Narrow Search

  • Show Only

  • Category

  • User Ratings

  • Narrow by Date

    • All
    • Today
    • Last 7 Days
    • Last 30 Days
    • Select a Date Range
    • From:

      To:


Comment Archives: Locations: Food and Drink: Southern: 5 Stars

Re: “Carl's Perfect Pig

Over the river and through the woods, in search of barbecue I went. This place has a distinct "More coffee, hun?" country diner feel to it, with high-back wooden booths and tables that were probably built by hand nearby. The entire interior is painted pink and white as an homage to pigs everywhere. Well, at least they've got a consistent theme going.

Pork is unsurprisingly the meat of choice at Carl's Perfect Pig, so I ordered one of their Combo Plates. Fortunately for me, today they had a special pulled pork and ribs sampler, which was half the price of their full-size combo and still came with a ton of food. Their combos are all paired with a side of fries, but I humbly requested my potatoes in salad form instead.

Carl's potato salad had a pleasant mustardy zip and a nice acidity, with an ever-so-slight spiciness. I also liked the crunch of the pickles and pimentos.

I found each bite of the pulled pork tender and really juicy. It was just salty enough to be interesting, with hints of vinegar here and there. There was also a good smoke level, especially in the smoke-kissed pieces of bark mixed throughout.

I ended up receiving a half-rack of ribs, and I certainly wasn't going to scoff at that. These bad boys were big and meaty, with a beautifully charred, peppered crust. The ribs were even juicier than the pulled pork, and the meat pulled away cleanly. Carl's semisweet honey-based glaze was a perfect contrast to the savory smoke and the tasty char.

I left Carl's Perfect Pig with a mild case of the meat sweats, but I left happy.

Read my full review, complete with pictures:

The Barbecue Fiend
http://barbecuefiend.blogspot.com/2016/05/…

Posted by The Barbecue Fiend on 05/07/2016 at 1:59 PM

Re: “Bailey and Cato Family Restaurant

This is one of the best Restaurant in Town. great Food and great company.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by miranda on 04/12/2016 at 3:30 PM

Re: “Wendell Smith's

First time at Wendall Smith's it was absolutely amazing! I'm serious,the best southern food I ever had! Fired chicken was on point, and all my sides were better then garndma's Ha! Go if you get a chance

Posted by Elizabeth on 11/22/2015 at 2:35 PM

Re: “Wholly Chow

best oysters in Nashville period, some of the best I ever had and I am from Louisiana

Posted by beatdown on 08/16/2015 at 11:33 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: “Wholly Chow

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

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by john hurt on 02/20/2015 at 12:53 PM

Re: “Pappy's Mobile Cafe

I hired Pappy's for an event recently. I must say, they are fantastic to deal with. They show up on time and prepared. Their truck is new, clean and not a beaten up junker - no worries about eating food from them or worry about getting sick. They are easy to contact and respond quickly. They are very nice people too. It was good speaking with you both!

Foodwise, Pappys is awesome. The combinations they put together are both unique and delicious! Everyone at my event LOVED them - including me. I will hire them for any other event I do. The portions are big, prices are not startling, and service is great. So, simply put, take a look at their menu - everything is good.

Take care!

Posted by Jed Irons on 12/30/2014 at 7:12 PM

Re: “Norman Couser's Country Cookin'

Norman Couser's restaurant provides true homemade southern food. The restaurant has been in Nashville for over 30+. Also, it sits directly across from the Nashville Zoo (which is a plus). This restaurant is certainly where the locals go - the staff knows their customers by name and I laughed that some customers have particular tables they go sit at. It appears that Couser's does mostly to-go orders for locals as well. The inside isn't anything fancy or spectacular, but the restaurant is a classic meat-n-three. I highly recommend trying the turkey & dressing, country-fried steak, mashed potatoes, or fried okra. For dessert, their chocolate pie and cherry cobbler are delicious! I do not go there for the decor, but instead, for fantastic homemade dishes and friendly staff. They treat you like family.

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by Meiko123 on 12/09/2014 at 9:17 AM

Re: “Norman Couser's Country Cookin'

Ate there twice during recent visit to Nashville--lunch and supper. Same menu for both; same friendly staff and from-scratch cooking. Pleasing alternative to Cracker Barrel.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Tulsa_Marco on 10/18/2014 at 8:04 PM

Re: “Edley's Bar-B-Que

I've been dying to try out Edley's since we moved back to Nashville a few months ago. I had some errands to run in town this morning, so I took the opportunity to add barbecue to my to-do list.

Edley's is in the up-and-coming 12 South neighborhood of Nashville, which I think was mostly just residential when we lived here eight years ago. The atmosphere is a good combination of modern and rustic. It's a lively place with a full bar, so I might be back for happy hour sometime soon. The line to order had nearly doubled within a few minutes of my 11:30 arrival. Clearly this joint is a local favorite.

I don't normally do barbecue sandwiches, but Edley's Tuck Special sounded too good to resist: a brisket sandwich with house made spicy pimento cheese, an over-easy egg, red and white barbecue sauces, and pickles. It doesn't get much more Southern than that. Well, I suppose they could have added a fried something-or-other, but I digress. I decided to make my Tuck a combo with potato salad and mac-n-cheese on the side.

The mayonnaise-based potato salad was very tasty. Skin-on potatoes were a good choice. There was much more potato than veggie in the mix, which worked well here. The macaroni was far from basic Easy Mac. I really enjoyed the crumbly topping and spices. It was gooey and creamy from the various cheeses they use, and was much better than the mac and cheese I usually find in my barbecue travels.

It was hard to decide exactly how to tackle the towering Tuck Special, so I assembled a pile of napkins and dove right in. Wow, this sandwich was deliciously complex! I managed to find a few bits of plain brisket, which had a great smoky flavor as well as a slight spiciness. The meat was very tender, due in part to the fattier slices I received. Edley's pimento cheese comes out almost like a patty and definitely has some heat to it as well. The addition of the mayo-based white barbecue sauce was really interesting, while the pickles added acidity, sweetness, and a much-needed crunch. I wasn't sure how the egg would play out, but it actually tied everything together beautifully. This sandwich was incredible all the way around!

I'll always be a sucker for the classics, but Edley's proves that barbecue doesn't necessarily have to be simple to be amazing. I will definitely be back to sample their more traditional barbecue items.

Read my full review, complete with pictures:

The Barbecue Fiend

http://barbecuefiend.blogspot.com/2014/09/…

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by The Barbecue Fiend on 09/16/2014 at 2:29 PM

Re: “Catfish Kitchen

I love it and go every year when gong to Montgomery Bell State Park for a friends convention.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by unclesam328 on 10/25/2013 at 5:02 PM

Re: “M Restaurant

Simply put amazing!!

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by foodman1112 on 10/05/2013 at 1:14 PM

Re: “City Café

Great food at very reasonable prices in this "meat and three" style restaurant. I can hardly believe you can get so much for so little money. All the food is homemade and prepared from recipe right there - nothing out of a box made in some factory. If you want a delicious, satisfying meal that you don't have to wait 20 or 30 minutes to get, this has got to be your place.

Posted by Jamie on 02/14/2013 at 10:23 AM

Re: “Elliston Place Soda Shop

God bless Harold James, his pristine establishment lives on.

Posted by OMFUG on 01/05/2013 at 11:47 AM

Re: “Urban Grub Fish Pit and Southern Cantina

Great new addition to the 12th South area. Easily the one of the best high-end dining experiences on the West side. Amazing oyster bar, incredible wine list, amazing ambiance, and a must-try for anyone in Nashville. Easily the best new fine dining experience in town right now.

Posted by Chesterfield on 10/01/2012 at 10:39 AM

Re: “B.B. King's Blues Club

The BB Kings, Carl Stewart & The All stars are a great band. a must see. Doyne & Johnnie Ratliff of Humboldt Tn.

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Johnnie M Cockham Ratliff on 05/15/2012 at 6:02 PM

Re: “Elliston Place Soda Shop

Really nice little place to pick up lunch. I had a hamburger, fries, and chocolate shake. Everything was delicious! The waitress we had was also very friendly. All around great atmosphere and food.

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by Kristi McMurry on 09/28/2011 at 1:24 PM

Re: “Elliston Place Soda Shop

Best chocolate shake in Tennessee

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Tony ellis on 07/21/2011 at 11:54 AM

Re: “Wendell Smith's

Everyone who is anyone from Nashville knows where to go for the best meat and three in Tennessee. Wendell's With the same recipes they have had for 60 years and fresh warm banana pudding out of the oven. There is nothing on the menu that isn't by itself the best food around town. And the hospitality is always warm and they know your name.

8 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by getwest on 03/17/2011 at 6:53 PM

Re: “Loveless Cafe

I love this place, the food, the atmosphere, the history, the wait staff and the prices. If you go on the weekend for breakfast be prepared for a long but well worth wait. This is a place I ALWAYS take friends from out-of-town.

Posted by itsmyfirstday on 01/17/2011 at 5:52 PM

Sign Up! For the Scene's email newsletters





* required

All contents © 1995-2016 CityPress Communications LLC, 210 12th Ave. S., Ste. 100, Nashville, TN 37203. (615) 244-7989.
All rights reserved. No part of this service may be reproduced in any form without the express written permission of CityPress Communications LLC,
except that an individual may download and/or forward articles via email to a reasonable number of recipients for personal, non-commercial purposes.
Powered by Foundation