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Comment Archives: Locations: Food and Drink: Meat-&-Three: 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…

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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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

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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

Re: “The Bluebird Cafe

June 27, Wayne Jerrolds will be back at the Bluebird. Come on out... YOU will not be dissapointed.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Freeda on 06/17/2010 at 6:32 AM

Re: “City Café East

I always eat here when I come to town - the food is spectacular. There are many choices everyday, and everything I've ever tried has been great. My favorite has to be the cajun cornbread (very sweet) and the roast beef (tender and can be cooked to order if you ask). The dishes are all staples, but they are spiced and cooked a unique way that makes the meal surprising and enjoyable. All of the people who work here are very kind and seriously care whether you're enjoying your meal and your stay. The desserts (if you have room after all the good filling food) are also good, especially the pecan pie.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by atw663 on 05/23/2010 at 4:00 PM

Re: “Bailey and Cato Family Restaurant

The food is absolutely delicious - one of my favorite places to get good Southern vegetables and sides. All of the people there are friendly and service is always quick. There's not a lot of space to eat inside (though there is some), so during busy times it's best to get the food to go.

Posted by atw663 on 05/23/2010 at 3:14 PM

Re: “Jefferson's

My spouse and I saw the restaraunt on CNN'S "Black in America". We finally got a chance to visit. Ordered an appetizer(Chicken Wings-Carribean style), the tatse was excellent and could tatse the grilling and the spices in every bite. My wife ordered Turkey Pot Roast over cornbread and I had the Chicken Capellini over pasta. Again you could taste the spices and the authentic taste of the dishes. I have never wrote a review before but I want to recommend this establishment to all who get a chance to visit. The service was excellent and we got to meet Chef Ron before we left. Keep up the good work. It was worth the drive from Murfreesboro.
Rating Detail:
Food: 5
Service: 5
Atmosphere: 4
Value: 5
Overall: 5

Posted by Don B on 11/11/2009 at 6:06 PM

Re: “The Bluebird Cafe

Dustin is one of the most talented singer/songwriters in Nashville. He will be the next big thing in country. If you can, go see him play! You won't be dissapointed.
Rating Detail:
Service: 5
Atmosphere: 5
Value: 5
Overall: 5

Posted by Mike on 05/18/2009 at 5:10 AM

Re: “Hermitage Cafe

as the owners daughter and waitress there... i am extremely partial to the hermitage cafe. almost anything goes and everyone (who is pleasant) is welcomed. however, please note that we do not accept credit cards nor debit cards. we are a cash only premises.
Rating Detail:
Food: 5
Service: 3
Atmosphere: 3
Value: 5
Overall: 5

Posted by sherri on 02/16/2009 at 7:01 PM

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