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Comment Archives: Locations: 4 Stars

Re: “Camel

It's not the Camel...name changed to Throwbacks. Neighborhood pub with good live music and friendly people.

Posted by radone9090@gmail.com on 04/09/2015 at 5:24 PM

Re: “Puckett's Grocery

The wife and I had tickets to see Jason Aldean over at Bridgestone Arena, and an early pre-concert dinner seemed like a great idea. Puckett's was only a short walk from Bridgestone, and with several enticing barbecue options on their menu, how could I resist?

Puckett's has a really lively atmosphere, but I suppose that's par for the course in downtown Nashville. It has a much more relaxed feel than a lot of the other restaurants on Broadway though. Too bad we were a few hours too early for the live music, which occurs nightly at Puckett's. The music is part of what makes this place popular, so reservations are a must for dinner, even on a weekday.

We had skipped lunch in preparation for our 4:30pm dinner, so my stomach was already rumbling. An appetizer was definitely in order. We decided to try the Fried Pickles. Yum! The pickles were thinly sliced, making them more like chips. My wife thought they were a touch too salty, but it didn't bother me. Their fried pickles come served with some sort of chipotle-bacon ranch dressing. The ranch was an awesome compliment to the pickles, though the mild flavor left me wondering where all of the chipotle went.

I had originally planned on getting some of the dry-rubbed, cherry wood-smoked ribs, but at the last minute I decided they might be too messy. After all, I didn't want to spend the whole concert covered in rib juice. The menu says that the "Puckett's BBQ Platter" comes with your choice of pulled pork or chicken. Fortunately, our waiter told me that not only could I get beef brisket on the platter, I could also make it a two-meat combo. Done and done. I ordered a duo of brisket and pulled pork. The platter also comes with sweet potato fries, baked beans, and coleslaw, but I substituted potato salad for the slaw.

The fries tasted fresh and homemade. They had a great sweet flavor, which was even better when dipped in the leftover ranch from our fried pickles. Puckett's beans were somewhat spicy and only slightly sweet. The potato salad was full of big skin-on potatoes, giving it more of a German potato salad quality. It had a nice flavor from the pickles, and the low mayo content let the veggies shine.

I've been trying to acclimate myself to pulled pork ever since moving to Tennessee last summer. It's been a hard row to hoe. My affinity for beef aside, Puckett's pulled pork was nice and tender, with only a moderate amount of smoke. Although, I eventually found some nice pink pieces which had soaked up more smoke than others. The meat also had a nice seasoning blend mixed throughout.

Even though the brisket came out chopped, at least it was chopped into large pieces. And to be fair, I think they usually only serve brisket on sandwiches, so I can't really complain in light of my special menu request. The brisket had more smoke than the pork. It was also decently tender, especially the fattier bits. There was a commendable amount of flavor considering that the seasoned bark had all been trimmed away.

The dessert menu includes something called a Deep Fried Brownie Sundae. Apparently this dessert took home the blue ribbon at the Southern Fried Festival. As full as we were, there was no way we could resist such obvious deliciousness. When it came out, my first thought was "Holy crap it has bacon on top!!!" This thing was absolutely incredible. With its state fair-style crispiness, the deep-fried brownie was even better than I imagined it would be. The salty bacon was great with the chocolate, and I really liked the crunchy pecans, too. Not even a crumb was left by the time we were done.

I'm really glad we gave Puckett's a try, and I'll definitely be back.

Read my full review, complete with pictures:

The Barbecue Fiend
http://barbecuefiend.blogspot.com/2015/02/…

Posted by The Barbecue Fiend on 02/23/2015 at 6:35 PM

Re: “The Rusty Nail

Good Music, Great out door venue with volleyball court League play during Spring and Summer, great to join or come by and watch. great deals on the Best Wings in town with many flavors, Nail heads are back, nailed shrimp, nailed nachos, chicken tenders, grilled and fried chicken wraps, burgers and more. With over 30 beers and growing adding more craft beers and more beers on tap. Pro Football every game on TVs, Basketball, Baseball, Hockey , Race days Sundays. Daily drink specials something for everyone Tuesday a blast with 2 for 1 on all I say all beers and well drinks and well wine WOW! this is truly a local non franchise great local bar...

Posted by bILLY wAYNE sMITH on 01/17/2015 at 9:13 AM

Re: “Dalton's Grill

The food is great! I recently went there and the food is keeping me coming back regularly so far altho the price is a little high. But I must say the service is slow. The waitresses are slow, the kitchen is slow, and the bartender is slow to cash you out. Otrherwise I wouldve given them a 5 instead of 4. I could work circles around those waitresses

Posted by Gary Wayne on 01/13/2015 at 4:59 PM

Re: “The Rusty Nail

The atmosphere is good. It is very well lit. It is not a dark dingy place. Fairly clean. Bartenders are nice and helpful. I went in by myself and its always awkward going somewhere for the first time especially by yourself. But met some nice people and had a great time. I love Karaoke. The set up was not the best but it wasn't bad. You have to sing on stage and you can barely hear yourself (no wireless mic and no monitor for the singer). Karaoke guy was great, very friendly ran it well. Bathroom were eh. Not the best, not the worst. Clean enough I didn't feel like I was going to catch anything. Beer was reasonable and even better during 2 for 1. Overall a very solid bar, good crowd, attentive and friendly staff, had a great time.

Posted by Jake Cron on 01/08/2015 at 6:21 PM

Re: “Cafe Coco's Italian Market & Kitchen

Cafe Coco's freschetta makes me happy inside...

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Fred Hibbert on 11/19/2014 at 9:01 PM

Re: “The Basement

ROANOKE was well done original Americana. Looking forward to the album!

Johnny

Posted by Johhny on 11/14/2014 at 6:42 PM

Re: “Pour House Burgers, Bourbons & Brews

TL;DR: Service is spotty, food is mediocre, though they have a great booze selection and are very kind to drunks.

Like others, I was wondering what they were building for all those months in front of Frugal MacDoogal's. I'm also wondering why more businesses don't put up some kind of "coming soon" sign while they are being built. Before I get too far along, I want to explain my rating. I was torn between 3 and 4 stars. Since they are new (and hopefully improving), I went with a 4, but my rating might have also been inspired a little by the round of Woodford Reserve Four Wood bourbon my friend bought us!

A couple of guys in our group do enjoy their bourbons and they were the main reason we ended up here. When we are out, they will order typically want something fancy like Blanton's while I'm happy with Jim Beam or a beer. Everyone in our group likes burgers though, and we agree that the food was good, not the best ever but not bad. My cheeseburger was big and cooked right and the sweet potato fries were tasty.

The environment is very nice and the beer and spirits selections are impressive. Didn't take long to get service once we seated ourselves, but we were so loud it was probably hard to ignore us. Prices are reasonable and we think the potential there, especially once the weather is good enough to take advantage of the outdoor seating.

I've wandered in twice minutes before closing after ragers at the breweries down the road, and they've been kind enough to let me buy their last plates of the night and get me a cab. Super nice of them, and I won't begrudge them my money for it!

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Posted by Sam Kelleren on 09/27/2014 at 10:10 AM

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.

1 like, 0 dislikes
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.

1 like, 0 dislikes
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

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