This perennial favorite spot offers a cozy, lamp-lit atmosphere that evokes an old speakeasy. The menu consists of upscale American dishes that feature local products like country ham and Capriole cheeses. Don’t miss the shrimp and grits or the historic black-and-white photographs on the walls.
A variety of homemade soups, salads, sandwiches and desserts. The popular Hoppin’ John and — a mix of chili and chicken gumbo — keep customers coming back for more. Try the Ultimate Reuben served on a pretzel roll.
Hammerheads is located in the basement of a building in Germantown, but the huge hammerhead shark hanging out front ensures that you can’t miss it. The menu includes hearty fare like a chorizo burger, a PBLT (pork belly, lettuce and tomato), and sweet potato waffles with fried chicken. Vegetarians won’t be left out either. Meatless options include a burger, a sloppy joe, and tacos. Also try an order of crispy mac n’cheese balls.
This hip new hangout, headed by Michael Paley of Proof on Main, is located in an actual former garage restored to its full vintage glory — except that pizza and beer are served there now. The gourmet pizzas are fired in an 850-degree oven to ensure perfectly charred crust. Other stars on this regularly-changing menu are freshly shucked oysters and country ham sampler plates.