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.
Chef-owner David Mitchell and chef Julia Helton are the toast of the crossroads, where they have opened up a long-awaited deli in Riverside Village. Meats and cheeses are available by the pound or in an array of sandwiches that includes lamb with mint raita, muffuletta and ham & brie.
Owners Rachel Fontenot and Neil Clark renovated the worn-and-torn Radio Café nightclub in 2007 to produce this eye-catching restaurant boasting a chic decor and a trendy drink list. While more watering hole than culinary landmark, Mad Donna's does offer several notable dishes-including butternut squash ravioli, Thai curry salmon, or roasted ricotta stuffed chicken-to devour before ordering a hot & dirty martini. Brunch is available on Sat. and Sun.
Holland House is first and foremost an “epicurean cocktail lounge,” with more than 50 classic and contemporary cocktails for the quaffing. From a rye Manhattan with house-made maraschino cherries to a “Village Reserve” bourbon infused with bacon and Olive & Sinclair chocolate from nearby Riverside Village, the choices can be overwhelming. But there’s plenty of reason to seek refuge in this East Side watering hole, even if you’re on the wagon. Edible enticements lean toward sophisticated bar snacks, such as house-made potato chips drizzled with truffle oil; sliced radishes with butter and salts; and “lamb wings,” a.k.a. flour-dusted and pan-fried chops, served with charred corn-and-soybean succotash, creamed kale and tangy hot sauce reminiscent of Buffalo chicken.
A taste of New Orleans with live music nightly.
Bartender/entertainment booker/musician Jamie Rubin owns this cozy East Nashville interpretation of a neighborhood pub. Hungry diners will want to try the hefty shepherds pie, available in a meat and a vegetarian version, or the roasted chicken with roasted garlic gravy and mashed potatoes. Live music is featured nightly.
With the addition of breakfast, including a slider topped with eggs, gravy and cheese, the Dino's team says they just "may have cornered the market as a spot to get beer, eggs and smoke a cigarette at 6 a.m." The rest of the day, it's burgers, fried bologna sandwiches and the like, as well as brews and Drew's Brews, at this laid-back East Nashville landmark. — Carrington Fox
With live local music nightly ranging from old time country to punk and indie rock, The 5 Spot provides a laid-back atmosphere to catch a show. Emphasis is on local, but the occasional touring act can jump on the bill.