For all of you who have heard the tantalizing accounts of Gabby's Burgers & Fries (named Best Burger in the Scene's Best of Nashville) but haven't been able to wind your way into the shadow of Greer Stadium between 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, now you've got till 7:30 p.m. on Fridays.
Owner Doug Havron recently expanded the hours, which would seem like an unlikely move for a lunch joint that is virtually impossible to access, thanks to TDOT crews demolishing the road in front of it. But despite the relentless gauntlet of detour signs leading to Humphreys Street, a persistent lunch crowd is making its way to Gabby's.
On a recent visit, we walked right in and got a table in the main room at 11:30 a.m., but by 11:45, there was a line out the door and people were funneling out to the patio--which is lovely, so long as the asphalt drills and jackhammers are taking a break. By 12:30, the line seemed to have tapered off, but the road-building equipment was literally shaking the tables.
Given how irritated diners can get over the slightest inconvenience--a radio playing too loud, a wait to be seated or an inconvenient valet parking situation--it's impressive that the crowd at Gabby's crowd takes the detours, the queue and the jackhammering in stride. It just shows what you can get away with when you serve really good food.