What You'll Get
Squirrels stock up on acorns throughout autumn so that they can gorge on scrumptious acorn soufflés and spend all winter in a food coma watching golf on TV. Experience the tastiness of a different acorn with today’s Groupon. For $25, you get $55 worth of contemporary American fare and drinks at The Acorn in West End. The Acorn is recognized as one of Nashville’s finest dining establishments and was voted as one the city’s top restaurants by a readers' poll in Nashville Scene. This Groupon is only valid for drinks with the purchase of food.
Like a bourbon-fueled El Camino fitted with a Roquefort dashboard and croissant holder, The Acorn’s menu contains many Southern and French influences. Start off with an appetizer like the crispy crab-cake BLT ($13) or a leafy smoked-cheddar salad ($7). Tongue-tickling entrees include grilled pork tenderloin with white-bean puree, haricot verts, and cider gastrique ($24); crispy braised lamb shank with asparagus terrine, diced potatoes, and tarragon demi-glace ($27); and chorizo-and-potato-crusted halibut in Jack Daniel's pecan cream sauce ($27). Herbivores, on the other meatless hand, can keep it simple with a Farmer's Market "Eat your vegetables or no dessert!" plate of farm-fresh veggies ($18). And by finishing it, they'll be allowed to top off a dazed, smile-inducing meal with a dessert such as the flourless chocolate torte topped with sweetened sour cream ($9).
The Acorn, much like real acorns, also contains a lot of alcohol. The solid drinks menu currently offers 60 wines, 20 beers, and 10 specialty martinis, as well as 10 bourbon and scotch options—helping patrons weather hours of mind-numbing Star Trek nitpicks with in-laws and smarty-pants brainiacs while relaxing on The Acorn's outdoor patio. With three floors of soothing décor accented with earthy tones and vivid artwork, The Acorn is a classy option for any diner seeking to cleanse the palate of home-cooked popcorn pudding. Call ahead to make your reservation, or send your silver-surfing herald to foretell your coming.
The Nashville Scene loves Acorn's ambience:
- One block off West End, The Acorn has thrived on its quiet, shaded side-street lot and taken firm root in Nashville’s dining firmament… There’s a lot to love—the sexy, sophisticated main dining room uses rich colors, lush texture, low lights, comfortable furnishings and elegant accoutrements to set the stage for romantic dinners, celebratory occasions or professional preoccupations…The food is attuned to the season, committed to quality and artfully presented. – Nashville Scene
Frommer's highly recommends Acorn:
- In a tree-shaded neighborhood near Centennial Park, Acorn offers evocative lighting, contemporary artwork, and a treehouse-view patio. Though a tad overpriced, the food is first-rate. I loved the wasabi-encrusted seared tuna with pureed sesame carrots and Japanese vegetables. Also popular are the acorn-squash-stuffed ravioli with cream sauce and pear and spinach salad studded with sugar-cinnamon walnuts. – Frommer's
- Being a native Nashvillian and knowing this city, The Acorn is my favorite restaurant. When you first pull up to the front of the charming building you get a sense of a lovely, welcoming, glow. This feeling only intensifies as your [sic] greeted by one of the polite but laid back host or hostesses. Then of course, there is the food! We usually start with the perfectly cooked calamari and the locally famous acorn squash stuffed ravioli. Next to the Acorn caesar and the heirloom tomato salad. Now comes the conflict...the pork tenderloin, lamb shank, chorizo and potato crusted halibut, or my staple wonderful cut of filet cooked medium rare? Tough decision! However, accompanied by a fantastic pinot from the Acorn's unique wine list, I soon settle into remembering that whatever entree I get at the Acorn is always a treat. – hdbk, Citysearch
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Sep 15, 2010. Amount paid never expires. Limit 3 per person. Limit 1 per table. Reservation required. Tax & gratuity not included. Valid for drinks only with food purchase. No cash back. Not valid with other offers. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.