Old-school meat-and-three plus breakfast all day, classic country music that would make Hank Williams weep, authentic family dining in historic, beautiful Leiper's Fork, TN. Only 35 minutes from Nashville, Country Boy Restaurant is worth the drive.
The wine list at 360 Bistro comes with more than 1,000 options, allowing diners to choose from plenty of rich reds and effervescent whites to pair with seasonal plates such as tomato gnocchi with lump crab or sweet-tea-brined pork chops. Owner Nick Jacobson’s efforts to create an outstanding wine program recently paid off with a nod from Wine Spectator, which handed the restaurant the coveted and exclusive Award of Excellence in 2011.
Jill and Spencer Pittman were captivated by the ingenuity of intelligent wine dispensers, eventually building a business around the idea at the corner of East Main Street and 2nd Avenue in downtown Franklin. The concept combines the relaxation of an informal wine tasting with the novelty of having a robot as a dinner guest as patrons serve themselves from the mechanized dispensers while a smart card tab keeps track of purchases. The helpful automatons even display information about selected vintages at the drink stations, allowing guests to learn about their favorite beverages and perfectly pair wines with soups, salads, or tapas plates of cheese, charcuterie, and seared seafood.
In an ironic twist, the wine bar hosts parties in the one-time home of a Prohibition-era bootlegger. The National Register of Historic Places house charms visitors with tucked-away wine rooms decked out with leather furniture and a bar adorned with paintings from local artists. As they unwind with glasses of rotating featured wines such as Cakebread Chardonnay and Opus One red blend and succulent morsels of chocolate desserts or cheese, patrons watch the street scenes and take in the open air from the lavish wraparound porch or sway to the strains of jazz amid the dark woods and overstuffed sofas of the wine rooms.
Rumba serves up Caribbean-, South Pacific-, and Latin-inspired plates in a chic, tropically inspired atmosphere. Sate burgeoning grumbles with coconut shrimp ($5) and crispy num-pang vegetable sandwiches ($3), ideally sized for one human, or please multiple tongue buds with spiced sesame tuna topped with sesame caviar and sided by miso-potato purée ($13). Heartier main entrees such as the signature shrimp masala unite the edible soulmates of mild Indian curry and jasmine rice ($18), while grilled satay skewers dive into three sauces and include South African sausage ($9), Montego beef with toasted coconut ($9), and good old-fashioned chicken ($8). Cool down a flaming mouth bungalow with the quenching power of tropical cocktails: Rumba specializes in hand-muddled mojitos ($9) and fresh pisco sours ($8). Ten draft beers and a long list of wines from Argentina, Chile, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa are also available.
Peek-a-boo Playtown offers lots of active, imaginative play in our child sized “town” which features a house, grocery store, hardware store, school and fire department. Kids will also love playing with the train tables, dinosaurs, LEGO table, large dollhouse, ride-on toys, and in our multilevel climbing structure with slide
Satisfying both wine connoisseurs and fledging fermenters alike, Tayst recommends a palate-complementing beverage for each item on Executive Chef Jeremy Barlow's environmentally friendly menu. Barlow, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, won Nashville Scene's 2009 Iron Fork competition and was featured in Fortune for his sustainable dining efforts. Begin by sipping on a glass of cherry-and-berry scented Morgan Pinot Noir ($13.75), or order the PB&J lamb, served with peanut spatzle and a berry compote ($27), paired with the blackberry-hinting Jean Bousquet Reserva Malbec ($15.75). Vegetarians can nosh the veggie entree, a herbaceous amalgamation of grilled yard beans, purple rice, zucchini, and a butter-bean puree ($17), and partner it with the nuanced notes of plum and oak in a glass of Gunn Estate Pinot Noir ($13.75).
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 sample the Belcourt sliders trio, where one Angus patty holds a stack of bacon and blue cheese, one carries duxelles and brie, and the last hefts roasted-tomato-and-onion confit. Diners can also explore tapas and shareable plates of fried green tomatoes and steamed mussels or dive solo into a fried soft-shell crab BLT.
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.