This post is taken from this week's dining review, which provides a round-up of weekly dining promotions.
The Pie Wagon Skillet-Fried Fish
Any day of the week is a meat-and-treat at Carol Babb's Southern fare landmark. But mark your calendar for skillet-fried catfish day, when Babb and Co. sizzle up the sweet farm-raised fish. Eight-and-a-half bucks (including tax) buys a plate with three sides and a slab of jalapeno cornbread. Babb recommends hobo potatoes, broccoli slaw and white beans. (On Tuesday, skillet-fried hot chicken and three sides is $8.) 1302 Division St.
Tabouli's Belly Dancers
It's Middle Eastern cuisine with a side of midriff and Middle Eastern music on Friday and Saturday nights from 9 to 11 p.m. The menu stays the same, with a fresh and eclectic repertoire of Mediterranean dishes, but the scenery gets a rhythmic up-tick from a pair of dancers circling the dining room and patio overlooking Belmont Boulevard. 9 to 11 p.m. 2015 Belmont Blvd.
The Standard Cabaret
Even New Yorkers have raved about the dinner-and-a-show combo at the historic townhouse, where chef Joe Shaw's Southern-scented menu of carpaccio, braised lamb shank and grilled veal chop comes with a side of sultry singing and music from the baby grand piano. Jazz starts at 8 p.m., and cabaret and Broadway tunes follow from 9 to 11 p.m. ($5 cover for non-dinner guests). 167 Rosa Parks Blvd.
Saturday and Sunday events are listed after the jump.
Golden Coast Authentic Chinese Lunch
Whenever the bloggers on Bites, the Scene's food blog, get started on the subject of authentic Chinese food in Nashville, one name pops up most often: Golden Coast. On weekends, the restaurant stashes the familiar sweet-and-sour and kung pao staples in favor of a repertoire of authentic recipes. The steam table overflows with congee, seaweed soup, salt shrimp and clams in black bean sauce, to name just a few of the intriguing items. The all-you-can-eat lunch for $10.40 plus tax is a filling--and fulfilling--culinary adventure. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 1722 West End Ave.
Oh, what a beautiful weekend when the French-flavored Sylvan Park eatery shifts course from dinner to the morning meal, trading foie gras and escargots for orange-custard French toast, shrimp and grits, homemade muesli with yogurt, Callebaut hot chocolate and Benton's bacon. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 343 53rd Ave.
Under new ownership of longtime bartender Terrell Raley, Ombi is serving a wallet-friendly brunch featuring the likes of lobster-and-brie frittata ($10), Monte Cristo with raspberry dijon ($7) and filet mignon with porcini-port butter ($12). Available 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Ombi's Sunday brunch is a tasty chaser to the weekend's late-night tapas menu. 2214 Elliston Pl.
The all-you-can-eat buffet at Tribe's sister restaurant includes an ever-changing array of breakfast and lunch items, with an omelet station and a bananas Foster bar. The $6.50 loaded Bloody Mary includes all you can jam into a glass of vodka and tomato juice--think crabmeat, shrimp and blue cheese-stuffed olives. Four cabanas on the patio make a serene urban spot for sipping $3.50 mimosas. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 1517 Church St.
South Street Crawfish Boil
From 2 p.m. until the steampot is empty, the bayou biker bar and restaurant serves all-you-can-eat mudbugs, corn on the cob and new potatoes for $28.95. Or get there at 11 a.m. for Saturday and Sunday brunch of frittatas, waffles and the Skinny Pig (blackened trout with vegetables). 907 20th Ave. S.
City House Sunday Supper
Chef Tandy Wilson wanted Sunday to be a day when everyone felt welcome at his Germantown neighborhood eatery, so he designed the menu for people to share lots of things. Meals are served family-style, with big bowls for passing, and prices are a little lower than during the week. Every Sunday, you can count on marinara pizza and meatballs, but beyond that, expect the kitchen to cut loose with some unexpected experimentation. Last summer, they even spit-roasted a whole hog. 5 to 9 p.m. 1222 4th Ave. N.
F. Scott's Speakeasy Phrase
Green Hills' Jazz Age hangout recently expanded its Speakeasy Phrase promotion to the whole week (except Sunday). Whisper the secret flapper-era phrase to the bartender and you'll get a special discounted treat, such as pizza for $1 or flatiron steak and cheese biscuits for $2.75. Speakeasy specials also include beer for half-price and house wine, martini-style drinks and well drinks for $5. To get on the email list for the ever-changing secret phrase, send a message to fscottsjazz (at) Comcast.net. Bar opens at 4:30 p.m. 2210 Crestmoor Road