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Monday, July 29, 2013

Numerology Dinner Deal: 3-4-$30 @ 1808

Posted by on Mon, Jul 29, 2013 at 5:50 AM

Chef Charles Phillips and his staff at 1808 Grille in the Hutton Hotel continue to put out some consistently spectacular food. It has become a favorite spot for a business breakfast, a power lunch or a date-night dinner. Don't get stuck in the idea that it is a super expensive or overly formal place to dine.

Sure, you'll see folks wearing suits at lunch, but you're also likely to encounter Hutton guests dressed for an afternoon of sightseeing and site-seeing around town, or a schlubby food writer like me meeting friends for lunch. Since 1808 Grille wants to attract even more locals, they've put together a meal deal for the rest of the summer to encourage Nashvillians to avail themselves of the free parking (!) while dining and give the restaurant a try.

Until Sept. 5, the Summer Special dinner menu features three-course meals with your choice from three small plates, large plates and sweets. For only $30, it's a heck of a deal! One caveat, the offer is not available on Friday or Saturday night, so don't plan a weekend date around this particular deal.

1808 Grille
Hutton Hotel
1808 West End Ave.
(615) 340-0012

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Thursday, September 6, 2012

Tasti D-Lite Celebrating With 25-Cent Frozen Cones

Posted by on Thu, Sep 6, 2012 at 7:42 AM

If you are unwilling to let go of the last days of summer, then I guess you don't remember how bad the end of June was. ... But if you still want to celebrate the season of Aestas with a nice frozen treat, then the folks at Tasti D-Lite want to hook you up tomorrow, Sept. 7.

In case you're not familiar with it, Tasti D-Lite is a "dairy-based soft serve frozen dessert." Its makers say it's not frozen yogurt, because it doesn’t contain fermented yogurt cultures, and it's not ice cream, because it contains less than 10 percent butter fat. Whatever it is, it's popular, and the chain is celebrating its 25th anniversary by offering small cones and cups for 25 cents on Friday only.

There's also a special Birthday Cake flavor available for the entire month of September. So grab the kiddos and head to one of their two Nashville locations to wish them a happy birthday and enjoy a sweet treat. I guarantee it'll be cheaper than the soft serve at the state fair.

Tasti D-Lite
2418 West End Ave.
Nashville, TN 37203

7044 Charlotte Pike
Walmart Store No. 659
Nashville, TN 37209

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Thursday, June 7, 2012

Noodles and Co. Mixes It Up With Free Salad Deal Today

Posted by on Thu, Jun 7, 2012 at 7:17 AM

The Noodles and Company locations in Green Hills and Cool Springs want to be known for more than just noodles. They also make some nice salads if you're looking for a healthy meal on the run.

In honor of their new summertime salads, Chili-Lime Ginger with seared chicken, Backyard Barbecue Chicken with fresh-cut corn, and Spinach & Fresh Fruit, they have declared today to be “Sowing the Seeds of Salad” Day.

When both locations open at 11 this morning, the first 50 people through the door will receive a card for a free Summertime Salad. They will also receive three garden stakes that are good for a free salad that they can share with friends.

So make plans to eat early today and check out the new salad offerings at Noodles and Company. Let us know what you think in the comments. If you can't make it out in time today, they've let me have five free salad coupons to give away to the first readers who say "I want one!" in the comments. Just leave a comment and email me your mailing address to and I'll drop your freebies in the mail.

Noodles and Company
The Mall at Green Hills
2116 Green Hills Village Drive
Nashville, TN 37215
11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
(615) 383-7740

Cool Springs
995 Meridian Blvd.
Franklin, TN 37067
11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
(615) 771-3013

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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend with Half-Price Entrees at Sperry's

Posted by on Thu, May 24, 2012 at 10:39 AM

First off, I hope that we don't have to remind everyone the difference between Memorial Day, where we remember those who are no longer with us, and Veteran's Day, when we salute those among us who served in the military. That being said, Memorial Day weekend would be a fine time to take your favorite veteran or any other loved one out for at least one meal rather than spending three days stooped over a hot grill declaring the official kickoff of summer. And Sperry's wants to help you out.

This Sunday and Monday, May 27-28, both the Belle Meade and Cool Springs outposts of Sperry's are offering all entries (except lobster tails and crab legs) for half price from 5 p.m. until close. Despite the fact that the deal kicks off at 5, they still want to emphasize that it is not available during brunch in case you roll your lazy butt out of the rack at 5:30 looking for some cheap Eggs Benedict.

Seriously, this sounds like a pretty good deal to me. Head on out and enjoy some of their popular prime rib and a salad served on one of those cryogenically cooled steel plates at a great price.

Sperry's Belle Meade

5109 Harding Pike
Nashville, TN 37205

Sperry's Cool Springs
650 Frazier Drive
Franklin, TN 37067

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Ramen Holiday: What Will Haslam's .002 Percent Food-Tax Cut Buy?

Posted by on Wed, Jan 11, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Gov. Bill Haslam proposed a cut to the food tax yesterday, slicing it from 5.5 to 5.3 percent in a move that promises to be a boon for working families everywhere. Or not.

Now, I love tax cuts as much as the next person. But even by my math — admittedly, the part of school I was least interested in — that's 20 cents on $100 worth of groceries.

I'll repeat that — TWENTY CENTS.

I'm not sure what level of objectivity I'm sacrificing by calling that the worst tax cut in the history of ever, but surely the $18 million the state is foregoing to bring us this tax cut could go to something better than the pennies it's going to save us. Have you seen some of the roads around here?

Nevertheless, I tried to see how I could use this largess. The first article of faith among tax cutters is always, "You spend your money better than the government can spend it." So here's how the wife and I attempted to spend 20 cents at Publix on a Tuesday night:

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Thursday, December 29, 2011

TGI Friday's Throws a Wingding for the Music City Bowl

Posted by on Thu, Dec 29, 2011 at 8:11 AM

If you have noticed the clanging of cowbells all over downtown or packs of fans wearing Demon Deacons (Fighting Oxymorons) sweatshirts, you're probably aware that it's time for the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl this Friday, when Wake Forest faces Mississippi State. While we graciously open the doors of our hotels, restaurants and bars to our guests and really appreciate their contributions to our tax coffers, sometimes it's nice to to something for the locals.

TGI Friday's wants to give Middle Tennesseans a treat before, during and after tomorrow's game. Normally, Friday's All-You-Can-Eat Wings promotion is only available in the bar area of participating restaurants on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, but in honor of the bowl game they are offering the deal from one hour before game time until one hour after the final whistle.

That means from about 4:30 to 8:30 p.m., you can enjoy as many wings as you can handle for one flat rate along with TGI Friday's voluminous bar menu of beers and specialty cocktails. You know you don't want to be any closer to the stadium than twenty blocks at game time anyway. If you don't happen to be near the West End location, the deal is also good at their locations in the hinterlands. Here's a list of all the participating restaurants:

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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Fido Special Discount for Bites Readers This Friday

Posted by on Thu, Nov 3, 2011 at 10:56 AM

In our second installment of great things about Fido this week, acclaimed executive chef John Stephenson is offering a 10 percent discount on two of their daily specials if you mention "Nashville Scene Bites" this Friday, Nov. 4.

Choose from either the local spinach salad with warm bacon-apple dressing, toasted pistachio, apple, red onion, feta, tomato and applewood bacon; or the green chili mac-and-cheese with jalapeno, roasted poblano, poblano cream, baby spinach (with choice of soup or salad). Both run $10, minus the 10 percent discount for Bites readers.

I have raved about Fido's specials in the past and can vouch for these dishes as well. I have been eating that green chili mac for at least six years and am always happy to see it making appearances on the seasonal special board. And if you want to really impress me, pick up a Kitchen Sink Cookie on your way out (botched cookie recipe attempt is forthcoming).

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Monday, August 1, 2011

Summer Special at Watermark

Posted by on Mon, Aug 1, 2011 at 8:41 AM

When Chef Matt Bolus arrived at Watermark Restaurant last spring, he arrived with a great splash, including a fine showing at this year's edition of Iron Fork. I know several people who have wanted to try out some of his culinary stylings, but have been a little bit intimidated by the price points at the fine dining establishment. During the dog days of summer, restaurants have to come up with creative ideas to boost the number of nightly covers particularly during the middle of the week.

In an effort to solve both of these problems, Watermark is now offering a surprisingly affordable way for curious diners to experience Chef Bolus' brand of upscale Southern cooking with a prix-fixe menu that features regional specialties made with some of our favorite ingredients. And best of all, it's offered nightly, so you can even make a cheap weekend date of it. The menu features a choice of appetizer, entrée and dessert for just $40 per person, or $60 per person with wine pairings for each course.

The summer menu includes a choice from each of the following courses:

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Friday, June 17, 2011

Farmers' Market Finds: Killer Biscuits & Gravy from Jonbalaya Catering, Woodbine Farmers' Market

Posted by on Fri, Jun 17, 2011 at 2:59 PM

You call these weekly assemblies of home-baked goods, food stands and organic produce "farmers' markets." I call them "food courts." Two weeks ago I made it through the Saturday morning West Nashville Farmers Market in Richland Park with the best barbecue sandwich I've had in Nashville (more on that later), a big cup of basil lemonade from Primm Springs, a crisp, gooey empanada from Karla Ruiz (and damn the scoundrel who absconded with her entire supply of tamales!) and a grilled rice cake basted with tamari from Naoko's Delights.

But the best farmers' market find I've found recently along these lines — and perhaps the most counter-intuitive, no pun intended — is at the Saturday morning Woodbine Farmers Market in Coleman Park. This budding market already has one of my favorite items, available nowhere else I've seen: Ben Smythe's Banjamin's Ghost Pepper Elixer & Seasoning, a variety of zippy spice powders, rubs and condiments with the dusky atomic bang of the infamous Bhut jolokia throughout. I put it on eggs; I put it on buttered bread; I snort it off the table in lines.

And now I can put it on biscuits and gravy as I walk around the Woodbine market, thanks to Jon Heidelberg and his Jonbalaya Catering. An affiliate of Riffs Food Truck — where Chef Carlos was dispensing amazing blackened fish tacos and Thai beef salad over noodles last week across the shady field — Jonbalaya has the breakfast I've been craving on early-morning trips to the farmers market: buttery biscuits with perfect discs of poached egg and mild country sausage, available with a rich sausage gravy that shames Cracker Barrel. That's $4; the biscuit, egg and sausage alone are $2.50. Great stuff.

Jonbalaya and Riffs have a lot of mutual joshing going on. When I bought a peach iced tea from Jonbalaya, Jon directed me across the lot to tell the guys manning Riffs his tea put theirs to shame. I did so, expecting a plateful of Thai beef salad in the face. (Which wouldn't be a bad thing.) Chef Carlos grinned and shook his fist in mock indignation. The smart guy would go early enough to have Jonbalaya's biscuits and gravy — washed down with either a Primm Springs lemonade or a chocolate milk from the Dairy-Air Airstream trailer — spend an hour or so hanging out and striking up conversations, then hit the Riffs truck on the way out.

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Friday, May 20, 2011

Time to Jam: Half-Off Deal at New Coffeehouse

Posted by on Fri, May 20, 2011 at 12:46 PM

The adorable Jam Coffeehouse is one of our favorite new places, but because of its somewhat hidden location in a strip off Wedgewood and 12th Avenue, it's not yet widely known. (I heard about it from Jim Ridley's post here on Bites.)

If you haven't checked Jam out yet, now might be a good time. Today's Big Deal is an $8 gift certificate for $4. The Jam offers great coffee from a local roaster and a dazzling selection of organic teas. I haven't tried the food yet, but I hear they do panini, soups and hot specials like veggie tacos. And pastries, too.

I really like the sunny room and the fun '50s-retro vibe. The Jam Coffeehouse is at 1210 Wedgewood Ave. (823-3292). More info is at

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