Some people think that food-blogging should be a competitive process where writers scramble to scoop each other on restaurant openings and (sadly) closings. Sure it's always good to be the first to the punch, but there's plenty of room at the buffet table for more local bloggers. Especially when they're sharing information about where to find great dining deals.
Occasional Bites commenter Matthew King and his friend Alex Wendkos have recently started a great site called, ahem, "Eat Me, Nashville." While I'm not sure our benevolent corporate overlords here at the Scene would let me get away with a blog title like that, it really is chock-full of daily specials and menu offerings at restaurants all over town. They are also working at creating a comprehensive happy hour listing which should be helpful as you make your party plans.
I know from experience how much work it is to keep up with the various meal deals and publish on a daily basis. Matthew and Alex seem committed to keeping the site updated and informative. Go ahead and add them to your feed reader or your list of bookmarks and support their efforts.
Keep it up, kids!
Much to the delight of the many East Nashvillians who have become fans, Zavós, the Greek eatery and bar at the corner of Porter and Greenwood (across from the Family Wash), has gotten its liquor license and significantly expanded its hours.
In recent months, Zavós had been open Thursday through Saturday, while brothers and co-owners David and Niko Gehrke bided time while waiting for the liquor license that would allow them to fully manifest their vision -- a neighborhood bar and Greek bistro. Now that the license has arrived and the bar is fully stocked, Zavós will be open Monday through Saturday, 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. The kitchen closes at 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, midnight Friday and Saturday. (Late night weekend food on the East Side! Finally!) If all goes well, David and Niko may further expand the bar hours till 3 a.m.
Sometimes it seems like a new restaurant dominates all the news on the culinary intertubes, and lately it's been Taco Mamacita. But they've been hard at work earning the buzz. Most recently, they've come under the critical eye of La Señora Zorro (that's "Fox" in Spanish) in the latest issue of the Scene.
Now the proprietors of Taco Mamacita have started to attract throngs of patrons for their new Two-for-One Margarita Wednesdays. From 4 p.m. until closing, both the El Vez and the El Camino margaritas will be available for you to double your pleasure and double your fun (and, apparently double your definite articles). Be sure to try their special formulation of crushed ice that simulates the good parts of a frozen drink without the constant annoying scream of a bar blender. From all accounts, Wednesday nights have been slammed, so get there early.
I had the pleasure of stopping by Flyte for a quick drink and a nosh before heading out to a play reading last Friday night. Why didn't somebody tell me what an unbelievable happy hour deal they have there? Oh yeah ... that's supposed to be my job.
So consider yourself informed. Tuesday through Saturday from 4:30 until 7:30, Flyte offers 25 percent off on their antipasto bar menu, including a selection of very interesting cheeses that you won't see on a typical cocktail menu. The Buffalo Chicken Spring Rolls were ordered, devoured, reordered and fought over by our the entire table. I shudder to think how many little Buffalo Chickens gave their all for our culinary pleasure.
A well-heeled person whom we'll call Tolstoy from a certain country we'll call Bolshevia had lunch at a restaurant in New York on Friday. With three people ordering the same $195 truffle tagiolini entree, it was going to be a not-inexpensive lunch.
A copy of the itemized bill was slipped to tmz.org. The party of 10 (although the tab says 6) drank several bottles of wine, including a Chateau Petrus and two magnums of Cristal, the effervescent alcohol of rap artists and hip-hop lyrics because "bub" and "hot tub" rhyme so nicely and the bottle is pretty.
The gratuity was $7,000, and the party was said to have kicked in an additional $5,000.
It's great advertising for the restaurant. On the other hand, now everyone knows how marked-up the wines are.
And really, if you spent $50,000, wouldn't you want the tab to list the vintages of the wines?
Every Saturday and Sunday morning, I run to the computer and read Texts from Last Night. The site's motto: Remember that text you shouldn't have sent? We do.
It's just too good. Usually they're about youthful drunken hijinks, which is a nice way to put it. They frequently veer into the raunchy and frankly unthinkable, so if you're at work or there are kids around, don't do it.
This text message is also about drunken hijinks, but it spoke to me, as an advocate of seasonal eating:
Sam Adams makes it so easy to keep track of the seasons.
Never thought of it that way, but it's absolutely true.
There are lots of ways to measure your own sense of achievement. On a monthly basis, I turn to the class notes section of my alumni magazine and read of my classmates' accomplishments in government, medicine, science, athletics, finance etc. I have yet to send them in any notification of my newly-recognized abilities to eat, type and use a thesaurus.
However one thing that slammed home the message of my inadequacy was the day that The Palm Restaurant opened downtown almost a decade ago, one of my high school classmates already had his caricature painted on the wall. Not that I begrudged him at all. On the contrary, he's a great guy and I'm sure he deserved it by whatever criteria is used by the powers that be that decide these things.*
Unfortunately, his picture is right on the way to the damned restroom, so there's hardly any way to avoid it. Well, now there's a way for me to head down to The Palm and act like I belong.
That's right, discount happy hour bar food!
But during The Palm's all-new happy hour, Prime Time, Monday through Friday from 5pm to 7pm then again after 9pm, Palm Bar offers a variety of their signature Prime Bites at wallet-friendly prices of just $3.50 a plate. Guests can also enjoy a raw bar, including Oysters on the Half Shell for $1 a piece and Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail for $2 a piece during Prime Time.
At those prices for food from The Palm's kitchen it's a tough deal to beat. Unless you go Wednesday September 23 from 5:30 until 7:00 pm when these new plates will be offered at the low, low price of...free. To celebrate the kick-off of their new bar menu concept, The Palm is inviting special guests to try out these dishes on the house. How do you qualify as a special guest, you ask?
Just tell them you know me.
Big Scene party last week with the rilly fun New Dark Overlords. Free booze and food at Bound'ry, all put together at the last minute. The new face of Dark Overlords--not just organized and efficient and plugged-in, but boozy, chatty and hungry too!
The downstairs bar at Bound'ry features an ingenious refrigerated panel set into the bar itself. It creates a frost, and if you set your drink there, it keeps the last sip as as bracingly cold as the first.
True I don't get out much, but seriously, this invention is brilliant. No more hot half-beers. No more sweaty wine glasses and tepid wine. And if you lay your face on it, it leaves a face-shaped print. Dark Overlords, you guys are nuts!
The wine collection of Greg Daily, CEO of iPayment, will be sold if Daily's request to liquidate the collection is granted by the bankruptcy court, Nashvillepost.com reports.
Daily's collection, valued at up to $2 million, has in the past included such storied quaffs as the 1961 Château Latour à Pomerol and 1959 Chateau Lafite Rothschild. The plan is for the collection to be consigned to to Zachys Wine Auctions of White Plains, N.Y. Full story with links at Nashvillepost.com under "print edition."
I myself have just returned from a trip to Pegram to buy mulch, so to celebrate I might just join them.
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