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 dig into gourmet stuffed burgers and tacos with pulled pork, shrimp, or chicken. Diners can also explore tapas and shareable plates of fried green tomatoes and nachos or dive solo into a barbecue pulled pork sandwich.
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.
Blistering every seat in the house with his scorching wit, actor, comedian, and author Tracy Morgan brings his inimitable act to the historic Ryman Auditorium for a special night of raucous, adult-only hysterics. Beloved for his roles on Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock, and in numerous films, Morgan serves up an obstreperous stand-up act sure to tickle even the most irascible ribs until they weep with joy. Tier 1 tickets (a $69.50 value) allow audience members to ogle the funnyman from front main-floor seats, including the front sides, as well as the front section of the balcony. Tier 2 seating (a $49.50 value) is further back on the main floor and balcony and also includes front and back seats on the extreme sides of the balcony but still provides a good view of the on-stage action. Every ticket comes with a glossy, limited-edition poster (a $15 value) of Tracy Morgan, a souvenir with the potential to turn a house into a home and a home into a stop on local walking tours.
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.
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.
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).