Nashville Originals Restaurant Week 2012


The menus are up and it’s time to start planning — next week is Nashville Originals Restaurant Week! From January 16th through the 22nd, you can dine at a number of amazing, locally-owned restaurants for value deals that you won’t find any other time of the year.

Within 5 minutes of looking over menus, I booked a reservation at Sunset Grill.

How was my first dining decision so easy? Remember that “25 Things I Must Eat in Nashville in 2012” list I started last week? Well, their menu contains one of the first items on my list- their famous bread pudding. There was no way I was going to pass up this opportunity. It didn’t hurt that all of the other courses sound incredible too. I’ve already plotted out my order and can hardly wait for next week to get here!

Starter: “Beet & Heat Salad”: Golden beets, wild baby arugula, shaved fennel, TN goat cheese, orange segments & candied pecans tossed in tabasco-honey vinaigrette

Entree: Coca-Cola BBQ Beef Short Rib served with sweet potato Johnny cakes, Benton’s bacon collard greens, Farmer Dave’s apple butter & tobacco onions

and then, of course….

Dessert: Butterscotch-Habanero Bread Pudding covered in white chocolate sauce

So what else is on my agenda for the week?

I really have my heart set on gathering a group of friends for Mama Myint’s “House Salad” at Cha Chah. This is a very special offering indeed. If you’ve never heard about this salad, you should check out this article by Carrington Fox. I’ve been dying to try it for what seems like AGES, so this could be the perfect opportunity.

Others on my radar: Watermark, Holland House, Fido and Yellow Porch. It’s so hard to choose! Some I’ve visited during past restaurant weeks (remember this pork chop? yum!), or go to on a regular basis already. Others I don’t get to often enough, so this is a good push. Ah, decisions, decisions.

So where will you go? Have any of you already made reservations? If so, I’d love to hear what menus grabbed your attention. For those of you that haven’t yet started planning, you better get on it before others like me grab up all the open reservations!

For a list of all of the participating restaurants and their menus, click here.