Co-owner and Executive Chef Maneet Chauhan is known nationwide for her appearances on TV shows including the Food Network’s “Chopped,” but in Nashville, she’s also known for delicious, down-to-earth Indian-Southern fusion. Her flagship Nashville restaurant uses a plethora of Indian cuisines to delight diners with classics like chicken tikka masala and her Indian meat-and-three: Protein and sauce served with three signature sides (dal of the day, Brussels sprouts, etc.) and naan, raita, and papadum. Chauhan has set up a sort of mini-empire in this less-trafficked corner of the Gulch with Tànsuŏ Chinese restaurant (121B 12th Ave. N; tel].615/782-6786; featuring modern riffs on Chinese classics and dim sum, and The Mockingbird (121A 12th Ave. N; tel. 615/741-9900;, which serves American comfort food with a global spin. Tànsuŏ is a great bet for brunch with its dim sum cart full of goodies like soupy lamb dumplings spiced with cumin, which you should absolutely wash down with a Rising Phoenix—a bloody mary with ginger, oyster sauce, and Sriracha that is a briny way to start the day. At Mockingbird, the fancy mac and cheese is a must with a decadent sauce of white cheddar, Gruyère, and manchego drenching super curly pasta.