It isn’t too difficult to burn through $40 in Germantown, but how do you make the most of your cash? With a strict budget of only two Andrew Jackson’s to rub together, we hand-picked menu items from restaurants, bars and coffee shops around the neighborhood to find out how you can get the most bang for your buck. Twenty, dolla, bills y’all.
Keep it short, sweet and simple and grab a Basic Sweet crepe at Red Bicycle. If you feel like splurging, add either strawberries, blueberries, bananas, walnuts, granola or vanilla ice cream for $1 each.
1200 5th Ave N Ste 104, Nashville, TN 37208
French Onion Soup, $5.95
Beef broth and caramelized onions, with a Parmesan crouton and bubbly Swiss cheese. We’ll just let those words sink in for a minute.
1200 5th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37208
In the Belle Époque era of Paris, absinthe was known as “La Fee Verte” (the green fairy). Tales of corruption and murder swirled around this green drink and eventually led to it being banned back in the day. Today, however, the only side effects of absinthe are a really good buzz. So once Tempered flips on the green light in its front window, it’s time to start buzzing. The light signifies “The Green Hour,” which runs Thursday through Saturday from 8 p.m. to 2:30 a.m., and is the only chance you’ll get to meet this magically intoxicating fairy. Tempered’s wait staff demonstrates a traditional absinthe drip, served with a fountain or brouilleur along with a sugar cube.
1201 5th Ave N
Marinated Brussels Sprouts, $6
Brussel sprouts better than your grandma’s.
1120 4th Ave N. Ste 101 Nashville, TN 37208
Espresso and milk, $3
Simple. It’s the best way to describe Steadfast Coffee’s interior design as well as its menu. With a handful of drink items and a meticulous attention to coffee craftsmanship, you really can’t go wrong with any drink here. Sit back, sip and watch Steadfast create caffeine bliss.
603 Taylor Street Nashville, TN 37208
Deep Dish Pizza by the Slice, $6
In Chicago, there are only three things that really matter: Bears. Bears. Bears. But arguably on par with the team’s ’85-’86 season (when Da Bears won Da Super Bowl) is 312 Pizza’s deep dish pizza by the slice. Now, I’ll be honest, as a Chicago-area native, deep dish was more of a special treat for my family’s house. When it was time to order a ‘za, we opted for “tavern style” pizza instead, which 312 Pizza has on their menu, too. But you’d be missing out if you didn’t indulge in this layered, cheesy goodness. Deep dish by the slice is available for lunch only from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m Monday through Friday.
371 Monroe Street, Nashville, TN 37208