Looking Ahead 

2006 offers an array of adventurous new eating opportunities

Maggiano’s Little Italy not only casts a large shadow over West End, but on my dining calendar as well.
Maggiano’s Little Italy not only casts a large shadow over West End, but on my dining calendar as well. I see meatballs the size of my head in my very near future, as well as decisions to be made over the more than 200 items on Cheesecake Factory’s menu and the 40-plus flavored varieties of their eponymous dessert. The two new-to-Nashville chains are among the restaurants I plan to review in the first quarter of 2006. With far more anticipation, I look forward to fulfilling my professional duties with visits to The Gulch’s two new independents, Watermark and Radius10. I also expect to be popping a cork or two at The Grape, a locally owned franchise of the Atlanta-originated wine bar, which opened in the fall in Belle Meade. I’m also very excited about several new ethnic restaurants in town—which offer the perfect opportunity to broaden my children’s culinary horizons while they’re on winter break. We’ll be stamping passports in Vietnam, in two new places that have opened on Charlotte Pike, Vinh Long II and Pho Hoa Binh Restaurant. We’ll also be visiting Persia, courtesy of Hot Kabobs at 336 White Bridge Road; India, via Best of India at 5815 Charlotte Pike and Woodlands at 3415 West End Ave.; Mexico, via Jose Ochoa’s new Marisqueria Y Taqueria at 3744 Nolensville Road and La Cazuelas in the old Boardwalk Café on Nolensville Road; and Korea, routed through Tofu House at 1320 Antioch Pike. My kids will have to fight my Scene colleagues for an invite to Dixie’s Hot Chicken. Joe and Dixie Rowe, the owners of the former Joe’s Hot Chicken—which closed over a year ago when Joe fell ill—are cooking up their lip-smackin’ incendiary specialty, along with breakfast and a full meat-and-three menu, at their new 160-seat restaurant at 2719 Old Lebanon Pike (871-4348). As 2005 hurtles to its end, thanks for reading, keep on eating and see you around the bend.Send news, notes and tips to kwest@nashvillescene.com.

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