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Comment Archives: Locations: Goods & Services: Bars/Clubs

Re: “Wilhagan's

texas hold em on thursday

Posted by jonnoh7 on 10/05/2010 at 8:23 AM

Re: “Springwater

cmon and get u some

Posted by jonnoh7 on 10/05/2010 at 8:18 AM

Re: “Sambuca

I've dined at Sambuca many a night and have never had anything less than a great experience. The service is always exceptional, the food is better than phenomenal, and there's something fun happening onstage nightly. Mike Reynolds is one of Nashville's best bartenders and Chefs James Reesor and Mitchell Spivey are a great culinary duo. I'm always impressed and love to introduce friends to the Sambuca Scene. It's been one of the best things to hit the Gulch!

Posted by Hlawicki on 10/01/2010 at 3:48 PM

Re: “Blue Bar

I like this place, its got a laid back vibe ... not pretentious. I've seen some really talented artists come through during the week. Weekends are more for the dancing type, I would prefer to see a band.

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Samantha on 09/24/2010 at 10:54 AM

Re: “Vanderbilt's Langford Auditorium

I can’t believe David Dorfman Dance is coming to Nashville!! I have been waiting to see them for so long!

Posted by danceface on 09/20/2010 at 7:24 PM

Re: “F. Scott's Restaurant

For the sake of brevity, I will just touch upon F. Scott’s Restaurant and Jazz Bar, who boasts nightly jazz with rich, extravagant fare. Jazzy it may be, F. Scotts is far from cool; this vanilla ‘hotel lobby’ is a favorite among old wealth, and I mean old.

I came in after 9 p.m. for their half priced entree specials, during a happy hour so to speak. This is an incredible deal for their extravagant preparations, and after having dinner, wine, and dessert once already that evening, my wallet didn’t need anymore of a workout.

I showed up expecting to have my cake and eat it too; sitting to watch free jazz with a half-priced entree sounded like a great deal. But the jazz groups play in the bar section which is separate from the dining room: the only place half price entrees were available. Reluctantly I sat in the dining room and as I gazed about, folks triple my age dined quietly which made this space feel even more out of style than it already was. The decor was a lousy attempt at a 1920s theme, with a few art deco murals on the walls. The ambiance lacked intimacy and romance, unless you really wanted to impress your grandma (Atmosphere for romance -5). I was hoping for more of an east egg mansion feel or perhaps a downtown NYC speakeasy theme.

F. Scott’s ambiance disappointed but the food soothed with its use of ‘easy-pleaser ingredients’, which were essentially bacon and cream. The shear quantity of these fatty fillers unfairly biased my opinion with guilty pleasure, but I know better now. The menu at F. Scott’s is cohesive and extravagant. Dishes include a lot of components with bold flavors, and seem to be composed in creative and delicious ways. Regionally, I would classify its style as French-southern fusion, like many of Nashville’s fine restaurants. And of course, dishes are rich, so the health conscious should dine with discretion.

Cauliflower puree soup with lemon brown butter and cornmeal fried oyster $9

The dish came looking like it had a rough journey from kitchen to table; the brown butter had diverged from a cutesy squirt design, to a hot, runny mess (Presentation -1). Aside from aesthetics, the soup was delicious. But basic it was, with an extremely high cream to cauliflower ratio (Use of easy-pleasers -1). The cornmeal fried oyster added a nice brininess to the round flavors of the soup and showed a bit of creativity. A chardonnay paired nicely with this bowl of cream, but the combination of the wine and oyster, was spectacular. The lemon was lost in the brown butter, leaving just butter. And ultimately, it was this pool of butter on top of cream that left me feeling quite fat (Use of easy-pleasers -1, Sin factor +1).

REVAMPED Cauliflower puree soup with lemon gastrique, brown butter, and cornmeal fried oyster $9

The menu description was not deceiving; I expected lots of cream, and the inclusion of butter was disclosed. The only aspect I would change is the lemon component. A separate lemon gastrique along side of the brown butter would have really made the soup pop.

Rainbow trout with fennel and bacon, greens and roasted red pepper-scallion butter $27 ($13.50 after 9 p.m.)

My entree arrived looking much more presentable than the soup. Two identical roulades of trout stood at either end of a long rectangular plate. Local greens rested under the fish and ‘red pepper-scallion butter’ was pooled about. It was visually appealing, and if you really like butter and bacon, this dish had an affinity to the heart, in a very threatening way. In this extremely rich ‘up do’ of trout, there was too much grease and butter, and frankly more fat could not have been squeezed into this dish. Let’s break it down. After trout, there was fennel, which according to the menu, was a feature. Then came the bacon, and finally the market greens which were smothered in what F. Scott's has called a roasted red pepper-scallion brown butter. This brown butter appeared more like diced roasted red peppers and scallions in brown butter. The dish sounded good on paper, looked good on a plate, but tasted like microwave pizza. Well sort of, the roasted red pepper, smokey bacon, and shear fat content reminded me of pizza. The smokiness of Benton’s bacon was so overbearing that I tasted not much else (Flavor pairing fundamentals -2). The roasted pepper and butter came through, like they would, but the fennel was completely lost in the smoke. Even the trout was hard to taste, which on a side note, was over done. This over doneness was disguised by the quantity of added fat in the dish (Doneness precision -2). This dish was also very salty and I must revoke a point here (Use of salt -1). Ultimately this dish was pretty good in a really smokey, unhealthy way (Use of easy-pleasers -2). I also preemptively deduct one point for ‘Health dish execution’ because I have a hunch that this would be out of F. Scott’s comfort zone (Health dish execution -1).

REVAMPED Rainbow trout with fennel and bacon, greens and roasted red pepper-scallion butter $27 ($13.50 after 9 p.m.)

I would have not used Benton's bacon, it's just too smokey and pedestrian for high cuisine. Prosciutto would have been perfect wrapped in the trout roulade. Fennel is too delicate for all the big flavors of butter, ham, and red pepper. I think the dish would have worked well without it.

Additional grudged deductions:

F. Scott's has no sex appeal (Sex factor -3)
The waitstaff bored me just like the crowd (Waitstaff enthusiasm -2)

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1. Menu cohesion 0
2. Pricing 0
3. Beverage pairings -1
4. Atmosphere for romance -5
5. Cleanliness 0
6. Waitstaff competence 0
7. Waitstaff enthusiasm -2
8. Overall management 0
9. Flavor pairing fundamentals -2
10. Flavor pairing originality 0
11. Texture Profile 0
12. Use of "easy-pleasers" -4
13. Use of salt -1
14. Doneness precision -2
15. Dish sin factor +1
16. Dish sex factor -3
17. Presentation -1
18. Dish practicality 0
19. Healthful dish execution -1
20. Kitchen speed 0

1st visit (100-21 = 79)
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2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by DanielBF on 09/20/2010 at 4:17 PM

Re: “Commodore Lounge

Janey Leigh...the next big thing...whata beautiful voice!! keep your eyes pealed folks!

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by simhunt on 09/14/2010 at 9:12 PM

Re: “B.B. King's Blues Club

Always ejoy myself at BB Kings.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Elboogie on 09/14/2010 at 3:43 PM

Re: “Cool Beans Restaurant & Tavern

Best place to drink cold beer and eat a great cheeseburger on the UT Strip!!
Go Vols

Posted by cbhowie on 09/08/2010 at 5:35 PM

Re: “417 Union

oiiiiiiiiii vovo tudo bem eu estou morrendo de saudade

Posted by marcela on 09/02/2010 at 1:48 PM

Re: “Cafe Coco

LOVE the hummus and pita!

Posted by Wickedactress09 on 08/31/2010 at 5:15 PM

Re: “The Station Inn

We were there last month and Vince Gil and Toby Keith played as well. Vince plays with The Time Jumpers whenever he is in town. awesome show and a great time every time we go!

7 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Let It Ride Mike on 08/23/2010 at 8:10 PM

Re: “The Stage on Broadway

The best damn bar in Nashville!!! Thnx The Stage for being my first hang out in Nashville and my only hang out haha! I'm a true fan....

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Divanurse on 08/21/2010 at 9:51 AM

Re: “The Stage on Broadway

The Stage is the best bar to me because it has clean restrooms, awesome bartenders, the koolest security (sexy too), lots of history, and the best music in Nashville. Plenty of room to dance well unless its Friday/Saturday night and then it's packed because everyone knows that the Stage is where it's happening. All kinds of music and on Monday night it's Twang-Free 70's and 80's with the Randy Nations Band. They are the best band in Nashville to me. Also if you are a real fan and love to meet the stars then The Stage is the place to be. I've met so many stars and have had my picture made with them esp on Monday nights. The Stage is a very clean bar compared to some of the other ones. It's pretty bad when customers and staff from other bars come to The Stage to use the bathroom because the other bars..not mentioning any names are nasty! Thnx, The Stage staff, for a great place to meet new people and have a great night with great music and friends!

Karen Pacini, RN

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Divanurse on 08/21/2010 at 9:47 AM

Re: “Ri'Chard's Louisiana Cafe

Positively DELIGHTFUL in every way! TREMENDOUS food. FRIENDLY people. INCREDIBLE music. COOL atmosphere with or without the kids! I'm sure I'm leaving something out... AWESOME from A-Z :) !!!

Posted by kfintel on 08/12/2010 at 8:49 AM

Re: “Ri'Chard's Louisiana Cafe

I was in Nashville and visited Richard's. As a Louisiana Native I know good cajun food, and they have it! The atmosphere and service was great also. A must visit for anyone who wants to Lassaiz les bons temps rouler

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Posted by csolar on 08/09/2010 at 11:51 PM

Re: “Ri'Chard's Louisiana Cafe

Okay - I admit - I have a long-standing love affair with Jambalaya. When I go to New Orleans I usually study the menu carefully and then order it at every restaurant that offers it. And I usually end up thinking, "Nice, but not as good as Ri'Chard's."

My other favorite thing about the place is that it's only 15 minutes from my house in Hillsboro Village, but it's like going to a different world out there in the green countryside. And when you get there, they greet you like family. It's a great example of why locally-owned places have it all over the corporate chains.

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Posted by nashvillebabs on 08/07/2010 at 8:49 AM

Re: “Ri'Chard's Louisiana Cafe

The food is authentic, and very well prepared, and I agree the atmosphere is fun, but the music is the feature at Richard's. Being a pretty fair songwriter himself, Richard has attracted pretty high level talent, to play in this intimate atmosphere. You never know who will see there, from touring acts, to hit songwriters, and a very interesting selection of up and coming writers as well. We get in there as often as we can.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by spectator on 08/01/2010 at 9:40 PM

Re: “Flying Saucer Draught Emporium

The saucer offers a very knowledgeable staff. They can tell you what beer you will probably like, even if you aren't much of a beer drinker. It is very relaxed and has lots of comfortable seating. The beer garden is a great place to hang out, especially when the garage doors are open.

Posted by RUDY on 07/24/2010 at 6:15 PM

Re: “Municipal Auditorium

I WOULD HAVE TO SAY THAT A PLAY YOU WOULD WANT TO SEE IS WOMAN TO WOMAN. LOCAL LADY FROM CLARKSVILLE, TN AND HER CAST PERFORMED THIS PLAY AT AUSTIN PEAY UNIVERSITY AND IT WAS OFF THE CHAIN. ALL THE CAST COULD SING AND DID A GREAT JOB PERFORMING AND MINISTERING. I WAS TOLD THAT THEY WILL DO THE PLAY OVER IN SEPTEMBER AT AUSTIN PEAY AND THEN BRING IT TO NASHVILLE IN NOVEMBER. YOU HAVE TO SEE THIS PLAY. SO LOOK OUT FOR IT

Posted by INHIMITRUST on 07/24/2010 at 9:41 AM

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