Today’s Takeout Pick: Radical Rabbit
Today’s Takeout Pick: Radical Rabbit

Much of the restaurant industry has had to rapidly change its business model due to COVID-19, and we’re trying to highlight the Nashville places that are attempting to stay open. Each day 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: Radical Rabbit.

For today, I’m swerving way out of my normal lane to tell you about the amazing vegan soul food from Radical Rabbit. It’s a delightful truism that some of my favorite soul food in town is vegan, and some of my favorite vegan food comes from soul food restaurants like Riddim n’ Spice, Vege-licious Cafe, Vegan Vee and The Southern V. It’s also not a coincidence, as I discussed with the passionate and smart owner of Radical Rabbit, Mariah Ragland, as I waited to pick up my pre-ordered dinner at the 12South Farmers Market.

She told me that she considers veganism almost a radical act for African-Americans, a way to connect to the food of their roots without adding to the health problems that have traditionally held them back and added another hindrance to equality. In a fascinating short documentary on her website, Ragland discusses how soul food originated with slaves figuring out how to work with the leftovers from their masters’ kitchens — usually not the healthiest parts of the animals, but capable of contributing the amazing flavors that are the hallmarks of the cuisine. She rejects the idea that soul food has to be unhealthy to be authentic and delightful.

Working out of Citizen Kitchen in Hunters Station, Ragland creates deeply flavorful plant-based foods using her own house-made tofu, jackfruit, mushrooms and other healthy ingredients. The hardworking chef usually sells her wares via preorders on her website and then distributes them chilled and ready to heat at farmers markets across the area. Her menu changes frequently based on her whim and available ingredients, so it’s best to check out the website a few days in advance and get your order in before the deadline.

Radical Rabbit meals are available every day at Hunters Station’s Citizen Market, Tuesdays at the 12South Farmers Market, Saturdays at the Richland Park Farmer’s Market, Demeter’s Common in Lebanon and at the Nashville Farmers’ Market at occasional pop-up events (once they start having those again). On the day I picked up my order, Mariah’s menu featured two plate dinners: “The Radical Classic” with vegan “ribz,” greens and vegan mac-and-cheese as well as the “Get Ya Roll On,” an eggless egg roll stuffed with lentil-based cheeseburger filling served with a side of loaded mac. I also availed myself of an order of her fried jackfruit nuggets offered with a choice of teriyaki glaze or a Carolina gold barbecue sauce. She also offered fried mushrooms and two dessert options, Sacred 7 mushroom brownies and a banana pudding that the person in line behind me berated me for not ordering. (Hey, I already figured I had over-ordered.) Ragland sources some of her mushrooms from Henosis and was selling bags of some gorgeous fungi at her table for your own home cooking.

Normally, I look askance at meat substitutes that pretend to be meat. If I’m making the conscious choice to eat vegan instead of my usual carnivorous predictions, I’m fine with experiencing a different sort of dish made with tofu, tempeh, seitan, etc. That being said, those fried teriyaki jackfruit nuggets could fool anyone into thinking they'd stopped at Zaxby’s on the way home. Like all the RadRab meals, they would probably have benefited from being reheated in the oven instead of the microwave like we did due to time constraints, but they were absolutely delicious even without that added crunchiness.

The lentil egg rolls were inspired, a really smart way to serve the creamy filling in lieu of trying to craft a patty out of it for some sort of faux burger. If the wrapper had been a little crisper from the oven, it would have been a 10 instead of just a 9. (My bad.) The ribz were surprisingly a little charred, but that was easy to pick around, even if it did reveal the slightly grainy texture of the dish that would have been hidden by a clean bite. No big deal; they were also a fine main dish.

The side dishes were also exemplary, with well-seasoned greens that still had a little tooth to them and two versions of mac-and-cheese. We actually preferred the non-”loaded” version by a skosh, but I’d be pleased with either option in the future. Now if I’d only gotten some of that banana pudding ...


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 Wednesday, June 24

12South Taproom (Postmates)

312 Pizza Co. (Grubhub)

400 Degrees

5th & Taylor

51st Deli (Uber Eats, Grubhub, Postmates)

51st North Taproom (11am-8pm, Thursday-Sunday)

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)

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)

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

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 Perch Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

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)

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

Union Teller (Uber Eats, DoorDash, Grubhub)

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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