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Re: “Aharts Pizza Garden

Great Food, Family owned & operated. Best Pizza I've ever eaten!

Posted by bonie on 11/03/2010 at 7:52 PM

Re: “3 Crow Bar

My favorite neighborhood bar and one of the best places to meet friends and new people. Beers selection is great, although not a HUGE variety, but just what you need. Sundays are great for the 2 for 1 drink specials and watching sports (or not...depends on where you sit). When the weather is nice, sit by the opened front windows to people watch. Stays open late and staff is super friendly (although frequently busy, so give them a break). And... can't forget... free wi-fi!!

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by carolfromthebus on 10/17/2010 at 1:11 PM

Re: “Ri'Chard's Louisiana Cafe

Boy oh man do I love me some Ri'Chard's! What a great place to dine. I have tried a bunch of the items from the menu and loved them all. My favorite is the Red Beans and Rice. .... and the Jambalaya and the Fried Pickles and the Fried Mushrooms and the Shrimp Creole and the Muffalettas and the funky snosage and the po boys and the ... well you get the point. The wait staff is not only beautiful but friendly and fun. The cooks know what dey doin too! The music is always a delight. Home grown singer songwriters. All original music, which is refreshing. The owner, Richard Trest is a good good man and loves to entertain the crowd throughout the day and evening. R'Chard's = one of the bright spots of Nashville.

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Posted by Coxbrother on 10/05/2010 at 10:46 AM

Re: “Las Cazuelas Mexican Grill

Just ate at this place and it is very good! The prices are reasonable (our total was under $20 with tax) and the food is good and plentiful. I recommend this place if you need some mexican food and want to avoid Taco Bell.

Posted by thinksformyself on 10/02/2010 at 2:52 PM

Re: “Sambuca

I've dined at Sambuca many a night and have never had anything less than a great experience. The service is always exceptional, the food is better than phenomenal, and there's something fun happening onstage nightly. Mike Reynolds is one of Nashville's best bartenders and Chefs James Reesor and Mitchell Spivey are a great culinary duo. I'm always impressed and love to introduce friends to the Sambuca Scene. It's been one of the best things to hit the Gulch!

Posted by Hlawicki on 10/01/2010 at 3:48 PM

Re: “Sole Mio

Love this place! The food is delicious. I always manage to eat more than I should. Its not often that I get authentic Italian food like this. While the atmosphere is a little more reserved, I prefer a little more noise/activity... I have NEVER had a bad experience and I love introducing friends and family there

0 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by boycrazy on 09/25/2010 at 12:00 AM

Re: “Park Cafe

I had driven to where a short lineup of restaurants reside in a ‘residential-feeling’ neighborhood of Sylvan Park. Located in an area where it is common to park on someone’s lawn on a busy night. I ended up wedging my car between a few barrels of fryer oil and a medium-sized dumpster behind the restaurant.

Amidst an upstanding taco joint, a homely Italian restaurant, and your average bread and cheese pub, was Park Cafe. Park Cafe was open Monday, and respectably slow. Eagerly, their staff welcomed me into their home-converted restaurant. Put in the most exaggerative way, the interior felt like the backstage of a strange theater set; a maze of rooms and hallways, each with a quirk of their own. I was seated in a reduced-capacity renovation, of what looked to be the original dining room; now, an inoperable water fountain adorned with plastic plants centered itself in the space. This hub led to several other dimensions of reality; a dark, empty room flaunting bold artwork was to my south. I felt the twisted romance of dining alone.

Park’s semi-cohesive menu has reasonable pricing. Main course dishes are in a modernized French style and appetizers tend toward Italian. An underlying southern flare peaks through in many dishes including the shrimp ratatouille and roasted chicken with crispy okra and cornbread croutons. The menu features entrees composed of the usual suspects; crustaceans, red meat, fowl, fish, and vegetables all done in a bold preparation. Chef does not skimp on the flavor, but maintains definition among the components in the dish. Bold sauces like Béarnaise, aioli, fruit reductions, cheeses, creamy risotto, and even an Asian-inspired plum sauce accompany main course dishes. The menu is definitely playful and mostly cohesive, but I deduct one point for their inclusion of an Asian-inspired salmon dish (Menu cohesion -1). This just doesn’t play well with the others, and it’s all too common to dress salmon up this way (Flavor pairing originality -1). I skip right to dessert.

'Lemon Icebox Cake' carmel & lemon creme topped with meringue, graham cracker crust, blueberry compote, carmel sauce $7
The description seemed a bit ambiguous, almost misleading; was the graham cracker crust to be on top? I received my icebox cake; a chilled tower of custardy lemon, creamy creaminess, rich caramel, and graham cracker crust... on the bottom. On top, sat what I thought was whipped cream, not a meringue, but I may be wrong... corrections? On top of THAT was the blueberry compote, and unfortunately perched here, was my only qualm. The compote was made from frozen blueberries, which had a terribly flat, chewy texture, and lacked their inherent ‘blue’ flavor (Texture profile -1, Flavor pairing fundamentals -1). The rest of the cake had luscious layers of creamy lemon and caramel. The graham cracker was a crusty vessel for all that sweet fattiness. What else is there to say? it was decadent, sweet, fatty, and mostly executed with precision.

REVAMPED. 'Lemon Icebox Cake' graham cracker crust topped with lemon and caramel cream, meringue, blueberry compote, and caramel sauce $7
My only suggestions would have been to reword the menu description and improve the texture and flavor of the blueberry compote by using fresh berries.

Overall I really liked Park Cafe. Their staff was marvelous, the food was big and bold, the atmosphere was bizarrely romantic, and prices were reasonable. But in the food category, this review only touched upon dessert, so they inevitably scored high. Another one and a half dinners, and this study will be concluded.

1. Menu cohesion -1
2. Pricing 0
3. Beverage pairings 0
4. Atmosphere for romance 0
5. Cleanliness 0
6. Waitstaff competence 0
7. Waitstaff enthusiasm 0
8. Overall management 0
9. Flavor pairing fundamentals -1
10. Flavor pairing originality -1
11. Texture Profile -1
12. Use of "easy-pleasers" 0
13. Use of salt 0
14. Doneness precision 0
15. Dish sin factor 0
16. Dish sex factor 0
17. Presentation 0
18. Dish practicality 0
19. Healthful dish execution 0
20. Kitchen speed 0

1st visit (100-4 = 96)

Posted by DanielBF on 09/20/2010 at 4:19 PM

Re: “Samurai Sushi

Best sushi on the planet. Seriously. Try the specialty rolls with fruit on top. Crowd favorites are Choo Choo roll, Iron Miss roll, and Volcano roll. Even great rolls for those like me who do not eat raw fish or seaweed!try the Happy roll,Hawaiian, or Aloha roll. Made with shrimp or crab and wrapped in soy paper and topped with fruit! Amazing!
This place will spoil you!

Posted by Melaps on 09/12/2010 at 1:14 PM

Re: “Park Cafe

Extremely Romantic and great personal service from the servers.

Posted by Dansaman on 09/08/2010 at 11:36 AM

Re: “Bombay Palace

One Of the best Indian Restaurant @West End Aveune & With Friendly Environment & Personalized Attention to each Customer Excellent , I Really Like This Eating Food From Past 15 Days from the same Restaurant , Good Menu , Daily varienty of New Items In Buffet

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Kumar Bohra on 09/07/2010 at 7:27 PM

Re: “Fleming's Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar

Good wine selection.

Posted by pinkpug on 09/07/2010 at 4:45 PM

Re: “Alpha Bakery [Closed]

Friendly staff, delicious food, unexpected pastry choices, especially great for breakfast - Go!

Posted by yeayeayea on 09/03/2010 at 7:08 PM

Re: “Five Guys

Absolutely the BEST burgers I've EVER had! And it's decently priced, so you can't beat that! But seriously, these burgers are amazing!

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Wickedactress09 on 08/31/2010 at 5:18 PM

Re: “Cafe Coco

LOVE the hummus and pita!

Posted by Wickedactress09 on 08/31/2010 at 5:15 PM

Re: “Sweet CeCe's

LOVE IT GO THERE NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NOW GO OR I WILL KILL YOU NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by john lang on 08/29/2010 at 9:58 PM

Re: “Pei Wei Asian Diner

love shrimp teryaki mmmmm so good!

Posted by john lang on 08/29/2010 at 9:53 PM

Re: “Bricktop's

love the bbq chicken flatbread mmmm

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by john lang on 08/29/2010 at 9:49 PM

Re: “Gold Rush

Gold Rush is my Cheers! Keep up the good work guys.

Posted by DogDaze on 08/28/2010 at 5:59 AM

Re: “Gold Rush

I like that I can have a meal and a few drinks and smoke without having to excuse myself. Seems like the two bars have different vibes. The crowd is pretty diverse. The food is pretty good and my bartender was cool. I'll be back, see you there.

Posted by twang on 08/28/2010 at 5:39 AM

Re: “Station Inn

We were there last month and Vince Gil and Toby Keith played as well. Vince plays with The Time Jumpers whenever he is in town. awesome show and a great time every time we go!

7 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Let It Ride Mike on 08/23/2010 at 8:10 PM

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