Will Shuff's Nashville rendition of a gastro-pub taps 20 types of keg beer—including local Yazoo and other regional microbrews—and serves even more by the bottle. With indoor and outdoor brick grills, the full-service restaurant serves lunch and dinner every day but Sunday. Entrées include fish, burgers, steak, quesadilla and salads. — Carrington Fox
The first inkling that unpredictable treats are in store comes via a mundane source: the salad dressing, a light concoction of citrus, pineapple, carrots, a touch of mayonnaise, soy sauce and ginger. That inventiveness extends to other starters, especially the salmon/tuna tartare and the mussels dynamite specials, both of which should not be missed. Though all of owner Yun Choo’s sushi is fresh and well-prepared, it is the “World Special” rolls that are, well, otherworldly. His signature Choo Choo roll consists of broiled freshwater eel, crab and salmon rolled in rice and topped with avocado, sliced strawberries and crunchy pine nuts. The Crazy, Volcano, Dragon and Hawaiian Rolls are all equally innovative, the flavors so pleasurable that they may best be enjoyed with no condiment. Though the floor is efficiently and warmly attended by the lovely Seong Jung. The small prep area and complexity of Choo’s rolls can mean a longer wait time than at other sushi restaurants.
In addition to its custom brewing business, the city’s newest craft brewery has four of its own beers: Amarillo Pale Ale, Spring Wheat, Dos Perros and Onward Stout. In the cozy taproom, customers can sample all of the brewery’s handcrafted offerings fresh from the taps in pints or 5-oz. samplers. Complementing the beers are small plates of artisan cheeses, fresh breads, chutney, fruits and nuts. Also available for purchase are freshly filled half-gallon bottles of beer to go, as well as logo T-shirts and glasses.
Housed in the renovated former baggage building of Union Station, this Texas import has plenty to choose from, proudly boasting about 75 beers on tap and an additional 130 bottled selections from around the world. An enclosed large porch offers a comfy ambiance, and the huge main dining room is reminiscent of a Texas hill country beer hall, with vaguely Germanic leanings on the menu: sausage and cheese platters, thick beer cheese soup and a selection of brats.
Nashvilles historic Cannery Row, off Eighth Avenue South in an old converted warehouse, lie the Mercy Lounge and the Cannery Ballroom, two of Nashvilles premier music venues. The second-story Mercy Lounge offers standing room for 500 people and features pool tables, a large bar and pinball machines. Downstairs sits the renovated Cannery Ballroom, a massive venue with standing room for 1,000. Since the 80s, The Lounge/Ballroom has welcomed some of the nations top touring acts, including Janes Addiction, Gregg Allman and Iggy Pop.