Food and Drink 

When it comes to eating, Nashvillians are no longer hardpressed to find something new under the sun. Whether you want to go with one of the city’s many terrific ethnic restaurants, its burgeoning crop of bistros or new wave of upscale joints, chances are you have two or three favorites you enjoy regularly—and two more places you’re dying to try.

It’s the same with Nashville’s bars. Maybe you’ve thought about paying a visit to the Bikini Beach Bar on your Harley, but want to stay where you are right now at Red Door. Or you’ve heard about the scene at Acorn, but are enjoying your margarita too much at Rosepepper to move.

When you’re ready, the Scene’s Food & Drink issue is here to give you ideas. Think of it as a guide to new stomping grounds, or a nudge back to old favorites. To be sure, Kay West’s Eat Beat, below, will turn you on to some of Nashville’s most delicious culinary discoveries. For those who love to cook, Erin G. Edwards does Indian cuisine with some of the city’s most accomplished chefs and Angela Wibking turns you on to a range of gourmet gadgets. For those who’ve been intimidated by the cheese selection at Provence or Wild Oats, Kay West calms your fears with a primer on fromage, then takes you on a tour of local markets where you can shop and eat.

After that, it’s time to start drinking with our Best Bars guide, followed by a tour of Chateau Ross winery in Springfield, Tenn. and a look at the local wine-tasting scene. Finally, Marc K. Stengel introduces Charlie Papazian, founder of the American Homebrewers Association, who pays a visit to Nashville this month, to lead panels on beer-making and judge the Completely Joyous & Relaxing Homebrew contest.

So enjoy, and remember: Never drink on an empty stomach.

—Adam Ross


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