1. Drusie & Darr by Jean-Georges
Nashville’s food pedigree just received a boost with the addition of Jean-Georges Vongerichten to the scene. The Hermitage Hotel’s restaurant of record is now Drusie & Darr, a modern American fine-dining restaurant showcasing Vongerichten’s international style combined with French technique. Ahi tuna tartare, lobster with ginger and chile, and black truffle pizza make a nice introduction, with more simply prepared mains like a NY strip and Maine lobster. It’s an appropriately splashy replacement for the Hermitage’s longstanding Capitol Grille, where chefs like Sean Brock made their names. The updated interior maintains the Art Deco style for which the entire building is known, while the name is a reference to Drusie and Darr Hall, the children of former hotel manager Dick Hall, who spent their childhoods in the ’50s and ’60s living on the sixth floor of the hotel.