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Dec 10, 2007 08:17 PM

Fancy plates, Nashville?


My 9-year-old wants a birthday dinner that includes the kinds of plates he sees on TV. That is, large, generally white plates with food of a geometric or artistic construction. We live in Huntsville, AL., and Nashville seems the logical destination. I'm willing to make the trip, or to Atlanta, but would like to find a place that both leaves some money for the mortgage and doesn't scorn a 9-year-old in the dining party.
Any help would be genuinely appreciated.

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  1. Hmmm...there's a place in Hillsboro Village called Tayst that's usually pretty artful in their presentation. I believe it's pretty family friendly, too.

    It's cool that your 9-yr-old in into that kind of scene. I think it was always pizza for my birthday dinner until I was about 17.

    Tayst Restaurant
    2100 21st Ave S, Nashville, TN 37212

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      1. Just a thought, but my kids (teenagers) both who eat out a lot, love Bricktops on 21st Ave. in Nashville. It is a larger restaurant than Tayst and I would think it would be more kid friendly and fun. It is across the street from Vandy so it has an upscale college feel to it. They do a decent job a presentation and the food it good though I think it is somewhat overpriced. Good luck!

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        1. re: smoot60

          Bricktops is actually on West End. And yes, it would be a good option, too, though not as haute.

          1. re: jamiecarroll

            I've also seen kids at Radius 10 which is one of Nashville's top restaurants, IMO. They do a great presentation (on white dishes!) and it's got a cool look and overlooks the Union Station hotel and train tracks which might be fun for him. The website is if you want to check it out. Additionally, they had a "happier hour" promo that you may want to ask about. Between 5 and 7pm everything on the menu was 25% off which is always a nice plus! One of the specialties there is shrimp/scallops/grits and he also has great "fancy" pizzas, great mac and cheese and some other fun sides.

            Please let us know where you end up and Happy Birthday to your foodie son, which I think is great!

        2. Thanks for all the help, will check out each. He's definitely a fun kid.

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          1. re: paddys9

            It's also worth mentioning Capitol Grille in the Hermitage Hotel. No, Sean Brock is no longer there to show Nashvillians just what molecular gastronomy is all about, but his former sous Tyler Brown is, and he puts out beautifully presented "tv" worthy food in a very haute yet comfortable room. It will be the most expensive in Nashville though.

            1. re: notgreg

              I think Tayst is the best suggestion so far, but here's my kid experience at Capitol Grille. I took my 9-year-old to Capitol Grill this time last year to meet an out of town friend when I couldn't find a sitter. We had a ball, and the staff treated her like royalty. I can't recall exactly the prices, but I think we got two $8 Shirley Temples and an $8 mac n cheese. Definitely her most expensive meal so far. Can't say her meal was "worth it" but I had a great meal that was. And her meal was still cheaper than a babysitter.