Though the entrees at The Dixie Cafe make the biggest splash across its menu marquee, they're threatened with gastronomical upstaging by the southern-style eatery's 19 sides and scratch-made gravies. The chicken-fried steak, for example, is a tender, hand-breaded fillet that fully blossoms with flavor only after chefs smother it with cream gravy and cheddar cheese. And the Cajun grilled catfish's down-home taste isn't fully developed until it is paired up with bites of turnip greens, fried okra, or a homemade roll. The classic platter meals take advantage of this by pairing an entree with two sides, rolls, and jalapeño cornbread and can be ordered "light" for a portion that's smaller than the regular size and easier to toss in the air and catch in your mouth.
At Si Señor Mex Mex Grill, the chefs create Mexican favorites, geared toward an American palate: not too spicy, but seasoned just right. Dinners start off with heaping helpings of nachos or guacamole dip, and move on to hearty main entrees. Mexican specialties include everything from carne asada to fish tacos and chimichanga dinners, served with rice and beans.
Tucked within their Old Hickory Mall location, the bakery mavens at Amy Lyn’s Sweet Treats prepare a daily plethora of cupcake varieties from scratch in the shop's on-site kitchen. Classic concoctions anchor the shop's everyday menu, as vanilla, red velvet, and chocolate treats beguile sweet teeth with their robust sugary wiles. Patrons can also queue up adventurous taste buds for an entrant from the shop's list of specialty flavors that, like the slowest county-fair Ferris wheel ever, rotates daily. Take a mind-expanding chomp out of exotic concoctions, including pink lemonade, cookies 'n' cream, carrot cake, and piña colada. Customers can cast the flavor fates to the wind or call the bakery at least two days in advance to submit a pretty-please-laced request for certain specialty or custom cupcakes.