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At lunch, there's not an empty chair in the 70-some-seat house. In the evenings, the lights dim, and Midtown embraces couples who frequently choose it for a romantic evening or anniversary celebration. The food--modest, unpretentious, but always well-executed--doesn't get in the way of deals or dates; Executive Chef Brian Uhl recently redesigned the menu. Owner Randy Rayburn's legendary attention to detail shows, particularly in the attentive but never overbearing service. Martini lovers swear the best in town are made at this little bar.




From the Tennessean
By THAYER WINE


Midtown Cafe is the sort of neighborhood restaurant with loyal customers. They crave the crab cakes and lemon-artichoke soup that have been on the menu a long time.

Go for: Sophisticated but traditional, with new items offered as specials.

Atmosphere: Warm and cozy.

Midtown Cafe

LOCATION: 102 19th Ave. S. 320-7176.

COST: Lunch entrees are $5.95-$16.95; dinner entrees are $11.95-$34.95.

HOURS: 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Monday-Friday and 5-10 p.m. nightly.

OTHER INFORMATION: Prix fixe, multicourse chef's tasting menu with or without wines available. The same dishes are offered a la carte in addition to the main menu. Broad list of vintage wines with 40 by the glass, including lots of popular favorites. Some sections of the list highlight certain vineyards. Barrier-free access. All major credit cards accepted.

Food writer Thayer Wine can be reached at 726-8995 or twine@Tennessean.com. Reviews are written from anonymous visits to restaurants. Negative reviews are based on two or more visits. The Tennessean pays for all meals.



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