Forget the annual doomed-for-failure abstemious resolutions of losing weight, eating less and exercising more. This year, why not just resolve to eat local and support the unique restaurants and culinary creativity blossoming in Nashville? New Year's Eve is a good time to start, and here's a sampling of the Dec. 31 festivities. Seating is going fast and reservations are required at most places, so it's a good idea to check in ahead of time. If you encounter more New Year's Eve events, please post them in the comments.
Ombi (2214 Elliston Pl., 320-5350) Intrepid chef Laura Wilson returns from maternity leave to ring in 2009 with four courses for $50 and each course paired with wine for an additional $25. Everything on the menu will also be available à la carte. Mention that you're on Ombi's email list and get a complimentary glass of sparkles for your whole table. (Wilson reminds you that bartender Terrell or Miranda will call a cab if you ask and that cars parked in the garage from dinner at Ombi may remain parked until New Year's Day.)
Tin Angel (3201 West End Ave., 298-3444) As usual, Vicki and Rick Bolsom and the crew at the West End landmark will stoke the fire and offer a menu of some of the most popular specials from the year. (Hint: 2008 was a good year for Tin Angel's roasted half duck, braised lamb shank and lump crab-crusted salmon.)
Miel (343 53rd Ave. N., 298-3663) Seema and Jimmy Phillips celebrate their first New Year's Eve in the former Johnson's Meat Market with a five-course prix fixe menu for $75 that includes French onion soup; tea-cured Arctic char or braised Kobe beef cheeks; fruits de mer or rack of lamb; salad or cheeses; and baked Alaska.
Copper Kettle (94 Peabody St., 742-5545) The new downtown location of the gourmet meat-and-three offers a buffet with carving station for $25 from 6 to 10 p.m.
Taste of Russia (101 Shingle Way, 472-1432) Tucked away in a corner of Cool Springs, this comfortable, no-nonsense eatery offers a fresh and intriguing menu of Russian and Ukrainian cuisine, which it will pare down for a $70 prix fixe New Year's meal that includes appetizers, entrées, desserts and bubbly.
Miro District (1922 Adelicia St., 320-1119) The gleaming European-flavored showplace on the ground floor of the Adelicia offers a prix fixe menu for $55 that includes appetizers of lobster bisque, sweetbreads, oysters and duck; entrees of lobster agnolotti, skate wing and lamb shank; and desserts of flan and tiramisu.
Radius 10 (1103 McGavock, 259-5105) In addition to the regular menu, chef Jason Brumm will offer some "high-end specials," along with a $48 tasting menu that includes items such as lobster, Kobe short ribs and foie gras.
F. Scott's (2210 Crestmoor Road, 269-5861) Chef Will Uhlhorn & Co. get their funny party hats on with a three-course meal for $75 or a four-course meal for $90, while Cliff Richmond & Friends tune up for "Auld Lang Syne" in the tony jazz lounge.
Zola (3001 West End Ave., 320-7778) Chef Deb Paquette will offer a set menu with choice of filet, scallops, lamb, tuna or ravioli for $80 per person or $115 with wine tasting. Dinner will include an amuse and bubbly for all.