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 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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The Dish on happy hour at the Sutler

Updated 2/7/2017

FANCY? The Sutler offers two separate experiences with its upstairs saloon and downstairs cellar. The cellar is the fancier of the two with its classic speakeasy feel, while the saloon upstairs majors in live music and entertainment. In the cellar, you can easily engage in conversation, and there is plenty of couch and bar seating. This spot is versatile in that it’s ideal for both date night and larger groups. The cocktails and wine are fantastic, and you can’t beat the prices (or quality) on happy hour to boot.

FUN? Hands down. Grab a drink in the cellar before going upstairs to the saloon for a solid Music City night!

FRUGAL? You can easily breakaway from Sutler with minimal wallet damage because its top-notch happy hour includes half-priced draft beer, wines, and cocktails from 5 to 7 p.m. weekdays and two-for-one wines from 7 to 10 p.m. on Wednesdays. Additionally, this is the best happy hour for beer in town with half-off drafts (including some local brews like Jackalope Bearwalker Brown for under $3 and other favorites like Bell’s Two Hearted Ale for $3).

The upstairs saloon offers the same half-priced drafts, cocktails and wine menu from 3 to 7 p.m. weekdays.

The Husband Bourbon Rating: B

The Sutler stocks your standard offerings, such as Jim Beam, Jack Daniels, Four Roses and Bulleit, with a few outstanding exceptions. Blanton’s Single Barrel is typically viewed as a fail-safe option; but at $17, you would be better off purchasing a bottle for your own bar on the way home. 

The happy hour bourbon/rye cocktail selections provide nice alternatives. Both The Gambler ($5) and Jack and Diane ($5) are bourbon/rye-based drinks that make for deals you shouldn’t turn down. Overall, this is not a place I would recommend to simply grab a pour of your favorite bourbon, but if you want a cool venue to grab a cocktail and enjoy the vibe– this is  your spot. 

Michael David’s Petite Petit ($5.50) and Jack and Diane ($5) with Jack Daniel’s single barrel rye, peach, sour, and red wine (photographed in the cellar downstairs)
The Gambler ($5) with Bulleit bourbon, basil syrup and lemon (photographed in the saloon upstairs)

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

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