Billing itself as "an amusement park of pizza", the Mellow Mushroom we visited on 21st Street did indeed offer an astonishing choice of pies and a long, long list of cold beers to drink along with them. It was a pretty eclectic place, with music paraphrenalia and a mural...well, it was funky and fun, and what's not to like about that?
Favorite Dish: We tried three different, exotic pies, but we also had about six different and equally exotic beers, and I cannot for the life of me remember the names of any of them! In short, a fine dining experience!
The restaurant is cool, and has windows so you can look at the brewing process. The food is ok, and when the restaurant or bar starts to get full, the service slows down, but the beer is worth it.
They also have their own parking lot!
Favorite Dish: Beer:
I like the pilsner a lot; and although I am not usually a fan of dark beers, the porter and stout are pretty good!
On our final night in town, nine of us (4 Americans and 5 Canadians) went to Mulligan's Pub to discuss our voting strategy for the important meeting that was to be held on the final day of the session. We stumbled upon the place after first trying the two micro-brewery restaurants on 2nd street that I had found to be quite agreeable on my last visit. However, even though this was a Wednesday night, they were too crowded to immediately find seating for a group of our size. In the end, we had a great time at Mulligan's. We noticed that their lone singer was wearing a T-shirt with a Canadian flag on it and he certainly did not seem to have an Irish accent! It was confirmed when he began singing the classic blue-collar Canadian songs written and made popular by Stompin' Tom Conners, a native of Prince Edward Island! We gave him a rousing hand for that!
Favorite Dish: I decided to keep it simple with a good old Irish Shepard's Pie (US$11). This is comprised of ground beef, green peas, carrots and onions topped with Colcannon potatoes and cheddar cheese - served with a side of gravy. The Colcannon's are a chunky mashed style, mixed with shredded cabbage and butter and spiced with mace. It was really good, and a couple of pints of Irish Red (US$4 each) did not hurt either!
This was the culinary highlight of our trip! Located at 1918 West End Avenue, out of the crazy tourist-ridden downtown area, Blackstone Brewery had a welcoming atmosphere even when it also had a 20 minute wait. People waiting for a table can sit for drinks in the bar area and sample some terrific beers that are brewed on the premises, or take a seat on a couch in an elegant yet still low key parlor with couches, dark wood-paneled walls, and a chess table.
The atmosphere was active, but not too loud, and we probably sat in the loudest part--a small table right off the bar area. Our waiter was attentive, but not overbearing, the food was amazing, and the overall experience was great. I just wish this place was closer to home!
Favorite Dish: The food was my main focus, since I am pregnant and couldn't have more than a sip or two of my husband's beer (which was very tasty). I ordered lemon caper chicken which was served on a colorful array of vegetables, all perfectly cooked and seasoned. It was delicious, probably the best chicken dish I have ever eaten. My husband ordered Cajun pasta, which was delicious as well, topped with large shrimp and the perfect amount of spice.
After a number of days of everything focused on country music we were ready for a bit-o-a -break. We found this lovely Irish restaurant and pub. We stopped in for lunch. The food was delicious the ambience just what we were looking for and the staff marvelous.
Situated directly across the street from the Hard Rock Cafe and quite close to the river, this is actually a micro-brewery that serves food and drink. The atmosphere was that of a sports bar.
local brew pub with really good food in a casual atmostphere. 'Famous Flaming Stone,' brewed by Memphis and Nashville-based Boscos is featured in Michael Jackson’s new book, Ultimate Beer. Trust Jackson or me -- this beer is really unique and very good
Favorite Dish: beeer -- but the food is good, too
McFadden's is one of numerous Irish pubs in Nashville, and one of at least two in the downtown area called "The District." McFadden's is a huge, yet comfortable place to grab a beer or a bite to eat, and they have outdoor seating. They also have a DJ later in the night on Thursdays and Saturdays.
We arrived around 4pm for an early dinner and grabbed two stools on the nearly empty bar. They were out of the first draft beer I requested, so we settled for a Yuengling or something similar. For lunch we had sandwiches; I settled on the unique Nash-Vegas Burger ($9). This big half pound burger is topped with bacon, lettuce, tomato, onion, fried pickles and cheddar cheese. It comes with fried, but on this day they were actually out of regular fries, so I had some good, thinly sliced sweet potato fries.
McFadden's is part of a small chain of Irish pubs that are branded under the McFadden's name as well as Calico Jack's, Sully's, Maker's Mark Bourbon Lounge, Burke's Bar, Turtle Bay, and MJ Armstrong's. Despite the numerous names, there are just 19 locations including Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago, Columbus (OH), DC, New York, Pittsburgh, Las Vegas, Worcester (MA), Cincinnati, and Louisville (KY).
Best burgers I've had, actually. It's a small-town independently owned bar/diner located near the Parthenon.
Favorite Dish: The hamburger and bottled coke.
Located along 2nd street this a nice stop for some food and drink. Their menu is mostly pub food and sandwiches but they also offer dishes and the beer selection is also pretty good