The carpenters of circular sustenance at Jolly Ollie's Pizza and Pub furnish guests with a varied menu of cheeseworks and more. Feel free to fill abdominal aquariums with the fish and chips appetizer, a platter of three lightly breaded cod filets flanked by steak fries ($5.99). Or commemorate cartoon ocular conditions with the Popeye pizza, which sails spinach leaves through rivulets of olive oil anchored by feta and mozzarella. Meanwhile, the Maui WoWee pizza boasts a doughy archipelago of pineapple, mushroom, and canadian bacon swathed in the warm embrace of melted cheese ($9–$17). Diners looking to bookend their ingredients instead can nosh grinders such as the tangy barbecue chicken ($6.95) and the veggie supreme, which comes drizzled in italian dressing ($6.95). Like Little League games or small-claims court hearings, guests' activities are best supplemented by a goblet of domestic beer ($2.25) or premium suds such as Fat Tire, Sam Adam, and Yuengling ($3; alcohol must be paired with a food item).
Scan Cody's menu of traditional New England pub fare to sink teeth into chicken wings, fresh garden salads, juicy burgers, BLTs, and more. Try a hot chicken sandwich to experience a French Canadian specialty consisting of roasted pulled chicken piled on toasted white bread and served with french fries, all covered in special St. Hubert's spicy-brown gravy ($8.95). Nautical diners can try the bread-dijon salmon, a center cut salmon fillet in a dijon-mustard wash ($18.99), while landlubbers can opt for an 8-ounce filet mignon ($21.99).
Authenticity is the focus at this Middle Eastern restaurant, which was named Best Persian Food in Nashville Scene's Best of Nashville 2011. Owner and Iraq native Hikmat Gazi adorns the space with traditional decor, from the deep-red color of the walls to glass boxes displaying traditional Kurdish clothing. Diners looking for the full experience can sit on a cushion on the floor and dine on a traditional, low table. Then, of course, there is the food itself, from the titular shish kabob to lamb shanks seared and flavored with regional-specialty spices.
Nashville Scene also chronicles Hikmat’s absorbing journey from an adolescence spent in a Turkish refugee camp during the Gulf War to his triplicate success in the restaurant business. After working with the U.S. military in Iraq, Hikmat returned stateside to continue serving savory Middle Eastern fare at the original Nolensville Rd. location, and has recently opened a new downtown location.
The creations at BBQ Beach leave palates awash with tropical-inspired flavors such as mango, banana, and pineapple—and that’s just from the drink list. As the blender churns out peach-cobbler coladas and pear margaritas, bartenders serve their infused-craft-bottled-beers with flavors like banana nut and tangerine. To anchor their libations, patrons dive into dishes full of complex combinations, such as the citrus-grilled mahi-mahi served atop a sweet tamale corn cake, crested with a splash of lime and sliced avocado. The menu also includes the Man Overboard burger, a towering swell of beef, pulled pork, hickory bacon, shaved ham, and a fried egg that doubles as a flotation device.
Outside, the patio large flat-screen TVs and comfy couches entice visitors to gather around the bar or fire pit framed with slabs of square stone.
The meals at Mad Donna's always manage to be both familiar and completely unexpected at the same time. For instance, enchiladas are dressed in the usual fixings (jack cheese, black beans, sour cream), but they're filled with sweet potatoes. And their family-recipe meatloaf is stuffed with smoked gouda. They bring this same inventiveness to their menu's two staples: burgers and mac 'n' cheese. Variations on the burger include the popular B.A.S., which is topped with bacon, avocado, and swiss, while their half-dozen macs include white truffle, which is blanketed in a creamy four-cheese bechamel, truffle oil, and herbed bread crumbs. Of course, dinner isn't the only draw here?there's brunch on weekends, and every night there's live entertainment and free displays of gravity upstairs in the loft.
Boasting delicious eats, great acoustics, and live shows, The Listening Room is the perfect place to take in an undiscovered musical gem amid sips and sups. The eclectic menu features standard bar fare, Southwestern-style sustenance, and down-home comfort food in a lively array of apps, sandwiches, burgers, quesadillas, desserts, and more. The Cajun Turkey Sub packs heat with bayou-inspired seasoning, pepper jack, and chipotle mayo ($6.95), whereas the massive baked-potato list allows tuber-junkies to dress 2-pound spuds in elegant or silly food clothes, such as a dapper hot-dog-and-sauerkraut ensemble ($6.95), a chicken-parmesan pantsuit ($7.95), or a beautifully nude just potato ($3.95). Through The Listening Room's partnership with Nashville Muse, $0.25 of taco-chili purchases help support local songwriting or music-related charities, so chomp charitably on the Nashville Muse Taco Chili on its own ($4.95), or on a 6-ounce burger ($8.45).