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.
Each of the Monkey Joe's bounce houses and fun parks located in 17 states draws its inspiration from its eponymous mascot. Legend has it that the furry purple monkey discovered bouncing by accidentally falling out of a coconut tree, and he decided then and there to spread the fun with inflatable bounce houses and obstacles, slides, and jungle gyms.
Kids aged 12 and younger can split their time among the inflatable play center, and toddlers aged 3 and younger seek binky-laden treasure chests in special play areas. With an eye toward sanitation, the staffers oversee regular wipe-downs with Swisher Hygiene formulas. They also host parties, where video monitoring and identity bracelets keep track of guests to ensure safety.
It was more than two decades ago that Jeff "Jefferson" Webb opened the first Jefferson's Restaurant in Jacksonville, Alabama, funding the venture with a little help from his parents and the profits he earned from selling his precious baseball cards. Since then, Jefferson's Restaurant has expanded to more than two dozen locations throughout the U.S.—each one dishing out the signature wings, burgers, and fresh gulf oysters that made the original location famous. At the Brentwood location, diners can lounge on a sprawling outdoor patio, watching football on flat screens and clinking frosty brews beneath the sun.
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.
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).