From a day-jaunt to Nashville, Tenn., my family could not stop talking about one restaurant: Merchants. Although I was not present on this culinary trip to the South, the expertise of my food-obsessed family was not something to be overlooked, so I decided to do a little digging. What I found was promising, and worthy of a little spotlight.
Merchants Restaurant opened in 1988, in the former Merchants Hotel. Constructed in 1892, the original hotel sported three stories with a pharmacy on the first floor, manufacturing company on the second, and a wholesale drug company on the third (famous for producing what was known as “blood medicine,” a combination of alcohol and opium). The European plan offered in the hotel included 25 cents for lodging per day, and another 25 cents for each meal. Rooms contained a bed and a fireplace, and privacy was a maybe, maybe not situation. Vestiges of the original hotel rooms remain in place for viewing, as well as the preservation maintenance of original marble counters and tile work in the building. Among those who’ve stayed at the hotel include Nashville greats such as Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, and Roy Acuff.
Today, the restaurant uses two floors for its dining purposes, housing a more casual setting and fair on the lower floor and a more refined space on the upper. Lower floor wait staff dons suspenders, bow ties, casual white collared shirts, black and white converse sneakers, and newsboy caps or fedoras. Upstairs, suspenders remain, but in black, along with a long white button-down, thin black tie, tie bar and black trousers. The downstairs dons café style tables and bar seating, booths, and an emphasis on unpretentious dining and drinking. Upstairs, tables with dining room chairs and floral arrangements prevail, along with chandeliers and low-lit lighting.
The “Down” and “Up” menus are also different, below serving soups and starters, salads and burgers, sandwiches, entrees, and deserts. Above, courses come in “One,” “Two,” and “Three,” with vegetables and potatoes (ehem, “spuds”) a’ la carte, and separate small sections for Black Angus and All Natural-Beef.
Executive chef Jason Brumm, a native of Colorado, made his name in beach resorts of Northwest Florida. Known in Nashville for his former Gulch restaurant, Radius10, which closed in 2009, he spent his next couple years working in Washington D.C. for P.J. Clarke’s, before his return to Nashville. Although Brumm has a variety of regional experience, the restaurant’s page explains, “he’s found his true love of all things Southern—namely his food and his wife, not necessarily in that order.”
Just after Brumm was recruited back to the Nashville area, he explained his plans for the restaurant to the Nashville Post, “I plan to not only embrace southern cooking traditions, as I always have, but also bring some of my new perspectives from other parts of the country,” he said. “The mountains in the west, the Big Apple, and our nation’s capital have all given me dishes and techniques I will incorporate into the Merchants menu. The classics never go out of style.”
My family is testament to the fanfare following he’s generated. Upon seating (downstairs for lunch) the table was topped with small bowls of ranch-flavored popcorn, an adorable and unique touch replacing the usual bread offering. Some favorites included the Duck Fat Tator Tots (they recommend you go for the full serving over the half, they’re just too good to stop); Fried Green Tomatoes, which although perfectly cooked and delectable (says the fried green tomato obsessed that is my mom), were most definitely trumped by the house pimento cheese they are served with (“It was definitely the steal of the plate,” she said); and the Soup n Sammy, a grilled cheese with white cheddar, smoked gouda, and crispy bacon, served with tomato soup and house-made potato chips. Other suggestions include the Sweet Tea Pork Loin, Deviled Eggs, Johnny Cash’s Iron Pot Chili, Chicken Fried Chicken, and “anything with the Pimento cheese.” The dark wood, winding staircases, and bar in the front and center with surrounding seating made the experience unique, cozy, delicious, and a planned-repeat (many, many times).
Oh, and another tip, I hear the cocktails are out of this world.
Tyler Sullivan is The Daily Meal's assistant editor. Follow her on Twitter @atylersullivan
Maggiano's Italian Restaurants In Nashville
Reminisce with loved ones, laugh with new friends, and savor every bite of your meal at Maggiano's Little Italy. From generous portions of pasta to wholesome, Chef-prepared salads, we combine the quality of Nonna's traditional Italian recipes with the joy of family and friends. Visit your nearest Maggiano's Italian restaurant in Nashville today! Make a reservation online, over the phone, or simply stop by. We look forward to serving you!
Taste of Nashville Walking Food Tour
This tour was a walking tour, but everything was very close, so we didn&rsquot feel like we did that much walking. I think they told us that the tour was about a mile in total. We had our three kids with us, ages 14, 11, and 8, and they all enjoyed getting to taste the foods as well. I have to say, this food tour really gave us a lot of food! Even my ever-hungry 14-year-old got full!
Hard Rock Café
The tour starts off at the iconic Hard Rock café with a slider. But this slider has a bit of a Tennessee flare because it is topped with a crispy onion ring, bacon, and a bourbon barbecue sauce. Delicious!
Some people credit the revitalization of lower Broadway to Jack Cawthon&mdashknown as the Bar-B-Que King of Nashville&mdashwho opening his restaurant, Jack&rsquos Bar-B-Que, in 1989. He went from starting out as a Nashville caterer in 1976 to restauranteur in 1989 and is still active in the business today. And if you stop by and taste the food, you will understand why it is legendary! They have several signature barbecue sauces, so there is something for everyone&rsquos pallet. The food is delicious and reasonably priced. If you are looking for good bar-b-que, a stop by Jack&rsquos is a must!
Savannah&rsquos Candy Kitchen
On the food tour, we had a quick stop by Savannah&rsquos Candy Kitchen, where we got to sample a bit of a fresh made pecan praline. Very good, but very rich&hellip You only need a bit to cure your sweet tooth! This candy store also offers several bulk candies, and my kids found the biggest dum dums I&rsquove ever seen!
Merchant&rsquos Restaurant and Grill
The Merchant&rsquos Restaurant and Grill was the stop approximately mid-way through the tour. So, we actually got to sit for a few extra minutes here as our guide told us some of the history of the Merchant and also a bit about Nashville. We saw the room that Johnny Cash stayed in back in the day, when the attached building next door was an inn, and we heard the story behind the name, &ldquoMerchants.&rdquo The Merchants started out as a pharmacy, then became an affordable hotel option for the traveling merchants that would come into Nashville, thus giving the establishment its current name. The opening of the current upscale Merchants Restaurant in the late 80&rsquos was also part of the revitalization of lower Broadway.
At this stop on the tour, we were able to try three signature dishes:
Homemade Potato Chips with warm Pimento Cheese Dip. I am a fan of pimento cheese and typically eat it cold, but having it in this warm dip was so delicious!
Tater Tots fried in Duck Fat&mdashso they are extra crispy!
And a Southern-Style Deviled Egg. This deviled egg has ham pureed in with the yolk filling and it is served on a pickle. I&rsquove never had a deviled egg like this before&hellip and it was so good!
Goo Goo Shop
I&rsquove heard of Goo Goo Clusters, but never tried one until now&mdashand boy, have I been missing out! No joke, my husband and I have found our new favorite candy bar! The original Goo Goo Cluster, made with a roundish mound of caramel, marshmallow nougat, fresh roasted peanuts and real milk chocolate is a delicious, rich combination of pretty much everything sweet that I love!
Perhaps the most interesting fun fact that we heard at this stop was that at the beginning of it creation, no one knew what to actually name the Goo Goo Cluster. The stories differ a bit, but the idea is that it is called a Goo Goo Cluster because they are so good, people will ask for them from birth!
Acme Feed and Seed
Don&rsquot let the name food you, Acme Feed and Seed is not a farm supply store, but rather, an eclectic, farm-inspired restaurant with good homecookin&rsquo! Here, we got to try another iconic Nashville food&mdashspicy chicken! I was a bit hesitant to try &ldquospicy&rdquo chicken, but I found the heat to not be overbearing, and in fact, I really liked it. It had just the right amount of kick for me to be able to enjoy it without my mouth being on fire!
You might also want to check out some of the other great sightseeing tours that the Gray Line of Tennessee offers, including:
- General Jackson Showboat Tour
- Nighttime Trolley Tour
- Grand Ole Opry (behind the scenes)
- Homes of the Stars
- City Tour
- Honky Tonk Tours
- Country Music Hall of Fame + RCA Studio
- Historic Mansions and Gardens Tour
- Historic Tennessee Tour
In Affordable Nashville, Grain Bowls, Hot Chicken and Blistering Guitars
There’s always the music, of course, from the Opry to hideaways like Santa’s Pub. The food is memorable, too, including Indian-Southern fusion.
“Folsom Prison Blues,” the 1955 Johnny Cash classic, isn’t exactly a deep cut — anyone with even a passing familiarity with country music has heard it. So when the Don Kelley Band tore into the opening riff at the beginning of their set at Robert’s Western World — one of many honky-tonks on a brightly lit neon strip of Broadway in downtown Nashville — I nodded my head and tapped my feet along with the other hundred or so people in the joint. It was the musical equivalent of comfort food — nothing too surprising or challenging. I wasn’t quite ready for what happened next.
Luke McQueary, a skinny 17-year-old in a plaid Western-style shirt, stepped to the front of the stage and, instead of delivering the workmanlike guitar break I was expecting, set the stage aflame with a blistering solo I would have expected from someone twice his age and experience. It was no fluke — the virtuosity continued during the following song, performed with an earnest, almost Hendrix-like showmanship. I half expected someone to come out from the wings, wrap a robe around him, and help him off the stage, à la James Brown.
I was surprised, but I shouldn’t have been. A place nicknamed “Music City” has a reputation to uphold, and Nashville was more than ready to exceed my expectations. A mecca for talented musicians, Tennessee not only has more high-quality live music than you could ever hope to enjoy, but top-notch dining — both traditional Southern cooking and contemporary twists on old standards. It’s a great location for those on a budget, too — I scarcely noticed the damage to my wallet after a four-night trip there in November.
That area of Broadway is a little like the Las Vegas Strip or Bourbon Street: crowded and touristy, but fun in small doses. I visited there with my friend Halena Kays, with whom I crashed in nearby Murfreesboro, a suburb southeast of the city. We ended up at Robert’s Western World accidentally, as our plans to have dinner at nearby Merchants Restaurant, on the corner of Broadway and Fourth Avenue South, had hit a snag — the place was booked solid. No matter: We grabbed a $4 fried bologna sandwich (imagine a BLT — now imagine it twice as salty) and a couple of $4.25 Miller Lites at the honky-tonk while we listened to the aforementioned band.
I soon received a text that a table had opened up and we walked over to Merchant’s. The place effectively operates as two restaurants, a pricier steak and seafood restaurant on the second floor, and a less expensive, modern southern bistro on the ground floor. We opted for the latter and grabbed a booth in the bright, spacious dining room. The fried green tomatoes ($11) were spot-on, and the Nashville Caesar salad with cornbread croutons ($12), and a pulled pork sandwich ($13) were satisfying. One nice thing: When they saw we were sharing everything, they were happy to split the dishes into separate portions.
That strip of Broadway is just a stone’s throw from Ryman Auditorium, an indelible piece of Nashville history that belongs on every to-do list, especially if the Grand Ole Opry happens to be in residence. The Opry, an artistic home to country musicians since it began in 1925, takes place primarily at Opryland, about 25 minutes northeast of downtown. But if you can, see the show at the Ryman, home to the show from 1943-1974, which sometimes still hosts the Opry. The building itself is a relic — opened in 1892 as the Union Gospel Tabernacle, it earned the moniker “Mother Church of Country Music.” Near the back steps of its hallowed halls, Halena and I passed a young street performer with an amazing voice crooning a song I didn’t recognize. In Nashville, even the buskers have exceptional talent.
Tickets aren’t terribly cheap — the premium seats run close to $100 — but there’s a slight workaround. I picked up the cheapest tickets I could find: Two obstructed view seats for $48 apiece. (I also checked StubHub and other second-hand ticket sites they weren’t helpful.) I was expecting to sit smack in front of a column — I wasn’t. The seats, on the main floor, right in the middle of the auditorium, were perfect. And while there was a thin pole in my line of sight, it didn’t bother me at all.
Onto the show — the Opry was one of the most pleasurable music performances I’ve attended in recent memory. After grabbing a $9 draft beer, we found our seats to the din of audience chatter and the buttery baritone of the evening’s announcer and M.C., Eddie Stubbs. The Opry functions simultaneously as a live radio show, broadcast on 650 AM WSM. If you’re familiar with public radio’s “Live from Here” (the show formerly known as “A Prairie Home Companion”), it functions in a similar way. Different acts come on and play just two or three songs — while that’s happening, the next act is hanging out in the wings, which gives the show a casual, collegial quality.
An announcer’s podium is set up stage right, along with different producers and assistants working on their laptops — bands tune their instruments, guests chatter and banter with Mr. Stubbs, who also functions as an impeccable straight man, and the audience groans and chuckles while cheesy ad copy is read during the breaks. It’s a ton of fun. And then, of course, there’s the music.
“Connie Smith, ladies and gentlemen, the Rolls-Royce of country singers,” announced Mr. Stubbs, who then motioned for us to applaud. Traditional crooners like Ms. Smith were in the house, as was a fresh-faced young man named William Michael Morgan, who played his debut single “I Met a Girl” (“He ain’t been off the teat long,” quipped Mike Snider, one of the other musicians).
Having discovered my inner country music fan, I stopped by the Country Music Hall of Fame ($25.95, but only $14 after 4 p.m. the museum closes at 5 p.m.) to continue my education. It’s easy to get lost in the overwhelming amount of history and information — but make sure you don’t miss, among other relics, Carl Perkins’s blue suede shoes (yes, those blue suede shoes), Elvis’s gold Cadillac (complete with refrigerator and swivel-mounted color TV) and some of Chet Atkins’s old guitars, including his first, a Sears Silverstone.
But there’s no substitution for live music. I made my way to the Bluebird Cafe, a popular, intimate venue that features local and established acts. Tickets are, well, extremely difficult to come by (it’s been showcased on the television show “Nashville”). They’re released weekly by the venue and space is tight, which means you have to be both lightning quick and lucky to nab a seat. If you’re in, you’re golden — tickets typically run in the $20 to $30 range. Cafe workers supposedly monitor Craigslist and ticket sites to crack down on scalping. If you’re not fortunate enough to snag online tickets (the likely case), you can wait in a queue that approaches the “Hamilton”-esque for one of 10 or so same-day tickets. I showed up at 7:30 one evening and the man at the door stifled a laugh. “Yeah, you’re not gonna make it in,” he said.
Down but not out, I headed over to Bransford Avenue to Santa’s Pub, a bar housed in a trailer that does live music on Sundays. After showing my ID to a man with a huge beard (was that Santa?), I headed inside, the top of my head almost brushing the ceiling of the double-wide. “No Cussin’, No Beer, No Cigarettes” read a sign on the back wall. Well, I counted all three. The place was cramped and smoky, like any respectable dive bar, and the beer was cold and cheap ($2 for a Pabst Blue Ribbon). The band, a five-piece outfit called Santa’s Ice Cold Pickers, was tight — their rendition of Ray Price’s “Crazy Arms” had me humming along.
Another highly enjoyable show I attended was at the Basement East, on the other side of the Cumberland River in East Nashville. The venue was decidedly less intimate than Santa’s or Bluebird, but I couldn’t complain about the program — a Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young tribute show, with proceeds benefiting Autism Speaks. For $10 (plus $2 service fee) I was treated to a Murderer’s Row of young, local talent. Highlights included Jesse Lynn Madera performing a lovely cover of “Don’t Let It Bring You Down” and Amber Woodhouse leading the excellent house band in a stirring rendition of “For What It’s Worth.”
While music is unquestionably the star of the Nashville scene, there are exceptional eats to enjoy between shows. Hot chicken, which has seen its star rise over the last decade, is one of the biggest attractions. I loved my crispy-skinned, exhilaratingly spicy leg quarter from Prince’s Hot Chicken ($5) which has no equal, in my opinion. But it also took an hour of waiting in line. It took no time to get my order at Pepperfire, another worthwhile hot chicken joint less than 10 minutes away from Prince’s. There, I dug into a Tender Royale, a spicy, deep-fried cheese sandwich topped with three chicken tenders ($12.49) with a strong, cumin-forward profile.
For those looking for a complete Southern meal, Arnold’s Country Kitchen is the place to find it. The classic meat-and-three (main course and three side dishes) runs just $10.74 for a huge tray full of food. I had a plate of thinly shaved roast beef with mac and cheese, tender greens and powerfully smoky pinto beans. Cafe Roze, a place with slightly healthier fare from New York-transplant Julia Jaksic, does a mean grain bowl called the Roze Bowl ($14) with beet tahini, black lentils and quinoa. And then there’s the happy hour at Chauhan Ale and Masala House, an Indian-Southern food fusion restaurant, where I got an order of lamb keema papadi nachos with a tamarind chutney ($6) that I still think about weeks after the fact.
But Nashville’s power to disarm and delight remains rooted in its music. When I attended the Opry, two guys who go by the handle LoCash strutted onto the stage in what came as the biggest surprise of the night. At first glance, LoCash seemed to epitomize the slick twang of everything I don’t particularly enjoy about modern country music — impeccably crafted facial hair, power chords and tacky clothes. Halena grabbed my arm, and I braced myself for awfulness.
Boy, was I wrong these guys were fantastic performers. Within minutes, they had me and the rest of the audience eating out their hands — clapping and singing along to a song I’d never heard before. I don’t know if their exceedingly catchy “I Love This Life” will go down in the annals of country music’s great songs. But it was easily the most fun four minutes of the trip, and had me unironically singing the refrain the entire car ride home: I love a Friday night — man, I love this life.
Merchants Restaurant in Nashville: A Memorable Experience - Recipes
LOCATED IN NASHVILLE,BUT TASTES LIKE NEW YORK
Authentic New York pizzeria founded in 1999, Joey’s House of Pizza is a family owned and operated New York pizzeria. The Joey’s family is very passionate about serving the best authentic New York Pizza, Italian pastas, salads, calzones, subs and more!
Their Brooklyn roots and Italian heritage merge to make northerners feel right at home with hand-tossed pizza by the slice and Sicilian or double stuffed slices. Joey and his Family are dedicated to making all of their ingredients fresh from scratch everyday.
Some of our specialty ingredients include Joey’s pizza dough, Joey’s famous marinara and pizza sauce, homemade meatballs, freshly grated and shredded cheeses. All of these wonderful components create a product of excellence. From the pizza pies to the pastas.. and don’t forget the cannoli!
As Joey says “At Joey’s you get quality and quantity!” Thank You Nashville, TN for making us #1. We couldn’t have done it with out you! We Greatly appreciate your business!
Greenery Co. Aims to Bring Fast, Healthy Food to Hillsboro Village
Whitney Abblitt (left) and Caroline Gaston of the Greenery Co. restaurant project In a city where new restaurants pop up faster than even professionals who get paid to dine out can keep up, it seems impossible that there’s a restaurant void waiting to be filled. But the physical space where Provence Breads used to be on 21st Avenue South in Hillsboro Village might just be that space.
Two sisters, both Vanderbilt University graduates, have announced that their new Greenery Co. will fill that now-vacant storefront in spring 2020. The idea behind Greenery Co. is fast-casual salads, bowls and snacks that won’t bust your budget. The recipes are high in nutrients, low on carbs. Chipotle-style, you’ll be able to pick and choose what goes into your dish. The spot won’t be strictly vegetarian, but they say it will be vegetarian friendly.
When Caroline Gaston was living in New York she appreciated how easy it was to find a place where she could grab a salad to go and get back to work. When she moved back to Nashville a year ago, she was happy to be here, but found there were fewer fast, healthy food options. “I couldn’t eat the same way in Nashville as I did in New York.”
“Healthy food is not a new concept. We realize we are not reinventing the wheel,"says Gaston’s sister and Greenery Co. co-owner Whitney Abblitt. " But we are bringing this concept to a Southern audience,” she adds.
The duo chose the Hillsboro Village location because, according to their research, there are more than 100,000 working professionals within one mile of the restaurant, not to mention, tourists and students who frequent the area.
While neither sister has owned a restaurant before, both have human resources experience, and have worked in finance and fashion. Plus, Gaston says, “ Whitney and are big eaters. We love food.” Gaston participated in a culinary entrepreneurship program which involved working at a fast-casual restaurant. “I am excited to be in business with my sister. We are excited to get to lead people.”
Austin, Texas-based chef Barclay Stratton is consulting on the menu. Stratton worked as chef de cuisine of Merchants in downtown Nashville before moving on to Ovenbird in Birmingham, Ala., and then to Austin.
Their mother and a third sister both work in interior design, and their sensibilities have helped Gaston and Abblitt develop the Greener Co. look. “ A lot of fast-casual can feel austere. This should feel like someone’s home,” Abblitt says.
The average ticket, with a drink, will be $12.50, they estimate. Nashville is the first outpost for Greenery Co., and the sisters hope it will be the first of many. Stay tuned for an opening date.
Experience the Creations
Your favorite songs, your best meals, and your most memorable nights were made here. And while you’ve been away, we’ve been creating even more. So see what’s been happening, and get excited for what might come next.
Originally from England, Andrew Clancey is the designer behind Nashville-based fashion brand Any Old Iron. Andrew recently opened a storefront on Music Row that has made his sparkling sequence clothing accessible to the public. His designs have been worn by artists like Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Cher, Taylor Swift, Elton John, Miranda Lambert, Cardi B, and more.
One of four restaurants owned by celebrity Chef Maneet Chauhan, Chaatable is a passion project for her and her husband and business partner, Vivek. Each dish and design feature comes with a story of their childhood or college days in India. The décor is colorful and inviting and the menu was inspired by Indian street food.
James Beard Award-winning Chef Sean Brock showcases his passion for American culinary history at his newly opened The Continental, located in the brand new Grand Hyatt. He melds his reverence for the traditional elegance of hotel dining with a lively and welcoming atmosphere, sophisticated design, impeccable service, and a menu of reimagined American classics.
Elliston Place Soda Shop has been a Nashville favorite since 1939. Located on the street dubbed “The Rock Block” near Vanderbilt University, this landmark restaurant has recently moved a few doors down from its original location and will reopen in the Spring with the same delicious menu of burgers, milkshakes, pies, and more.
Located street-level inside boutique hotel, Noelle, the luxury retail shop plays host to Nashville’s top fashion designers, makers, and artists. The result is a vibrant, ever-changing mix of distinctive clothing, accessories, and home goods and often features one-of-a-kinds and exclusive products.
Opened in January 2021, the National Museum of African American Music can be found in the heart of downtown Nashville at 5th and Broadway. The museum encourages visitors to discover the central role African Americans have played in shaping and creating all genres of American music. From classical to country to jazz and hip hop, NMAAM integrates history and interactive technology to share the untold story of more than 50 music genres and sub-genres and are displayed throughout five galleries.
Ocean Way Nashville Recording Studios are located in the heart of Nashville’s famous Music Row in a 100-year-old Gothic revival grey stone Church. It has become a favorite destination for orchestral recording and scores film and video game projects for major companies around the world. Everyone from George Strait to Matchbox Twenty, Faith Hill, The Mavericks, Willie Nelson, Kenny Chesney, Sheryl Crow, Steve Martin, and Paul Simon have recorded here. Scoring includes Sony Playstation, EA, Lionsgate, TPS, and many others.
Prince’s Hot Chicken invented the legendary “Nashville Hot Chicken” dish – chicken dredged in a spice blend of varying degrees of heat and fried to golden-brown perfection. Prince’s founder, Thornton Prince had success early on with a hot chicken recipe that, legend has it, was developed as a revenge scheme by his scorned lover - watch the story here. After almost 100 years, Prince’s still serves the same hot chicken recipe with the same Southern charm.
Located in the Capitol View area of downtown, Zeppelin is the rooftop bar and restaurant on the top floor of the TownePlace Suites. Enjoy the sweeping views of downtown and the Germantown neighborhood while dining in the restaurant or sip on a cocktail at the outdoor lounge.
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The Chef&rsquos Table
Treat your man-of-the-year to a thoughtful, home cooked meal this Father&rsquos Day. Choose from our Chefs&rsquo favorite recipes to create your own Italian-inspired Father&rsquos Day menu featuring appetizers, salads, main dishes, dessert and cocktail recipes.
Grilled Marinated Artichokes
Olive Cheddar Bites
Grilled Lamb Spiedini
Rosemary & Honey Glazed Pork Chops
Bittersweet Chocolate Pudding Recipe
Caramel Italian Cream Cake
Don&rsquot want to cook? No problem! Impress him with our Make-A-Wish Meal for Two, a three-course meal available through July 3rd, 2013. Enjoy any Appetizer, Flatbread or two Side Salads in the first course. The main course follows with a selection of entrées including some seasonal favorites. For dessert, choose a dessert to share, and don&rsquot forget $5 of every Meal for Two will go to Make-A-Wish®. Father&rsquos Day for a cause!
We look forward to seeing you at Maggiano&rsquos Little Italy this Father&rsquos Day. We invite you to like us on Facebook &ndash for every new &ldquolike&rdquo we will donate $1 to Make-A-Wish! Please join us on Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest, and watch us on YouTube for recipes and ideas.
7 Reasons Why Hot Chicken Reigns Supreme
Don’t mistake hot chicken for ordinary fried chicken. It might have the same golden skin fried to crispy perfection, the same succulent meat cloaked inside, and the requisite grease left behind on your fingers after indulging, but to Nashville—where it was invented—hot chicken is so much more.
Legend has it that Thornton Prince of the iconic hot chicken restaurant Prince’s Hot Chicken is responsible for this legendary Music City staple. The story goes that during the Great Depression, Thornton, who loved the ladies almost as much as he loved fried chicken, spurred jealousy in his partner after returning home late after another evening on the town.
Her revenge was to prepare him his favorite fried chicken recipe spiked with fiery hidden spices that she hoped would set his mouth ablaze. Instead, much to her dismay, he loved her recipe and a Nashville mainstay was born. There are countless reasons to love hot chicken as much as Thornton did. Here are seven of them:
Merchants Restaurant in Nashville: A Memorable Experience - Recipes
Welcome to The Farm House! We are just south of Broadway, in the heart of downtown Nashville. Our focus is equally on great food and gracious service to create a memorable and extraordinary dining experience. Every detail is designed to welcome guests, from Chef-Owner Trey Cioccia's innovative fare, to a cozy and relaxed dining room.
The Farm House is open for dinner Thursday through Saturday, and for lunch Thursday and Friday. Our Sunday brunch features Southern classics and familiar favorites with a twist. And our full bar with specialty cocktails, beer and wine reflects Chef Trey's approach to cooking. We also welcome you to our Happy-Hour, from 2:00-6:00pm on weekdays, featuring delicious Bar Snacks, in addition to highlights from the Dinner Menu. All of our menus use from-scratch ingredients, supporting local and family-owned businesses.