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Comment Archives: Locations: 4 Stars

Re: “Jack's BarBCue

I caught the scent of delicious hickory smoke wafting through the parking lot. This was a good sign. I "checked in" on Yelp and received an offer for "1 free Hand Rub." Despite the obvious and hilarious double entendre, I declined the offer. I prefer to make my own rubs.

After a quick perusal of the menu, I decided to make my 3 Meat Combo a true cross-section of America: Tennessee pork shoulder, Texas beef brisket, and St. Louis pork ribs. For my two sides, I picked potato salad and mac & cheese. Their combos also come with either cornbread or toast, which is a no-brainer of a decision.

The mac & cheese was creamy and cheesy, but nothing special. The potato salad was slightly sweet, with just enough mustard to help the taste without being overpowering. Their cornbread has a flaky consistency similar to pound cake, and was equally as sweet. This was a great palate cleanser in between the side dishes and the main event.

I ended up with a leaner cut of brisket, which despite my fears was actually very tender. My slices had a dark black crust and a deep red smoke ring. The flavors were really nice, and there was plenty of smoke. It wasn't quite the Central Texas brisket I hoped for, but it was still very good.

The pork shoulder had a nice smoky hue and lots of bark mixed throughout. The meat was tender, but bordering on mushy. The bark packed the most flavor, though the rest also had a nice taste. There was a decent amount of smoke here too.

Their St. Louis ribs had a good crust and a decent smoke ring. They weren't as meaty as I would have liked, but the flavors were great. Each bite had ample smoke, although some coarse black pepper would have made the crust even better. The meat was tender, succulent, and juicy, but not falling off the bone. And yes, that's a good thing.

Surprisingly, the pulled pork shoulder was my favorite part of this meaty trio. I usually find myself unimpressed by pulled pork, but Jack's proved that any meat can be fantastic if you know how to smoke it.

Read my full review, complete with pictures:

The Barbecue Fiend

http://barbecuefiend.blogspot.com/2014/03/jacks-bar-b-que-nashville-tn.html

Posted by Jared Kocurek on 09/05/2014 at 2:32 PM

Re: “The Dog

You'll find this place in an old converted house just south of campus. Despite the meek, unassuming facade, it has lots of atmosphere and character inside. The decor is a bit haphazard, but I liked it. There is also a large outdoor patio that I'm sure plays well with the nearby coeds.

I ordered exactly what I came for: The Barnyard Dog. This bad boy comes with pulled pork, bbq sauce, and coleslaw. Fabulous!

Most places offering a "bbq hotdog" simply drizzle a little sauce and call it good, but not The Dog. I ended up with heaping portions of slaw and pulled pork. The big, plump hotdog was a great support structure for the hefty toppings. The crunchy slaw paired really well with the tender pork, and the sugary sweet sauce tied everything together nicely. On the down side, I couldn't find any smoke, but that's really my only complaint.

Obviously a hotdog pales in comparison to true barbecue (especially if you're a Texan), but this dog was delicious in its own right. I'll definitely be back.

Read my full review, complete with pictures:

The Barbecue Fiend

http://barbecuefiend.blogspot.com/2014/03/the-dog-of-nashville-nashville-tn.html

Posted by Jared Kocurek on 09/05/2014 at 2:31 PM

Re: “Judge Bean's BBQ

As a native Texan, Judge Bean unsurprisingly and thankfully gravitates toward brisket rather than pulled pork. A man after my own heart. He is also apparently a descendent of the infamous Texas lawman Judge Roy Bean, which is just awesome.

Part of me was anticipating a counter-service barbecue joint, but Judge Bean's uses waitresses. As I frequently do when dining alone, I saddled up to the bar. The very friendly bartender took great care of me. In fact, everyone I encountered here was exceptionally welcoming. Clearly the staff has been instructed on the finer points of Texas charm as well as Texas 'que.

Since Judge Bean's specializes in Texas-style barbecue, and since I was feeling a little homesick, a Texas Trinity was in order. I got their 3-Meat Smokehouse Combo with brisket, ribs, and sausage, as well as potato salad and cowboy beans for my two sides. I also couldn't help tacking on a piece of their so-called Texas Sushi for good measure.

My Texas Sushi appetizer came out first. What you have here is a jalapeno stuffed with sausage and cream cheese, wrapped in brisket. It's kind of like a California roll, except for men. The brisket had a nice smoke ring and was quite tender despite being a leaner cut of meat. I found a great hit of smoke and heat in each bite, tempered nicely by the cream cheese. Good thing I had a big glass of sweet tea to cool things down. The entire thing was absolutely fantastic.

I enjoyed their mayonnaise-based potato salad, which was a nice change of pace from the mustard-based potato salads I usually find in my travels. Without the overpowering mustard flavors, I could really taste the pickles and pimento. According to the menu, the cowboy beans are "not a sleeping partners favorite," so I'll apologize in advance to my wife. The beans had a ton of flavor, and there was definitely some spiciness to them.

The brisket had a deep red smoke ring which perfectly matched the equally smoky flavor. The dark black bark was also extremely tasty. Though lean, the brisket was magnificently tender. What little fat there was had been rendered beautifully. In addition to signifying the proper cooking time/temperature, this also tells me that Judge Bean's truly cares about their product.

Barbecued sausage seems to be a rare find in Middle Tennessee, so the Czech in me was happy to see it at Judge Bean's. The casings were very crisp, with each bite "popping" in my mouth. I could really taste the smoke, which isn't always the case with sausage. This was most assuredly not made in-house, but it was still really tasty.

These ribs didn't have as much of a crust as I was expecting. I did, however, appreciate that they weren't served drowning in sauce. The meat was very tender, but sadly had no bone retention. Perhaps this was an attempt to appease local demands for "falling-off-the-bone" ribs. That being said, they had a nice smoke level and an all-around great flavor.

Next time I eat at Judge Bean's, I may just order up a dozen pieces of Texas Sushi and call it good.

Read my full review, complete with pictures:

The Barbecue Fiend
http://barbecuefiend.blogspot.com/2014/09/judge-beans-bar-b-que-brentwood-tn.html

Posted by Jared Kocurek on 09/05/2014 at 2:15 PM

Re: “Soulshine Pizza Factory

Hard to beat Soulshine overall. Food is pretty good and prices are too. Music almost every night and no cover charge. Good selection of beer and huge 2nd story outdoor patio. One of my faves and you never know who you might see jammin' in there (from celebrities to up and coming new blues rock artists). One of the best spots in Midtown for sure.

Posted by Mike Walker on 06/19/2014 at 3:03 PM

Re: “Carmike Bellevue 8

I've been to this theatre several times & found it satisfactory. The admission price of 5.50 after 4 pm is Great and is unmatched. So what if its not "new". Only problem I found was too cold one time but warmed up later on after movie playing awhile.
rhoda

Posted by Rhoda Cooper on 03/07/2014 at 12:16 AM

Re: “E Hur Wei China Bistro

Nice chinese restaurant. Definitely worth trying their traditional chinese menu.

Posted by Rt on 02/20/2014 at 6:48 PM

Re: “360 Burger

Stepped in for a few, but stayed for awhile. Cool spot to for date night. Just a bit dark and the TVs could be larger. The food smelled great, I had already eaten but I live close and will be back!

Posted by TightMike on 11/16/2013 at 6:26 PM

Re: “Carmike Hickory 8

Went for the first time two weekends ago and it was great, yeah the building is old but completely clean. This is from a person with asthma and allergies, so you know it is not dusty and moldy like some cheap theaters. Snacks are normal Carmike price which is slightly cheaper then Regal. I rated comparing to the average regular priced theaters, and the only draw backs are the seats aren't inclined like most modern theaters and the reels can be obviously used, but hey you pay $2 so on that scale it's 5 stars. against regular theaters I'd say 3.5 to be precise.

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Posted by Gloria Holcomb on 08/30/2013 at 3:43 PM

Re: “Tamarind Indian Bistro

Tamarind's is a fine place to eat: savory lamb vindaloo, delicately flavored biryani, fluffy naan, puffy poori and tasty aloo gobi.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by nashville guy on 08/24/2013 at 1:28 PM

Re: “Carmike Hickory 8

I am giving a four star rating... cost of a movie and refreshments is very reasonable. Even though the theater is dated, the facilities were clean. Friendly and courteous staff is a plus as well.

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by Sandra on 07/24/2013 at 10:27 AM

Re: “Carmike Hickory 8

Great Theatre! Even greater prices! Makes movie night possible more than once a week.

4 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Phyllis Yvonne Jordan on 06/07/2013 at 11:16 AM

Re: “Cross Corner Bar and Grill

Been going to this place for about 14 years now. The food is great, Burgers and Catfish along with an outstanding side salad are just amazing. Went there last night and for the 2nd time in my life I did not tip, the waitress Brittany was just terrible. If I heard "I will be right back" one more time I was going to lose it in there and after spending most of our time watching her run around the bar/restaurant like a chicken with her head cut off finally I had to flag her down to get our change and card back. She gave us our bill and she told me to figure it out. If I go back there it is going to be if she is not there, no way in H--L do I want to deal with her ever again.

Posted by Ken on 05/23/2013 at 11:28 AM

Re: “Murfreesboro Downtown Public Square

I love it! A Short walk and a handful of clubs type/food/drinks and rented venues night entertainment and dancing.

Posted by Delfina Pickett Sedillos on 05/08/2013 at 12:46 PM

Re: “Cafe Coco's Italian Market & Kitchen

Cafe Coco"s Italian Market And Kitchen is an awesome place to go for authentic Italian food and desserts,the service is great , my fave dish is Tortellini Elliston and the baked ziti is pretty good too, as well as the pizza..Tuesday are pie and pint night for 10.00 and wens is half off bottle wines..We have been there many times . love this place !!!!!!!

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Betty on 05/05/2013 at 4:51 PM

Re: “Carmike Hickory 8

I hate spending $10+dollars at the regular theater for something you can see a few weeks later for $2.00! Not the most updated theater in town and I have wondered about the police yellow tape on some of the back seats :(. But, it's close to home and I enjoy being able to go out for a cheap date. The staff is very kind and polite which I believe is truly important even at a discount. I haven't taken advantage of Tuesday $1.00 popcorn and soda night but I will soon!

13 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Debbie on 04/28/2013 at 1:56 PM

Re: “Mellow Mushroom

Great pizza and beer selection. It is a bit pricey, but worth the money in the end.

Posted by Brian Maxwell on 03/26/2013 at 11:54 AM

Re: “Smyrna Public Library

This is my favorite place in Smyrna (an oxymoron,I know,but still...) It has a pretty little muck of a pond with a fountain & lovely old willow trees. When I lived there this was my oasis...

Posted by Tia R Blanton on 03/11/2013 at 1:33 AM

Re: “Hattie B’s Hot Chicken

I've eaten here several times now, and there's not a lot to say other than the chicken is really good; My favorite in town. If you know the intersection of 19th & Broadway, you know you shouldn't arrive expecting to park right at the location, so expect to walk a block or more to get there. Sometimes you get lucky and there is a space in the lot during off-peak. Also, you are going to wait for your chicken; It's cooked to order and the kitchen is small. Again, arriving off-peak will get you faster service, and ensure all the seats aren't taken. Finally, the chicken is fried proper, and tastes great. I recommend the dark portions. You get an entire joint, thigh and leg, and they are much more moist than the white portions. Skip the small plates and pony up the extra couple of bucks for the large plates. Take home the extra pieces of chicken for a midnight snack, as it's well worth the minimal added cost. I've tried all the heat: The Hot is REALLY hot for most folks. The Damn Hot is my favorite, but I would not recommend Damn Hot or Shut-the-cluck-up to those who are not melt-your-face junkies like I am. If you find after the fact that your order is too mild, they'll happily provide you with a ramikin of their sauce on the side. I always get greens and fries with my plate, but really, let's face it, you don't go to Hattie B's for the sides. The greens are good, the fries are standard issue crinkle fries, and they taste fine. The banana pudding gets raved about, but I haven't tried it. The beer is a real plus at a hot chicken joint, because nothing goes better with fried food of your choice than an cold brew. The staff has always been very nice. So, in conclusion, I highly recommend Hattie B's. Five stars for the chicken and staff, but the parking and seating bring down the rating just a tad, let's say to about 4.2 stars. Enjoy!

Posted by RevJPFunk on 03/04/2013 at 5:29 PM

Re: “Hattie B’s Hot Chicken

We were starving and wanted something hot but we also wanted chicken so we went to Hattie B’s Hot Chicken. When we arrived, the aroma met us at the door. The first thing I saw was Miss Renita with her big grin, and a big ass chalkboard menu on the wall. The décor is nice and the establishment is very clean. This chicken joint does not have a lot of seating inside, but it has plenty on the covered front porch.

They offer white and dark meat chicken, wings, tenders (grilled or fried), and ½ bird. The temps that you can get are Southern which has no heat; Mild a touch of heat, Hot they say is just right, and DAMN HOT. They also offer various southern side dishes, desserts; beer, fountain drinks, tea, and lemonade (needed some more sugar). I sampled the southern greens they were ok, but not the favorite. We both ordered DAMN HOT tenders with some fries, pimento mac & cheese (creamy and stupendous), baked beans, and slaw. When that sauce says “DAMN HOT” it felt like the devil was tap dancing on my tongue with hot shit on his shoes. The chicken was tasty (tasted a lot of cayenne pepper), but all I could finish was the sides, pickles, and bread. On the other hand he finished my chicken and his and didn’t even take a sip of water until it was all gone. One thing is the menu said “JUMBO TENDERS” but they were normal size; however we also enjoyed the banana pudding it was really F’ing awesome. We talked to and overheard people saying that the chicken, service, and wait time is better here than at other hot chicken places.

There is not a lot of parking in there lot cause Gigi’s has a sign for most of the spots. The service was great Miss Renita made our night we joked, laughed, and she made us feel right at home. The chicken is worth going back for as well as the staff. This place is a real game changer for midtown.

Posted by MR86 on 02/28/2013 at 8:41 PM

Re: “Burger Up

Nashville is known for country music, George Straight, guitars, hot chicken and more country music. But Nashville is starting to break ground in the food culture. They’re doing so by making some really good ass burgers. Nashville’s very own Battle of the Burgers: as what we like to call it, is starting to turn heads and heighten our taste buds. So of course we had to go to Burger Up. I’ve heard really good things about this place and very few people seem to not like this place. So naturally, we had to go give this place our hit and review.

From the start, I got the “Urban Outfitters” vibe as soon as we walked through the door. Everything was so sleek with wood seats, wooden bar and yes, wooden tables. The gigantic windows allow the sun to shine through, which gives the place more warmth and life. It is as if Urban Outfitters had branched off and made a burger joint (home of the tight pants and deep v-necks). No mainstream found here, just a vintage look and Neutral Milk Hotel playing in the background. Ok, ok…That was a bit of a stretch, BUT this place puts out a great vibe, it makes you want to come back.

Now to the good stuff! The burgers were unbelievably good. It caught me off guard, on how good they truly were. Every ingredient is local. The beef is organically fed for all you healthy picky ass eaters. We ordered two burgers, the recommended Woodstock burger, which has Benton’s bacon, white cheddar, and Jack Daniel’s maple ketchup on it. That shit was great. It actually tasted fresh, which seems odd to say, but that was the first thought that popped into my head. The second burger that was ordered was the turkey burger. GOOD GAWD! Best turkey burger I’ve ever had the pleasure to eat thus far. Thumbs up to the cook. The burgers were done right. The truffle fries made for a great side (golden brown with a little salt). The homemade ketchup they served went well with the burgers and fries. It doesn’t taste like normal ketchup, a bit on the sweeter side, but something definitely to give a try. For dessert we shared the Krispy Kreme doughnut pudding with grand mariner crème anglaise. Sounds like some fancy shit, right? Well it melted in my mouth. So fresh, so delicious, and so gone off my plate, well that’s all I got to say about that. Plain and simple, it was great and I recommend you try that good ass dessert when you eat there.

Everyone has an opinion, but too many people are complaining about the prices at this nice burger joint. They use great quality products, so you will spend a little extra cash for that. I love that they offer tons of items like chicken wings, salads, fried oysters, and plenty of burgers (that’s a given). Burger Up fits right in the neighborhood of 12th South. The only question I have is ,when will they make those vintage, extra washed, overpriced wool Burger Up tee’s that we all crave for (ha ha), and are those tight ass nut hugging jeans part of their uniform?!

Posted by MR86 on 02/28/2013 at 8:37 PM

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