Dine Around


Tuesday dinner (April 13th) and Thursday breakfast (April 15th) will be on your own. This flyer with suggestions for nearby Nashville restaurants will be included in the packet of information you will pick up at Registration.



There are many wonderful restaurants within easy walking distance from the Marriott Hotel at Vanderbilt University. The six restaurants profiled below will be available for the Dine Around on Thursday, April 15, 2010.


The Acorn, located at 114 28th Avenue North, a two-block walk from the Marriott.

“As a restaurant, The Acorn operates in keeping with the age-old roots of the symbol for which it is named.  Through our atmosphere, service and food, we strive to be a purveyor of welcome, warmth and hospitality for all who enter our doors. As in generations past, The Acorn stands here, in Nashville’s West End, as a haven of welcome and hospitality for all to enjoy.”
(from The Acorn website http://www.theacornrestaurant.com/acorn_story.html)

The menu includes a variety of salads with homemade dressing such as Momma’s Seven Layer Salad or Smoked Cheddar salad served with Blackberry vinaigrette dressing and black-eyed peas. Entrees feature grilled tenderloin, salmon, or sea scallops in addition to braised lamb or pan fried trout.  Desserts are made from scratch and include delectable chocolate torte or lemon pound cake. Salad price range from $7.00 to $10.00 with entrees ranging from $18 to $32.

Click this link to view the menu: http://www.theacornrestaurant.com/menu.html



Brick Tops, located at the corner of West End and 30th, a three-block walk from the Marriott.

Brick Tops is a Nashville-based restaurant that prides itself on innovative, yet affordable food and a relaxing environment. (http://www.westendrestaurants.com/)

The menu highlights include rotisserie chicken, steaks, flatbread pizza, kosher hot dogs, cheeseburgers, fresh salads and seasonal soups. Salad prices range $12 to $15 with entrees ranging from $15 to $21.

Click this link to view the menu: http://www.westendrestaurants.com


J. Alexander’s, located at 2609 West End, a one-block walk from the Marriott.

Nashville businessman Jack Massey began this restaurant.  Mr. Massey achieved prominence in the field of health care as one of the founders of Hospital Corporation of American (HCA) chairman, and also purchased the Kentucky Fried Chicken chain from Colonel Sanders.

J. Alexander’s salads are a meal, featuring seven different salads with in-house dressings, such as Asian Ahi Tuna Salad or Rotisserie Chicken Cobb Salad.  Entrees include a variety of sandwiches (including veggie burger) and vegetable plates as well as steaks and seafood and the spicy rattlesnake pasta (made with chicken). Prices range from $10 to $16 for salads; $10 to $17 for sandwich plates; and $15 to $26 for steak and seafood entrees.

Click this link to view the Nashville Restaurant menu: http://www.jalexanders.com/locations/menu/nashville_we.pdf


Maggiano’s Little Italy, located at 3106 West End Ave., a seven-block walk from the Marriott.

With its warm ambiance and bustle of energy, you’ll feel that you’ve stepped into an old Italian neighborhood at Maggiano’s. Family style dinner options, large portions, and a relaxed atmosphere will make you want to stay a while!

Click this link to view the menu for Maggiano’s: http://www.maggianos.com/foodbeverage/default.asp?menu=Dinner


Tin Angel, located at 3201 West End Ave., a seven-block walk from the Marriott.

“Opened by Vicki and Rick Bolsom in 1993, Tin Angel is one of the few historic commercial buildings left on Nashville’s busy West End Avenue. The building has been carefully restored, from its brick walls and floors and its round freestanding fireplace built from brick salvaged from Church Street, to its period tin ceilings. Our staff members — many of whom have been at the restaurant from day one — care about every aspect of their diners’ pleasure.”
(from website http://www.tinangel.net/index1.htm)

Fresh ingredients and interesting combinations of flavors are hallmarks of Tin Angel. Pasta and Salad entrees are $11 to $14 with seafood and steak entrees ranging from $17 to $20. Signature dishes include the Med Salad, a combination of grilled shrimp, chickpeas, artichokes, roasted red bell peppers, red onions, orzo pasta, pumpkin seeds, feta cheese, mixed greens and sun-dried tomato dressing and the Angel Louie linguine pasta with fresh basil, tomatoes, garlic, extra virgin olive oil & Parmesan; Inside Out Eggplant Parmigiana, served with grilled vegetables on fresh spinach & meatless marinara; as well as variety of steak and seafood options.

Click this link to view the menu for Tin Angel: http://www.tinangel.net/PDF/menudinner.pdf


Zola, located at 3001 West End Ave., a three-block walk from the Marriott.

Unfortunately the owners of Zola have retired and closed the restaurant. Please make another selection from our list.


***After the Dine Around some groups may wish to continue with an evening of entertainment at the Wildhorse Saloon. Check  with the AISL Dine Around hostesses for details about transportation to the Wild Horse Saloon.***

Wildhorse Saloon, 120 2nd Ave. North

“The Wildhorse Saloon turned a three-level historic warehouse into a 66,000 square foot live music and dance destination. The Wildhorse is simultaneously a restaurant, bar, concert site, dance venue and TV studio. Annually, more than 1.5 million music fans stampede to the Wildhorse to have a great meal, catch the hottest concerts and learn the newest dance steps.” (from website http://www.wildhorsesaloon.com)