The wordy name of this joint says it all. Buckets of cold long-neck beers are the preferred beverage to wash down the "Southern urban cuisine" here. A favorite refueling spot for weekend Harley riders, the bar is also a popular after-work hangout for music-bizzers. Featured dishes include South Street's famous smoked ribs, smoked pumped chicken and Carolina crab cakes. The second-story treehouse bar is indeed nestled in the branches of a large tree, a favorite not-so-secret clubhouse that's not for members only. Curbside pick-up available.
The breadth and complexity of the menu, combined with the loud, frenetic activity in this tightly configured room, are enough to inspire a severe bout of ADD. One finds items familiar to most American-Japanese restaurants here: sashimi, miso soup, teriyaki, tempura, edamame and seaweed salad. There are some oddities, particularly among the appetizers, like the freshwater eel with pesto-seasoned sushi rice baked with mozzarella cheese. Tuna shows up again and again—in appetizers, rolls, sashimi and dinners—and each appearance is a delight. Those with an aversion to fish will be well-pleased with the entrée-sized salad of crisp romaine lettuce topped with large squares of Kobe beef and big, meaty slices of sautéed mushrooms. On weekend nights, tables turn briskly but stay full right up until closing at midnight. Midday is also congested, thanks to the all-you-can eat buffet, and because of the crowds, nothing sits long enough to become unappealing.
If you’re willing to use your imagination, Joe’s can make you feel almost like you’ve taken a little trip to the beach. The menu is heavily geared toward seafood—fried, steamed, broiled, stuffed, sautéed, grilled, lemon-peppered or blackened—but the offerings include some steaks and chicken as well. The food exceeds expectations for a themed chain restaurant: The fish—frozen fresh, as they say—is generously portioned, neither over- nor undercooked, well-seasoned when called for, and attractively presented. Not surprisingly, crab lovers have plenty to choose from: snow crab, Dungeness, Alaskan king crab legs and soft-shell crabs. Late-night menu.
Three Crow Bar covers one corner of East Nashville’s Five Points, with an exuberant clientele that reflects the diversity of the neighborhood. Catch a game on one of the televisions, join in on the weekly and highly competitive team trivia contests, shoot a game of darts, or just shoot the breeze at the bar. Steamed sandwiches on the limited menu.
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.