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May 16, 2008 08:40 AM

Good eats Near Bluebird Cafe

We will be attending a 9:30 show at the Bluebird Cafe and want to eat before the show. What is nearby? We are staying near the Gulch area, so we could eat there before we go, but would prefer to be near Bluebird. We will be casually dressed, so nothing to upscale. We have been to and loved Zola's, Sunset Grill, Monell's, Bosco's, so anything like that would be great. We like just about everything! Thanks.

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  1. There are a bunch of chain restaurants in the Green Hills Mall more of less across the road from the Bluebird: Cheeseburger Charlie's, Ruby Tuesday's, Carraba's, Cheesecake Factory, stuff like that. There's a place called Bistro 215 there, too. I don't know what it's like. The Green Hills Grille is still in the neighborhood, I think. They are midscale with good enough but unpredictable food: I've had enjoyable dinners there, but also meals that made me wonder why I'd bothered.

    1. I would suggest Macke's. Very close by and very good, but more of a fine dining type place.

      If you like Mediterranean food, there's a great place called Kalamata's just up Hillsboro Road. There's also a pretty good Indian place across the street - Shalimar.

      Other nearby places which may be of interest: Bistro 215 (decent typical bistro fare), Green Hills Grille (slightly more upscale fern bar w/ Southwestern tendencies), Firefly Grille (playful chef-centric hideaway), and Nero's Grill (specializes in wild game).

      And as nm1 mentioned, there are lots of decent chain restaurants in the nearby Hill Center/Green Hills Mall bloc: Carrabba's, Panera, Ruby Tuesday, Cheesecake Factory, California Pizza Kitchen, Pei Wei, Zoe's Kitchen, Five Guys, etc.

      And there's always Krystal.

      2131 Bandywood Dr, Nashville, TN 37215

      3764 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville, TN 37215

      Shalimar Restaurant
      3711 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville, TN 37215

      Bistro 215
      3821 Green Hills Village Dr, Nashville, TN 37215

      Green Hills Grille
      3805 Green Hills Village Dr, Nashville, TN

      Firefly Grille
      2201 Bandywood Dr, Nashville, TN 37215

      Nero's Grill
      2122 Hillsboro Dr, Nashville, TN 37215

      1. I'd recommend Nero's. It's very 'hound-y. It is the reincarnation of the restaurant that was on that very site until 30 years ago. The family decided to get back into the restaurant biz and re-bought their place. It's gorgeous inside, and the food is good and the atmosphere is congenial. I love it there. You're across the street from Bluebird, and you can go casual. Macke's is another good choice, but it is pretty high end dining.

        1. I went to an early show at Bluebird Cafe-songwriters in the round or something like that and had a good fish sandwich. If you don't want fancy- and more music, try that.

          1. Thanks so much for all the recommendations. We are going to try Nero's. We'll let you know how it is!