Midtown Café, Nashville
Nashville , Tennessee
Tel: 615 320 7176
Concierge.com's insider take:
Nashville restaurateur Randy Rayburn has rowdier restaurants than Midtown Café, but this is where the big kids in town get their kicks. City powerbrokers including politicians, athletic stars, and, of course, country-music types, reserve noontime tables in this close-quartered eatery (Midtown was featured in The Wall Street Journal's "Power Tables" column last year). The bi-level dining room allows big shots to literally sit a few feet higher than those in the front. At night, the 70-seat dining room, with its flattering low lights and unobtrusive service, becomes more romantic. Old favorites on the menu include lemon-artichoke soup and crab cakes with cayenne hollandaise sauce. Though Midtown offers free valet parking, visitors to the city should save the gas in their rental car and request the complimentary shuttle that offers round-trip transportation to Midtown from area hotels. Reservations are recommended; a two-day advance is a safe bet for lunch parties over four.
Open Mondays through Fridays 11 am to 2:30 pm and 5 to 10 pm, Saturdays 5:30 to 10 pm, and Sundays 5 to 10 pm.