Friday, May 16, 2014

The Weekly Open Thread: What Nashville Specialties Do You Miss? (Part Two)

Posted By on Fri, May 16, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Alexia Humphrey, serving up a chivito at Nolas in 2006
  • Alexia Humphrey, serving up a chivito at Nola's in 2006
A little over a year ago, Jim Ridley started an interesting conversation on the open thread about your favorite Nashville dishes that are no longer available, and that you'd like to see return.

One of the items on Jim's list: The chivito sandwich from Nola's — a marinated steak on crusty French bread topped with sauteed onions, mushrooms and green peppers, roasted red peppers, mayonnaise, bacon and a fried egg, and served with chimichurri sauce on the side. Yes, it's every bit as outrageous (and wonderful) as it sounds.

I'm not much for quoting the Bible — Old Testament or New — but if I'm not mistaken, there's something in there along the lines of "Ask and you shall receive." (As that great biblical scholar, the honorable Rev. Internet, informed me, I think the exact words are, "Ask and it shall be given to you.")

Anyway, theological implications aside, the point is this: The chivito sandwich has, in fact, returned! A week ago today, Nola's proprietor Alexia Humphrey unveiled her new restaurant, Tango Grill, at 4930 Linbar Drive. And not only is the chivito sandwich on the menu, but there's a chivito plate option, along with all sorts of intriguing specialties from Humphrey's homeland, Uruguay. You can read a lot more about Tango Grill here. We haven't been yet, but we will check it out soon and report back.

The lesson here is that we put our wish out into the universe, and it was granted! I know what you're thinking: The other 143 dishes mentioned in that nostalgic open thread have yet to be reborn. But maybe this is a start!

So let's walk down Memory Lane once more. Here are my questions:

* What gustatory wish do you want to put out in the universe? What one dish would you like to see the food gods return to our fair city? (For me, the answer is simple: Parco Cafe's veggie burger.)

* Does my invocation of both monotheism (the Bible) and polytheism (the food gods) in this thread suggest that I am experiencing cognitive dissonance? Should I consult my spiritual adviser, who in my case is my butcher?

* Has anyone tried Tango Grill yet? Any other new places? What else ya got?

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