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Table 3: Fine Yet Affordable Dining in Nashville

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Once a week, my wife and I manage to go out for the evening — dinner, drinks, something like that. Couple time is at a premium with two-year-old twins. Last week, we decided to do dinner and a movie in Green Hills. Walking toward the theater, we noticed a valet outside of Table 3. We assumed that it had reopened after what my wife informed me had been a kitchen fire. She suggested we try it.

We were wrong; it had not reopened. As it turned out, we had walked into the pre-opening dry run by accident. We apologized and turned to leave, but were asked to stay if we would not mind eating dinner at the bar. Anyone who knows me will know that I do not mind eating dinner at the bar. (I should note here that the folks at Table 3 had no idea that I had this blog when they invited us to stay, nor did I mention it while we were there.)

This small act of generosity led to one of the more enjoyable meals that I have had since moving to Nashville, and certainly the best value. We opened with a St.Germain cocktail incorporating cranberry juice, which provided a nice flavor and improved the color presentation over, say, lemon juice. My wife had the Roasted Chicken and I had the Leg of Lamb. Both were well-prepared and flavorful, and paired with excellent sides of mashed and au gratin potatoes, respectively. It was a quality meal. It’s even more impressive when one sees the overall value Table 3 offers on its menu.

I was also impressed by Table 3’s wine list, both by the bottle and by the glass. It focuses on France, of course, and the DuPeuble 2009 Beaujolais was a wonderful light-bodied red that went perfectly with my wife’s chicken. I also enjoyed the Louis Changarnier 2009 Pinot Noir from the Languedoc. Even ordering by the glass, the bartender allowed us a small taste before committing to each wine, which was a nice touch.

My point? When Table 3 does reopen, give them a try. I can see myself becoming a regular, so maybe I will see you there.

Table 3 Restaurant
3821 Green Hills Village Drive
Nashville, Tennessee 37215
(615) 739-6900
Appx. $17.00 per entree.

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