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).
After YOLOS's dinner menu opens with an elaborate bank heist and a shocking reveal, start things off with an order of low-country crab cakes, mounds of pan-seared lump crab with a green-tomato relish and horseradish sauce ($9.99), or the house-made guacamole ($5.99). Classic entrees such as the veggie wrap ($8.99) or chicken and brie sandwich ($9.99) are as familiar and delicious as devouring a cherished childhood stuffed animal. More-adventurous appetites, meanwhile, will gravitate to specialty plates such as the seafood-studded mac ‘n’ cheese ($18.99) and the tomato-basil pasta ($12.99). Voracious Vikings should keep a couple stomachs open for the grilled jerk mahi-mahi ($15.99) or the Jack Daniels chicken and shrimp ($17.99). A dessert of tri-layered red-velvet cake served with pecan-cream-cheese icing ($5.99) ends your repast on a sweet note no matter how often one's blind date quotes Marlon Brando's lines from Apocalypse Now. YOLOS is also open for lunch and brunch.
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).
One of Nashville's most venerable and storied music venues, Exit/In has been presenting live music since 1971. Concertgoers can fill empty ear canals with John Doe and Jill Sobule's wafting harmonies during their debut duet performance or listen to the Californian alternative hip-hop artist Lyrics Born's verbal dexterity and wicked wordplay, the hard-earned fruit of a diet of pulped thesauruses. The Grammy Award-winning, Austin-based Latin funk orchestra Grupo Fantasma will appear with fiddling sensation Warren Hood, who exhibits devil-humbling command over his stringed instrument. The American blues and rock band Old Union will be celebrating its 10th anniversary in the city where they got their start with a commemorative concert of classics for old fans and new listeners alike. A standing-room venue, Exit/In eschews seating for upright toe-tapping and ample space to practice leg lifts in between encores.
• For $18, you get one club-level seat in sections 201–206 or 219–224 (a $27 value before fees, or up to a $35.19 value online, including all Ticketmaster fees). • For $36, you get one lower-level seat in sections 101–103 or 118–120 or one club-level seat in sections 214–218 or 207–211 (a $57 value before fees, or up to a $71.14 value online, including all Ticketmaster fees). • For $53, you get one floor-level seat in sections 6–8 or one lower-level seat in sections 104–107 or 114–117 (an $87 value before fees, or up to a $105.68 value online, including all Ticketmaster fees).