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Re: “The Henpeck Market

While the food at the Henpeck Market is a standout for the area, the service is deplorable. One would expect to be enveloped in southern hospitality as sweet as the iced tea, but not here. It is as if your presence is a nuisance to the hostess and waitresses and they go out of their way to avoid eye contact with you. It is truly a shame as the food is stellar. From the daily hot bar preparations to the menu items, everything is flavorful, well prepared, and seasoned perfectly. If you are not ready to bolt out the door from the poor service at the end of your meal, the desserts are amazing. They are a throwback to exact replicas of what your grandma made. Sweet, prepared with love, and tasty. Too bad that the service doesn't match the food. It if did, you likely would have to wait in line for hours just to get in this place.

Posted by FranklinLocal on 12/02/2014 at 10:37 AM

Re: “360 Burger

Their burgers are delicious and fries are great, but the customer service sucks. Waiters and waitresses are too busy engrossed in personal conversation, hanging out, to check on customers. They're bringing this place down. It could have longevity if not for the wait staff.

Posted by Nic@Night on 07/30/2014 at 2:09 PM

Re: “Paradise Park Trailer Resort

Don't cone here on a Saturday afternoon. Only one person taking orders from both sided - the walk up area and the bar. Took foreveeeer to order.

Posted by no way on 04/12/2014 at 1:40 PM

Re: “Sperry's Restaurant

I grew up in the neighborhood where Sperry's is located and used to go with my parents at least once a week from the time it opened. It was my Father's favorite place. My husband and I have celebrated birthdays, anniversaries there for a lot of years. However when we went there to eat about 6 months ago on a Saturday night it was bedlam in there. We had a reservation but had to sit in the bar. I have read other comments and agree with them regarding the bar flies and their suitors that are obnoxious and loud. I order Prime Rib and my husband ordered a Rib Eye.. Well our meal arrived and my piece of rib eye looked like an end piece that should have never been served. I sent it back and the waiter was most gracious. It came back for a second time and was raw-sent it back again. After my husband had finished eating by third and final piece of prime rib arrived with a fresh , hot baked potato. It was OK but not up to the usual standards of this restaurant. The manager apologized and did not charge us but this would have never happened in days past. And yes- it is on the high end pricewise for what you get.
Service is still excellent but I agree-it is time to lighten the place up inside. The outside has recently been painted and fixed and looks nice. It is very dark inside and would be a great place to meet someone if you wanted to keep it a secret. The competition is stiff now in Nashville so watch out!

Posted by disappointed on 03/02/2014 at 3:11 PM

Re: “Swanky's Taco Shop

Went for a late lunch not too long ago. The restaurant was mostly empty. I ordered the fish tacos. The tacos arrived crisp to the point of turning into wood. The amount of breading bests the amount of fish by two to one. THe sides were cold and the veg had an unhealthy brown hue. Sadly I won't be back.

Posted by Kel on 11/13/2013 at 12:02 PM

Re: “Sunflower Cafe

The food is excellent, but I'm
giving this restaurant a poor review because of their parking attendant. I went there today and was trying to exit the parking lot instead of park where he wanted me to, and he proceeded to pound on my window so hard I'm surprised it didn't break, and then yelled at me not to ignore him. I won't be returning, he really ruined the place for me.

Posted by krmohning on 03/05/2013 at 7:01 PM

Re: “Chappy's

Chappy’s in Nashville “specializing” in New Orleans and Creole food, we wanted to see for ourselves. I have not been there for dinner, but I have eaten lunch there and that fried chicken sandwich was very delicious. When we walked in, the vibe was depressing; no one was upbeat and it seemed like everything was moving in slow motion, and the décor was French quarter on a messy budget.

Our server told us about his likes and the specials, and delivered the bread with an array of butters. We looked over the menu and decided to go with an appetizer and soup to start. The fried green tomatoes were just ok a little bland for my taste, but the parmesan cheese, and sauce helped it out. When I saw corn and crab bisque, I had to order it and the soup was good. For entrée, I ordered the chicken ship island (it was a shipwreck) the chicken breast had no flavor, I could not find it at all, and I even looked under the table. I chose not to get the rice du jour; I chose the mixed vegetables and it looked like a hot mess served on a plate. My guest ordered grilled bbq spice shrimp and it was not spicy, but he added the Chappys hot sauce and it worked that out. He loved the rice du jour but all in all it was just ok. Being a New Orleans style restaurant, I saw bread pudding on the menu and really wanted it; however, I no longer had and appetite.

Chappy’s has a plenty of space on the inside and descent parking out back. They also have jazz night and offer cooking classes. It has been open since 2006 and how it has been said to be the best Cajun restaurant in Nashville, but really there is not many around here. The owner is really a cool fun guy who chats with the every guest, but hopefully they can get it together so the place can stick around.

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Posted by MR86 on 03/04/2013 at 9:06 PM

Re: “Arnold's Country Kitchen

I am a southern boy, so when I heard of Arnold’s Country Kitchen and all of their accolades, I had to go. I grabbed my big appetite cousin and we headed over the railroad tracks. Luckily we got there just before the big rush, the place was almost packed, but fifteen minutes later there was a line outside the door and it spilled over into the parking area. The place is small with just a few tables but that’s cool. It wouldn’t hurt them to do a deep cleaning. The order line, plates, and eating utensils reminded me of a prison cafeteria (never been, but seen them on TV).

So we are about to order and the good thing is, you can see all the food you are about to devour (especially my beloved CHESS PIE). It was Tuesday so I ordered the meatloaf, 1 piece of catfish, candied yams, turnip greens, mac & cheese, hot water cornbread and chess pie of course. My cousin ordered the meatloaf as well, along with the same sides plus the white beans. Everything was just ok, but the turnip greens were missing that love and extra home cooked flavor. The meatloaf was not my fave but edible; however, the mac and cheese was the winner on the plate. The chess pie was average (try Rose’s home-style catering and bakery chess squares). I made the catfish work with a lil added hot sauce. Oh boy I wish they would have had some good sweet red Kool-Aid ha-ha.

One of the good things was the service, they moved the line pretty fast and everyone had a smile on their face. They recognized the regulars, and chit chatted with every guest. The price for portion size of food is pretty accurate. I can’t say it’s the best meat and three in Nashville, but all in all the food was average nothing to tell mother about. This establishment is part of Nashville’s’ history, but James Beard award winner, I don’t think so. More important, this is a Nashville institution that the people here love.

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Posted by MR86 on 03/04/2013 at 8:52 PM

Re: “Amerigo

Typical chain food. Nashville has much better to offer.

Posted by foodnerd1976 on 11/06/2012 at 10:51 AM

Re: “International Market And Restaurant

Went here on lunch today. Fast service and pleasant staff. The food however was not the greatest. :( Meat was overcooked and food was somewhat blan. The market part had most basic essentials (most of which you could find in a regular grocery store), but not much else.

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Posted by :( on 08/31/2012 at 12:35 PM

Re: “Rippy's Smokin' Bar & Grill

Not sure which BBQ place the other reviewer went to but it definitely wasn't rippy's... Service was horrible, I felt like I was imposing on the staff to ask for a refill on my flat soda. I had to drink soda because the beer they brought me was warm. Ribs were dried out and a big let down considering they boast to have the best in Nashville. I never write negative reviews but had to on this one. Open for other suggestions!

Posted by Starski on 08/13/2012 at 10:11 PM

Re: “Miel

With its decor as dull and comfortless as a disused bus station, its dining room placed inches from the non-foyered entry door and fronting the half-walled kitchen from which crashes and bangs thunder regularly every few seconds, and its vistas of a suburban strip-mall, Miel's ambiance rates lower that of than many chain restaurants, much less what one would expect for haute cuisine. The service, too, is shockingly bad; non-existent much of the time (no offer to refill wine or coffee -- actually, no initial offer to SERVE wine or coffee!; although we were only one of three couples in his section, our waiter left our entrees dallying on the counter so long, the hostess finally served them; our bottle of wine arrived ten minutes AFTER the entrees), punctuated by disruptive bouts of rudeness (interrupting a romantic toast; offering to let the escorted married lady taste the wine her husband had ordered, not the gentleman, as is proper; commenting derisively on the gentleman's request for additional service). The food is divine, although portions may be somewhat meager. IF this boit had someone as devoted to ensuring its good service and ambiance as the chef evidently devotes himself to its cuisine, Miel would be a sweet treat indeed. As it stands now, however, the experience is simply too bitter to endure.

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Posted by r.almaviva on 07/09/2012 at 7:53 AM

Re: “Demos' Steak And Spaghetti House

The grilled salmon was dry and rather tasteless. Our table placement was very poor, it was later-8:30 or so, is that late? I suppose the staff was ending their day and getting doing prep work for the next day.
I was lucky enough to have a delightful view of the inside of the grimy looking kitchen? I could see a waiter with his pants undone tucking in his shirt, a waitress emptying garbage cans then mopping the floor, then she proceeded to sweep under a few tables, several waitresses were rattling around with salt and pepper shakers... It wasn't that crowded and certainly there may have been other tables available-even if we had to wait a few minutes would have been more preferred than the terrible table we had. My husband enjoyed the steak he was served and we loved the spinach appetizer.

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Posted by Val on 06/28/2012 at 10:22 AM

Re: “Sperry's Restaurant

Just did Sperry's again for about the 10 time, all the while hoping I would somehow find the love my spouse has for this place. Sadly, no. While being legend in Nashville it's all smoke and mirrors (er, "grease and dust" would be more appropriate). Decor strait out of "Jolly Ox" era of steakhouses circa 1972. Menu is very standard AARP fare, beef, chicken, pork chop, salmon and one other fish/shell food. Grim salad bar, dungeon like interior, and average age of customer = 70. Reasonable wine list, good bar service, food is high quality and tasty but, heavily salted and bathed in butter and or cheap cheese. Nothing close to "light and natural" here with perhaps the exception of the crab cakes (exceptional). If you long for the feel of a chain midscale steakhouse from the 1970's complete with the accumulated filth of the past 40 years coupled with reasonably good but, heavy food at a price close to double what it should be then, Sperry's is for you.

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Posted by Local Foodie on 11/29/2011 at 9:45 AM

Re: “The Original Nooley's

I have heard such good things about this place but when I went it was either an bad day for them or they had a new cook. I had the red beans tried the red beans and rice and a cup of sausage gumbo. Red beans and rice tasted like I cooked some white rice opened up a can of red beans that had been stirred together with boiled onions and about 3 pieces of sausage. The stuff out of a box at the grocery is even better. The same for the gumbo, there is no depth in the taste, it's just very bland. For such inexpensive ingredients to begin with you would think that they would spend a little more time trying to add some flavor. Isn't that what Cajun is suppose to be?

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Posted by Canoe98 on 09/16/2011 at 11:47 AM

Re: “Taziki's

Taziki's Cool Springs was a big disappointment. In Nashville/Brentwood we have a great Greek/Med place in Kalamatas but you have to stand in line, order your food and they don't serve wine or beer (you can bring your own, however) I was envisioning Taziki's as a nice sit-down restaurant where a waiter comes to your table, takes your order and delivers your food and wine. Well, it's not like that and the food was very mediocre. The balsamic vinegrette is the strangest dressing I've ever seen. It will be lost in the fray at Cool Springs but what a waste of the former Zola's location. Maybe they've gotten too big but the food was very "chain-like" not up to the 4 and 5 star reviews they have received in Birmingham and closer to home.

I was really looking forward to the Taziki's "restaurant" but will not be going back. You can't beat Kalamata's if you are craving Mediterranean--it's worth standing in line for.

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Posted by dodo on 06/29/2011 at 9:52 AM

Re: “Burger Up

Thursday night wait wasn’t bad @15 minutes. It was our first time. I asked the waitress how large are the burgers. Her answer was “I don’t know.” My date & I looked at each other (both with yrs of restaurant experience) reading each other’s mind, “the right answer is I don’t know, but I will find out and be right back.” So I demonstrate with a gap between my thumb and index finger are they this big - ¼ inch, this big - ½ inch, or this big - 1 inch. She goes with the ½ inch, which I said “then they are @ 1/3 lb, right?". That was wrong; they are ¼ lb. Our burgers were excellent, cooked correctly - medium rare . Mine had goat cheese and pesto, and his had bacon and sharp cheddar. The presentation was pitiful – a lonely little burger on an otherwise empty plate. The fries which came in a cup were greasy and limp. We told the waiter who was clearing the table about the fries. He asked if we wanted more. Again, we looked at each other. We also split the spinach, bacon and goat cheese salad. It was excellent and a nice large portion. The ambiance was fine; nothing special.

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Posted by Bridget on 06/24/2011 at 10:55 PM

Re: “Bailey and Cato Family Restaurant

As far as meat-and-threes go, this one just doesn't hold up. The atmosphere is dumpy/awesome, but they skimp on some of the offerings, for instance it's an abomination for a meat-and-three restaurant to serve fake mashed potatoes like B&C does. I get take-out only as it's usually really busy and has little room. We have eaten here several times, and have never been fully impressed. If you're in the mood for soul food, Southern Bred (five minutes away) has MUCH better food and plenty of room to sit.

Posted by ybhco on 05/10/2011 at 11:31 AM

Re: “Cajun Steamer Bar & Grill

who is running this place..girls act like idiots!! i sat with an empty drink at the bar for 10 min while the almost naked immature bartender played with her friend!! my food was great but i felt like i was in a high school. I wanted to know who was managing out of curiosity so i ask the bartender and she pointed to some ganglly looking man standing at the front door staring into outer space. No wonder these girls do what they want and the service sucks, their boss is an idiot too. In the short time he was standing there he never opened the door, said thank you or good bye to any customers coming or going. It had been rain/snow mix that day and watched as a woman walked in and slipped and almost fell. the manager just looked and said nothing, i was in shock. I think it's time for the owner to clean up the place and send the manager packing. If i eat there again it will be to go!!!

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Posted by liketoeat on 12/23/2010 at 11:18 AM

Re: “Miro District Food & Drink [Closed]

The food might be good but I'll never go back. I took my husband there for his 50th birthday along with several friends. They made some cocktails that were not tasty and they wouldn't take them back! We even talked to the mgr and he refused!

Posted by chgarrison on 10/12/2010 at 10:55 PM

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