Friday, February 10, 2012

Pharmacy Burger Parlor & Beer Garden: This Week's Dining Review

Posted By on Fri, Feb 10, 2012 at 1:00 PM

In this week's dining review, Carrington Fox checks out the new East Nashville establishment called Pharmacy Burger Parlor & Beer Garden.

She notes that restaurateurs Terrell Raley and Cees Brinkman (Holland House) have crafted a dual identity for their new place. It's "a modernization of an old-timey malt shop. Or is it a modernization of an old-timey beer garden? After all, the tightly edited menu is almost equal parts burgers-soda-malt and wurst-bier-kraut, as the expanded name — Pharmacy Burger Parlor & Beer Garden — suggests."

She concludes, "Whether you approach from the all-American angle of burgers and shakes or look through a beery lens of sausage and suds, Pharmacy Burger Parlor & Beer Garden is the latest success in a thoroughly modern trend of hyper-focused menus offering very short rosters of extremely good items."

it's rare that a restaurant hangs its identity on four different hooks: well-crafted burgers, house-made sausages, a gourmet take on old-fashioned shakes and phosphates, and a carefully curated slate of imported and American artisan beers.

Oh yeah, and out back there's a German-style beer garden with imported tables and benches that is "bound to evolve into an imbibing institution when the weather turns." (Yeah, the garden isn't open yet, but if this winter does turn out to be eerily short, at least we'll have that to look forward to.)

Bites Nation, who's gotten a taste of Pharmacy's fare? Which of the elements do you prefer?


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