I haven’t been to Eastland Cafe recently (it was before I started doing my little restaurant reviews), but I highly recommend it if you find yourself in East Nasty (read: East Nashville). It has a great atmosphere and wasn’t overly loud (big ‘plus’ for me).
Wine: I was not sure about anything on the menu, so I told the waitress what I like in a red wine (bold, not too fruity). She parleyed with bar tender who let me have a glass (or two) of something not on the menu (but within the same price range). It was pretty great, and I really wish I remember what it was. But alas, I do not. The important thing is that they worked with me (I’m normally not so picky, I promise) and I was thoroughly pleased with the results.
Food: I love mussels. Nick had never had mussels, so I introduced him to these delicious little sea mollusks. Y’all… these mussels were to. die. for. They serve Prince Edward Island mussels in a white wine and crushed tomato sauce and serve them with grilled tuscan bread. We ordered more bread just so we could sop up all the sauce. Highly recommended appetizer.
Entree: Instead of ordering a “real” entree, I went with another appetizer: the Stone Baked Pizza Margherita . House-pulled mozz, basil from a local supplier of microgreens (C.C. Gardens) and crushed tomatoes. Again, it was delicious. If you haven’t figure it out yet, I love a good thin crust pizza. Just love it. And this one did not disappoint. Again, recommended (not as much as the mussels, though.)
Eat up, y’all!
[photo creds: http://www.foodrenegade.com/southwest-mussel-chowder/ (just a pretty photo of mussels, I think); http://eastlandcafe.com/menu.html]