Food Notes 

Off the wagon

After the overwhelming response to the sneak preview of its wine and snack menu last week, Red Wagon Cafe has hastened plans to institute additional evening hours. Starting Sept. 5, the brunch-lunch restaurant at 1112 Woodland St. will be open 4-7 p.m. Thurs.-Sat. Three reds and three whites by the glass or bottle are on the wine list, as is a champagne cocktail. Snacks, priced from $3 to $6, include spring rolls, summer vegetable galette, wonton chips with spiced carrot puree, Med plate with feta dip, roasted red pepper hummus and olive tapenade, stuffed grape leaves, and roasted potato wedges and romescu sauce.

In addition, prepacked gourmet take-out dinners will be available to purchase. Red Wagon is open for lunch 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Tues.-Fri. and for brunch 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Wine and champagne will also be available at lunch and brunch. Phone: 226-2527.

Comfort food

Nashville’s independent restaurants are banding together to observe Sept. 11 by doing what they do best: feed and nurture. About 30 restaurants—among them mAmbu, Sunset Grill, Zola, Margot Cafe and Bar, Mirror, Tin Angel and Yellow Porch—have signed on to contribute 10 percent of their tabs on Sept. 11 to local police and firemen funds. For more information, call Anita Hartell at mAmbu, 329-1293.

Good neighbors

12 South, the burgeoning neighborhood that stretches from Linden to Kirkwood on 12th Avenue South, invites the community at large to check out its progress at the first annual 12th on 12th. The celebration is planned for 6-9 p.m. Sept. 12. Nearly 30 merchants—from florists to galleries to Becker’s Bakery—will take part in the event. Face painting, live music, a tent sale and refreshment samples are on tap for the evening.

Brazil nuts

Speaking of restaurants and 12 South, Mirror, the neighborhood eatery that first introduced the concept of tapas to Nashville, switches out a supplementary regional menu every six weeks. Having recently explored the food of Cuba, chef/owner Michael DeGregory is taking a culinary trip to Brazil through September. Start with bolinhos de bacalhau, which translates as codfish fritters, or salada de tomate e palmito, tomato and hearts of palm lightly tossed in a red wine vinaigrette. Two entrées are offered: panquecas, crepes stuffed with tomatoes and shrimp over rice, or the big and meaty churrasco, grilled sausage, tenderloin and chicken served with potato salad and Brazilian hot sauce (molho a campanha).

Mirror is at 2317 12th Ave. S. Phone: 383-8330. Open 5-11 p.m. Mon.-Sat.

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