For nearly 20 years, F. Scott's has maintained its status as one of Nashville's best and most popular restaurants, earning its position with a commitment to quality and excellence on every measurable level. Owners Elise Loehr Solima and Wendy Holcomb Burch run a tight ship with velvet gloves. Named for the Jazz Age author and icon of style, F. Scott's does indeed present live jazz from some of Nashville's most talented musicians seven nights a week in its chic, clubby lounge. Two sophisticated dining rooms are impeccably served by veteran staff. The Wine Spectator Award of Excellence wine list boasts more than 300 selections stored in a climate-controlled, custom wine cellar, with 2,000 bottles in inventory. But it’s the food that continues to impress and seduce year after year, season after season. Executive chef Will Uhlhorn and his staff turn out exquisite and elegantly presented contemporary American cuisine of superior caliber. F. Scott's is now completely non-smoking, including the lounge.
The all-American breakfast at this Franklin Road eatery has earned a faithful following. The lunch and dinner menu has evolved from diner standards to an extensive selection of Greek specialties that one might find in a family-owned taberna, which is exactly the ambiance of the cheerful blue-and-white dining room that shows little evidence of its former fast-food tenant. The dishes are simple, flavorful, freshly prepared comfort foods using the staples of Greek cuisine: olive oil, lemons, garlic, olives, spinach, feta cheese, tomatoes, eggplant, grape leaves, oregano, parsley and rosemary.
When it comes to destination dining, Margot is where you want to set your compass. As much as residents in the restaurant’s East Nashville neighborhood would like to keep this jewel to themselves, they would have to secure the perimeter of Five Points to stem the flow of devotees who stream over the river from points near and far to taste Provence and Tuscany in this charming, renovated brick building. From the open kitchen on the first level, intoxicating scents waft through the first-floor dining room, over to the half-moon bar, up to the mezzanine and out to the enclosed patio. Chef/co-owner Margot McCormack sets the bar high, changing her menu nightly based on what comes freshest to the kitchen door that morning. Business partner Jay Fein is in charge of the French/Italian/German wine list, and servers offer informed assistance. Margot’s Sunday brunch—to order, not a buffet—is all the reason many need to get out of bed early and beat the crowds.
It's worth venturing out of your sushi-and-curry comfort zone at this cheery Japanese-Thai restaurant. Don't miss the Tiger Tear salad of beef with lime and chili. Frogs legs basil and Volcano shrimp are beautiful and unusual dishes, but it is the grilled yellowtail jawbone ($7.50) that makes Lemongrass a destination restaurant.
Owned by wisecracking brothers Ali and Amir Arab, who have been making pizza in Nashville for 20 years, Pizza Perfect is not idle bragging, but pretty darned close to truth in advertising. Dough and sauce are homemade daily, pies are hand-tossed, toppings are fresh and plentiful. Puffy calzones, stuffed hot subs and baked pasta with a near-perfect tomato sauce round out the moderately priced menu.