I've had a bunch of little restaurant-related things hanging about in my head, but I've never found a way to work them into other posts so I'm lumping them all together in this post.
2. I wanted to mention that I'm never going to review the two restaurants in my neighborhood, The Germantown Cafe and The Mad Platter. That's not because I don't like them. It's actually the opposite. I love both restaurants and would recommend them to anyone. I'm just far too biased to give any kind of realistic review because I want both restaurants to do well (um, it's nice having two excellent restaurants within walking distance!) and we're friends and neighbors with people at both restaurants. I just didn't want anyone to think I wasn't mentioning them for other reasons.
3. If you're looking for good restaurants in the Nashville area, check out the Nashville Originals. The Nashville Originals is a group of local restaurants working together to raise awareness of local restaurants (as opposed to chains). The group doesn't include all local restaurants in Nashville by any means, but it is a nice selection. Another big advantage is a few times a year, they have a sale on gift certificates to the restaurants. For example, we got a $50 certificate to one of the restaurants that only cost $33. You can sign up on their mailing list to be notified of the gift certificate sales - word to the wise, the gift certificates sell out really quickly once they do go on sale. There are also other "originals" restaurant groups around the country. You can see the whole list of groups here.
4. Nashville Dining Out for Life, which benefits Nashville Cares (an organization that provides services to people with AIDS), is coming up on April 24th. Participating restaurants donate a percent of their profits on the day to Nashville Cares. The list of restaurants that are participating is huge this year! There are Dining Out for Life events on different days throughout the country, check here for more information.
5. I'm super excited to mention that Lazzaroli Pasta is opening a store in Germantown. They've been selling their fresh pasta at the Nashville Farmer's Market on Saturdays for a while and now they're expanding into an actual storefront. They're going to add sauces, take & bake pastas, bread, and other specialties. Their pasta is seriously delicious, and they're friendly people. They're probably going to be opening sometime in May.