Tucked away in a corner of Donelson, you’ll find Darfon’s, a family-owned and operated restaurant serving some of Nashville’s finest food and drink. Darfon’s was founded in 1989 by the Darsinos and the Fonseca families. It has been under the sole ownership of the Darsinos family for several years now, and it is operated by two of the children of the founders.
The atmosphere is lively and contemporary, and the food is – at dinner, anyway – upscale American cuisine. You know how some restaurants just seem to have that vibe or energy that makes you enjoy being there? Well, Darfon’s has it. This was not our first visit, but it was our first visit in a long while, and from the moment we walked in the door, I loved it.
We were seated promptly on this Friday night (although there was a wait when we left at 8:15), and the service was friendly and professional. Our server was very helpful with suggestions, and she made sure we had everything we needed – without hovering.
We started the evening with wine and beer. Michelle had a glass of Frontera Red, which is a mix of Cabernet and Merlot. I found it to be very smooth with a medium body. The merlot really served to balance the cabernet. I had a pint of Wiseacre Gotta Get Up To Get Down Coffee Stout, which is made in Memphis. The smell – and taste – of coffee was definitely there, but just enough to make this beer interesting – and delicious. I will certainly be having this beer again soon.
For dinner, Michelle had Pork Adobada, which is grilled, chipotle-lime pork loin medallions, served on cheddar grits with vegetables and chimichurri. The cheddar grits were lightly pan-fried and served “crispy”. They were fantastic. The pork was flavorful and cooked perfectly. She thoroughly enjoyed her meal, and I also enjoyed sampling it.
I ordered Steak Oscar – two filet mignon medallions topped with a crab surimi blend and served with asparagus and mashed potatoes. It also came with a bearnaise sauce, but I had this on the side. Our server said this was their #1 seller, and I see why. The filet was tender and juicy, and cooked just as I ordered it – medium rare. The mashed potatoes were excellent, as well, and the grilled asparagus was the perfect complement to this meal.
Our son was with us on this night, and he ordered the Kobe Cheeseburger from the Kid’s menu. He’s reached a point in his life where most kid’s meals don’t do the trick, but at Darfon’s, he was in good shape. This burger – and steak fries – would have been enough for any grownup. Darfon’s didn’t skimp on the portion size or the flavor. This burger was excellent!
We rounded out our meal with one more shared glass of wine, which brought out total – with tax and tip – to $82. That’s more than we normally spend for a family night out, but it was worth every penny. And Darfon’s is definitely on our list for future date nights!