In case you haven't been able to choose a mayoral candidate from the five, nay, six contenders who all predictably oppose new taxes and believe the children are our future, now you can base your vote on something really important: their favorite restaurants. David Briley likes Pancake Pantry, Rotier's and Margot. Howard Gentry likes Shoney's. Bob Clement likes to dine at home—or at Bistro 215. Guess who likes Jimmy Kelly's? (Not exactly man-of-the-people grub there, Karl Dean.) Used car salesman Kenneth Eaton is a McDonald's man. Dozier, touted as the meat-and-three mayor, likes Swett's.
No matter who wins the Sept. 11 runoff, the runaway winner in this poll is Noshville, named as the favorite breakfast spot by Clement, Dean and Buck Dozier. J. Alexander's got shout-outs from Gentry and Eaton, and we're hoping someday to see them at a booth sharing a seared ahi tuna salad.
The restaurant preferences are included in a mailer from council at-large candidate Charlie Tygard. The Tygard team posed about a dozen questions to the would-be mayors. A few highlights:
Kenneth Eaton's favorite movie: Used Cars
Howard Gentry's required reading: Apollo's Struggle, by Martha Ingram
David Briley's first car: 1966 Volvo station wagon
Karl Dean's first car: Chevrolet Citation
Buck Dozier's favorite music: Easy listening
Bob Clement's household chore: clean up after family dog