A pioneer of the East Nashville restaurant scene, Margot McCormack created this stylish spot in a repurposed service station in the heart of East Nashville's Five Points long before the area was considered a destination for fine dining. The Nashville native, who moved away for the Culinary Institute of America and a stint at restaurants in New York City, serves from her collection of mismatched china in a cozy space with copper pots hanging from exposed brick walls. After more than a decade, the restaurant remains a favorite for dinner and Sunday brunch. The menu changes daily, but entrées might include pan-roasted scallops with parsnip purée, baby carrots, and preserved lemon, or house-made fettuccine with butternut squash, walnuts, and goat cheese.
One of the pioneers on East Nashville's foodie front, Margot Café and Bar offers rustic French and Italian cuisine in an unstuffy but sophisticated atmosphere. The intimate seating and warm lighting makes this a choice spot for a romantic night out. The menu changes daily, and on the night we dined there, we shared two dishes: the fried polenta, stuffed peppers with tomato sauce and arugula salad and steak frites.