Today’s Takeout Pick: Café Intermezzo

Much of the restaurant industry has had to rapidly change its business model due to COVID-19, and we’re highlighting the Nashville places that are attempting to stay open. We will give you a critic’s pick for a restaurant and a dish, as well as a running list of restaurants still open that you can support. Today's pick: Café Intermezzo.

Earlier this month, downtown cafe/bakery Café Intermezzo reopened after eight months of on-and-off service. Despite the advantage of being on the ground floor of The SoBro luxury apartments, as opposed to, say, a completely empty office building, the folks at Café Intermezzo felt the smart move was to keep the doors locked for most of the year except for a brief reopening early in the summer. Now that they’re open, they’re reaching out to attract diners from outside the urban core to visit for dining in or carrying out, and they have a lot to offer.

I’ve been surprised that more people don’t know about this attractive European-style cafe with its excellent coffee service and decadent bakery items, but people have always been surprised when I've suggested meeting up there for a cuppa in the past. It is a little hard to find since it’s surrounded by tall buildings, but once you realize that it’s at the corner of Second Avenue South and Demonbreun, it’s easily walkable from just about anywhere downtown.

Sure, parking is an issue, but that’s true just about anywhere downtown. On a recent visit for carryout, I parked in a grossly illegal manner in the loading zone in front of the building and left my blinkers on while I ran in for my quick and efficient pickup. I was assured by employees that my car would be fine, and it was. Maybe they give free coffee and pastries to the traffic cops riding around downtown in those little tuk-tuks. I don’t know.

Ordering from the online menu of salads, sandwiches and entrees is easy, but you might miss out on something important if you do it that way. (More on that later.) I was surprised by how much seafood was on the menu, but that didn’t deter me from adding a few fruits de mer to my order.

A spicy seafood dip made with shrimp, scallops and jumbo lump crab whipped with cream cheese was an excellent choice, especially since it was still warm when I brought it home. It was accompanied by crunchy bread. More lunches should start with an appetizer, even at home. I followed the starter with two mains, a plate of tomato basil pasta with big chunks of tomatoes, mushrooms and plenty of garlic. The added crab cake that was almost 100 percent crab without the bready filler of many other cakes. Our second entree was a chicken saltimbocca featuring a well-grilled breast topped with salty prosciutto and provolone and served on a bed of garlicky wilted spinach. (Wilted in a good way, in a sauté pan.)

I thought I’d put together a pretty good order there, but when I walked into the front door and was confronted by the large display case filled with cakes, pastries and tortes, that’s when I realized that I’d made the mistake that I referenced earlier. More than just a last minute impulse buy, the desserts at Café Intermezzo need to be an integral part of your plan, so either wait until you arrive to pick something or at least make sure to scan to the bottom of the online menu to see what’s available. Fortunately, the manager at Café Intermezzo corrected my error and slipped a couple of slices into my bag.

Times are tough, and you deserve a treat like strawberry cream torte or a white chocolate amaretto cheesecake. If you have to skip the appetizer to justify dessert, go ahead. But really, make it a three-course meal. 2020 has been a lot!

#CarryOutandCarryOn


Below is a list of Nashville restaurants (with links) remaining open for takeout and delivery during the COVID-19 shutdown. While some may have had existing relationships with delivery providers, most of this list are offering the service for the first time. Most offer curbside pickup, but check when you order. As this list is a moving target, please leave any changes, suggestions or omissions in the comments.

Places with takeout or delivery as of Thursday, Dec 17

12South Taproom (Postmates)

312 Pizza Co. (Grubhub)

400 Degrees

5th & Taylor

51st Deli (Uber Eats, Grubhub, Postmates)

51st North Taproom (11 a.m.-8 p.m., Thursday-Sunday)

615 Deli (DoorDash. Grubhub, Postmates, Uber Eats)

8th & Roast

Adele’s/The 404 Kitchen (Friday-Sunday)

Amerigo

Answer 

Arnold’s Country Kitchen (Most delivery services)

Athens Family Restaurant

Attaboy at Lakeside Lounge

B1281 (Uber Eats)

Baja Burrito

Bar-B-Cutie

Barcelona Wine Bar

Barista Parlor (Postmates)

Barr’s Music City Soul Food (Uber Eats, Tuesday-Sunday)

Bartaco

Big Al’s Deli

Big Bad Breakfast (DoorDash, Uber Eats)

Big Shake’s Hot Chicken

Biscuit Kitchen by Loveless Cafe

Biscuit Love

Black Dynasty via Bar Sovereign

Black Rabbit

Blue Coast Burrito

The Bluebird Cafe (Grubhub)

BokBox

Bolton’s Spicy Chicken & Fish

BoomBozz West (DoorDash)

Brightside Bakery (Ordering open at 3 p.m. Tues.-Sat. for next-day pickup Wed.-Sun.)

Brother Z’s Wangs

Burger Joint (Uber Eats, Grubhub)

Burger Up 12South

Butchertown Hall

Cafe at Thistle Farms

Caffé Nonna (Uber Eats, Postmates)

Cafe Roze

The Cake Project

Capitol Grille

Cal’s Country Kitchen

Carniceria y Taqueria Don Juan

Central BBQ (DoorDash, Postmates)

Chicken Salad Chick

Cinco de Mayo (9 locations)

Chago’s Cantina

Char (Postmates)

The Chef & I

Chef’s Market

Chile Burrito

Cilantro Mexican Grill (Eighth Avenue location)

City House

City Winery (Grubhub, Uber Eats)

Cole’s Kitchen

Coneheads

Corner Market Catering

Corner Pub (DoorDash)

Cupcake Collection (Sunday-Friday)

D’Andrews Bakery & Cafe

Daddy’s Dogs

Dalt’s Grill

Darfon’s

Del Frisco’s Grille

DeSano Pizza Bakery

Diskin Cider

Doll’s Family Cafe (Postmates, DoorDash)

Donks Bar & Grill

Donut + Dog

Double Dogs (Uber Eats, Grubhub, Postmates)

Dozen 

Earnest Bar & Hideaway

East Nashville Beer Works

Eastern Peak (Uber Eats, Grubhub)

East Side Banh Mi

Ed’s Fish House (Thursday-Saturday)

Edley’s

8 Hour BBQ

Ellington’s Mid Way Bar & Grill

Emmy Squared

Epice

Etch

Etc.

Far East (Postmates)

The Farm House

Farm Burger (DoorDash)

Fat Bottom Brewing

Fat Boy’s BBQ

Fat Kat Slim’s (Uber Eats, Grubhub)

Fattoush Cafe

Fido (ChowNow)

Five Points Pizza (Postmates)

Flavor Catering

Fleet Street Pub

The Food Co.

Folk (Postmates)

Fox’s Donut Den

Frothy Monkey (Postmates, Uber Eats)

Gambling Stick

Gray & Dudley

Germantown Pub

Gino’s East

Ghot Wingz (Tuesday-Saturday)

GReKo Greek Street Food

Green Chile (Friday-Sunday)

Green Hills Grille

The Grilled Cheeserie

H&T’s Home Cooking

Hathorne

Hattie B’s (Uber Eats)

Helen’s Hot Chicken

Henley

High Class Sweets

HiFi Cookies

HoneyFire Barbeque Co. (Grubhub, DoorDash)

Hugh Baby’s (DoorDash)

Hunters Station (The Grilled Cheeserie, Vui’s Kitchen, Hugh Baby’s, Tacos Aurora, Citizen Market)

Hurt’s Hot Chicken

IT’Z A Philly Thing (Wednesday-Sunday)

J. Alexander’s Redlands Grill

J. Christopher’s

Jack’s Bar-B-Q (Trinity Lane location only)

Jamaicaway (DoorDash, Grubhub, Postmates)

Jim ‘N Nick’s

Jonathan's (Grubhub)

Josephine (Postmates)

Joyland

Kalamatas

Kay Bob’s

Kien Giang

King Market

Korea House

The Kupcake Barr

Ladybird Taco

Lafayette Soup Company (Richland Park Farmer’s Market)

Lakeside Lounge

Las Palmas (DoorDash)

Lemongrass Sushi & Thai

Local Distro (Tuesday-Saturday)

Lockeland Table

The Loading Dock

Long Hollow Pizza & Pub

Loveless Cafe

Love, Peace and Pho

Lucky Bamboo

Mane & Rye

Mangia Nashville

Margot Café & Bar

Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint

Maru Sushi & Grill

Mas Tacos

McCabe Pub

McDougal’s (Hillsboro Village only)

Midnight Oil

Miel

Miss Saigon (All delivery services)

Mitchell Deli

Mixed Grill Cafe

M.L. Rose Craft Beer & Burgers (Postmates)

Monell’s

Mother’s Ruin

Moto (Uber Eats)

Nada

Nashville Chicken & Waffles

Nations Bar & Grill

Nicky’s Coal Fired (Postmates)

Nicoletto’s Italian Kitchen

North Italia (DoorDash)

Nectar Urban Cantina (Grubhub, Uber Eats, Postmates)

Nomzilla! Sushi Et Cetera (Uber Eats, Postmates)

Noshville

Oak Steakhouse

O-Ku Sushi 

Old Glory

The Old School

Otaku Ramen

Otaku To Go

Pancho & Lefty’s (Uber Eats, DoorDash)

Park Cafe

The Party Line (Julia Sullivan’s catering service through Strategic Hospitality)

Party Fowl (Uber Eats)

Pastaria

PDK Southern Kitchen and Pantry

Peach Cobbler Factory

Peg Leg Porker

The Pharmacy Burger

Phat Bites

The Picnic Cafe

Pinewood Social (Postmates, Grubhub, Uber Eats)

Pizza Perfect

Pork Belly Cafe (Uber Eats, Grubhub, Postmates)

Portland Brew

Potato Mountain 615

Prince’s Hot Chicken (Nolensville Road)

Proper Bagel (Takeout & delivery only)

Radical Rabbit

Rated V

Red Bicycle (Postmates)

Redheaded Stranger

Red Phone Booth (DoorDash, Grubhub, Postmates)

Rib Doctor BBQ

Riddim N Spice (Postmates,DoorDash)

Rise Biscuits

Rocky’s Wing Shack

Rolf and Daughters (Postmates)

Rosemary & Beauty Queen (Postmates, Uber Eats)

Rosepepper Cantina (Postmates)

Rosie’s Twin Kegs

Saint Anejo (Uber Eats)

Sam & Zoe’s

Sambuca

Sam’s Place 

San Antonio Taco Co. (DoorDash)

Santo

Scout’s Pub

Seafood Sensation (DoorDash)

Shugga Hi Bakery & Cafe (Friday-Saturday; Uber Eats) 

Sinema

Sitar

The Slider House

Slim & Husky’s (DoorDash)

Slow Burn

Smokin’ Thighs

SmoQe Signals BBQ

Sonobana

The Southern Steak & Oyster

The Southern V

Southside Grill (DoorDash)

Soy Bistro

Sperry’s

Stoney River Steakhouse

Stateside Kitchen

Stay Golden

STK Steakhouse

StrikeOut Wingz (Grubhub)

Subculture Urban Cuisine & Cafe (Uber Eats, Grubhub, DoorDash, Postmates)

Sugarlips Bakery

Sunflower Cafe

Superica

Surreal Spice Creations

Sushi Circle

Sweet 16th (Tuesday-Saturday, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.)

Swett’s

Tacos y Mariscos Lindo Mexico

Taco Mama

Tacos With A Twist

Taj (Uber Eats)

TailGate Brewery (Postmates)

The Tasty Wheel (Postmates, Grubhub, DoorDash)

Taqueria Andrea and La Mini Michoacana

Tavern at Bobby

Taziki's (Postmates, Grubhub)

Tennessee Brew Works

TennFold (Grubhub, Postmates)

Thai Esane

Tinwings

TKO (Postmates)

Tower Market and Deli (Grubhub, Postmates, DoorDash, Bite Squad)

Trattoria Il Mulino

Treehouse

Twilight Tavern

Two Ten Jack

Urban Cookhouse

Urban Grub

Urban Juicer

Valentino’s

Vege-licious Cafe (Tuesday-Saturday; Chow Now)

Veggie Village

Village Pub & Beer Garden

Virago (Uber Eats)

Von Elrod’s Beer Hall & Kitchen 

VN Pho & Deli

Vui’s Kitchen

Walden (Postmates)

Waldo’s Chicken & Beer

The Wild Cow (Postmates, DoorDash and Chow Now)

Wildman Smoothies, Soups & Salads

WKND Hang Suite

Woodlands

The Yellow Porch

’Za Wood Fired Pizza (Grubhub)

Zilla’s Pit BBQ

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