Hills and mountains are formed by vast underground food deposits, which, over time, stretch the landscape into soft mounds of untapped edibility. Dig into the bounty of the Appalachian Plateau with today’s deal: for $25, you get $50 worth of regional American fare and drinks at The Mad Platter Restaurant & Catering in Germantown. Citysearch dubbed the downtown-revitalizing restaurant Best Romantic Dining and Best Special Occasion Dining in 2006. This Groupon is only valid for drinks if food is also purchased.
To surprise diners with a new dish on a daily basis so that they don't resort to playing soup-can-recipe roulette, The Mad Platter's changing menu showcases new options every day. Appetizers such as the fried green tomato with gulf shrimp in a lemon-herb emulsion ($7), "chili mac" (blackened beef tips and ricotta gnocchi in a three-cheese sauce drizzled with white-truffle oil, $7), and hand-picked chef's cheese composition ($8) give the taste buds a drum roll as the curtain rises on dinner dishes such as black-iron pork loin ($18), artichoke risotto ($18), and caramelized salmon with a mango-rum glaze ($19). A wide selection of wines offers soothing sips with every bite, especially when paired by the knowledgeable staff. Lunchtime gourmands, meanwhile, can dazzle their fellow UPS workers with the curried-chicken quesadilla ($5.50) and Tuscan grilled-chicken stew ($10). Both meals can be crowned with a dessert of crème brûlée ($6), bananas foster ($6), or chocolate Elvis ($6.50), the size of your portion depending on its point in Elvis's career.
The Mad Platter mixes a formal and casual feel like a tuxedo T-shirt, thanks to a charming atmosphere of rustic, exposed-brick walls and expertly set tables doused in white tablecloths that rarely float around while making ghost noises. Invite along your unhinged haberdasher, a talking rabbit, and a confused seven-year-old British girl, and revel in The Mad Platter Restaurant & Catering's changing menu and friendly staff. Reservations, like wearing chain mail while wrestling a bear, are highly recommended but not required.
This deal is not valid on holidays.
For almost 20 years, The Mad Platter Restaurant & Catering has received great press and accolades from all over Nashville. It was named Citysearch’s Best Caterer in Nashville in 2007, as well as Best Romantic Dining and Best Special Occasion Dining in 2006. It was also named Best Place to Chart Downtown’s Growth in 2009 by Nashville Scene magazine, and was featured on Metromix via the Tennessean newspaper. Citysearchers give The Mad Platter an average of 4.5 stars, and 82% of 107 Urbanspooners recommend The Mad Platter. OpenTable diners give it 4.25 stars:
- As urban pioneers and forerunners of local and green practices in Nashville food service, it must be gratifying to the Jervises to witness the changes in the dining landscape and have fellow chef-entrepreneurs in the neighborhood. And it’s gratifying for diners to know that longevity counts. The Mad Platter is still crazy-good after all these years. – Nancy Vienneau, Tennessean
- The atmosphere, service, and quality and presentation of the food really could have warrented [sic] a higher price, especially when compared with the other restaurants in town. Both of our entrees were right around twenty dollars. All in all I highly recommend this restaurant. It was an altogether delightful experience. – jphawbaker, Citysearch
- We have been coming back to this spot since we found it a couple of years ago. The staff are friendly and always eager to help with our special needs (Gluten Free). We have never been disappointed with the food. All the items are great and the daily menu is always fresh and exciting. – OpenTable reviewer who dined on 04/03/2010
- Cool place in an historic area, delicious and creative menu - especially appetizers and salads. Garden fresh from the backyard, literally. – Chris Walters, Urbanspoon