Burgers, Spirits & Brews 14

Brentwood’s Best Burgers & Watering Holes

What do guys really like? From daytime talk shows to magazine articles to advice columns, no one seems to have a definitive answer. Do they like football? Do they enjoy monster trucks? Power tools? Golf? Fishing? We can argue endlessly about what should end up on the master list, but there are three things guys like that we can almost universally agree on: burgers, spirits and brews. Luckily for the “manly men” in Brentwood who love all three, this area has a wealth of options to explore and enjoy. For those on the hunt for something new and exciting, we’ve compiled a list of some local suggestions.

For Burgers:

BurgerFi

7010 Executive Center Dr., Suite 100

Brentwood, TN 37027

If you’re craving a manly burger for lunch in Brentwood and don’t feel like rolling through a drive-through window, head on over to BurgerFi. There you’ll find executives rolling up their sleeves and diving headfirst into some of the fattest and most sought-after burgers in town.

BurgerFi positions itself as a burger restaurant started in a gourmet kitchen by gourmet chefs. With an emphasis on fresh ingredients, they don’t use freezers, heat lamps, microwaves or any other shortcuts for their food preparation. It’s this careful and deliberate approach to food that has won them fans across Brentwood and beyond.

Naturally, BurgerFi’s specialty is their burger. Featuring Angus beef with no hormones or antibiotics, BurgerFi offers several varieties of the American classic. Popular choices are the Twenty Eight with 28-day dry-aged ground brisket and the Breakfast All-Day Burger with bacon, maple syrup, hash browns, grilled onions, cheese and a fried egg to top it all off.

If a gigantic double burger isn’t enough for you, BurgerFi also offers several side items like hand-cut fries, onion rings or a massive combination of the two, called the “Cry + Fry.” They also have veggie burgers, inventive shakes, sundaes and a creative mix of hot dogs. And if it’s after work and you feel like having a brew, they even feature local beers on tap.

For more information, check out their website at BurgerFi.com

For Spirits:

Wild Iris

127 Franklin Rd.
Brentwood, TN 37027

Even the manliest men sometimes like to act like gentlemen for an evening. A great place in Brentwood to embrace your inner-upper-crust is the Wild Iris, tucked away is a small strip mall on the edge of Maryland Farms. The elegant and ornate bar area is the perfect setting to indulge in deep and classy selections of whiskey, bourbon, Scotch and hand-crafted cocktails.

Naturally, you’ll find all of the old favorites like Johnnie Walker Red Label, Maker’s Mark and Knob Creek, but you’ll also discover some high-end indulgences as well. Wild Iris carries The Macallan 18-Year single malt, Johnnie Walker Green Label and James E. Pepper 1776 15-Year bourbon. For those wanting something from Tennessee, they’ve also got selections from Chattanooga 1816 and Jack Daniels.

If you’re more in the mood for a hand-crafted martini or cocktail, the Wild Iris has you covered. In addition to their own signature spin on traditional choices like the Manhattan, Old Fashioned and Mojito, they also have in-house creations like The Tennesseean, made with Jack Daniels, Tennessee honey and Benton’s bacon smoked honey.

In addition to their popular bar program, the restaurant also features dishes that are the perfect accompaniment to a night of sampling whiskey and bourbon. The Braised Pork Belly and Prince Edward Island Mussels work well at the bar, while favorites like Blackened Shrimp and Grits, Spiced Cashew Crusted Lamb and Grilled Beef Tenderloin hit the spot for those wanting something a little more substantial.

Locals in the Brentwood area have embraced the Wild Iris over the years, making it one of the community’s true hidden treasures. It’s well-deserved reputation as the place to go for fine spirits has made it a favorite of gentlemen in the know and it’s easy to see why.

For more information, check out the website at 
WildIrisRestaurant.com

For Brews:

Corner Pub Brentwood

710 Old Hickory Blvd.

Brentwood, TN 37027

If you’re looking for a great place to grab a beer and watch the game with the guys, Corner Pub Brentwood is a solid bet. Featuring more than 30 TVs and NFL “Pick ‘Em” contests, the restaurant is wildly popular with both professionals and locals. And with a large variety of beers on tap, you’re practically guaranteed to find something that you like.

“We’ve got 32 craft brews on tap,” says Kyle Osmus, general manager and resident beer expert at Corner Pub Brentwood. “With eight rotating taps, we usually get something new to enjoy every week. There’s always a great variety.”

Osmus carefully cultivates the beer list with a true emphasis on local brews and hard-to-find beers like Founder’s Kentucky Breakfast Stout. He’s also instituted Thursdays as “Pint Night” and holds special beer dinners every month with local breweries like Yazoo Brewing Company.

If trying all those beers makes you hungry, Corner Pub offers burgers, chicken wings and their own take on Nashville’s popular “Meat ’N’ 3” dinners. They’re also known for their unique “Cheese Beans,” fried nuggets of cheddar and hot pepper cheese. With so many of the things guys like available at Corner Pub, it’s easy to see why they’re poised to be a Brentwood favorite for years to come.

“It’s great to be in Brentwood,” says Yogi Davis, managing partner of Corner Pub Brentwood. “This community has really embraced us. We don’t call our customers ‘regulars.’ We call them friends. It’s our culture.”

For more information on Corner Pub, check out their website at CornerPubTN.com