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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: “Corner Bar

The best thing about this bar, last time I went, was the wild, funny management byee a friendly Kurd, from that part of Iraq which fights Isis. Sometimes on a cool eve, he'll toss some meat on the grill outside, and invite the patrons to jump in. The down side is that they don't start serving beer until 3PM, which is 3 hours later than the nearby Springwater, but the maniacal diversity of its clientele, (hospital workers, pals of the owner, construction workers, neurosurgeons and retired lawyers, to set out a few), makes this a charming place for games which are played, especially, as I recall on Sunday, for the silent Nashville majority which does NOT go TO CHURCH..or, does go, and goes to the Corner Bar afterward.

Posted by Howard M. Romaine on 07/09/2015 at 1:19 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: “Back To Cuba Cafe

Wonderful food and owner, Alex, was very interesting to talk with. Try the fruit juices... They are excellent!

Posted by Lulu on 06/25/2015 at 3:41 PM

Re: “The Rusty Nail

Friendly staff, mixture of patrons, Great 2 for 1 beer specials on sun n thurs. Good grilled chicken wrap. Outside area is amazingly big. It's literally a mile n a half from my house n I feel safe to go there even if flying solo. Good bands on weekends n karaoke during the week. Me likey the Rusty :)

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Posted by LRo on 06/23/2015 at 8:34 AM

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: “Puckett's Grocery

Round 2.

This was my second dinner at Puckett's, and it poured down rain both times. If Mother Nature is trying to stop me from eating here, she's going to have to do better than that.

I had planned on a smaller-size entree than usual, so I made sure to get an order of Bubba's Bones as an appetizer. Bubba's baby back ribs are dry-rubbed, cherry wood-smoked, flash-fried, and tossed in a sweet-hot barbecue sauce. That's a lot of hyphenated deliciousness. These were undoubtedly some of the best baby backs I've ever eaten, mostly because Puckett's actually knows how to cook them correctly. The ribs were very tender and equally juicy. Bubba's sauce was as hot as advertised, yet it was also oddly pleasant. It burned my lips for a few minutes afterward and definitely got my palate revved up.

On my first trip to Puckett's, I got a traditional two-meat barbecue plate. Today, however, I had only one thing on my mind: Piggy Mac! It's basically a personal-sized skillet of pulled pork topped with smoked Gouda macaroni and cheese. The Piggy Mac is supposed to come with an unnecessarily-healthy house salad, but I requested a side of smashed sweet potatoes instead. There was also mention of a jalapeno johnny cake.

I could definitely taste the jalapeno in the johnny cake, and there was only a moderate spiciness so I could enjoy it, too. The slight sweetness also helped to temper the heat quite nicely. Their sweet potatoes were as butter-heavy as good comfort food should be. I would have liked some marshmallows though, and maybe a little cinnamon or nutmeg to jazz up the flavors.

With the delectable Piggy Mac sitting before me, it was impossible to spend more than a minute or two tasting the side dishes. The macaroni was gooey and delicious, and its crumbly topping was a perfect crunchy addition to the overall texture. The pulled pork was just as tender and tasty as it was during my first visit. I managed to uncover a few bits of pork that still had their smoke ring. There were a few hints of smoke here and there, although cheese was certainly the dominant flavor. The melted cheese also made this dish a little greasy, but otherwise it was spectacular.

Their Deep Fried Brownie Sundae is almost irresistible, so the fact that we skipped out on dessert should tell you how full we all were. I'm already aching for another excuse to eat at Puckett's.

Read my full review, complete with pictures:

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

Posted by The Barbecue Fiend on 05/29/2015 at 7:45 PM

Re: “Merchants

I wandered downtown to meet my mom and aunt, who were visiting for a few days. They're into touristy stuff, so I thought that Merchant's on Broadway would be a great spot to take them for lunch. I suppose I could have taken them to Robert's Western World or Wildhorse Saloon if we wanted to get super touristy, but those places are a bit more than I can handle.

There are still a few obvious remnants of the original pharmacy business in their first-floor bistro area, including the layout, marble counters, and abundant natural lighting. Even the attitudes at Merchants seem reminiscent of the past, exemplified by the hostesses and waitstaff who gave my family some great Nashville hospitality.

I didn't really have barbecue on my mind when we walked into Merchants, but when I saw a Smoked Brisket entree on the menu, I couldn't resist the temptation. Theirs comes with cornbread, coleslaw, and a chipotle-sorghum barbecue sauce. I asked for sauce on the side and also requested the house-made potato chips as a substitute side dish.

As expected, the potato chips were terrific. They were thick-cut chips with a ton of crunch. It was also patently obvious that they were homemade. The cornbread was beautifully sweet and very buttery. It tasted like there might have been some molasses mixed right in (or at least maybe some brown sugar).

Merchants' brisket is prepared with something they call a "Music City Rub," although I'm not sure exactly what that is. The meat was much smokier than I envisioned, so much so that it was immediately noticeable when I took my first bite. Their rub seasoning was decent enough, but the brisket didn't have much of a crust to speak of, so I feel like I missed out on a potential flavor source there. Despite its leanness, the brisket was still tender and juicy. What little fat there was had certainly soaked up plenty of flavor from the smoking process. It was rendered well, though there was a little too much of it packed together. The chipotle-sorghum barbecue sauce was good, too. It was only somewhat spicy, but paired nicely with the brisket.

We had an excellent meal at Merchants, and I'm sure we'll be back.

Read my full review, complete with pictures:

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

Posted by The Barbecue Fiend on 05/27/2015 at 9:37 AM

Re: “Brewhouse 100

Brewhouse used to be one of my family's favorite restaurants to enjoy. We'd go every Thursday for trivia. The food was all right, but we'd always go back for the good service. Unfortunately, things have taken a turn for the worst. When things got crowded and the wait was up to 30 mins-1 hr, the hostess sat back and let people cut in line and sit wherever they wanted -- with total disregard for those waiting in line. When we expressed this concern to the manager, they didn't seem to care. Disappointed to say we'll never be returning.

Posted by Bummer on 05/21/2015 at 7:15 PM

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: “Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken

This restaurant is permanently closed!

Posted by Dsnyguy on 05/18/2015 at 7:30 PM

Re: “Chinatown Restaurant

In a town where great Chinese food simply does not exist, Chinatown is pretty darn delicious and the closest we've got.

We ate here for lunch today after 18 months of living in Nashville. How it took us so long, we'll never know! We came after an intense workout and were HUNGRY, so we were able to sample quite a few items on the menu and enjoyed nearly everything we ate.

I chose the Mongolian Chicken lunch special, which came with brown rice, egg drop soup and a chicken spring roll. It was a great deal for less than $7, and while the portion was small, everything that came with my lunch was freshly prepared and piping hot. The soup was nicely flavored and not too salty, but the Mongolian Chicken was greasier than I like, especially because I asked for the dish to be prepared with as little oil as possible.

The fiance ordered Black Bean Chicken - a favorite of his from his lifetime of living in NYC - as well as the steamed dumplings. He very much enjoyed his chicken, though remarked that something was missing that made it different from what he's used to. However, he did like the nice pop of spice that Chinatown added to their recipe and said he'd order the dish again. The fiance was also excited for the steamed dumplings, which he thought might be similar to the soup dumplings he misses so much from NYC. They were indeed similar, though smaller and less soup-filled than the ones he loves. Again, though, he'd order them upon returning to Chinatown.

Though we both enjoyed our food, we were a little put off by the service we received. We found our waitress to be flippant and unfriendly, and we never received the soup noodles, oranges, or fortune cookies we saw other tables receiving when ordering similar items. Considering we ordered from both the lunch and dinner menus and paid a nice (though reasonable) price for our lunch, we were disappointed that we didn't receive the same treatment as the other customers in the restaurant.

Regardless, for Chinese food that actually tastes like Chinese food, we'll be coming back soon for more.

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Posted by Nashman on 05/18/2015 at 12:15 PM

Re: “blvd

Avoid this place. The original chef is no longer there and the management is a disaster. It was hands down our worst experience at any restaurant. And it's such a shame because the location is great. Do Chagos, PM, 12th south taproom, Edleys or the new Embers before here.

Posted by torithoma on 05/17/2015 at 6:24 PM

Re: “The Cave

They got the name right. The joint is a cave, complete with all hard surfaces, echo, very unpleasant to listen to music there. They could vastly improve the awful acoustics with some inexpensive sound absorbing treatment... hell even carpet on the floor or hanging some burlap in the ceiling would be a vast improvement.

Posted by ElvisAaron Presley on 05/09/2015 at 2:13 AM

Re: “Café Bosna

My daughter got a to-go order of Zeljanica and Baklava, had it waiting for me Friday night, while I was there with her to go to the Southern Women's Show. Oh my goodness...each and every bite, outstanding, from the first bite to the last, the flavor was scrumptous. After the SWShow, I told her I wanted the same thing, again! And every time she drives back home to Florence, AL, I told her to bring me some.

Posted by Sue Meadows on 05/05/2015 at 11:39 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

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