We had all but forgotten about the Belle Meade eatery formerly known as Whitfield’s, until Dewayne Johnson repainted and reopened it as a French bistro that balances contemporary and comfortable. Beef tataki with mushroom stock, ginger and shallots and pork belly with chipotle cream corn and bourbon reduction add modern accents to a menu rich with European traditions of lamb, duck and beef. It’s a French renaissance that deserves a revisit. — Carrington Fox
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Named for owner Dewayne Johnson’s baby girl, Noelle is the reincarnation of Whitfield’s, whitewashed and reconfigured into a comfortable neighborhood eatery simultaneously contemporary and traditional. No beef cheeks, oxtail or pig ears, but enough house-made butters, local cheeses, fresh-baked brioche, herb-infused cocktails and inventive made-from-scratch details on the elegant menu of lamb, duck, oysters, scallops to qualify as contemporary.