The skull that throbs like Deadmau5's helmet. The aching limbs. The lurching, gurgling stomach, pounding its shoe to be recognized ahead of your pickled liver and your straining kidneys. Every movement plants a knife blade behind your eyes. Every noise amplifies like someone crunching that canoe-sized stalk of celery Woody Allen lugs around in Sleeper. You try to sleep it off, but when you close your eyes you might as well be in Mammoth Cave with a marching band and a horny rhino.
Amid the news that Costco appears to have overtaken Whole Foods as the No. 1 seller of organic groceries in America, Open Thread's curiosity starts to wander.
We know shopping local is growing more and more popular in Nashville — our recent boom in farmers markets proves that. But do convictions and enthusiam stretch to shopping the organic options at area mega-marts and grocery stores? Everybody from Costco and Whole Foods (obviously) to Aldi, Fresh Market, Kroger, Publix, Trader Joe's and Walmart stocks organic items these days.
Tell us, Bites readers: Do you shop organic? And if so, where do you like to shop? Does an extra price premium matter? (Although it seems like the sticker price gap between organic and conventional is closing a bit these days.)
And what else is on your mind?
In sum, my complaints included the fact that the restaurant did not open until 6 p.m. (which was not very clear on their website). And after doing laps around Five Points for 45 minutes, we had to wait to be seated because they did not want to double-seat a section (we were third in line). They have a section just for two-tops and seated a larger party ahead of us because we had to sit in a particular section (note: the patio section for parties of two is at the side of building, which is not as lush as the back). However, the staff was very kind and polite in explaining their policy, and once we were seated, the service we got as well as the food and cocktails made up for it. But we probably won’t be back. Primarily because on the rare instance we have a kid-free night, we still have to be back in the ‘burbs by 7:30 for bedtime (so we go out pretty early), but also because crossing the river is just kind of a hassle now, particularly when Melrose and 12South have so many great options and are much closer.
I doubt The Treehouse will miss us, though; we just don’t seem to be in their target market. They open the doors late, but they also serve food late, which caters to a segment of the population that prefers to eat at a time when I’m fast asleep. Several people I know were happy to find out that there was a place still serving great food late (though the menu changes after 10 p.m.) without having to endure painfully loud live music or hang with the tourists on Broadway. As in, a place to grab some good food after concerts, hockey games and other events.
I figured this would be a great Open Thread topic. My days of late-night dining at Sunset Grill and Bound’ry are long gone, so where are the great places to have a civilized meal (good food and good service) after 9 p.m. now? I would certainly recommend The Treehouse (they do reserve some seating for walk-ins), and I suppose Bound’ry is still an option as well as the bar at City House. Chris Chamberlain recently recommended The Sutler, too. But when Sean Maloney asked just a few years ago, answers were mostly about places in the past. So, Bitesters, what places do you like for casual, reservationless late-night dining? And what else is on your minds this week?
@SL - touche'. It ain't the same. I had also wondered about that certain "local"…
because they use fish sticks
Nothing says "you are not the target market for this service" like reading this and…
@BW I wouldn't expect anyone is finding anything they used to find at the new,…
everyone knows farm fish stinks