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 Rolf and Daughters

FANCY? Rolf and Daughters has an eclectic vibe in Germantown’s former boiler building. It has preserved the warehouse feel with exposed ceiling and brick walls. Stringed lights illuminate the outdoor patio tables, granting patrons a more relaxed dining experience on cooler evenings. But my favorite spot to sit is at the bar. The bartenders are so knowledgeable in the craft cocktails that ordering off their set drink list is no problem. This is a great spot for both dates and meeting up with friends.

If you want to guarantee yourself bar seats, I recommend arriving right as they open at 5:30 p.m. For table reservations, get on Open Table a couple of weeks in advance. If you can’t make reservations, never fear! The restaurant reserves the long tables in the center of the restaurant and the outdoor patio for walk-ins.

FUN? One of my favorite things about Rolf and Daughters is its changing menu. I am one to always have a “go-to” dish at a restaurant, and Rolf and Daughters simply doesn’t allow this (with the exception of the garganelli verde, which has been on the menu since the restaurant opened in 2012)! I have had something new every time, and the pasta dishes are second to none in Nashville!

FRUGAL?  Rolf and Daughters is not the most frugal place in town as there is no happy hour here. That being said, the food– and the drinks– are certainly worth every penny. Pasta dishes are typically priced between $17 and $19, small plates between $5 and $15, and large plates between $17 and $26. The wines by the glass and cocktails are reasonably priced for their value. I ordered the Cantine Valpantena Valpolicella ($13) and the sweet corn agnolotti ($19), and my husband ordered the Boulevardier ($12) and the garganelli verde ($17). We split the bread with seaweed butter ($5) for an appetizer– which is always surprisingly delicious!

*Insider tip: If it’s a weekday and you want to keep it frugal, go to Germantown Cafe for happy hour (between 3 and 7 p.m.) before walking over to Rolf and Daughters for dinner. If it is a weekend, hit up Silo’s happy hour (between 4 and 6 p.m.) beforehand.

The Husband Bourbon Rating: COMING SOON

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The Boulevardier (an off-menu cocktail with bourbon, sweet vermouth and campari )
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The sweet corn agnolotti with lime, pecorino and jalapeno
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The garganelli verde with heritage pork ragout and sarvecchio