with its chic-but-laid-back atmosphere brings in national acts and local favorites. Folks come to Mercy Lounge to catch a band in the front room, meet co-workers for drinks at the main bar, or head off to the back room, where three well-kept, red-felt pool tables and three old-school pinball machines await.
Cannery Ballroom – As one of the city’s few large-capacity clubs, the Cannery Ballroom attracts both regional and national acts. (It is also a popular choice for private events, such as art exhibitions or fashion shows.)
Flyte – This spot certainly aspires to offer its guests an opportunity to engage in an exploration of world cuisine, interesting wines and finely crafted beers. With an emphasis on fresh, organic and humanely raised products, entrée items on Flyte’s menu include Cajun rotisserie chicken, filets, pasta and seasonal fish.
Germantown Café – Specializing in straightforward traditional cooking with a subtle twist, Germantown Café is an unpretentious restaurant that serves bistro fare with a seasonal menu.
Monell’s – A staple in the city’s food scene, Monell’s is located in a restored Victorian home. It is a traditional meat-and-three restaurant where meals are served family-style. Seated at tables of 10 or 12, patrons at Monell’s pass the bottomless bowls of fried chicken and hot rolls to the diner on their left.
Mad Platter Restaurant – With a menu that changes seasonally, this intimate and inviting restaurant was one of the first local cafes in Germantown. Guests are encouraged to try the signature dessert – Chocolate Elvis, a three-layer terrine with dark and white chocolate ganache and Italian milk chocolate buttercream on an almond graham cracker crust. YUM!
City Place Restaurant – Matching the décor of the quaint residential neighborhood, City Place (located in a house built in 1901) has been turned into a space that’s both chic and rustic. The kitchen is open, bounded by a chef’s bar that lets diners watch the action. The cuisine here is Italian, but not your typical Italian-American fare. The inspiration is the simple but sublime food that can be found on a dinner table in Italy.