Forget grocery shopping. There's enough going on in Nashville's restaurants to pack your weekly planner with everything from barbecue to cabaret. Rip out this page and keep it in your wallet, car or calendar. Next time someone asks, "What's for dinner?" You'll be ready.
Smokin' Monday at Corner Pub If anything can make you look forward to Monday, it's the porky pilings at Corner Pub on Monday night. With stores in midtown, Bellevue and Green Hills (the last one is no longer affiliated with the others), the Corner Pub brand has a loyal weekly following when it fires up its big barrel smokers to grill ribs, sausage, wings and pork loin. About $20 buys more meat than a man can eat—unless of course that's a challenge, in which case it's worth working your way to the bottom of the heaping plate and polishing off the beans and slaw to boot. Since it's already sizzling on the grill when you get your seat, the food arrives fast, but there's no mistaking that slow-smoked flavor. 4109 Hillsboro Pike, 2000 Broadway, 8058 Highway 100.
When the weekly seafood shipment arrives from the Gulf Coast, B&F owner Matt Charette says his team turns into "shucking fools," as they serve up two-for-one oysters all day long. A half-price half-dozen clocks in at $8.99, and a full 12 costs $13.99. 1008 Woodland St.
Wing Wednesday at Re'Je's Grab & Go
Starting April 1, the sausage shop located in the twee green cottage next to the doggie bakery in Berry Hill will host Wing Wednesdays. At press time, owner Jennifer Boone-Henry was still testing recipes and polling visitors as to what she should call her secret recipe for wings slathered in citrus-tinged sauce and sizzled on the charcoal grill. If you can't get there on hump day, swing by 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and try a foot-long burger or one of the many sausages—including Italian, Polish, boudin and chorizo—which Boone-Henry scours from across the Internet.2815 Bransford Ave.
Dan McGuinness Irish Pub Fish Special
The $6 fish & chips special available all day Thursday at Dan McGuinness' Cool Springs and Demonbreun pubs would make the dead Irish poets smile in Gaelic glee. If sweet and flaky fried white fish isn't your cuppa tea, hold on 'til Sunday night when Danny Mac steps up the fare with Pie and Pie night. All pints are $3, and shepherd's pie is $7. 1538 Demonbreun St. and 9200 Caruthers Parkway.
The Pie Wagon Skillet-Fried Fish
Any day of the week is a meat-and-treat at Carol Babb's Southern fare landmark. But mark your calendar for skillet-fried catfish day, when Babb and Co. sizzle up the sweet farm-raised fish. Eight-and-a-half bucks (including tax) buys a plate with three sides and a slab of jalapeno cornbread. Babb recommends hobo potatoes, broccoli slaw and white beans. (On Tuesday, skillet-fried hot chicken and three sides is $8.) 1302 Division St.
Gold Coast Authentic Chinese Lunch
Whenever the bloggers on Bites, the Scene's food blog, get started on the subject of authentic Chinese food in Nashville, one name pops up most often: Golden Coast. On weekends, the restaurant stashes the familiar sweet-and-sour and kung pao staples in favor of a repertoire of authentic recipes. The steam table overflows with congee, seaweed soup, salt shrimp and clams in black bean sauce, to name just a few of the intriguing items. The all-you-can-eat lunch for $10.40 plus tax is a filling—and fulfilling—culinary adventure. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 1722 West End Ave.
Under new ownership of longtime bartender Terrell Raley, Ombi is serving a wallet-friendly brunch featuring the likes of lobster-and-brie frittata ($10), Monte Cristo with raspberry dijon ($7) and filet mignon with porcini-port butter ($12). Available 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Ombi's Sunday brunch is a tasty chaser to the weekend's late-night tapas menu. 2214 Elliston Place.
F. Scott's Speakeasy Phrase
Green Hills' Jazz Age hangout recently expanded its Speakeasy Phrase promotion to the whole week (except Sunday). Whisper the secret flapper-era phrase to the bartender and you'll get a special discounted treat, such as pizza for $1 or flatiron steak and cheese biscuits for $2.75. Speakeasy specials also include beer for half-price and house wine, martini-style drinks and well drinks for $5. To get on the email list for the ever-changing secret phrase, send a message to fscottsjazz (at) comcast (dot) net. Bar opens at 4:30 p.m. 2210 Crestmoor Road.
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