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Vandy alum headed to Nashville next month and need some recs for my bachelor party, a group of about 6-8. I've been back a few times in the last few years, both for business and reunions, so I have some idea of what's there, but need some updated guidance & recs. We'll be there from Friday dinner through Sunday late afternoon. Haven't picked a hotel yet, but will probably be staying in the Vandy/downtown area.

Rolf & Daughters - Seems like top of the list from everything I've read.
City House - Went a few years back and loved. Also near the top of the list.
Loveless - I have great memories of Loveless, but that was over 10 years ago. It's far from town, and there seems to be little love on the boards.
Princes/Hattie Bs/Bolton's - My guess in Prince's will be a late night trip, but if not any recs for the other two for either saturday or sunday lunch?
Rotiers - Is my nostalgia steering me right or wrong here?
Logan's Roadhouse - Is this anything other than a place to drink?

Would love to do Rolf & Daughters or City House one night and a steakhouse the other, but having a hard time finding a good idea for the steakhouse. How are Southern Steak & Oyster or Capitol Grille? Jimmy Kelly's and the Stockyard were big when I was in school there, but that was 10+ years ago....sounds like time has not been kind. Would rather not do the chains (Palm, Morton's, Ruth Chris) as we have them back home in Los Angeles.

If we tailgate at the Vandy football game on saturday afternoon, any suggestions for self-catering or should we eat before heading over?

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  1. Congrats on the nuptials! (is that spelled right?)
    Logan's is like Bonanza or Ponderosa, man- stay clear!
    Rolf and City House: heard good things, both are on my wishlist.
    Loveless: run away. Tourist trap; mediocre food.
    Prince's : I don't see the attraction, it's truly a dump. Haven't been for almost 20 (!) years but heard it hasn't changed a bit...
    Rotiers: Yes. It's a time capsule- the great black waiter is still there and he looks just the same! Nice guy. And Mrs Rotier will take your cash (CASH only IIRC); she has not taken her eyes off that register in forty years!
    I was going to recommend Capitol Grille for the famous bathroom and other ambience... Food's hit-or-miss, but mostly hit. Not cheap, but you know that...
    Stock-Yard: I can't believe they are still in business- if the recent reviews are true they might be filming "Candid Camera" there, it's _that_ bad...and $$$$$, too!
    No suggestions about self-catering (the weather should be perfect) but you might consider Monell's (in Germantown) for true Southern-style vittles (it'll be mobbed plan accordingly); oh I just remembered they have a take-away "Monell's Express" in Berry Hill you could bring fried chicken from there for your tailgating. (Full disclosure- I know the owner, but it does not affect my rating of the restaurant)
    Good luck, and report back!
    -Tom

    1. Congrats on the nuptials! (is that spelled right?)
      Logan's is like Bonanza or Ponderosa, man- stay clear!
      Rolf and City House: heard good things, both are on my wishlist.
      Loveless: run away. Tourist trap; mediocre food.
      Prince's : I don't see the attraction, it's truly a dump. Haven't been for almost 20 (!) years but heard it hasn't changed a bit...
      Rotiers: Yes. It's a time capsule- the great black waiter is still there and he looks just the same! Nice guy. And Mrs Rotier will take your cash (CASH only IIRC); she has not taken her eyes off that register in forty years!
      I was going to recommend Capitol Grille for thou know the bathroom and other ambience... Food's hit-or-miss, but mostly hit. Not cheap, but you know that...
      Stock-Yard: I can't believe they are still in business- if the recent reviews are true they might be filming "Candid Camera" there, it's _that_ bad...
      No suggestions about self-catering (the weather should be perfect) but you might consider Monell's (in Germantown) for true Southern-style vittles (it'll be mobbed plan accordingly); oh I just remembered they have a take-away "Monell's Express" in Berry Hill you could bring fried chicken from there for your tailgating. (Full disclosure- I know the owner, but it does not affect my rating of the restaurant)
      Good luck, and report back!
      -Tom

      1. Rolf & Daughters and City House are both a must go.
        Loveless Cafe is decent, but far from the city, and long waits.
        Try Fido, Tavern, Marche, or Husk for brunch instead.
        I would skip Princes unless you have to make the pilgrimage. Otherwise, head to Hattie B's in Midtown for hot chicken.
        Rotiers - you're not missing much if you skip it.
        The Capital Grille is considered one of the best restaurants in the Nashville. They have their own farm for veggies and they raise their own cattle. You could do much worse.
        If you're after a true steak house, try locally owned Kayne Prime in the Gulch.

        Sean Brock's Husk is getting well deserved reviews and their cheeseburger is one of the best deals in town.

        1. I'm not a local, but not exactly a tourist either. My daughter has been living in Nashville for the past 4-5 years and I've made frequent visits. I need to tell you that I'm kind of addicted to Prince's. I tried Hattie B's once and it's very good, close to Music Row. People love it, and it's definitely where I'd go for late night chicken (not too late, though...I think it's only open until midnight on weekends). I usually hit up Prince's mid-afternoon which is what I did last week. Still, at 2:00 pm, it was close to an hour from when I ordered to the time that I received my order. Worth every minute of the wait, though.
          I concur with aTOMic about Monell's. It's great southern cooking. There's also a location in Franklin, if you happen to be down that way.
          My daughter and her pals used to hang out at Fido for coffee/breakfast, but lately it's been Frothy Monkey on 12th South. Personally, I found the coffee at 8th and Roast to be fantastic, but light on the breakfast options.

          1. Not sure if I you have already come to town, but City House and Rolf and Daughters are great, also as someone else mentioned Capitol Grille for a nice dinner. I have only had hits there. The Southern and Husk are two more great options. Loveless is good but far out just to eat. I like hot chicken but I would stay away from Prince's as well. Stay away from Logans... it is just a chain and isn't really special for your trip to town. Kayne is the trendy steakhouse in the Gulch area. I haven't gone yet but reports are good. I always like Sams in Hillsboro village for a sports bar atmosphere. Not very trendy, but have had good times over the years.