“They’re not your grand momma’s grits,” Glenn Truelove said of his take on the southern staple in an interview with WSMV. The Tennessee native serves up the creamy, savory Southern staple with a twist, adding tomatoes, spices, and lots of cheese. Though Glenn has been making grits for years, they couldn’t have been further from his mind when he decided to open up a pizza restaurant in his hometown. It wasn’t until his girlfriend Kathy, co-owner of the restaurant, suggested he add them to the menu that Truelove’s Pizza & Grits was truly born.
Today, pizza and grits co-star on the eatery’s simple menu, which is written in chalk above the counter. Thin-crust pizzas are homemade to order and then topped with handfuls of mozzarella cheese, sauce, and fresh veggies. Grits can be served alone as a tasty side dish, or accompany an entrée such as grilled chicken or grilled shrimp. In the dining room, the family-friendly restaurant feels a lot like an Italian bistro with exposed brick walls, checkered tablecloths, and colorful artwork designed to match the tableware.
At CiCi’s Pizza, feasters can sample hearty slices of pizza and a wide selection of buffet fare (typically $4.99 per person), filling bellies like a pouch-stuffing kangaroo preparing to weather the harsh Australian winter. Offering endless helpings of fresh salads, tantalizing pastas, tasty desserts, and oven-fresh pizzas, CiCi’s tames the most voracious hunger attacks via all-you-can-eat tactics. Pizza dough is made fresh daily and doused in a savory sauce crafted from vine-ripened tomatoes and prescience-instilling spices, while salads are hand-tossed with the freshest ingredients delivered hourly via teleportation.
A full menu of burgers, steaks, beer, and more welcomes guests to Embers, where meats are slow-cooked on an open grill fueled by flaming hickory chunks. Glimpse sports action on one of the bar's hi-def televisions before starting the feast with an appetizer of thickly sliced onion rings ($3.95) or a basket of fried, hand-battered pickles ($3.95). Burger buffs can sample the Embers Angus burger, whose 10 oz. compacted disc of premium Black Angus beef is first hand-patted to perfection, then served between the two hemispheres of a toasted kaiser roll with lettuce, tomato, onion, and a pickle ($7.25). Or, make your mouth merry with the delicious flavors of a full rack of baby back pork ribs, which are designed to fall off the bone like jam sandwiches sliding from a flimsy picnic plate ($16.99). For the quenching of thirst, the bar stocks a rotating selection of drafts and a large gathering of domestic and imported beers.
Thanks to its full menu of Chinese, Japanese, and Thai fare, Fulin's Asian Cuisine was named Best Nashville Chinese Food in Best of Citysearch, and the fine-dining establishment was voted Best Chinese by readers of the Tennessean Toast of Music City Awards for 4 straight years. Sushi chefs craft rolls such as the Honada, a deep-fried spicy-tuna roll with the chef's special sauce, and the Rock City roll with shrimp tempura and avocado. Thai dishes are also available, like the curry seafood thai-style casserole with shrimp, scallops, and crab. Glasses of wine, sake, and signature cocktails from the full bar accompany dishes.
Jack of Hearts BBQ serves up savory barbecue cuisine made with love, smoke, and a kick of special homemade sauce. Peruse Jack of Hearts' menu for your preferred sauce-slathered selection, from the pulled-pork sandwich ($3.95) to a platter of tender ribs (half slab $11.99, full slab $21.99) that can cure any medium-to-large barbeque hankering. Nosh on the smoked turkey plate served with two stomach-stuffing sides, with options such as potato salad, killa' beans, mac ‘n’ cheese, and Simon's slaw (lunch $7.99, dinner $9.99). The family meals ($24.95–$26.95, feeds four to six people) and party packs ($49.95–$51.95, feeds 10–12 people) provide voracious hordes of friends and family with a hearty assortment of pulled pork or smoked turkey, pintsize sides, Jack of Hearts' special sauce, and enough buns to use as chips in a high-stakes game of Go Fish.
Originally branded as the Top Hat Drive-In, Sonic Drive In didn’t acquire its nationally recognized name until 1959—six years after its inception in 1953. Today, the franchise operates out of 3,500 locations across the country, making it the nation’s largest chain of drive-in restaurants. Sonic Drive In specializes in made-to-order American classics, including burgers, hot dogs, milk shakes, and Ford Thunderbolts—which customers order and receive without ever having to leave their cars. Unique menu items include toaster sandwiches stacked on thick slices of texas toast as well as the brand’s signature tots and fresh limeades.
Sonic Drive In’s numerous awards include a 2011 Zagat survey ranking it among the top five fast-food restaurants in three categories: best value menu, best milk shake, and best drive-thru. The benevolent eatery has also donated more than $2 million to public schools throughout the country through Limeades for Learning, which helps to fund educational projects and retirement plans for classroom guinea pigs.
Adults sip gourmet coffee as they unleash their children onto elaborate play equipment within Sodium's spacious facility, which also hosts labs for kids to experiment with art, music, and technology. Seated atop posh leather couches gripping steaming cups of freshly brewed lattes, cappuccinos, or mochas, parents watch their offspring scramble up wooden rungs and into a towering tree fort within Sodium’s cheerful yellow walls. Equipped with rock walls for older kids and complex mock villages complete with imagination-fostering grocery stores, diners, and credit unions for preschool entrepreneurs, Sodium’s play space caters to young explorers of all ages and interests. In addition to freeform playtime, kids supplement academics with organized workshops such as math and science tutoring, as well as raucous drumming, messy arts and crafts, and stimulating discussions about relativity.