The Gunn family, owners of Gourmet Pasture Beef, raises its cows the way cows should be raised: in fresh air and green pastures. On their Robertson County ranch, cattle are not only fed a diet of pure grass, but they never receive hormones or antibiotics either. When the cattle reach upwards of 1,000 pounds, they head to a local USDA facility for butchering and at least two weeks of dry-aging to ensure maximum flavor. And guests can taste this in the tender rib eyes, porterhouses, marbled sirloin steaks, roasts, and ribs delivered to their door or available for pickup at several locations. Because grass-fed beef cooks differently, their website also offers cooking tips and temperature guidelines to keep each cut its juiciest and to prevent guests from naturally assuming steak should be cooked with a flamethrower.
Sunshine streams though skylights and tall windows to brighten up Brewster's Bar & Grille's wood, stone, and brick interior, where cooks grill hamburgers and prep pub fare. Plush black booths encircle tables topped with menu items such as corn-dog nuggets, rib-eye steak, and Alaskan salmon. Barkeeps fill glasses with 14 ontap brews and flat-screen TVs glow with sports games or latent poltergeists. During warmer months, the staff opens the patio, where diners can toss bags and horseshoes.
At Woody’s Steak House, chefs roast prime rib for four hours, carve the succulent cuts to order, and ladle them with house au jus. The sumptuous entree is one of the reasons Woody’s Steak House has remained a neighborhood bastion for more than 70 years. Other entrees reflect a similar attention to detail, from the aged-in-house filet mignon to the pecan-smoked ribs. Meaty morsels pair with an ample wine list and, on Wednesdays, the soft melodies of piano music and murmured reminders to chew 27 times before swallowing.
With its brown walls and slanting roof, the exterior of Kávé Express recalls a gargantuan coffee to-go box. But in place of a spout for pouring, a glowing round logo beckons visitors around to a drive-thru window to pick up cupped coffee drinks. Complimentary shots of flavored syrups enliven lattes and mochas passed through the sliding opening, and twirls of whipped cream crown espresso drinks blended with ice. Baked goods such as muffins and biscotti also make their way into drivers' hands to be nibbled en route or sewn inside the passenger seat?s upholstery for later.
Taste buds do the talking when it comes to making a burger, chicken sandwich, or grilled cheese at Cheeburger Cheeburger of Hendersonville. That’s because customers, rather than cooks, design what's for dinner. After selecting a base—whether an all-natural Angus burger, a chicken patty, a veggie patty, or a type of cheese—customers deck it with their choice of 29 complimentary toppings such as roasted red peppers, steak sauce, and chopped garlic.
Customers can also build their own salad or garden diorama with a choice of 24 salad fixings. Freshly gilded fries and onion rings round out entrees. For dessert, cooks blend Edy’s Grand ice cream with syrup and candies to create 1 of 1,258,000 possible shake flavor combinations. Thanks to its neon color scheme and oldies music, the restaurant brims with a vintage ambiance.
Sleek light fixtures dangle from Kohana Japanese Restaurant's ceiling and subtly illuminate a tidily minimal fleet of indigo and white chairs, booths abutting wavy-lined wall paneling, and plates featuring eats carefully crafted and presented by the chefs. Sharply dressed in the only two colors that can be worn together, black and white, servers march out with precisely sliced sections of signature dishes such as the Phoenix specialty roll, which combines spicy tuna, snow crab, and avocado with a multifaceted dressing. Non-sushi selections, such as crunchy shrimp tempura and baked salmon with eel sauce, also pair well with Kohana's selection of wine, beer, and sake.