Your neighborhood restaurants and taverns have some news to share with you. Let's see what's happening in our part of town:
Firebirds on Rea Road in Piper Glen is starting the season off with martinis like the Cucumber Gimlet and is serving Rocky Mountain recipes like Aspen sirloin for only $12.95 all season. My personal favorite is the buffalo meatloaf with mushroom gravy and parmesan mashed potatoes with spiced pecan green beans, a serious value at $11.95, www .firebirdsrestaurants.com.
Health conscious but still love a good barbecue? Try the gluten-free menu at Big Daddy's Burger Bar and Grill on John J Delaney Drive in Ballantyne
If watching your gluten intake is not your primary concern, let's not forget what these guys do. Using only grass-fed, hormone-free beef, Big Daddy's can take you on a virtual world tour with exotic burger offering s like the Banh Mi Burger, seven ounces of pork burger with Asian spices on a Bolillo roll, mayo, cucumber, daikon and carrot slaw with cilantro and chili sauce.
Maybe you prefer the Mama Ricotta (Italian) Burger with mozzarella, pesto, vine ripe tomatoes and olive oil or the old fashioned Classic Southern Burger with bean chili. Whether you live in Ballantyne or Dilworth, Big Daddy's multiple locations make it convenient, www.bigdaddysburgerbar.com.
Cajun Yard Dog
The Cajun Yard Dog in the Arboretum brings you live music every weekend from 7 to 10 p.m. Try an order of their Jalapeno Devilled Eggs or other Cajun and Southern inspired recipes. You need to show up early on the weekends or call ahead, www.cajunyarddog.com.
For special events or when you want a memorable fine dining experience, Global Restaurant in Ballantyne Commons is a good choice. The husband and wife team of Chef Bernard Brunet and Shannon Brunet will bring you into the world of French inspired cuisine with taste and décor to match. Mother's Day is approaching May 9th. Make your reservations to enjoy the Special Brunch Menu served from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., www.global-restaurant.com.
Jade Asian Fusion
Are you a Sushi lover? Try Jade Asian Fusion also on John J Delaney Drive in Ballantyne.
Not the cheapest in town, but really, should you go cheap on raw fish? Order the signature Ballantyne Roll made with tempura shrimp, snow crab, avocado and cream cheese topped with red tobiko and drizzled with BBQ eel sauce.
Slurp it down with half-price Sake Bottles on Mondays, $2 dollar imports on Tuesdays and Saketini's for $5 bucks on Wednesdays, www.jadeballantyne.com.