Nashville is a cosmopolitan city that offers a variety of dining alternatives. There are literally hundreds of options to choose from, many with an international flair. A partial list of the types of fare offered by these restaurants would include: American, Asian mix, brew pubs, Cajun/Creole, French, Indian, Italian, Japanese, Mediterranean, Mexican, Middle Eastern, Thai and vegetarian. If someone has something else in mind, it can probably be found in Nashville.
One popular eating spot in Nashville is The Melting Pot. It is representative of the fine dining that can be found in Nashville. The Melting Pot is a stylish restaurant with a definite French influence. Its dinner menu includes a four-course meal with numerous selections from which to choose. This ensures the patron of a delicious meal that is tailored to his specifications. First the patron picks a fondue that peaks his interest. There are typically five different types of fondues and a special that changes regularly. Currently, a dinner guest can choose from fondues like cheddar, fiesta cheese, traditional southwest, and a Wisconsin trio cheese fondue. For a limited time, a Feng Sui Cheese fondue is also available. This fondue is a blend of Fontina and Butterkase cheeses with a bit of rice wine, sake and seasonings.
Once the choice of a fondue has been made, the diner chooses a salad from a menu of the five or six that are offered. One of the salads that patrons seem to especially like is the Mandarin and almond salad. Three levels of entrees, in the form of an entre pot, are on the menu. The seventy-eight dollar per couple level includes filet mignon, white shrimp, and several vegetables and cheeses. The more expensive pots might include all of the above plus lobster tail meat and Ahi Tuna. The entrée pot is prepared tableside and left to simmer while the patron enjoys his fondue and salad.
And finally, “the Piece de Resistance,” the chocolate fondue dessert! Again, there are several to choose from including ‘Ying and Yang.” This is a chocolate fondue with an equal measure of white and dark chocolate. To make things even more decadent, each fondue is served with a variety of “dippers.”
When a meal at the Melting Pot is finished, the only complaint heard from restaurant patrons is that they are too full to get up and walk out of the restaurant! The Melting Pot also features an extensive wine list and specialty cocktails. So if a move to Nashville is in your future, keep the Melting Pot in mind.
The one restaurant that really stands head and shoulders above all the others, to me, is The Cat Bird Seat. It's a really odd sounding name, you can't just call and make a reservation, you have to book online, but I have to say, this was best experience I have ever had at a restaurant in terms of the food, the presentation, the ambience and basically the whole experience was second to none. Do not take your girlfiend here on a first date as you will never be able to top this restaurant!!!! It's that good. I actually felt like I was taking part in a TV culinary show and was amazed by the attention to detail and thought that went in to explaining how the dishes were created and why the specially selected drinks and wines were paired with each course. Simply the best dining experience in Nashville TN!
One other restaurant that really deserves a mention in the highly recommended category is the Capitol Grill in the Hermitage Hotel. I've eaten there quite a few times, with clients and friends, and every time I have been more than impressed and so have my guests. The other benefit of eating here is that you can check out the famous art decor features of the mens bathrooms!
All in all Nashville does offer a great variety of styles and choices when it comes to food and this cosmopolitan city is adding more and more venues every month it seems.
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