The Dish on happy hour at Nonna’s Pizzeria and Wine Bar

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Lagunitas IPA ($3), Chianti ($6), and the Nonna pizza ($5) on happy hour

FANCY? Situated on Murphy Road, Nonna’s Pizzeria and Wine Bar offers a more casual Italian dining experience than its neighbor, Caffe Nonna. This Sylvan Park gem is a great place to grab authentic Italian-style pizza after work or on the weekend without racking up a large bill. The pizzeria and Caffe Nonna share the exact same menu– so if you prefer to enjoy the same food in a more formal atmosphere, simply walk next door!

FUN? Nonna’s Pizzeria and Wine Bar is cozy and fairly small. The restaurant offers a variety of seating with tables and a bar area, along with a patio (which is ideal for evenings in the spring and fall).

FRUGAL? Yes! Nonna’s offers happy hour specials from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday on wine ($6), beer ($3), an assortment of appetizers, and the Nonna ($5) and the Goomba ($6) 10-inch pizzas. (To catch you up on terminology, the Nonna pizza is the equivalent of a margherita pizza, and the Goomba includes pepperoni and sausage.) Normally, these same pizzas are $10 and $12, respectively. Nonna’s is one of the few (if not the only) places in Nashville to offer half-priced Italian-style pizza during happy hour.

 

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The Dish on happy hour at Answer

FANCY? Answer recently opened in Sylvan Park and has since filled the void of a foodie-driven establishment in the neighborhood. The menu offers an excellent cocktail, wine, and dinner list that would satisfy any Nashville foodie at a pretty good price. This is an ideal place for drinks after work or for a full dinner with a date or with a couple of friends (especially if you live within walking distance). On that note, parking is very limited. If you can’t land a spot in the small parking lot behind the restaurant, you will easily be able to find parking within walking distance– either on the street or in the surface lot at McCabe Park Community Center.

FUN? Very! Answer’s ambiance is modern and vibrant. With its bar in the middle, this open-concept restaurant can become a little noisy. Other than that, there are numerous tables around the restaurant– along with outdoor seating– that could provide a quieter experience if that’s what you’re looking for.

FRUGAL? With Answer’s happy hour, you can enjoy a few small plates, wines, beers, and a featured cocktail for only $5 each from 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. We tried out the potatoes and the hummus appetizers along with the La Vielle Ferme Rose and Cigar City Jai Alai. The pretzel was another popular option among patrons, and we will likely order this upon a return visit! I

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Hummus ($5) with avocado, arugula, pepitas, fresco, and tortillas
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Potatoes ($5) with duck fat, manchego, and smokey aioli

The Dish on dining at Tin Angel

FANCY? Nashville Original’s Tin Angel sports a cozy, easygoing atmosphere with seating in a brick-laden area near the entryway and carpeted seating deeper in the restaurant. Located on West End near Vanderbilt, the Southern-style restaurant is family-friendly and includes a full bar with one television, making this the perfect neighborhood spot to grab dinner without missing a game.

FUN? Yes! Tin Angel offers a number of seafood, meat, and vegetarian dinner entrees that hardly ever disappoint. The cauliflower-crusted pizza (gluten-free and $7) was listed under the appetizers and was fantastic, and the pork chop was phenomenal. This chop featured an apple fig chutney with poblano macaroni and cheese and green beans–a fine Southern dish! The hummingbird cake is always worth the splurge (whenever it is on the dessert list).

FRUGAL? Everything on the menu is well-priced with entrees ranging from $14 to $32. Portions are rather large, so don’t shy away from splitting! As far as wine goes, you can’t go wrong with the Brazin Zinfandel ($8) or the Lost Colony Red Blend ($10). While there is no daily happy hour at this time, rumor has it that Tin Angel will offer evening deals and specials soon!

Insider Tip: Tin Angel can be found on Groupon from time to time.

The Husband Bourbon Review: B

While Tin Angel does not boast an extensive bourbon menu, the restaurant offers 12 great selections on its printed menu (and 10 of these fall in the $10 to $13 price range). In terms of the whiskey for the price, Tin Angel is actually a better deal than the self-proclaimed whiskey hot spot 404 Kitchen. For example, Noah’s Mill is $11 and Blanton’s is $12 per pour at Tin Angel vs. $16 for a pour of Noah’s Mill and $22 for a pour of Blanton’s at the 404 Kitchen. In other words, Tin Angel makes the statement that you don’t have to pay top dollar at a pure whiskey bar to enjoy a great pour. The bartenders here are personable, and if you are in the mood for cocktail, I’d recommend the classic Sazerac with either Knob Creek Rye or Woodford Reserve Rye. 

The Dish on dining at AVO

FANCY? AVO has a knack for remaking old favorites into creative, beautiful dishes that are 100 percent vegan (and 100 percent delicious). Located in a container building of OneC1TY on Charlotte near the 28th/31st Avenue Connector, the restaurant is a casual spot to grab lunch or even an early dinner. The atmosphere is clean and modern, which matches its nutritious vegan persona. The menu features dishes with luxurious names, such as Glazed Cauliflower Steak ($12), Zucchini Pasta Verde ($13) and Mushroom Tartare Toast ($10).

 FUN? Yes! Though none of the people in my party were vegan (or even vegetarian for that matter), we were thoroughly impressed with the taste and overall quality (and quantity) of food. This is a great spot to step outside your comfort zone and try something new! You really can’t go wrong with any of the dishes. But if you are stuck deciding between a couple, the waiters are extremely helpful in finding something you’ll love.

FRUGAL? AVO’s menu is reasonably priced: Large dishes fall between $12 and $14, while small plates range from $5 to $11. Menu prices aside, AVO is part of Spring Rewards, and you can claim a $5 gift from AVO upon signing up. This knocks $5 off your bill as long as your check amounts to $5 or more.

The restaurant also offers a happy hour that features its popular AVO margarita for $7, along with $7 house wines, 2-for-1 drafts and an assortment of vegan cocktails from 2 to 5 p.m. and from 8 to 9 p.m. weekdays.

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The Dish on happy hour at Silo

FANCY? Silo  has a southern sense of fancy. Located in Germantown, Silo complements the quaintness of this neighborhood’s brick sidewalks by providing an inherently rustic country atmosphere. The walls are wooden slats, and the tables and chairs are handpicked to match. Overall, Silo offers an enticing environment to unwind after a workday.

FUN? Whether you sit in the dining area, at the bar or on the patio, Silo offers a comfortable, friendly place. The waitstaff is knowledgeable and helpful, and the bartenders are personable. The music is not too loud, and the tracks offer easy listening.

FRUGAL? It can be! During the daily happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m. (including weekends), Silo offers creative cocktails for $6, wine for $5 and beer for $4. The seasonal menu features a number of excellent choices. It may be tough to decide what you should enjoy first– but this is a good problem to have.

The red wine is the Buenas Tempranillo (priced at $10.99 in liquor stores), which doesn’t make this quite as good of a deal as Michael David’s Petite Petit for $5.50 (priced at $18.99 in liquor stores) at the Sutler. However, unlike most house wines, this Tempranillo is rich and delicious with a hint of spice, vanilla, and oak.

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The New York Sour (bourbon, lemon, simple syrup, red wine float) and A Benny and Joon Morning (amaretto, bourbon, lemon, simple syrup)
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The house wine: Buenas Tempranillo

 

The Dish on dining at 360 Bistro

FANCY? Yes! 360 Bistro is Belle Meade’s hidden gem. Located in this upscale area near the Highway 100/Harding Pike split, this establishment prizes itself on a seemingly never-ending wine list accessible via an iPad. The restaurant is composed of a variety of dining areas (a bar, an outdoor patio, indoor patio and a formal dining room with wine bottles lining the walls) to place the power in your hands as to how fancy you’d like your experience to be. No matter where you sit, service is always top-notch with a very knowledgeable staff! The vibe inside is very romantic and relaxing. This is a perfect place for any occasion from a special date night to meeting some guys at the bar to catch a game.

FUN?  With a big screen TV in the bar area and such options as chipotle BBQ wings, truffle parmesan fries and cheese/charcuterie on the bar menu, this could easily become your next happy hour spot for any day of the week.

FRUGAL?  Certainly can be! On Sundays, the restaurant offers half-priced select wine bottles. This week, we chose to go with the Seghesio Zinfandel ($60 regularly) and paid $30 for it. What a steal! 360 also puts out a Groupon every few months; however, these are in short supply. So if you spot one, buy it.

360 recently revamped its menu to feature a wide selection to please any palate. We started with the baked brie  ($10)– which was by far one of the most impressive cheese dishes in Nashville. For entrees, we went with the black pepper tagliatelli with bolognese and house-made ricotta ($20) and the short ribs with Anson Mills polenta, pinenut gremolata, and mushrooms ($29). Both entrees were large and delicious! We enjoyed a side of the Brussels sprouts ($8) that were beautifully presented in a white dish with a lid. Overall, this is one of our top-three restaurants in Nashville. Don’t be afraid to try something new– this would be the place to do it!

The Husband Bourbon Review: B

360 Bistro has all of the staples that you’d see at any restaurant in town ($10 for a 2 oz pour of either W.L. Weller Special Reserve or W.L. Weller Antique) — in addition to the rarer bourbons including Pappy Van Winkle and Parker’s Heritage 24-Year Bottled-in-Bond. This being said, the price tag on these high-end bourbons is steep, and your money could be better spent at 360. Considering this, I recommend opting for a bourbon-based cocktail or expanding your palate and trying a bottle of wine from the expansive iPad menu. This is, after all, what they do best!

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The Dish on dining at Urban Grub

FANCY? Located in 12 South, Urban Grub distinguishes itself from Josephine, Bar Taco, Burger Up, the Flip Side and Frothy Monkey by offering a very fine dining setting inside along with a more casual atmosphere on its patios and at its bars (yes, plural). The back patio sets the tone for a livelier dining experience with multiple TVs and a garden setting. The patios are heated in the winter, so there is no shortage of seating  during chillier days! The restaurant is a solid bet for any occasion from meeting up with friends to watch a game during the day or taking your spouse out for an anniversary.

FUN? Absolutely! I love going to places that offer different experiences depending on where you sit in the restaurant, and Urban Grub passes this ambiance test. You can easily grab a nice cocktail and appetizers at the bar and then transition into a more formal setting for dinner–  without hopping into an Uber.

FRUGAL? Actually, yes! Many of Urban Grub’s entree-sized dishes are easily shareable. We were thinking of splitting the carbonara ($20), and the waitress suggested that we have the kitchen split the dish in the back vs. sharing from the same dish since 1) they have no split-plate charge and 2) the kitchen usually gives healthier portions when you ask to split a dish. The photo below of the carbonara is of one split plate. No matter what you’re craving, Urban Grub’s menu will likely have it!

The wines are also not too expensive, and the restaurant is one of the few to offer quartino (9 oz.) pours. We ordered a bottle of Anciano Tempranillo ($33) and thoroughly enjoyed it for the price.

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