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.
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
FANCY? Salt & Vine is not particularly fancy. This new hot spot in Nashville offers a very modern vibe with a fresh market up front and a seating area in the back. The Sylvan Park establishment includes a great selection of wine, coffee, beer and light bites on its menu. Because the modern fixtures and layout create an overly noisy atmosphere as Salt & Vine becomes crowded, this place would be ideal for catching up with a girlfriend right after work.
FUN? Yes! Salt & Vine offers a fun experience for women who enjoy coffee, wine and cheese. I did not have the burrata, but I have heard nothing but good things about this shareable dish.
FRUGAL? The prices for wines by the glass are not outrageous, and the drink menu (pictured below) includes some delicious brands that are not commonly sold by the glass at restaurants. Salt & Vine hosts a daily happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m. featuring $6 red and white wines. However, the red happy hour wine was very syrupy and not worth the $6, so I went with Elqui Wines’ Syrah/Carmenere/Malbec blend ($10).
FANCY? Located in Sylvan Park, Park Cafe is one of the fancier restaurants in this neighborhood. It offers a seasonal menu that usually includes options like salmon, filet mignon, pork chop, and chicken breast with premium sides and decadent desserts (think pumpkin cheesecake through autumn). This is a great place to go for a romantic dinner date and is equally suitable for hosting larger groups on the back patio.
FUN? Park Cafe is a sister restaurant to Eastland Cafe and Pomodoro East— so it comes as no surprise that the outdoor space is sizable and exquisite. Park Cafe’s cobblestone-paved patio plays host to tables both in the open and under a large tent, giving customers the option to enjoy the sun or to take refuge in the shade.
FRUGAL? Heading over to Park Cafe on a Tuesday is one of your better decisions when it comes to happy hour. On Tuesdays, the restaurant offers its burger with fries for only $7 (usually $12). The regular happy hour menu runs from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. This menu features $6 cocktails, $5 wines, $3 drafts and an assortment of food items (listed below). The Cabernet Sauvignon was the Dark Horse brand, which did not disappoint for $5/glass! We ended up getting a margherita pizza, the burger, two glasses of Cabernet and two Jackalope Red Rye Ales– and only spent $30. Now that is a deal! And the best part is that Park Cafe doesn’t restrict happy hour specials to its bar area. You can enjoy these same deals on the patio, too.
The Husband Bourbon Rating: N/A
Bourbon isn’t one of Park Cafe’s specialties. Instead, go with a $3 draft and spend the money you save at Park Cafe on high-end bourbon elsewhere.