Hours: 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Tues.-Sun.; closed Mon.
Cherokee Steakhouse may not be on the water—though it does have a view of the lake and marina—but the Wilson County family favorite has a menu that takes some wading to get through. Begin with a roll call of family-restaurant appetizer standards: breaded mushrooms, pepper poppers, cheese sticks, buffalo wings, breaded zucchini and potato skins, and carry on through the usual suspects of beef as well as pork chops, country ham and baby back ribs. BYOW if you want a glass of Cabernet with your steak as Cherokee has no alcohol; they also have no wine glasses, so if you’re snobbish about your stemware, bring your own Riedel too. Though Nashville is landlocked, it is not without bodies of water: three lakes and several rivers are within easy driving distance. And yet, ever since Arch Kelly purchased the Rock Harbor Marina in the fall of 2004 and pulled the dock out from under the beloved Blue Moon Waterfront Cafe, there has been no place to have a beer and a bite against the soothing sound of water slapping gently and rhythmically against a wooden dock. Kelly's intention to take over the space and do it himself has not exactly panned out. last summer, Buddy Rogers -- the original Uncle Bud -- served up his catfish through the boating season, but the place has been closed since last fall. Inquiries to the Marina office reveal that there are plans afoot to reopen within a few weeks, but Kelly has not been forthcoming with further information.
Payment Type: All Major Credit Cards, cash
Parking: Free, Lot Available
Reservations: Not Necessary