Photo of chicken fingers taken by Tom Varco. Thank you, Tom!
Here we are again, still looking for a good restaurant in Nashville. Take heart! It is possible!
Approach # 2: Read the fine print. If you are still reading this, you are either clueless or new to Nashville, or both. However, even clueless people have feelings, and those feelings can so easily be smashed to the floor when you go on and on about your new favorite restaurant and how unique it is until your tactless native friends tell you that it's just a regional chain. Don't get me wrong. Chains can be good. I have certain "go to" locations for my deep-fried fish cravings. (Their new advertising campaign could be: "Captain D's-- for when you want greasy delicious cod, but don't want your whole house to smell like it.") However, it sort of reduces your street cred when your favorite Nashville restaurant is the Olive Garden. Anyway, if you really want to get to know a place, which presumably you do because you are looking for great local restaurants, a cleverly disguised chain is about as useless as one of those "My Mom Went to ______And All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt" t-shirts are as souvenirs. So, I repeat my beginning advice: the top of the menu will be all about great flavor and exciting combinations (that in itself should tip you off-- I mean, if it didn't have great flavor and exciting combinations it would be called the Cream of Tomato-atorium) but at the bottom, inevitably, for legal purposes (which purposes do not dictate the size of the font) in tiny tiny tiny print it will say "A Subsidiary of Chalmondeley Foods, Wilmington DE" or something of the sort. So enjoy your Music City Quesadilla and Golden Pickin' Chicken Fingers, but be aware.
For your Saturday morning entertainment: the Queen of Sass brings it on some more.