The eatery was born out of Jim and Doris Demos’ desire to offer exceptional food and service at affordable prices. Son Peter took over the family business in 1999. Since then, the Demos’ franchise has grown to four locations across Middle Tennessee.
I met some associates for a business meeting lunch and was greeted by two lovely hostesses who welcomed my party of six. The waiting area is pleasant with plenty of seating, and immediately when you walk into the restaurant, you are invited to the full-service bar.
As expected, most of the tables were full, because of Demos’ popular lunch specials, but our wait was only around 10 minutes. Upon seating, our waitress introduced herself, offered us some parmesan-topped Italian bread and explained the items of the day. For just $4.99 or $6.25, you can enjoy a lunch special, which changes daily.
Around my table, we chose a variety of plates such as brown butter and garlic spaghetti, grilled buffalo chicken tenders and finally grilled tilapia.
At the suggestion of manager Wesley, I begin my Demos’ experience with their signature chicken and rice soup. This hearty soup was filled with chunks of savory chicken, rice and nice spice level and served as a nice segway into my main course.
As suggested, I dined on blackened chicken pasta with tender chunks of chicken grilled with Peter D’s Cajun seasoning and blended with a delicately spiced two-cheese cream sauce. This rich entrée was filled with colorful green and red peppers and whole-wheat pasta. I left full and recharged for the remainder of my day.
With the hectic work week that most of us endure, Demos’ is a nice reprieve to the hustle and bustle of the rat race. Its family heritage and zest for tradition speak volumes throughout their menu. As stated by the original Demos himself, “We don’t sell food here. We sell how people feel when they leave here. We sell the total experience,” Jim Demos.
Service: sit-down, full-service, family style.
Ambience: casual dining that’s calm and family friendly.
Location: 130 Legends Drive in Lebanon.
Hours: Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m; Sunday from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m..
Alcohol: full-service bar.
Kristin Duncan is marketing and promotions manager for Lebanon Publishing Co. and writer of Eat Like a Girl columns that appear each Wednesday in The Democrat.