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Since the wait lists to try Epice are high, I am adding a lunchtime version... If you attended the first Epice dinner (7/29) or signed up for Epice #2 (8/19), please wait until first time attendees have a chance to sign up before requesting to be added.
I have been here three times and the service and food are above reproach... The lunchtime menu is slightly different - fewer dinner entrees but they still offer my two favorites (the Sayadeya & Batinjan). For lunch, they offer several sandwiches and a couple salad options for lighter dining.
Afterwards, maybe a stop at Las Paletas (http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/47/510992/restaurant/Melrose/Las-Paletas-Gourmet-Popsicles-Nashville) across the street - if we have room...
This is a Lebanese Bistro on 12 South in Nashville, appropriately named Epice (http://www.epicenashville.com/) (French for "Spice", pronounced "eh peez"). The owner is Maher Fawaz is the much beloved owner of Kalamatas in Nashville.
I can honestly say in my 20 years in Nashville and out of the 100's (or rather 1000's) of restaurants I have tried in Nashville, around the country and world-wide - this is one of my favorites by far. Normally, I cringe at the idea of $30 for a meal (no drinks included). But Epice was worth every penny I spent, and then some. Not a single regret - except I wish I could have eaten more.
Our server was very knowledgeable and beautiful - the spitting image of Zooey Deschanel. The appetizers and entrees came quickly.
Check out my blog for a more detailed description of the appetizers, entrees and desserts (and pictures) of my first visit.
My blog: http://foodieseyeview.blogspot.com/2014/02/epise-lebanese-bistro.html
Nashville Scene: http://www.nashvillescene.com/nashville/kalamatas-co-owner-maher-fawaz-brings-a-full-service-taste-of-lebanon-andmdash-no-not-lebnun-andmdash-to-12south/Content?oid=4099151