Nashville Restaurant Week is returning to Music City Aug. 22-28, inviting locals and visitors alike to enjoy special menus plus breakfast, lunch and dinner deals around town, all as a way to celebrate the city’s unique restaurants and give back to the diners that support them.
The more than 60 participating restaurants are part of the Nashville Originals, Nashville’s independent restaurant association whose members are committed to sustaining Music City’s diverse dining culture through the belief that the individual creativity of local businesses has helped shape the city's identity and propel Music City into the national culinary spotlight.
Several restaurants in Williamson County are included in the list of Nashville Originals, and will be participating in Nashville Restaurant Week. They are 55 South, The Bunganut Pig, Cork & Cow, Gray’s on Main, Puckett’s Boat House, Puckett’s Gro. & Restaurant, Red Pony and Saffire in Franklin, and Mere Bulles and Wild Iris in Brentwood.
The biannual Nashville Restaurant Week allows participants to explore the best food that Nashville and surrounding area have to offer, along with deals that make dining at upscale member restaurants more affordable. Diners will have the opportunity not only to test an array of food genres, but also to support homegrown restaurants and get behind the movement to #EatLikeALocal.
“The Nashville culinary scene has made a drastic transition in recent years into something truly special, and Nashville Restaurant Week is a great way to showcase that.” said Claire Crowell, president of the Nashville Originals and COO for A. Marshall Family Foods, Inc. “It’s the perfect time for people to get out and try somewhere new or head to a local favorite and experience everything that they have to offer.”
Originals member restaurants reach from East Nashville to Franklin and everywhere in between, and new members to Nashville Restaurant Week include Green Hills Grille, Scout’s Pub and BLVD. The organization is also made up of a variety of local eateries ranging from burger joints to white tablecloth establishments, so there is sure to be something for every taste bud and price point during the celebrated event.
For just $20.16 per person, Nashville classic Germantown Cafe will be offering a three-course meal inspired by Southern comfort food and seafood staples. Their delectable entrees include meatloaf with mashed potatoes, collard green apple slaw, Tabasco straws and tomato jam; blackened grouper with pepper jack grits, crawfish étouffée and sautéed spinach; or crab cakes with mustard-tartar, mashed potatoes and haricot verts.
Rumours East will offer hungry Nashvillians a great deal on dinner— pan-seared chicken breast stuffed with fresh mozzarella, bell peppers, spinach and mushrooms on sun-dried tomato rice pilaf and served with a kale salad for just $20.
Brentwood’s Wild Iris Restaurant will feature a prix-fixe menu ranging from $30 to $40 for three courses. Some options include reuben spring rolls or Prince Edward Island Mussels, bacon wrapped scallops or seared salmon, and lemon panna cotta or chocolate torte for dessert.
Flyte in the Gulch will also offer a prix-fixe menu with three mouthwatering courses for $35.16 per person. Options include summer squash soup, a wedge salad or tomato barley risotto as an appetizer, Scottish salmon, beef hanger Steak, or Springer Mtn. chicken for the entree, and mascarpone cheesecake, chocolate pots de crème or “peaches and cream” cake to finish it off.
Nashville Originals has partnered with Lyft to provide free and discounted safe rides for Nashville Restaurant Week. New users can get two free rides (up to $10 each) with code RW20. If you already have Lyft, save 15 percent off a round-trip ride to any restaurant location with code RW15.