Friday, September 21, 2012

The Weekly Open Thread Wants to Know Which New Restaurants You've Tried

Posted By on Fri, Sep 21, 2012 at 6:56 AM

Pastries from Café Fundamental
  • Pastries from Café Fundamental
In case you haven't noticed, it seems like it's been raining restaurants and bistros around here lately, what with Lockeland Table, Silo, Etch, Café Fundamental and Coffee, Lunch. ... what else am I forgetting? Surely something.

I've had three experiences at each of the two new EastNashville haunts, Lockeland Table and Café Fundamental, and as new Loews Vanderbilt spokesman Shaun White might put it, I am totally stoked!

My first experience at Lockeland was decent, but the next two visits were sublime. Great pizzas (I enjoyed the clams Casino pizza and margherita the most), a terrific and lovely roasted heirloom carrot and beet salad, and a Carolina Mountain trout with maple-bourbon glaze that was to die for. I am so excited to have Lockeland Table close to me, and best of all, it's open Monday, when a lot of other East Nashville restaurants are closed.

Even closer to me is Café Fundamental, and I couldn't be more thrilled. I've had nothing but outstanding experiences. A great steak frites, heavenly quiche lorraine and (for Saturday brunch) a duck confit hash with two poached eggs that was ridiculously good. And perhaps the best French-style pastries in town. The pain au chocolate is decadently fabulous. Warning: Though Café Fundamental's brand-new website says it's open Sunday, it is NOT open Sunday. It's open Tuesday through Friday for breakfast and lunch, Saturday for brunch, and as of this week, it's open for dinner Wednesday through Saturday. They plan to eventually serve Sunday brunch, possibly beginning in November.

Also of note: I had a really good steak & cheddar hoagie (with butternut squash puree, gruyere, fried leeks and horseradish) at Coffee, Lunch. — across from Cummins Station, where Fiddlecakes used to be. I will definitely be back. They also have specials, sometimes featuring meats from Porter Road Butcher.

So which new places have you tried, or are you itching to try? How were your meals? Please, do tell.

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