We check out Music City's latest rising star, a gathering spot for the modern age.
Depending on where you park it at Pinewood Social, you'll hear the crash of bowling pins and catch the aroma of fried chicken, or you'll feel the working buzz of a caffeine-fueled coffee shop. This 13,500-square-foot social club hosts guests for meetings, cocktails, karaoke, and bowling. In no short time, it's become Nashville's de facto living room. But design details and entertaining amenities aside, it shouldn't be overlooked that culinary director Josh Habiger, formerly of Nashville's The Catbird Seat and Alinea in Chicago, runs the kitchen. His collection of sophisticated comfort food begins at breakfast with options such as Egg in a Jar, a steamy terrarium of egg, Mornay, and truffle. You'll find beef tongue Reuben for lunch. At dinner, it's a mushroom pot pie, or a clever twist on tuna casserole with smoked trout and celeriac cream. The pot roast has the beef and carrots you'd expect, but this more poised version includes sous vide tri-tip with root veggies that hold their color and shape. Expect playful but sophisticated cocktails at the bar. Matt Tocco, formerly of The Patterson House (a Pinewood sister property), serves The Humble Magnificent with Pimm's, brandy, lemon, and cinnamon, and he takes advantage of the Crema coffee bar for spiked drinks such as the Easy Like Sunday Morning, a cortado with Fernet and demerara sugar. But given the comfortable, morning-till-night nature of this spot, it might as well be Easy Like All Day Long.
The Hot Plate
The grilled pork belly salad with frisée, poached egg, and mustard vinaigrette is a home run beside the Marathon Manhattan with locally distilled Corsair Triple Smoke whiskey, 1776 rye, Carpano Antica, and Regan's Orange Bitters.
Reservations: Recommended. Cost: Plates, $16; cocktails, $12. Address: 33 Peabody St. Hours: 7 a.m.-1 a.m. M-F; 9 a.m.-1.a.m. Sat-Sun. pinewoodsocial.com