Vincenzo's Ristorante & Bistro's owners understand that people have different tastes, or sometimes just feel like a different experience. So, they decided to split their space in two. In the ristorante, they ferry fine Italian cuisine to candlelit, white-linened tables. In the bistro, they serve deliberately more casual fare as live singer-songwriters ply their trade at the piano with jazz and blues standards.
At the Morning Glory Café, we believe in real food. That means food made from ingredients your great-grandmother would recognize. Whole foods with lots of fresh vegetables in tasty combinations. We work with local farmers to make sure everything is as fresh as possible!
Founded in 1974, The Fireplace Restaurant originally stuffed appetites with its juicy steaks and seafood in the Hayes House, a century-old cabin. Home to the area’s first salad bar—a smorgasbord of fresh produce—the Diners Club of America–honored eatery ultimately relocated to accommodate its growing clientele. Nowadays, the historic restaurant continues its growth and culinary tradition on Baird’s Cove Road, custom grilling steaks, slow cooking ribs, and heaping plates high with shrimp, mahi-mahi, and other seafood creations that are more nutritious than wheatgrass coated in Flintstones vitamins. The Fireplace Restaurant’s all-you-can-eat buffet rotates regularly between barbecue, seafood, and homestyle dishes, and on Sunday mornings, chefs whip up omelets, Texas-style french toast, and other breakfast classics.
Cypress Cellar owner Renee Ellender brings family recipes from Louisiana’s Terrebonne Parish on the bayou to the restaurant’s creole menu. She and her culinary team flavor crawfish étouffée with a roux-based tomato sauce and simmer andouille sausage alongside shrimp, crab, and chicken in a rich Louisiana-style gumbo. They also prepare freshly shucked oysters in four ways and offer eight varieties of po’ boy sandwiches, ranging from classic catfish to smoked turkey. Ellender’s father handcrafted the restaurant’s furniture, including the bar and table, from cypress wood to offer a higher level of comfort than the moss-covered logs they were previously using.
One of Tennessee's oldest independent eateries, the story of Peerless Restaurant begins more than 75 years ago with the Kalogeros family. And yet the founders' legacy endures not just through their descendents?the current owners?but also in the food. Many of the steak-and-seafood house's dishes come from decades-old Greek family recipes, and even the signature barbecue sauce hasn't changed since it was first concocted in 1938. Hand-picked and butchered Midwestern steaks are aged and grilled until caramelized. Tender chicken is marinated with Mediterranean spices and cheeses, or slathered in that iconic barbecue sauce and served country-style at the bottom of a giant tin drum. Fresh seafood?such as cold-water lobster, Maryland lump crab, and diver scallops?forms the foundation for the rest of the menu.
To match the eclectic selection of dishes, the bar specializes in mixing craft cocktails and curating a list of more than 50 international wines that's often explored during monthly tastings. At both Peerless locations, the sounds of clinking glasses, forks, and laughter echo throughout a palatial dining room characterized by rows of dark wooden booths and giant mosaic-style glass disks on the ceiling. Just out of sight, even more lavish rooms host banquets and other special events.
Grovewood Cafe could very well be a cottage from a fairytale. Greenery seems bent on overtaking the restaurant and completely surrounds its patio, where whimsical sculptures from Grovewood Gallery pop up from the ground. On the inside, flowers bring color to tables bathed in light from oversized windows. And, like many a Brothers Grimm character, chef and owner Larry Waldrop depends on local farms for sustenance.
Larry believes that the best meals are made from scratch, and without too much help from machinery. He prefers to chop his meat by hand, for instance, rather than use his government-issued butcher robot. His menu of Southern-inspired plates gives credit to several area farms?there's grilled meatloaf from Hickory Nut Gap Farm, pork from Heritage Farms, and chicken breast from Ashley Farms, which arrives encrusted in crunchy walnuts. Every day, there's a special free-range omelet available for lunch. And if you're in the neighborhood on a Sunday morning, stop by for the Grovewood's take on eggs benedict with fried green tomatoes, grilled Sunburst Farm trout, and swiss chard.