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After more than 13 years slinging cold beer and pub favorites at their original location, Piranha's Bar & Grill opened a second location overlooking Old Hickory Lake in Hendersonville. There, they continue to fill mugs and serve up their signature sandwiches, half-pound burgers, and specialty dishes, such as the mini donut burger, which was named Best Appetizer at the Taste of Hendersonville in 2013. The new location sports 3 party rooms and a 2,000-square-foot patio with views of the lake as well as five garage doors that let fresh air stream in when the weather's warm. Live music, a game room, and flat-screen TVs keep patrons entertained during every season.

248 Sanders Ferry Road
Hendersonville,
TN
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The carpenters of circular sustenance at Jolly Ollie's Pizza and Pub furnish guests with a varied menu of cheeseworks and more. Feel free to fill abdominal aquariums with the fish and chips appetizer, a platter of three lightly breaded cod filets flanked by steak fries ($5.99). Or commemorate cartoon ocular conditions with the Popeye pizza, which sails spinach leaves through rivulets of olive oil anchored by feta and mozzarella. Meanwhile, the Maui WoWee pizza boasts a doughy archipelago of pineapple, mushroom, and canadian bacon swathed in the warm embrace of melted cheese ($9–$17). Diners looking to bookend their ingredients instead can nosh grinders such as the tangy barbecue chicken ($6.95) and the veggie supreme, which comes drizzled in italian dressing ($6.95). Like Little League games or small-claims court hearings, guests' activities are best supplemented by a goblet of domestic beer ($2.25) or premium suds such as Fat Tire, Sam Adam, and Yuengling ($3; alcohol must be paired with a food item).

393 E Main St
Hendersonville,
TN
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Scan Cody's menu of traditional New England pub fare to sink teeth into chicken wings, fresh garden salads, juicy burgers, BLTs, and more. Try a hot chicken sandwich to experience a French Canadian specialty consisting of roasted pulled chicken piled on toasted white bread and served with french fries, all covered in special St. Hubert's spicy-brown gravy ($8.95). Nautical diners can try the bread-dijon salmon, a center cut salmon fillet in a dijon-mustard wash ($18.99), while landlubbers can opt for an 8-ounce filet mignon ($21.99).

1201 12 Stones Crossing
Goodlettsville,
TN
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Dining at Cloud 9 is an experience that celebrates finely prepared comfort food and fun, experimental cocktails—especially the martini. On the smaller end of the menu, chefs prepare gourmet three-cheese grilled cheese sandwiches and turkey clubs that sneak crispy bacon in with wholesome avocado. The dishes only get heartier from there: the Filet 'N' Mac piles a hand-cut filet mignon atop a bed of white cheddar mac 'n' cheese and several fish dishes offer lighter, just-as-filling options. And with an especially creative drink menu before you, it's hard not to order a signature cocktail here. The Cloud 9 cocktail is one of those irresistible options, mixing Absolut vodka with Malibu rum, blue curacao, and pineapple juice.

136 Franklin Street
Clarksville,
TN
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Belcourt Taps celebrates the charms and flavors of the South with regular live music, and gourmet twists on comfort classics. The festivities begin before diners even step through the door. Outside, a sprawling patio surrounds the restaurant, lit up at night with warm sconce lighting and candlelight. There, guests can dig into gourmet stuffed burgers and tacos with pulled pork, shrimp, or chicken. Diners can also explore tapas and shareable plates of fried green tomatoes and nachos or dive solo into a barbecue pulled pork sandwich.

Inside, regular live music showcases the talents of singers and songwriters who carry on the Nashville sound. Golden yellow walls brighten the room, adding the feel of a southwestern cantina or a southwestern cantina owned by a pyromaniac, and soft overhead lighting creates the ideal atmosphere for a draft beer.

2117 Belcourt Ave
Nashville,
TN
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The meals at Mad Donna's always manage to be both familiar and completely unexpected at the same time. For instance, enchiladas are dressed in the usual fixings (jack cheese, black beans, sour cream), but they're filled with sweet potatoes. And their family-recipe meatloaf is stuffed with smoked gouda. They bring this same inventiveness to their menu's two staples: burgers and mac 'n' cheese. Variations on the burger include the popular B.A.S., which is topped with bacon, avocado, and swiss, while their half-dozen macs include white truffle, which is blanketed in a creamy four-cheese bechamel, truffle oil, and herbed bread crumbs. Of course, dinner isn't the only draw here?there's brunch on weekends, and every night there's live entertainment and free displays of gravity upstairs in the loft.

1313 Woodland St
Nashville,
TN
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