Nashville Restaurants and Food
Top 3 (and one bonus) for winter 2010-2011
A cold, snowy winter is yielding to a lovely spring. We take a moment to spotlight the best new restaurants, which warmed us up during the winter of 2010-2011. It’s been a good season for food in Nashville. Oh, and we have one addendum that we couldn’t leave out…
1. Cooper’s on Porter
A deft hand in the kitchen and a cozy atmosphere in the dining room make this joint a great new bar and restaurant for East Nashville. The subdued lighting, wide-ranging beer selection and comfortable booths fit the bill for a Friday night. The straightforward menu line-up is enjoyable and creative, especially in the selections with a beer and booze twist. The seasonal salad is a fine example: Stone Smoked Porter beer glaze, endive, apple, spiced pecans and blue cheese, and putting it officially over the top: Benton’s bacon. The brunch menu shows plenty of promise, as well. We can still taste the bourbon mascarpone French toast.
2. No. 308
Another fabulous addition to East Nashville drinking and dining, No. 308 takes cocktails seriously, while managing to keep things laid back and reasonably priced. Make sure you try a drink concoction with the house made sodas- whiskey and ginger is a revelation, a simple vodka tonic is smoother than the usual and the whiskey and cola is excellent. It’s fun to watch the bartenders put them together in a process half-chemistry experiment and half -showmanship. Make sure you also take part in the small, but well crafted, food menu. Pumpkin raviolis have a sweet, creamy sauce and a savory filling. Thai chicken wings are a stand-out: plump grilled wings in a spicy sauce with just a hint of sweet.
3. NY Pie
Ah, pizza, a dish with a million different styles. NY Pie does the NY version justice with floppy, crispy dough and superb ingredients. This isn’t fancy pizza, or authentic Italian, by any means. It’s supposed to be street pizza and they do that well. Try the sublime cheese before you venture forth into other toppings. The calzones and even the salads get props for both quality ingredients and well executed preparation. About the only downside is the size of the West Nashville joint- it fills up fast. We think spring and summer crowds will spill over onto the little patio next door, making for a first-rate, sunny lunch spot.
Okay, now we violate the rules. The Turnip Truck Urban Fare in the Gulch opened last year and yet we can’t leave it out of a top 3 list. We hit the hot and cold bar several times this winter and even at the end of a Friday night the food was still top notch. We would like to give it a special designation, because we think it is perhaps the highest quality cheap eats in Nashville. We never pay more than $10 per person for our plate of food. You can sample your way across the globe. A recent night yielded: herbed chicken, a red pepper quiche, hummus, and spicy tom kha gai soup. Damn, now that’s a dinner.
Sunday, April 3, 2011
Nashville Restaurants and Food