The list, announced today, was compiled by BA's Andrew Knowlton, and this Wednesday, Aug. 14, the magazine will narrow the list, proclaiming his Hot 10 restaurants and the top winner.
Here's an excerpt from the BA blurb on Rolf and Daughters:
Nashville's newest star has nothing to do with country music. This rowdy neighborhood joint in an old foundry is the work of chef Philip Krajeck, who crafts the understated "peasant food" of Italy and the Mediterranean with care (and top-quality Southern meats and produce). Starters like chicken liver pâté with carrot marmalade and mains like dry-aged meatballs are all compelling, but it's the pastas that are unforgettable.
We appreciate the righteous praise of Rolf and Daughters, even if the lead sentence's "Nashville has more than just country music" sentiment seems a little tired after the past few years of national coverage of Nashville's food and culture scenes.
Bites' own Lesley Lassiter, a former Memphian, notes on Twitter that she's been to both. (Even vegetarians go to Hog & Hominy.)
I haven't been to H&H, but I've always had impeccable food and a convivial experience at Rolf and Daughters. The service and moderate pricing are great, too. How about you, Bites folks? Anybody want to weigh in on either of these Tennessee culinary overachievers?