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Re: “Rippy's Smokin' Bar & Grill

Downtown Nashville is an awesome place for live music, but surprisingly there aren't just too many barbecue joints to pick from. Jack's has a prominent place on Broadway (Nashville's main drag), and although their 'que is delicious, the line usually stretches halfway to the Cumberland River. I found Rippy's across the street and hoped it would be good, too. Fingers crossed.

Not to be outdone, Rippy's had live music going tonight. The old 90s country was actually really good. Nashville is the kind of city where it's not at all unusual to see folks two-stepping in the middle of a restaurant. All in all, this place had a really pleasant atmosphere.

I ordered a Half Portion Dinner (6 bones) of Rippy's Signature Ribs. The ribs come with two sides, so I picked potato salad and onion rings. The menu didn't specify whether the ribs were wet or dry, but I hoped for the latter.

The potato salad was nice and creamy. It had a great flavor, and I thoroughly enjoyed the crunch from the pickles, etc. I also liked that the mustard base wasn't overpowering. The onion rings looked fresh rather than frozen. They had a great batter and were fried nice and golden. This was an excellent pick for a side dish.

Much to my delight, the ribs came with a dry rub. I was able to cut them apart with minimal effort, suggesting that they were slightly overdone. They had a great smoke level, which matched perfectly with the evident smoke ring. My main issue with the ribs was the inconsistency. The first bite was fairly spicy, coupled with just a touch of sweetness. It was also decently tender. Other bites were more bland and weren't spicy at all, and the meat nearest the center was a bit dry. I was surprised to find so many differences in only seven inches of meat.

Rippy's wasn't the best barbecue I've ever had, but it was certainly passable. I'd go back for the drinks and music, although I'd likely order a burger instead.

Read my full review, complete with pictures:

The Barbecue Fiend

http://barbecuefiend.blogspot.com/2014/07/rippys-nashville-tn.html

Posted by Jared Kocurek on 09/05/2014 at 2:27 PM

Re: “Judge Bean's BBQ

As a native Texan, Judge Bean unsurprisingly and thankfully gravitates toward brisket rather than pulled pork. A man after my own heart. He is also apparently a descendent of the infamous Texas lawman Judge Roy Bean, which is just awesome.

Part of me was anticipating a counter-service barbecue joint, but Judge Bean's uses waitresses. As I frequently do when dining alone, I saddled up to the bar. The very friendly bartender took great care of me. In fact, everyone I encountered here was exceptionally welcoming. Clearly the staff has been instructed on the finer points of Texas charm as well as Texas 'que.

Since Judge Bean's specializes in Texas-style barbecue, and since I was feeling a little homesick, a Texas Trinity was in order. I got their 3-Meat Smokehouse Combo with brisket, ribs, and sausage, as well as potato salad and cowboy beans for my two sides. I also couldn't help tacking on a piece of their so-called Texas Sushi for good measure.

My Texas Sushi appetizer came out first. What you have here is a jalapeno stuffed with sausage and cream cheese, wrapped in brisket. It's kind of like a California roll, except for men. The brisket had a nice smoke ring and was quite tender despite being a leaner cut of meat. I found a great hit of smoke and heat in each bite, tempered nicely by the cream cheese. Good thing I had a big glass of sweet tea to cool things down. The entire thing was absolutely fantastic.

I enjoyed their mayonnaise-based potato salad, which was a nice change of pace from the mustard-based potato salads I usually find in my travels. Without the overpowering mustard flavors, I could really taste the pickles and pimento. According to the menu, the cowboy beans are "not a sleeping partners favorite," so I'll apologize in advance to my wife. The beans had a ton of flavor, and there was definitely some spiciness to them.

The brisket had a deep red smoke ring which perfectly matched the equally smoky flavor. The dark black bark was also extremely tasty. Though lean, the brisket was magnificently tender. What little fat there was had been rendered beautifully. In addition to signifying the proper cooking time/temperature, this also tells me that Judge Bean's truly cares about their product.

Barbecued sausage seems to be a rare find in Middle Tennessee, so the Czech in me was happy to see it at Judge Bean's. The casings were very crisp, with each bite "popping" in my mouth. I could really taste the smoke, which isn't always the case with sausage. This was most assuredly not made in-house, but it was still really tasty.

These ribs didn't have as much of a crust as I was expecting. I did, however, appreciate that they weren't served drowning in sauce. The meat was very tender, but sadly had no bone retention. Perhaps this was an attempt to appease local demands for "falling-off-the-bone" ribs. That being said, they had a nice smoke level and an all-around great flavor.

Next time I eat at Judge Bean's, I may just order up a dozen pieces of Texas Sushi and call it good.

Read my full review, complete with pictures:

The Barbecue Fiend
http://barbecuefiend.blogspot.com/2014/09/judge-beans-bar-b-que-brentwood-tn.html

Posted by Jared Kocurek on 09/05/2014 at 2:15 PM

Re: “Bricks Café

My wife and I have been going to this Brick's location for over 4 years. One of the hardest things today in any restaurant we go to, is to get a combination of good food and good service. In Bricks we get both, the meals are moderately priced, there's always a great variety. In the 4 years that we've been going there, every meal has been excellent. The Servers are true professionals and down to earth. Their Scallops wrapped in bacon are to die for. all their appetizers are amazing. Can't say enough, GO There, you won't be dissappointed

Posted by VitoF on 09/04/2014 at 4:55 PM

Re: “The Local Taco

Best margaritas EVER!!! The food is delicious with unique specials every day. I love that they use fresh ingredients and they also utilize our local growers and Tennesse products!! Staff is friendly and will go out of their way to make your visit a great one.

Posted by Marta Gibbs on 08/27/2014 at 12:49 PM

Re: “Mixed Grill Cafe

Great service and great food. And they deliver!

Posted by Adrianna on 08/26/2014 at 8:07 PM

Re: “Family Wash

I absolutely LOVED the chicken pot pie.

Posted by emannon007 on 08/23/2014 at 8:15 PM

Re: “Bombay Palace

Hands down best Indian food around! Not to mention that from the waiters to the environment and authenticity. I don't believe I've ever said delicious so many times in one sitting. The flavor and smell of everything is why I'm coming back.

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Posted by froreese21 on 08/17/2014 at 6:14 PM

Re: “Joe's Place

My friends and I have been here quite a few times for karaoke and have had a good time. We had let slide, the bartender being rude to us a few times cause we had fun while we were here but it's gotten out of hand. Last night, the bartender actually told my friend that "if he didn't tip her, she wasn't going to serve him", but this was when he went and ordered his first drink. She eventually started telling everyone at the bar that we weren't tipping her(even though I had already left her a dollar for each beer I had). I went up to pay my last tab and heard everyone around me talking about one of the guys I was with, talking about he wasn't going to get any more beer. He wasn't even drunk. Next thing I knew, we were being recorded on someone's phone while he called us "non tipping mother fu*kers". I went and said something to them and the girl got up and was arguing with me. Then the guy who works there, threw me in a choke hold(keep in mind I'm 5'2). I ended up punching a guy who told me "I was a dead motherfu*cker", then I was grabbed by the throat, again, by the guy who works there and escorted out. Needless to say, My friends and I will never be back to this bar. I don't know how they are able to have such rude service.

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Posted by Jaime Hilliard on 08/17/2014 at 12:58 PM

Re: “Pizza Perfect

Best Pizza anywhere in town. Love the pizza... the calzones, ravioli, and great customer service... make you feel like family.

Posted by cknwings on 08/11/2014 at 10:20 PM

Re: “T.G.I. Friday's

Closed

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Posted by Nashvillian on 08/08/2014 at 10:16 AM

Re: “Otter's Chicken Tenders [CLOSED]

Closed.

Posted by ChickenFan on 08/08/2014 at 10:15 AM

Re: “Prince's Hot Chicken Shack

i eat here 3 times a week and i love the food i hate the waiting process but i understand why i have to wait. i love my food fresh. keep up the good work my family support the hot chicken life lol.

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by janie truth on 08/01/2014 at 12:15 PM

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: “Logue's Black Raven Emporium

Cool venue with great atmosphere.

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Posted by Ricko Donovan on 07/25/2014 at 12:39 PM

Re: “Big Bang Piano Bar

Fun, fun, fun! Dueling pianos with audience sing along featuring top shelf players and entertainers. Excellent cocktails and service. Party atmosphere. You will be rocked!

Posted by Lee Leatherwood on 07/23/2014 at 11:12 PM

Re: “Vibe Entertainment Complex

Enforcing political correctness is censorship. If one is to believe certain racist, sexist and otherwise insensitive or discriminatory ideas and behaviors are bad, it makes sense that we want to stop them. But by forcing people to use specific terminology or avoid certain conversation topic is also a bad behavior and we want to stop them.

My opinions of this show would make liberals make assumptions about my character, it disrespects me and it also diminishes my identity. I went to see Casey Campfield The Musical because I thought it was going to be funny. I was wrong. It was mean spirited, rude and the people turned hostile to me when I showed my displeasure over the play.

There was NO reason to admonish me for not believing the ways YOU think and act have mindful, respectful behavior.

I came in expecting to have a good time. I left hostile and very angry. These very people who work, play and enjoy The Vibe were expecting me to accept their way of life yet wanted to ask me to leave the play because they would not afford me the same respect.

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Posted by Republican and Proud on 07/12/2014 at 7:56 PM

Re: “Bricktop's

Run away if anyone asks you to go to brunch there. The decor is the best thing I can say about this place. For the first time in my life, I left a restaurant hungry and had to get something to eat afterwards after spending $60 at this culinary dump! I ordered the hueos rancheros which was two eggs laced with a little sauce on two corn tortillas. It was six bites and nothing else on the plate. No black beans no salso and no chorizo as advertised on the menu. I should have sent it back the minute I saw it. Unbelievable. I should have taken a picture with my cell phone. You would not have believed it.

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Posted by Disappointed and Ripped Off on 06/29/2014 at 9:35 PM

Re: “Caney Fork River Valley Grille

WARNING: Unacceptable - NO service.

We arrive at approximately 11:30 on Sunday morning and requested a table for two. The table we were offered was not want we wanted so we asked for another (note: only 3 other parties were in the establishment). The greater apparently did not like our request and mumbled something, but she did seat us at the table we requested.

We waited and waited, no one came to wait on us. Twice we requested service from passing wait staff. Neither responded. After 20 minutes and at 4 new parties being seated and served their meal, we left.

Posted by Randy on 06/29/2014 at 12:41 PM

Re: “Brewhouse West

So apparently if you are gay then you are not welcome here at all. Twice now I have been told I have to leave because of my sexual orientation. I have not bothered anyone else, nor have I forced my beliefs on anyone because I believe everyone has their right to their own opinion. I can not say I have had a good experience here ever. Some of the staff are okay but overall the faculty are assholes who will not listen to a thing you say to defend yourself and try to make matters easy. Instead they will tell you that you have to leave because of your orientation. This place is a close minded faction that I can only hope will be closed down soon because of their mindless opinions.

4 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Brian Buttrey on 06/28/2014 at 12:20 AM

Re: “Bobby's Idle Hour

Best bar in Nashville! The locals at this bar are the friendliest and funniest group I've met. Felt like I was walking into a friend's living room rather than into a bar I've never been in before. Love the vibe, the people and the music!

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Posted by casper on 06/25/2014 at 8:01 PM

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