Constructed on the former site of the flagship Houston's restaurant, Bricktop's fills the popular West End location with loaded kosher hotdogs, crab cakes, grilled artichokes, deviled eggs and banana splits. Houston's founder, co-owner and homeboy Joe Ledbetter mans the door of this clubby, leather-lined eatery.
Friendly, warm, cozy and wall-to-wall lively, serving good, hearty fare at prices so thoughtful you’ll return again and again—if you can snag one of the 40 seats from the regulars who jealously guard this neighborhood treasure. When chef Daniel Maggipinto opened Caffe Nonna in 1999, it was a blessing to the residents of Sylvan Park—and one of the first of many neighborhood restaurants that have contributed to the revitalization of Nashville’s older, historic areas. But it’s food that has kept customers coming back to Nonna. Mix-and-match pastas, thin-crust pizza, Caesar salad, fried calamari and Tuscan bean soup are all customer favorites, and have all been on the menu since day one. Many of the Italian comfort dishes that form the backbone of the menu were recipes passed to Maggipinto by his own nonna (Italian for grandmother). But the veal scallopini with red Swiss chard, garlic, shallots, artichokes, pine nuts, tomatoes, white wine and veal demi-glace, served with pommes frites, is all his—and it’s all that.
The Italian tricolore flies over this trifecta of pasta, pizza and paninis, where owner Chuck Cinelli delivers a menu of ziti, parm, marsala and cannoli. Kid-friendly and casual, the newest incarnation of this Charlotte market offers a lunch special and beer, with BYOB allowed.