Big HD screens, a menu of savory pub fare, and hospitable, scantily kilted servers, whom the restaurant calls cast members, populate the Tilted Kilt’s lively, Celtic-inspired consumption quarters. Congenial nights kick off with a mouthwatering appetizer, such as the Tilted Kilt irish nachos, whose freshly cooked potato chips arrive sporting a delectable cheese sauce, seasoned ground beef, and tomatoes, or the roasted garlic fries tossed in garlic butter and parmesan cheese. Dining duos return from rousing billiards games to celebrate sunken 8 balls or puzzle over levitating cue balls with creatively topped flatbread pizzas, or the classic Big Arse hamburger, a 10-ounce patty of choice ground chuck delivered by mini-kilt-clad waitresses. Amid a sea of sports-tuned HDTVs, soda and coffee hydrate throats parched from shouting answers during Wednesday trivia or from shouting improvised choruses at live-music performers on most Fridays.
Recognized by Maxim as one of the best bars in the country to watch a big game, Sam’s All American Sports Grill consistently climbs to the tops of rankings. In fact, Zagat featured the grill on its Sports Bar Food Tour, and Bleacher Report affirms that Sam’s will “certainly enhance any game-day experience.” Inside, 16 beers on tap fill glasses, while friendly staffers serve burgers and handcrafted pizzas, pirouetting between tables with the finesse of a running back on roller skates. As diners kick back beneath the glow of mounted high-definition TVs, Sam’s team of chefs work hard behind the scenes, making soups, sauces, and dressings from scratch daily.
Live musical acts hit the stage every night at Music City Bar & Grill, compelling feet to move and hips to request an encore. Holiday lights twinkle and guide waitstaff to tables where patrons order from a menu of hearty bar fare, which includes Angus-beef burgers, three-meat pizzas, and salads topped with grilled steak or chicken. At the pool tables, balls click together in time to the music, and outdoor seating gives people the chance to serenade the stars using voices normally reserved for sad lightbulbs.
As a bartender in a local Hendersonville restaurant, Nathalie "Cody" Cote always fantasized about the type of eatery she hoped to run someday. In 2009, she set up show in a historic 1793 farmhouse at Twelve Stones Crossing Golf Club and opened Cody's Pub & Eatery. She expresses her love of New England–style pub fare with clam chowder and her signature open-faced chicken sandwich, all of which are made with ingredients handpicked by Nathalie herself. In addition to her staple of pub favorites, guests can chow down on Sundays to a buffet-style brunch as they listen to performances from the pub's resident classic guitarist or professional harpist. An avid musician who's performed with Dolly Parton and Tim McGraw, Nathalie also hosts the "Writers in the Round" showcase every Saturday, where emerging songwriters and typewriters entertain diners with their rhythmic clanking.
A lengthy lineup of traditional game-day fare and a sports atmosphere captivate fans at Fox and Hound - Bailey's, where the kitchen remains open as late as its neighboring fully stocked bar. Chefs cook until the wee hours of the morning and always until the bar closes, baking Bavarian pretzel starters, crafting towers of onion rings, and preparing hand-battered chicken tenders that are cooked until they are golden brown. They blend their own seasonings to sprinkle over grilled-to-order burgers, and draw from a diverse roster of cheeses and toppings to crown their wood-oven-inspired flatbreads.
While manning the bars, bartenders tap into a stash of libations, such as UV Whipped vodka and Patron Silver tequila, to mix their specialty cocktails. To further foster a sporting ambiance, high-definition TVs glow with sports games and custom music-video playlists, and guests partake in pastimes of ump bashing, billiards, or competitive people watching.
The Family Wash offers a small yet robustly flavorful menu of fresh, hearty dishes. Start your sensory escapade with the gorgonzola chips ($6), kettle-cooked potato chips smothered in gorgonzola cheese, bacon, and cheddar, designed to soak up booze and smother the face of unruly patrons. Melt your tongue with the mama-approved meatloaf ($12) served with mashed potatoes and a choice of side salad or seasonal vegetable. The vegetarian shepherd’s pie ($11) is fan flavorite, with a helping of lentils and vegetables layered under a blanket of mashed potatoes and extra-sharp cheddar cheese. If you find yourself getting too comfortable with the gusto of comfort entrees, lighten up with a mixed green and roasted beet salad with toasted walnuts, goat cheese, and a shallot vinaigrette ($11).
Mad Donna's is an equal-opportunity eats provider, vaunting a variety of vittles for both meat lovers and vegetarians on its brand-new dinner menu. The Donna's Mac & Cheese ($13) dresses bow-tie macaroni in a cheese sauce and then bakes it with sun-dried-tomato-and-spinach cufflinks for a stylized spin on the turophile's favorite, while herbivores can substitute a veggie burger for any of Mad Donna's half-pound burgers, including the jalapeño and pineapple-tinged Hawaiian ($9), for an additional $1 charge.