My favorite restaurants are the ones that do what they set out to do simply and well. No bells and whistles, just delicious food, nicely served. Last month Margartiaville released new menu items like the Caprese Burger, Shrimp Scampi Linguine, and Hand-Battered Chicken Tenders to complement their award-winning margaritas. Not to worry, my fellow die-hard parrotheads, you can still enjoy all of the staples on the original menu. It’s just that, now, there’s even more to love! And best of all? The new items are as delicious as they are reasonably priced.
The signature hand-battered chicken tenders are made in-house with LandShark beer batter and fried until golden brown. (A little secret from the kitchen- they use cold batter so the crust stays crispy and does not puff up). A bite into the beer battered portions reveals breast meat that remains moist under the crisp, well-seasoned coating. The chicken itself was so moist it wept juices when compressed with a fork. I’m a sucker for a good sauce. Literally that’s a reason for me to go to a restaurant – good BBQ and good honey mustard. I tried both and they killed it! So delicious!
Their fish tacos are superior, with a delicate shell of crisp golden brown LandShark beer batter that cracks open to reveal flaky and piping hot white fillet inside. A generous portion of fish is piled in between a grilled flour tortilla and layered with grilled habanero cream sauce, fresh guacamole, shredded lettuce, and mango pico de gallo, made fresh daily and fried to order. A delicious hearty portion of black beans and rice comes with the fish tacos, but you also have a choice of other sides if you prefer. It was a very tasty and filling lunch option.
Southerners recognize shrimp and grits as a staple dish, so much so that the South is sometimes referred to as the “Grits Belt.” So what is so special about this seemingly simplistic meal? Surprisingly, while eating grits has a rich and deep history in the South, the popular combination of shrimp and grits in more upscale cuisine is fairly recent. The Louisiana cajun shrimp and grits were beautiful to behold, and delicious. It was twice the size I had expected. They are made from stone-ground cornmeal with cheddar and butter stirred in. The shrimp are sautéed with bell peppers, garlic, and onions. It’s one of the simpler versions of the dish I have had, but the recipe lets the flavor of the grits come through. Topped with the homemade Andouille sausage gravy, it’s simply delicious and compels you to scrape the plate till it’s white again.
But no matter how stuffed you are after your meal, you must save room one of the award winning margarita’s.
The polished-yet-easygoing Nashville gem of a restaurant is housed in an inviting space downtown on Broadway. Service staff are cheerful, friendly, and have a genuine warmth about them. Go for the food, but budget time to linger and listen to the local live music. If you arrive early in the day, seating is rarely a problem. Dinner and weekends, there is often a wait, but despite the “bursting at the seams” appearance of the restaurant, I have never had to wait more than 15 minutes for a table. Margaritaville stays true to their mission and all it takes is a look around the room to see how well it reflects the city it serves.
LUNCH AT MARGARITAVILLE:
Location: 322 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37201
Hours: Monday – Sunday 11:00AM – 2:00AM
Reservations: Priority seating is offered as an alternative to reservations. Please call (615) 208-9080 for information and availability.
Credit cards accepted: Yes.
Parking: nearby garages
Are children welcome at Margaritaville? We are family friendly so we welcome all ages.
Come “Conky-Tonkin” at Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville! In the heart of downtown Nashville on Honky Tonk Row, Margaritaville has everything you need to have a good time: great authentic southern food, the best bars on Broadway and the caliber of music that’s expected in Nashville. From a stairway with real piano keys for steps to the Chill Bar’s license Plate walls, Margaritaville has a boat load of character and atmosphere. You never know when the up and coming talent you hear in the Chill bar is going to become next year’s hot concert ticket. After dinner the restaurant transitions into a swinging late night scene with live music and dancing every night of the week.