The fourth restaurant from Jan and Bernie Strawn (Macke's, Mack and Kate's, and m. market), M. Restaurant & Bar opened in early November 2012 in the middle of downtown's Cummins Station, a retail development continually in need of more dining options. Billed as "contemporary-inspired Southern cuisine," M's opening menu offered starters that included deconstructed chicken noodle soup, crawfish toast, and a local cheese plate, with Tuscan kale and Buffalo quail wedge among the salads. Among the entrees, seared scallops with local apple roasted Brussels sprouts with bacon hash were a winning combination. Ditto the spice-braised short rib of beef with sweet potato apple gratin, and the cast-iron seared and sliced beef tenderloin with Yukon potato Lyonnaise. At least in the early going, wine choices were limited and pricey, with no bottles under $50. Beer drinkers had just a few uninteresting bottled varieties from which to choose.
Full bar. Serving lunch Tue-Fri, dinner Tue-Sun. Sat brunch 10 am-2 p.m, Sun brunch 10:30 am-4 pm. Closed Mon.