Rosepepper features fresh cooked and grilled entrées, as well as traditional Mexican dishes prepared with a light hand. Owner Ernest Chaires calls it Sonoran-style, which incorporates classic ingredients of old Mexico with more international influences that seeped into the northwestern region of the country. While the food lacks some of the heat typically associated with Mexican cuisine, it doesn’t skimp on flavor. Three types of homemade salsa, guacamole made daily, one of the best margaritas in town, 30-plus brands of tequila, moderate prices, an outdoor dining deck and a casual, fun room add up to a successful concept.
East Nashville booster Matt Charette has done a swell job transforming what was a Laundromat and a barbershop into a pub with family-friendly dining that balances the deep-fried bounty of B&F with the fresh school of thought delivered by Wave sushi bar.
Take one step inside the gleaming burrito bar at Five Points and it's clear the owners have thought about the enterprise from a lot of angles. The signage is professional and polished and the combinations of flavors in the burritos and so-called "ques-ideas" are inventive--with fresh mash-ups such as the Heart of Dixie (sweet potatoes with caramelized Vidalia onion, coleslaw, sweet corn relish, black beans, Monterey Jack cheese and bacon) and the Plymouth (ground turkey, dried cranberries, black beans, spinach, brown rice, cheddar and a subtle sweet poppyseed dressing). With chic stained concrete floors, biocompostable flatware, sleek blond wood finishes and jewel-toned walls and seat coverings, Nuvo Burrito is a well-packaged, casual spot to fritter a way a lunch hour. Especially if you like burritos.
Cherokee Steakhouse may not be on the water—though it does have a view of the lake and marina—but the Wilson County family favorite has a menu that takes some wading to get through. Begin with a roll call of family-restaurant appetizer standards: breaded mushrooms, pepper poppers, cheese sticks, buffalo wings, breaded zucchini and potato skins, and carry on through the usual suspects of beef as well as pork chops, country ham and baby back ribs. BYOW if you want a glass of Cabernet with your steak as Cherokee has no alcohol; they also have no wine glasses, so if you’re snobbish about your stemware, bring your own Riedel too. Though Nashville is landlocked, it is not without bodies of water: three lakes and several rivers are within easy driving distance. And yet, ever since Arch Kelly purchased the Rock Harbor Marina in the fall of 2004 and pulled the dock out from under the beloved Blue Moon Waterfront Cafe, there has been no place to have a beer and a bite against the soothing sound of water slapping gently and rhythmically against a wooden dock. Kelly's intention to take over the space and do it himself has not exactly panned out. last summer, Buddy Rogers -- the original Uncle Bud -- served up his catfish through the boating season, but the place has been closed since last fall. Inquiries to the Marina office reveal that there are plans afoot to reopen within a few weeks, but Kelly has not been forthcoming with further information.
Six out of six high school sophomores agree that the flavored cheescakes at this 400-seat mega-chain are "awesome," but more sopisticated and adventurous diners might notice a consistent lack of flavor throughout the rambling spiral-bound menu, which spans the globe to offer super-size portions of everything from fish tacos to lettuce wraps and pizza. Say what you will about the blandness, but the freshness is commendable, there's almost always something left over to take home, and if you've been to one of the 100-plus CF's across the country, you know exactly what to expect.