Monday, April 30, 2012

Stone House Q Adds Sunday Hours and a Rockin' Smoked Chicken Salad

Posted By on Mon, Apr 30, 2012 at 12:27 PM

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There's a new menu item and expanded hours at Stone House Q.

West Nashville's newest barbecue place has added Sunday hours (lunch only), and there's now a more satisfactory parking arrangement — customers are allowed to use the lot of the church across the street. (Maybe the church agreed because Stone House identifies its barbecue as "righteous.")

Current hours are 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday; and 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Sunday. And sometime later this month, Stone House will switch to summer hours, staying open until 8:30 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday and until 9:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday. They'll also add live music (acoustic and family-friendly) on some nights.

Stone House knows its customer base well — in addition to the Sunday lunch hours, they've added a smoked chicken salad sandwich. West Nashville's profound need for chicken salad is a fact of life here. The Picnic has been in the chicken salad business for almost three decades. The country clubs couldn't exist without it. The 1964 Nashville Seasons cookbook has three recipes for it. Corner Market catering sells vats of chicken salad, served in tiny pastry cups at luncheons, in box lunches and scooped over lettuce.

Stone House's chicken salad features smoked light and dark meat chicken, ground but not finely, and plenty of celery, all lightly bound with mayonnaise. Then they've taken the extra step of folding in sliced almonds rather than grinding them, to preserve their crunch.

Pile it on an artisan bun, and I'd put it up against any chicken salad on the west side.

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