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Comment Archives: Locations: Food and Drink: Contemporary: 4 Stars

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: “The Yellow Porch

My wife and I set out about two years ago to work our way through the local restaurants by having a Saturday lunch at a different restaurant every week. The Yellow Porch has certainly made tour goal difficult as we seem to have been pulled back to this (almost) hidden treasure in Berry Hill.Of late we seem to find excuse to route our errands down Thompson Lane and oh! There's The Yellow Porch. Let's grab a quick cup of celery bleau cheeze soup as long as we're this close. We are always treated as friends dropping in and not as customers and as we look around it seems everyone else has the same impression. Please keep up the good work.

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Posted by JD on 02/21/2013 at 11:38 AM

Re: “Holland House

coolest bar i've been to in a while original, excellent drinks would have been 5 stars but only thing i ate was 1 oyster and it was bad

Posted by paul8700 on 09/15/2012 at 11:52 AM

Re: “F. Scott's Restaurant

I like it.

Posted by Mike on 04/07/2012 at 1:04 PM

Re: “Sambuca

My wife took me on my birthday and we both loved it. Jason, our server, was very attentive and concerned about our experience. I had the filet which melted in my mouth and my wife, who is vegetarian, they made her something that was not on the menu but loaded with vegis and tasted great. The entire experience was great, I'll be sure to go back.

Posted by Live to Eat on 04/14/2011 at 10:49 AM

Re: “Firefly Grille

I loved the MacNCheese! Ryan made us awesome drinks, and the patio was also very nice. I'll definitely be returning with friends.

Posted by spoon on 05/31/2010 at 1:39 PM

Re: “Sunset Grill [Closed]

Very good place to go eat if you have a $100 burning a hole in your pocket... The food is amazing and beautifully presented on your plate. Fantastic wine selection as well.. But it is not cheap. If you are looking to go on a nice romantic evening with your loved one Sunset is very nice. The only reason it is not a 5 star rating is because of the entree prices..

Posted by brandon on 05/12/2010 at 4:13 PM

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