Amerigo’s executive chef Stephen Ward maintains a healthy rapport with local farmers to source fresh ingredients, which fill the eatery with the aromas of garlic, basil, tomatoes, and polenta. The Nashville Scene has lauded his efforts to work with area agrarians, and Amerigo also received the 2009 Diner's Choice award from OpenTable. In the bustling kitchen, chefs pull pizzas from the rippling-hot waves of a brick oven, where pickled onions cook into molten feta from Tennessee-based Bonnie Blue farms. Gluten-free and wheat pastas as well as ravioli and tortellini stuffed with smoked chicken and crab swim in a range of house-made sauces, and the complex earthy scent of cedar wood mingles with the aromas of fresh fish. The wine list brims with local elixirs and wines from Italy, which clink together in glasses with the soft jangling of robots playing Twister.
To recreate an authentic pizzeria as one would find in Naples, Chef Paolo imported all the right elements, beginning with the special domed brick oven. Here the pizzas are cooked on the masonry floor, alongside burning wood. Fueled by Tennessee oak, the oven's blaze approaches 900 degrees.
Featuring an abundance of indoor inflatable slides, jumps, and obstacle courses, Monkey Joe's caters to energetic kids 12 years and younger regardless of the day's forecast. Today's Groupon lets an adult and their youngster swing by for a bout of supervised bouncing during any of the gym's open hours, which take place every day of the week. Adults always get in for free, but are asked not to jump on the play equipment unless they are watching a child four years or younger or just won bingo. Instead, accompanying elders can relax while monitoring little ones in Monkey Joe's amenity-laden parent nook, which features comfortable seating, free wireless Internet, and flat-screen televisions that never need you to wipe their noses. Kids three years and younger can scoot confidently about the super-soft surfaces of the separate Mini Monkey Zone. After battling through inflatable obstacle courses and contending with bouncy minotaurs, kids can scuttle over to the arcade to use their six tokens for games of skee-ball, basketball, or jump rope; most games require one token.
Vittles' classic home-style menu is sure to satisfy even the most soulful longings of the appetite. For a lighter, more existential hunger, skip to the salad and sandwich selections and try a Vittles’ Little ($4.99) or Big ($6.99) salad—iceberg, romaine, and leaf lettuce with tomato, cucumber, red onion, boiled eggs, and shredded cheddar jack—or have a third-pound Old Fashioned burger ($6.99) on a corn-dusted bun topped with cheese and served with fries or chips and a pickle. To completely demolish hunger and leave it buried under a tide of your choice of cornbread muffins, biscuits, or rolls, order a dinner entree such as the country-fried steak ($8.49), a tenderized, battered steak fried golden brown and served with brown or pepper gravy and two sides such as mashed potatoes and fried okra. The truly famished can devour a platter of the ultimate beef pot roast ($10.99), braised to the maximum legal limit of tenderness and served with carrots, onions, and gravy alongside your choice of three sides.
Back Yard Burgers serves up North American Black Angus burgers hash-marked to order on genuine flame-licked grills. Third-pound patties dress for dinner with lettuce, vine-ripened tomatoes, red onions, dill pickles, and a condimental trio of ketchup, mustard, and mayo ($3.59). Or gussy up for patty prom with premium add-ons such as coleslaw, chili, sautéed mushrooms, bacon, and more ($0.35–$0.60 per topping). The grill masters also flip the first white meat, prepping Hawaiian chicken sandwiches with grilled pineapple, mustard, mayo, and lettuce ($4.09). Away from the flames, feel free to enjoy a loaded baked potato ($2.79) and a wide range of pairable plates such as chili cheese fries ($2.59 for regular size), garden salads ($2.19), and sweetly baked fruit cobblers ($1.99).
Corky's menu lets you bite into smokehouse wings ($7), a Delta catfish sandwich with fries ($8), a full slab of wet and dry ribs with two sides ($19.50), a barbecue-stuffed spud ($7.50), and other sure cures for the blues, as well as certain strains of the purples and lycanthropy. Corky's offers family meals that serve three to four people and include a pound of meat, two sides, and buns, rolls, or corn muffins ($16 for a barbecue pork meal, $38 for two slabs of ribs). You can also create your own combination for $16.50 by choosing two sides (fried okra, spiced apples, corn on the cob, and more) and three meats (such as fresh pulled pork shoulder, smoked sausage, barbecue chicken, beef brisket, hot tamales and chili, and Southern fried catfish). Corky's offers lunch specials starting at $6 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the workweek.