There are few places where I feel happier to be in Nashville than at The Family Wash. It's such a neighborhood place--regulars saddled up at the bar, comfort food on the menu and co-workers playing mournful Americana (or jazz fusion) on the stage.
Tuesdays are always bustling thanks to the pint-and-a-pie deal--a beer and a signature shepherd's pie of your choice for 10 bucks. Last night I got my usual: a draft of Yazoo pale ale and a vegetarian pie. For those of you aghast at the thought of a meatless take on this classic country dish (well, classic unless you make it like my mom did: with lots of ketchup), you haven't had this version. In place of ground meat, the bottom layer of the pie is an intensely flavorful stew of lentils, corn, peas and tons of rosemary. And you still get that oozing, bruleed crust of sharp cheddar cheese on top. On a cold night, it's downright heartwarming.