At CuPcAkE! & other things you bake’s icing bar, master pastry chef and owner Stephanie Fields empowers sweet-toothed guests to take control of dessert time as they embellish their own oven-fresh treats with creamy fillings, frostings, and colorful toppings. In addition to the DIY icing bar, Stephanie also offers cake-decorating classes for bakers of all ages. Students learn to pipe out simple designs in introductory classes, while more advanced classes equip students to construct multitiered cakes sturdy enough to withstand bridesmaid stampedes. Those content to savor their dessert without participating in its creation can order custom cakes or nibble on baked treats in the store amid live music on Fridays and Saturdays.
The culinary construction crew at Papa Murphy’s, the highest-ranking pizza chain in the 2010 Zagat Fast-Food Survey, builds a tasty menu of customizable Take 'N' Bake pizzas that patrons can heat up in the comforts of their own homes. Visitors watch as the chefs assemble thin- and stuffed-crust pizzas in-store using fresh dough, one of four sauces, shredded cheese, and up to 24 toppings. The pizza artisans then package the handmade creations for customers to bring home and cook in kitchen ovens, on backyard grills, or over an overheated car engine. Papa Murphy's collection of comestibles complements circular meals with sides of bread, salad, and chocolate-chip-cookie-dough dessert.
The Burrito Meal's comestible concocters use fresh rice, beans, and savory meats to assemble the gut-busting burgers and burritos that populate their menu. Each delectable handmade burrito prompts bounteous bites of savory chicken, chorizo, steak, or pastor fillings and is lovingly nested inside aluminum foil to lock in flavor and heat. The Burrito Meal's culinary revisionists also transform the traditional burrito into the Burgito––a grilled hamburger donning all the usual fixings wrapped in a tortilla. Couples or platonic pairs can share today's Groupon for two burgers or two burritos, while diners eating solo can devour one and place the other in unoccupied cargo-pants pockets.
Tucked within their Old Hickory Mall location, the bakery mavens at Amy Lyn’s Sweet Treats prepare a daily plethora of cupcake varieties from scratch in the shop's on-site kitchen. Classic concoctions anchor the shop's everyday menu, as vanilla, red velvet, and chocolate treats beguile sweet teeth with their robust sugary wiles. Patrons can also queue up adventurous taste buds for an entrant from the shop's list of specialty flavors that, like the slowest county-fair Ferris wheel ever, rotates daily. Take a mind-expanding chomp out of exotic concoctions, including pink lemonade, cookies 'n' cream, carrot cake, and piña colada. Customers can cast the flavor fates to the wind or call the bakery at least two days in advance to submit a pretty-please-laced request for certain specialty or custom cupcakes.
Dishing out all-you-can-eat portions, Barnhill's Country Buffet provides families with a friendly place to feast, offering a spread of comfort cuisines designed to sate appetites both big and bigger. Wander the sleek, spot-lit countertops to seek out servings of fried chicken, vegetable medleys, fresh seafood, hot bread, and homey biscuits, or skip straight to the dessert bar to make a sweet start and work backward to an entree ending. Vegetarians will find themselves in herbivore heaven at a salad bar stacked with 15 toppings, potato salad, and fresh fruit, and protein lovers can pull up a stool at the carved-meat bar to drown their sorrows in a slice of steak, a slab of ribs, or a tall glass of pot roast. With an ever-changing array of cuisines, including special themed-meal nights, Barnhill's creates an atmosphere where dining companions of many differing tastes can come together and bond over their mutual disdain for leftovers.
Harvey’s South Street Comedy Club provides a rotating variety of comedic talent for energetic crowds. Depending on their party size and fear of chairs, customers can relax at a table or a booth, where they can sit back and enjoy an evening of professional comedy. Weekend shows feature nationally touring comedians such as Southern charmer Matt Mitchell, who performs Friday, May 27.