We returned yesterday from a Nashville visit.
Friday dinner - PM (http://www.pmnashville.com/
). The food was outstanding. We shared the glass noodle pad thai (pad thai with delicate glass noodles, blanketed with a thin omlette and served with two dipping sauces, one fairly hot and one more vinegary) and a few starters. The pad thai was really, really good, and the addition of the omlette blanket was a nice touch. PM has a nice drink menu, but our drink orders were not executed well. Our friends swore it was just an off night for the bar.
Saturday lunch - picnic lunch at Arrington Vineyards (http://www.arringtonvineyards.com/
). The wine tastings are free, and the wines were mostly pretty good. The viognier and rose were standouts, the cab was pretty good, but the chardonnay and Red Fox Red (pinor noir style) were duds. The facilities are beautiful, and the weather cooperated and made for nice afternoon of wine-drinking in the sun.
Saturday pre-dinner - Patterson House (http://www.thepattersonnashville.com/
). It was discussed above, but you really should visit this place. One of the more impressive cocktail menus I have ever seen, and the decor is outstanding. Go early - lines form around 6:30 or 7:00 on weekends to get in, and they only allow the number of people in that can get a seat - no standing allowed. There is a large bar in the middle with tables along the walls, a nice patio and a small but interesting food menu. We had the tater tots, and I drank the bacon manhattan and walnut old fashioned.
Saturday dinner - Park Cafe (http://parkcafenashville.com/
). Upscale but unpretentious restaurant. I had the scallops (with Bentons bacon) and my wife the pasta rounds, which were surprinsgly good. Sunset Grill is still my favorite in Nashville, but Park Cafe is now a not-too-distant second.
Sunday brunch - Athens Family Restaurant (http://athensfamilyrestaurant.com/
). Pretty good Greek diner with American items as well. It hit the spot.