I felt like I'd stepped through the looking glass last week when 1.) I had lunch with my dad and my brother at the same time. 2.) We went to a lunchtime concert at the Schermerhorn Center and it was packed. 3.) We went to a great bar/restaurant, Past Perfect on Third Avenue South. It's next to Shelby Street Bridge, which I use often, and I somehow missed it, thought it's been in operation for more than two years. 4.) I found handmade drinks under $8.
I got a taste of that legendary Nashville friendliness as my dad and I stood on the sidewalk waiting for my brother. I guess it was the loitering and the camera, but a kindly passerby assumed we were tourists and said, "Are you thinking of eating at this restaurant? You should -- it's really good."
The kindly passerby was right. The interesting menu includes a whole section of bison burgers and a whole section of flat iron steak sandwiches, among other things. The 5-ounce Athenian flat iron was cooked exactly right, served open-face and piqued with feta and red pepper with a swoosh of basil mayo. The chicken gumbo was worth trying, too.
Past Perfect is also an infusion bar. After the jump, a photo of the flat iron sandwiches and the homemade infusions, plus drink prices you won't believe.
There are maybe 15 infusions along the bar, from the expected--cucumber and raspberry--to the unexpected, including banana, olive and all manner of fruit.
These boards are no stranger to complaints of overpriced drinks, so you
skinflints like me discerning, judicious tipplers are going to love Past Perfect. Infused liquors are $4 a shot during happy hour, which is an expansive 2 to 7 p.m. The regular price for infusions or the cocktails made with them is $6. Starting this week, the Bloody Mary bar, a feature of Saturday and Sunday mornings, is extending to happy hour. So next time, I'll go to Past Perfect without Broseph and Pops.