Rolf & Daughters is a gem in the historic 100-year-old Werthan Factory building in Germantown. RAD has racked up a number of accolades, including the Nashville Scene’s Reader’s Choice Best Restaurant in the Best of 2014 poll and the #3 Best New Restaurant in America by Bon Appetite in 2013.
The menu features small plates, large plates, and pasta dishes. If it’s your first visit to RAD, definitely order at least one of the pasta dishes. The housemade squid ink pasta is a menu staple – lightly salted squid ink pasta paired with octopus and n’duja, topped with breadcrumbs.
On our most recent visit, we also ordered the rigatoni with lamb pancetta and the vegetarian pasta option – fresh corn and peas in a creamy sauce, the perfect light pasta dish for a warm summer night.
But don’t stop at the pasta! The rest of the menu offers delicious bites that are perfect for sharing. Try the fresh heirloom tomatoes with house made ricotta and olive oil to start or a crostini topped with eggplant, shiso, and bonito. If you’re looking for a non-pasta alternative for your main dish, meat lovers will find several carnivore friendly options like the short rib or trout.
Of course, you should wash down any good meal with with a cocktail (or three). We recommend the Market Bramble for a sweet (and deceptively strong!) summer drink or the Kick Flip, a bourbon cocktail that stars Nashville-made Belle Meade Bourbon.
Not surprisingly, RAD is a very popular spot in Nashville, so reservations are recommended. If you don’t have a reservation, stop in at non-peak dinner hours to get a spot at the bar or communal tables outside. The patio makes for a great date night spot, and the bar is always busy with Nashville locals.
Check out RAD to see for yourself why so many have named it the best restaurant in town!
C & A