The NFL’s Super Bowl isn’t for two more weeks, but if you are a fan of Nashville growing restaurant scene this is your Super Bowl – It is Restaurant Week in Nashville. Spanning from Jan. 19-25, over 35 of Nashville’s finest restaurants will be offering special menus featuring three course meals ranging from $20.15 – $40.15 in price.
The twice a year event, sponsored by Nashville Originals, has become a highly anticipated week to many around the city. It is an opportunity to try a variety of new eateries, as well as some of the traditional staples, around Nashville’s growing food scene without having to fork out an arm and a leg to do so.
Whether you are new to Nashville, or a life-long resident wanting to try something new, we here at S&E Nashville encourage you to get out and try as much of the local food scene as you can. The full list of participating restaurants and their special menus can be found here.
If the abundance of choices overwhelms you though, we have a week’s worth of suggestions just for you. With any of the places participating, it might also be a good idea to call ahead for a reservation as well. This is a very popular week and they can fill up fast!
Jackson’s : 1800 21st Ave S.
Start your week off with a laid back dinner in Jackson’s cozy, yet hip, dining area. With the weather predicted to be nice, Jackson’s outdoor patio is the perfect place to enjoy a night out with friends and family.
You can’t go wrong with anything on their Restaurant Week menu, but I would suggest starting with the Spring-Rolled Quesadillas, Shrimp & Grits for your entrée and closing with the Cookie-Dough Egg Rolls.
The cookie-dough egg rolls may be one of the best desserts in all of Nashville, so make sure to leave room!
The Yellow Porch: 734 Thompson Lane
Tucked away on Thompson Lane in Berry Hill, The Yellow Porch, offers a great variety of foods guaranteed to be appealing to almost anyone’s taste. Their Restaurant Week menu offers some of their classic dishes, so if you go with friends, make sure you each order something different and plan to share!
If you have to pick just one option on their three-course menu, we recommend starting with the Sweetwater Tennessee Sharp Cheddar Fritters. Their Coffee Brined Smoked Pork Chop is a must try entrée, followed up with Banana Foster’s White Chocolate Bread Pudding for dessert.
Jimmy Kelly’s Steakhouse: 217 Louise Ave
It is time for a steak! When you want a great steak in Nashville, Jimmy Kelly’s has long been one of the first places you go, and with the Restaurant Week specials they are offering you can’t pass up the opportunity.
You get a great house salad to start your meal, then for the entrée you have choices, but when at a steak house, you must have steak, so get the filet mignon with baked potato, and finish it up with their famous Tennessee Blackberry Cobbler.
Sole Mio: 311 3rd Ave S.
One of the great fine Italian places in Nashville, there is nowhere better to experience food straight from the family roots of Gian Carlo Agnoletti who brought his restaurant from the shorelines of the Adriatic Sea to Nashville 18 years ago.
You’ll start your meal with their “Mista,” salad, and then you must try the Ravioli Aragosta (Lobster ravioli) for your entrée, followed by their famous tiramisu for dessert.
Holland House: 935 West Eastland Ave.
Since opening in 2010, Holland House has quickly become a must experience place for Nashvillians. Their unique takes and interesting twists on traditional flavors plus the in-house inventions of new flavors make it a place like no other, not to mention the really cool dining area and ambiance of their West Eastland Ave. location.
For starters you should start with their Sweet Potato & Ginger soup, followed by the pork brisket that they cover in sautéed spinach and garbanzo with smashed parsnips. To end the meal, there is only one choice for dessert, the Bourbon Pecan Cake!
While there, you should also check out the bar. Holland House is home to a number of unique cocktails that are only found there and constructed with house-made ingredients.
Germantown Café: 1200 Fifth Ave North
Germantown Café has developed a reputation for providing a dining experience that is guaranteed to be filled with amazing tastes, incredible food presentations and outstanding service. Plus, a seat near the wall of windows will provide one of the great views of the Nashville Skyline.
To start off, the French Onion Soup is a must at the Germantown Café, especially if it is your first visit. For your entrée it is hard to go wrong with any of their options, but when in doubt go for the Plum Pork, it is guaranteed not to disappoint.
The Bunganut Pig: 1143 Columbia Ave (Franklin)
There is no better way to finish out Restaurant Week than with a true southern meal, and you can’t get much more southern than The Bunganut Pig Pub & Eatery. With its cozy and casual atmosphere inside, it is nearly impossible not to have fun while also dining on an amazing meal.
Start off with the fried pickles appetizer, and then grab a bowl of the chicken and sausage gumbo. For your entrée the Buffalo Chicken Sliders are hard to beat, and then finish the meal off with the most southern dessert possible, a fried Twinkie.