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With its proximity to the Tennessee state capitol, the clubby, comfortable Capitol Grille is a local favorite for updated takes on Southern favorites. Before you book a reservation at this Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star restaurant, here are a few things you should know:
1. It's helmed by a farmer-chef. Tyler Brown divides his days between the duties of an executive chef and those of a farmer. Brown oversees an organic vegetable and herb garden at the Farm at Glen Leven, a historic parcel of land purchased by the Land Trust for Tennessee, a local non-profit the hotel supports through voluntary guest donations.
2. The food is farm-fresh. When the restaurant says it uses super-fresh ingredients in its seasonally planned dishes, it isn't exaggerating. Many of the seasonal vegetables, as well as heritage beef, served at the restaurant come from the farm located just five miles from the restaurant.
3. This room has history. This luxury Nashville restaurant is located in what was once The Hermitage Hotel's main dining room, which was originally a private men's club (back when ladies weren't so free to mingle in public with gentlemen). It still carries an aura of traditional ambience and refinement.
4. It serves Southern fare. Chef Brown's menu offers a distinguished take on Southern dishes. Brown is as committed to cultural sustainability as he is to using sustainable practices at the farm. By cultural sustainability, we mean the dishes were inspired by chef Brown's grandmother's recipe box.
5. It's an award-winner. The final thing to know about Capitol Grille (because our list must stop somewhere) is that it has earned numerous accolades. Aside from snagging our prestigous Four-Star award, it was recognized by the James Beard Foundation. In 2010, Brown was a the semi-finalist for the James Beard Award for Best Chef, Southeast.