In case you were too busy arguing for vodka over gin--or vice versa--in the Great Martini Debate and you missed these headlines, take a second sip of the week on Bites:
Nachos Mexican restaurant is opening its second store, located in Bellevue.
Much beloved Mexican eatery Los Rosales closed, with the owner citing poor economic conditions.
Brother-sister team Mitchell and Mollie Murphree closed down their charming Murfreesboro eatery--Tomato, Tomato---to focus on their Five Senses restaurant, which will begin serving lunch next week.
Texas-based chain Chuy's is coming to town.
In case you were busy pulling together your lycopene-laced costume for this weekend's Tomato Art Festival and you missed the savory conversations on Bites, here's a second bite at the apple--or the tomato, as it were.
Cocina Mexican Grill opened in Berry Hill.
Readers bitch-slapped the notion of banning the Fox's Donut Den sign in Green Hills.
We revisited Germantown Cafe and found out it's still all gut at Chris Lowry and Jay Luther's eatery with a view.
We tallied the restaurant openings and closings in July. (Hint: It's good news.)
Chickens strutted into the fore as Metro Council took up the matter of livestock in the urban district.
If you missed these and other headlines, enjoy a second helping and add your own opinions to the mix.
It was a big juicy week of Bites, so in case you missed any of these stories, it's worth going back for second helpings:
It's the Day Before Independence Day, and the Bites team is out pursuing happiness, preparing to ingest as much hot chicken, black bean salad and cobbler as we can find across the picnics and potlucks of this great nation.
In other words, we've been liberated from our keyboards. But if you're not out buying a gift for the country's 233rd birthday, take a spin through these headlines from the week on Bites.
Food, Inc.. sparked a meaty conversation on Bites, as readers discussed the pros and cons of the industrial food system as depicted in the Food on Film series at the Belcourt.
Bites readers slugged it out over the best neighborhoods for dining in Nashville. Should Hillsboro Village make the list? The Gulch? You decide.
12South added one more to its tally of independent eateries with the news that Burger Up will open at 12th & Paris in December.
We tallied up the restaurant opening and closings for the year to date.
And finally, author John Egerton made a call to arms, urging readers to support restaurateur Randy Rayburn in a last-ditch stand against legislation allowing gun in restaurants and bars. This being July 4 weekend and all, exercise your constitutional right to weigh in on the issue.
If you didn't act fast, you missed your shot at Ombi's new drinks menu, posted this week on Bites, because no sooner had the drinks menu emerged than a sign was posted on the door that Ombi was closed, due to a problem with the gas line. (No word yet on the prognosis for that gas line.)
At least there was a boozy alternative nearby, when the bartender from the Violet Hour showed up for the weekend at The Patterson House as a guest mixologist.
Perhaps the most hotly debated topic this week was the etiquette--or lack thereof--of eating in the grocery store before you pay for your stuff.
If you missed any of these posts, scroll back through Bites and add your two cents.
It was a bittersweet week as we said farewell to Bites blogger Lee Stabert, who's heading home to the City of Brotherly Love. In bidding her adieu, Bites readers gave Lee a list of local favorites to hit before she skips town, as well as a list of places to dine on the way to Philadelphia.
It was also a thirsty week. Readers weighed in on The Patterson House, the new artisanal cocktail place reviewed in this week's Scene, and we got a preview of The Wine Loft coming to the Gulch this summer. Along the way we took sips from the menus at the new Fresh Blends juice bar in Belmont and Urban Flats Flatbread and Wine Co. in the Gulch. (Who's looking forward to a Gulch wine bar throwdown?)
Coming off Memorial Day weekend, we dabbled in Vietnamese noodles, chips & dips and banana pudding. If you missed any of these highlights from the week, take a stroll through Bites and clean your plate. It's good for you.
You needed a big appetite to take in all the food news and events of the past week.
Bites readers noshed and gnashed on The Local Taco, which opened in Sylvan Park just in time for Cinco de Mayo.
We found ourselves in foreign territory--or more specifically, familiar territory at a foreign time of day--when we sampled the lunchtime menu of barbecue at Jimmy Carl's Lunch Box inside the Station Inn.
If you missed out on any of the conversation about corn cakes, gummy beer, red snapper and the newly renovated Farmers' Market, scroll back through the week of Bites and throw in your two cents.
It was a week of heavy eating on Bites as we checked out the new Cantina Laredo in the Gulch, The Peanut Shop in the Arcade, Provence in Green Hills, Earth Day dinner at Marché and some stinky cheese, which, no matter how free it was, was still disgusting.
Mark you calendar for the coming events featured on Bites:
Dining Out for Life, April 28
L'Eté du Vin tasting April 30 and Premiere Auction, May 2
Slow Food Hot Dog Day, May 3
The Nashville Scene's Iron Fork, May 6
It was a week of European-flavored news when Nick's Italian Deli closed its doors and posted a cryptic note on the website about a new location and Miro District Food & Drink in the Adelicia swapped its Italian repertoire for a French-flavored menu.
In a stunning turn of events, Bread & Company announced it was lowering prices on its baked goods--some as much as 60 percent. Coffee and a muffin now cost less than $4, and cranberry-pecan loaf fell from from $13.95 to $9.95
If you get to any of these Easter brunches on Sunday, please report back on Bites.
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