A sense of well-loved Americana infuses every corner of Tom's Blue Moon BBQ as thoroughly as the scent of hickory-smoked meats. Vintage bicycles ridden by notable founding fathers dangle from the ceiling, license plates from across the country line the sky-blue walls, and red-checkered tablecloths evoke a down-home picnic ambience. This nostalgic decor complements the barbecue, which draws inspiration from time-honored family recipes. The cooks begin by hickory-smoking cuts of pork, beef, and chicken for as long as 14 hours before glazing it with the restaurant's signature sauce. To accompany the hearty platters, they also make more than 10 side dishes in-house—including turnip greens, fried green tomatoes, and sweet-potato waffle fries—and craft a tantalizingly sweet banana pudding.
Fulin’s Asian Cuisine was named Best Nashville Chinese Food in Best of Citysearch 2010 for its full menu of Asian cuisine including Chinese and Japanese dishes. Under the paper lanterns at the sushi bar, sushi chefs craft rolls such as the Honada, a deep-fried spicy-tuna roll with the chef’s special sauce, and the Rock City roll with shrimp tempura and avocado. Glasses of wine, sake, and signature cocktails from the full bar accompany patrons dining beneath the umbrellas on the outdoor patio or hiding beneath the tables.
Inside a cheerful restaurant decorated with yellow walls and streamers, culinary wunderkinds dish up traditional Mexican–style enchiladas, burritos, and fajitas. Green sauce, sour cream, and salsa drizzles over three types of enchiladas, and eight different burritos encase protein-packed mouthfuls of chicken, grilled steak, pork tips, and beans. Traditional desserts such as churros and fried ice cream celebrate the marriage of crispiness and sweetness, much like a deep-fried love letter. Barkeeps also pour imported beers, blend monster margaritas, and expound on the virtues, vices, and variances of more than a dozen tequilas stashed in their well-equipped watering hole.
At Hana Sushi House, chefs slice fresh salmon, scallops, and other seafood for sashimi and fashion the miniature filets into specialty sushi rolls. They also pan fry udon noodles and sizzle hibachi-style steak, lobster, and other proteins in the kitchen. Patrons can sip pours from the sake bar or relish the sweetness of red-bean ice cream or banana tempura. Complimentary WiFi keeps guests' devices connected throughout their visits.
Zaxby's menu of chicken-centric comfort fare demolishes cravings with its roster of eight hefty Meal Dealz. The Kickin' chicken sandwich kindles chicken tenders with Zaxby's popular Tongue Torch wing sauce, muffling the ensuing crackles between two slices of texas toast that are thicker than War and Peace after a Thanksgiving dinner. More flame-sensitive taste buds can indulge in the chicken-fingers-sandwich meal, which serves up chicken fingers with milder Zax Sauce on a toasted bun. Flanked by a side of celery sticks and ranch, boneless and buffalo wings set appetites aflutter with one of nine intoxicating sauces, including teriyaki and hickory barbecue. Cooks slice up all-white-meat poultry for the chicken-salad sandwich, layering it with lettuce and tomato inside a cushiony casing of honey-wheat bread. Golden crinkle fries and a 22-ounce fountain drink accompany each meal, calming the nerves of chickens preparing to make their table debut.
Tully's is the realized brain baby of executive chef Tully Wilson, a graduate of the prestigious Culinary Institute of America. This villa of victuals features classic American favorites presented in a French-influenced, aesthetically pleasing manner. Menu options vary, though sample dinner items include two pounds of fresh Prince Edward Island mussels ($12) served in a white-wine-butter sauce, and pecan encrusted chicken tender salad ($12), a sprightly summer salad that evokes thoughts of William Blake's romantic salad-inspired poetry. Savorlicious steaks gratify meat-believers, like the eight-ounce filet mignon ($19) and the 10-ounce Cajun rib eye ($23) with grilled shrimp and Creole sauce that can be shared with your significant other or an insignificant identical twin. Climb a mountain of chocolate with Tully's six-layer chocolate cake ($9), slipping and sliding on the fudge icing along the way.
Stocked with palatably fresh Cajun cuisine, Larriviere’s delights diners as a friendly neighborhood spot for casual dining. Wind down amid cozy brick walls and wood floors while sampling a veritable potpourri of palatable menu items. New Orleans poboys feature fried grouper, catfish, crawfish, or shrimp for status symbols on opposite day. Cajun roast beef ($8.99), crab-cake sandwiches ($7.99), grilled lemon-peppered grouper ($12.99), and mind-blowing white-chocolate bread pudding ($5.75) provoke salivation midday and midnight in the dreams of diners. Customers can also marvel at Cajun cuisine’s magical ability to ward off hunger and distract hungry wardens.