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Re: “Hard Rock Cafe

I ate here a couple years back and the food was fantastic. Nice atmosphere at that time, too.

Posted by Gary Pugsley on 07/27/2015 at 7:19 AM

Re: “Martin's Bar-B-Que Joint

The smell of delicious pit smoke caught my attention before I'd even set foot outside my truck. This was a good sign. In true "barbecue joint" fashion, Martin's has a really lively and fun atmosphere. I don't think they could have possibly stuck more crap on the walls, although it didn't really feel that junky. I was tempted to make use of their great outdoor patio space, but it was far too hot and muggy for that today.

My eyes immediately zeroed in on the Big Momma Sampler, which the menu says feeds two people. That sounded like more of a challenge than a suggestion, and I was up for it. The Big Momma comes with four ribs, a quarter-pound of pulled pork, and a quarter-pound of brisket, as well as two sides. Hushpuppies were a no brainer, and for some bizarre reason I picked broccoli salad as my second side dish...on purpose.

The broccoli salad was pleasantly sweet, with a good tartness from the cranberries. Pine nuts were a welcome addition in terms of texture. I was also glad to see that the broccoli wasn't overrun with mayonnaise. The hushpuppies definitely looked homemade. They were crisp on the outside with an amazingly fluffy center. Each bite had the right amount of seasoning, too.

As a native Texan, I instinctively went for the brisket first. It had a nice dark crust and a beautiful smoke ring to match. There was also plenty of smoky flavor to go around, though the bark was especially good. A simple rub was all that was needed to enhance the natural beefiness. My slices were lean, but by no means dry.

There were smoke-kissed bits scattered throughout the huge pile of pulled pork. I also found a fair amount of black pepper mixed in, with a decent smoke level to boot. The pork was very tender, but the fattier portions were definitely my favorite. I considered adding some sauce for fun, though it didn't really need it.

I generally leave my ribs for last during barbecue outings, which was difficult since these looked incredible. The third-rack cut apart with ease, but still had just the right amount of bone retention. The juicy rib meat was beautifully pink and was definitely the smokiest of the three. While the ribs were great on their own, the awesome dry rub took things to a whole other level. It added some nice heat, too.

Martin's met, nay exceeded, every expectation that I had.

Read my full review, complete with pictures:

The Barbecue Fiend
http://barbecuefiend.blogspot.com/2015/07/…

Posted by The Barbecue Fiend on 07/18/2015 at 4:03 PM

Re: “Starlite Club

Met my wife of 30 years at starlight! Keeley worked in the back washing glasses for Sis on weekends she was 17 at that time! It's great to see this place still going strong! Some of the waitress then was Angel/Donna and Sheila were sisters/ Rosemary was in charge of thing pretty much back then! Starlight is a place that changed my life Sis rest in peace!!
From George Young in Kentucky!!

Posted by George young on 07/01/2015 at 10:37 AM

Re: “The Rusty Nail

My favorite bar in the Nashville area. Great music venue, good food, very clean and live beach volleyball. Great place to hang!

Posted by Guitar Man on 06/26/2015 at 1:29 PM

Re: “B.B. King's Blues Club

Incredible weekend during CMA Fest to check out something other than CMA Events. Went Friday night to see Tom Wurth, Tony Coleman and The Experience. WOW! Interesting to find out that Tony and Stanley Abernathy (drums and trumpet respectively) played for BB for years! Tom Wurth is a soulful country, Grammy nominated artist. Amazing voice! The guys were as nice off stage as they were talented on stage. It was great to get to meet them as well as hear them play great standards as well as their own material. As for the food and atmosphere, with all the rush rush during CMA Fest, it was nice to kick back, even with a HUGE crowd, in a place that is inviting. I had the Shrimp Caeser Salad and it was wonderful! Later, after drinks, we had a snack of their sliders and some fried pickles. First time I ever had fried pickles was a BB's in Memphis years ago! Good stuff! Part of the fun was meeting the wait staff that are hard-working musicians too. We checked out one of their pages and looks like a budding talent.

Posted by Eclectic on 06/15/2015 at 10:46 AM

Re: “Bria Bistro Italiano

We just moved here and were looking for an Italian resturant. I saw this on Groupon and read all the reviews so decided to try it out. The food was amazing! We had the Chicken Manicotti, a Casa salad and Bruschetta, all of this tasted so wonderful, so much flavor and their homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette was to die for! We will be going back for sure!

Posted by Nancy Visconti Lopez on 06/01/2015 at 9:54 AM

Re: “Sinema

Incredible space and some of the best food and service in town. Don't miss this!

Posted by Dan on 05/21/2015 at 3:55 PM

Re: “Bailey's Sports Grille

I live in Florida and have been going to Bailey's for the past five years and looking forward to my yearly trip. I attend the CMA fest and Bailey;s was the first place I went to the very first time I visited Nashville. I only have good things to say. the food is good and always consistant. and the service is always friendly, I have never had a probelm there, All I can say is see you next month can.t wait.

Posted by Alma on 05/05/2015 at 8:03 AM

Re: “Peg Leg Porker

Peg Leg Porker has been on my to-do list ever since returning to Nashville. It's only a short drive from my office, making it the perfect choice for lunch.

Peg Leg's building is a great setup for barbecue, complete with traditional counter-service ordering. The friendly ladies working the counter were lighthearted and very welcoming. They have tons of awards displayed very prominently in glass cases, as well they should. In the back is a well-stocked bar, which looked like a great option for happy hour.

With no multi-meat combos on the menu (or beef for that matter), I was torn between ribs and pulled pork. In the end, I went with a Pulled Pork Platter and decided to save the ribs for another time when I wasn't wearing a shirt and tie. For my sides, I picked potato salad and smoked green beans.

The skins mixed into the potato salad added a good texture to the mayonnaise base. There was just the right amount of salt and pepper, giving the potato salad a nice mild flavor. The big flat green beans were also a great side dish. I could definitely taste the black pepper here, and bacon always makes things better.

I'm not usually a huge fan of pulled pork, but this looked amazing! There were beautiful pieces of black bark and red smoke-kissed bits scattered throughout. The pork had a delicious smokiness from the first bite all the way through to the last, and it was also incredibly tender. The forkfuls of bark were by far my favorite, especially the juicy, well-rendered fat. No sauce was needed here whatsoever. If all pulled pork was like this, I'd definitely eat it more often.

This was certainly enough food to fill me up, but there was no way I could pass on a peach fried pie for dessert. The sugary glaze drizzled on top was quite enticing. To my delight, the pie was fresh and warmed. Their flaky crust and gooey peach filling were perfect together, and the cinnamon spice made things even better. This was a fantastic end to a fantastic lunch.

I can't wait to come back to Peg Leg Porker and try the ribs!

Read my full review, complete with pictures:

The Barbecue Fiend
http://barbecuefiend.blogspot.com/2015/05/…

Posted by The Barbecue Fiend on 05/04/2015 at 8:37 PM

Re: “Lime [Closed]

This place was killer. Nashville didn't get it.

Posted by RevJPFunk on 05/02/2015 at 1:19 PM

Re: “Ichiban

Best Japanese in town

Posted by RevJPFunk on 05/02/2015 at 1:16 PM

Re: “Thai Esane

Thai Esane is shockingly delicious. The flavors are amazingly complex, the food is beautiful and fresh, and every single staff person with whom we have dealt has been beyond courteous. It's not the fastest place to eat sometimes, but that's what happens when a restaurant cooks and serves real food. We probably eat Thai Esane once a week. Husband and I have been there for date night but we also have taken our 2 young daughters and found it to be equally friendly in both scenarios. Thank you Thai Esane for delivering - SO glad we live within the magic 3 mile radius.

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Posted by Big Fan on 04/26/2015 at 6:10 PM

Re: “Field House

The Whiskey Tasting was fun. I'd never been to this bar before this but I'd like to go to their next one. I think they do one every month.

Posted by festigoer on 03/27/2015 at 12:09 AM

Re: “Field House

The Pig on a Cow Burger blew me away! It was an 8oz BBQ burger loaded with pork...what?!?
The place is spacious with TV's everywhere. The staff is laid back and friendly. I like that it's non-smoking and has Golden Tee! I think this is my new Sports Bar.

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Posted by StephanieHudsonPhoto on 03/26/2015 at 11:36 PM

Re: “Cinco de Mayo

My husband and I come here on a very regular basis. We love it! The service is always nice and attentive, and never have we had an issue with a bug or a hair. I would absolutely recommend this place and other locations to friends and foes. As "Stephanie" put it. lol. I recommend you give it a try and if you find a hair (I find mine all over the place) give them a chance to make it right. Do yourself a favor and have a great time all the time here.

Posted by RoseP on 03/05/2015 at 12:37 PM

Re: “Commodore Lounge

Home base for a some of Nashville's biggest, best and/or newest songwriters. I like that six out of seven nights a week, established and newbie writers can also sign up to perform there after the scheduled sets. I've seen and heard a lot of great performances there! Also great food, free parking and no cover charge--cool deal!

Posted by Jericat on 02/26/2015 at 11:10 AM

Re: “Bobby's Idle Hour

This is the home-boy (and girl), not-on-the-tourist-maps songwriter dive bar to end all dive bars. People don't come here to impress, they come for the original music (no cover tunes allowed) and fun...not unlike a Nashville version of Cheers, only it's right on Music Row. You never know what industry professional who may work or record nearby might wander in and even get on stage, day or night. This place has a history like no other in Nashville, even the Bluebird. Now that there's no smoking, it's even friendlier to a larger base of fans. Strongly recommended if you're into substance over glitter.

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Posted by Jericat on 02/26/2015 at 11:03 AM

Re: “Kohana Japanese Restaurant

Great atmosphere and spacious enough for large groups and events. Good location and most importantly delicious food!

Posted by Brandon Lee on 02/24/2015 at 10:32 AM

Re: “Wholly Chow

Had lunch to their today. Oyster Po-boy and seafood gumbo. The best Oysters in Nashville by far. Gumbo is fantastic.

Posted by john hurt on 02/20/2015 at 12:53 PM

Re: “Starlite Club

Great Place! I can Remember Back in 2007 when me and my Friend Paul stoped by for The first Time. and went inside and Talk around and met some Nice folks There that night. they ask us where we was from I told them from southwest Virginia I told them I play and sing classic country music and they told me about the music they have every Thursday where you can get up and play with the House Band. and I sed Great we will be Back soon. and the Next Thursday we did. so yeah a Fun place to go Dance have Fun and meet Nice People

Posted by Tommy Shortt on 02/03/2015 at 8:21 AM

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