Two more Charleston-based restaurant groups have recently opened new locations in Music City recently, joining ventures like the wildly popular Husk Nashville and Butcher & Bee as welcome additions to the Music City dining scene.
The first newcomer to open their doors was Oak Steakhouse, the fourth location of the small Indigo Road chain of elegant, top-shelf steakhouses alongside outposts in Charleston, Atlanta and Charlotte. Positioned adjacent to the tony Westin that towers over Nashville’s SoBro neighborhood, the Oak should be a very popular dining destination for hotel guests and conventioneers doing business at the massive Music City Center complex just across the street. This is, of course, providing that visitors can navigate the tricky triple lane roundabout between the convention center and the restaurant at 801 Clark Place, not a given considering that we Southerners are not always that familiar with the workings of a rotary intersection.
But the high-stakes game of Frogger is worth it for the high steaks that await diners on the other side. The kitchen is led by Chef Eric Zizka and is committed to providing a modern approach to the traditional steakhouse experience, pairing traditional meaty dishes with farm-fresh accompaniments sourced locally whenever possible. Even the wine menu is beefy, filled with a remarkable assortment of big California cabs, Old World reds as well as some of the best wines from Spain and Italy. The drinks menu is augmented with a well-curated list of local and regional craft beers as well as classic cocktails.
The dramatic decor of the restaurant is opulent, featuring plenty of wood and leather and soaring ceilings. Much of the wine selection is visible from the main dining room, with the top-shelf wines literally only accessible by the use of a tall ladder. Perhaps the job requirements for the sommelier should include rock-climbing and rappelling skills. The rarest wine selections are kept in a vault behind a dramatic safe-like door, making this wine cellar the best place in town to go in case of any impending zombie apocalypse. But you don’t have to wait until the dead roam the earth to visit this new destination that has already positioned itself in the top tier of Nashville steakhouses.
Next week, we’ll tell you about the second Holy City transplant to open up in Nashville, Caviar & Bananas. (Photos courtesy of Oak Steakhouse Nashville)