Tio Fun brings foot-long Tijuana dogs and cheeky fun to the Buchanan Arts District
Brian Riggenbach and Mikey Corona of downtown’s the Mockingbird have ventured into the Buchanan Arts District with Tio Fun, a cheery little bungalow slinging fast-casual “Mexican munchies,” frozen margaritas, and micheladas. The concept was born from the clandestine Mexican feasts the culinary duo once held in their Chicago brownstone apartment.
The space, which is situated in the shop formerly occupied by the Rollout, features simple but bright decor including potted plants, a patio with rainbow-colored umbrellas, and a shrine to famous fictional uncles —“tio” means “uncle” in Spanish — throughout pop culture, like Uncle Phil (Fresh Prince of Bel-Air), Uncle Jesse (Full House), and Uncle Rico (Napolean Dynamite).
On the menu: Mikey’s Super Taco, a plate-sized flour taco brimming with eggs, beans, potatoes, and cheese; a foot-long Tijuana-style hot dog topped with jalapeños; pochos, potato spirals piled high with nacho toppings; corn in a cup sprinkled with Flaming Hot Cheetos; caramel-stuffed churros; and raspas (shaved ice) which you can opt to make boozy.
Drinks range from agua frescas and Mexican sodas to saucier options like the frozen margarita, micheladas, and a Diskin-Tio Fun collab cider.
Tio Fun is open Wednesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Nashville vegan staple the Wild Cow announces its last day
The Wild Cow, a vegan dining mainstay since 2009, announced that December 30 will be its last day in operation. The restaurant, which moved from East Nashville’s Walden district to the Fatherland district in 2019, was known for its seitan chorizo nachos, Buffalo grinder, and breakfast sandwich.
“With skyrocketing rent and food costs, the business is no longer sustainable,” noted partners Melanie Cochran, John Cochran, and Ryan Toll via an Instagram post on December 16. “We want to thank our community, our staff, and our customers for 14 years of supporting The Wild Cow.”
City House launches take-home pizza kits and cookies for the holidays
In a City House first, the Germantown staple will be offering pizza kits to-go. The take-and-bake versions of chef Tandy Wilson’s pies are available for purchase through the restaurant’s website. Priced at $43 each, three kits are available including:
- Ham for the Holidays!: The belly ham pizza alla Romana with two pounds of dough, belly ham, fresh mozzarella, parmesan, oregano, chili oil, and dusting flour.
- Not Ham for the Holidays!: Roasted maitake mushrooms, freshly made mozzarella, parmesan, dry oregano, chili oil, dusting flour.
- Ham for the Holidays! Plus Mushrooms: The Belly ham pizza alla Romana with two pounds of dough, belly ham, roasted maitake mushrooms, fresh mozzarella, parmesan, oregano, chili oil, and dusting flour.
Complete the meal with dessert from City House pastry chef Rebekah Turshen including icebox cakes and holiday cookie boxes (prices range from $25 - $50).
Tonight: An ugly sweater holiday party at Bastion
Over in Wedgewood Houston, Bastion is throwing a holiday party starting at 5 p.m. tonight. The free event features live music, boozy cocoa, hot cider, the big bar’s infamous nachos, an ugly sweater contest, and a holiday raffle. For more information, visit the Instagram page here.
Outdoor igloos and spiked hot chocolate at Henley
Now through February 29, Henley in the Gulch is offering brunch and dinner service in outdoor igloos decked out in ski chalet-inspired interiors. The Winter Globe Chalet offers special cocktail and dining options as well, like the Rudolph’s Revenge with gin, Luxardo, alpine amaro, and fir brandy, and the Spiked Hot Chocolate with a house-made chocolate blend, salted caramel vodka, and Irish cream. Cost is $25 per reservation which can be booked for brunch or dinner via OpenTable.
The Hermitage Hotel hosts Nutcracker afternoon tea service
Now through December 30, the Hermitage Hotel is hosting a Nutcracker Tea from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday to Sunday. Located across from the Nashville Ballet at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, guests are welcome to gather in the historic veranda and enjoy tea sandwiches and scones, complemented by an extensive selection of teas from around the world. Cost is $95 per person, $45 for children under 12.