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Comment Archives: Locations

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.

Posted by Tulsa_Marco on 10/18/2014 at 8:04 PM

Re: “Belle Meade Plantation

Poor, ungrammatical writing ruins the whole thing!

Posted by anonymous on 10/18/2014 at 6:33 PM

Re: “Rippy's Smokin' Bar & Grill

I found several choices for a pulled pork sandwich walking the streets of Nashville. Same for live entertainment. I selected Rippy's because of the music coming from 3 guys playing acoustic guitar that was drifting from the inviting open front. There was a female signing on the rooftop too, but I never made it upstairs. Food A+, service was quick, friendly, music was good, and everyone was accommodating. Perfect choice for that beautiful Sunday afternoon.

Posted by Doug on 10/16/2014 at 12:24 PM

Re: “Dino's Bar & Grill

Dino's cant be long for this world. When you visit, you'll see why. But do yourself a favor and TRY THIS PLACE OUT - it's amazing and everyone loves it. THe best greasy spoon I've ever been to.

Posted by G on 10/11/2014 at 6:12 PM

Re: “Fieldhouse Bar & Grill

My wife and I ate here on a Wednesday shortly after they opened. We were excited to try the food after being given a recommendation by a friend about the food and beer specials. The menu had some great options all centered around bacon. The servers were friendly. We were enjoying it so much we got 3 of our friends to come join us.

My wife and I have been looking for a place to do weekly trivia and after being told that The Field House would have trivia every Tuesday we were excited to make that our regular place.

Then our check came. Upon looking at the Facebook page of The Field House, it says that their happy hour included 2-for-1 drafts. Upon arriving at the restaurant, there is a sign that states 2-for-1 drafts. Upon being welcomed by our server, we are again told the special is 2-for-1 drafts. No restrictions are mentioned. I proceeded to order craft beers expecting that they would be included in the deal.

When we received our check my beers were all full price, which is when I was told by my server that the deal only included domestic drafts. My server agreed that this was confusing and got the manager to handle the situation. This is where things went from bad to worse.

The manager, Ash, approached our table and proceeded to explain to me that “it was 2-for-1 drafts, but they did not say which drafts.” He made this statement with an incredible amount of smugness as if he had tricked me into getting full price beers. As if his misleading advertisement worked and he was happy about it. Ash made no offers to make corrections to the check, because apparently it was my fault for not asking to clarify the specials they advertised.

To be clear, I was not that upset with the confusion and had the check been cleared up this one time I would have loved to come back and get domestic drafts. But because Ash chose to treat me the way he did and for choosing to not take the $8 off my check I will refuse to go back here. I will not support a business that benefits him.

Posted by Cole D. Rogers on 10/09/2014 at 11:10 AM

Re: “Ms. Kellis Karaoke Bar

I'm writing this review as a current employee and former regular. Never in my life have I experienced a bar quite like Ms. Kelli's. It has it's hi's and lows, but most of all it's an amazing and fantastical place. Between the amazing patrons who come through, whether it be to sing or just to hang out, and the amazing family of staff there, I can honestly say I have found my home. We have a good time, and that's the bottom line. I won't address any negative experiences because , well it's karaoke, there's always going to be something lol, but I will say this, I would recommend this bar over any other to everyone I know. Trust me, I already have.

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Posted by JC Rucker on 10/02/2014 at 12:15 PM

Re: “Pour House Burgers, Bourbons & Brews

TL;DR: Service is spotty, food is mediocre, though they have a great booze selection and are very kind to drunks.

Like others, I was wondering what they were building for all those months in front of Frugal MacDoogal's. I'm also wondering why more businesses don't put up some kind of "coming soon" sign while they are being built. Before I get too far along, I want to explain my rating. I was torn between 3 and 4 stars. Since they are new (and hopefully improving), I went with a 4, but my rating might have also been inspired a little by the round of Woodford Reserve Four Wood bourbon my friend bought us!

A couple of guys in our group do enjoy their bourbons and they were the main reason we ended up here. When we are out, they will order typically want something fancy like Blanton's while I'm happy with Jim Beam or a beer. Everyone in our group likes burgers though, and we agree that the food was good, not the best ever but not bad. My cheeseburger was big and cooked right and the sweet potato fries were tasty.

The environment is very nice and the beer and spirits selections are impressive. Didn't take long to get service once we seated ourselves, but we were so loud it was probably hard to ignore us. Prices are reasonable and we think the potential there, especially once the weather is good enough to take advantage of the outdoor seating.

I've wandered in twice minutes before closing after ragers at the breweries down the road, and they've been kind enough to let me buy their last plates of the night and get me a cab. Super nice of them, and I won't begrudge them my money for it!

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Posted by Sam Kelleren on 09/27/2014 at 10:10 AM

Re: “Coyote Ugly Saloon

10 minutes for a drink in an empty bar with 3 bartender! Not entertaining just standing & texting. Rude door guy! Overpriced gift shop even for a tourist area.

Posted by Brenda Monday Vinokurov on 09/25/2014 at 1:52 AM

Re: “Cracker Barrel Old Country Store

Have eaten at this store hundreds of times' but have recently felt both food and service Have fallen short. Going to try Dickson CB to see if its just this location or the franchise is going bad.

Posted by Frank Gross on 09/20/2014 at 7:57 PM

Re: “Giovanni Ristorante

Absolutely love this restaurant- it is pricey- but it's delicious and worth it. Also, it's cool to go to see who you will run into there- a lot of celebrities that live in Nashville eat there frequently. If you are tight on cash- I wouldn't go there - but if you want to have a nice meal- definitely check it out

Posted by Abi Provow on 09/18/2014 at 5:15 PM

Re: “Edley's Bar-B-Que

I've been dying to try out Edley's since we moved back to Nashville a few months ago. I had some errands to run in town this morning, so I took the opportunity to add barbecue to my to-do list.

Edley's is in the up-and-coming 12 South neighborhood of Nashville, which I think was mostly just residential when we lived here eight years ago. The atmosphere is a good combination of modern and rustic. It's a lively place with a full bar, so I might be back for happy hour sometime soon. The line to order had nearly doubled within a few minutes of my 11:30 arrival. Clearly this joint is a local favorite.

I don't normally do barbecue sandwiches, but Edley's Tuck Special sounded too good to resist: a brisket sandwich with house made spicy pimento cheese, an over-easy egg, red and white barbecue sauces, and pickles. It doesn't get much more Southern than that. Well, I suppose they could have added a fried something-or-other, but I digress. I decided to make my Tuck a combo with potato salad and mac-n-cheese on the side.

The mayonnaise-based potato salad was very tasty. Skin-on potatoes were a good choice. There was much more potato than veggie in the mix, which worked well here. The macaroni was far from basic Easy Mac. I really enjoyed the crumbly topping and spices. It was gooey and creamy from the various cheeses they use, and was much better than the mac and cheese I usually find in my barbecue travels.

It was hard to decide exactly how to tackle the towering Tuck Special, so I assembled a pile of napkins and dove right in. Wow, this sandwich was deliciously complex! I managed to find a few bits of plain brisket, which had a great smoky flavor as well as a slight spiciness. The meat was very tender, due in part to the fattier slices I received. Edley's pimento cheese comes out almost like a patty and definitely has some heat to it as well. The addition of the mayo-based white barbecue sauce was really interesting, while the pickles added acidity, sweetness, and a much-needed crunch. I wasn't sure how the egg would play out, but it actually tied everything together beautifully. This sandwich was incredible all the way around!

I'll always be a sucker for the classics, but Edley's proves that barbecue doesn't necessarily have to be simple to be amazing. I will definitely be back to sample their more traditional barbecue items.

Read my full review, complete with pictures:

The Barbecue Fiend

http://barbecuefiend.blogspot.com/2014/09/…

Posted by The Barbecue Fiend on 09/16/2014 at 2:29 PM

Re: “Pour House Burgers, Bourbons & Brews

Great good, great service, great drinks!! New favorite in Nashville!! Chip and Kendra are the best bartenders!'

Posted by Crystal Ann Fields on 09/13/2014 at 5:22 PM

Re: “The Cave

I attended all 4 events at The Cave this past week and am VERY enthused about this series and the venue. Jim Williamson and The Cave are an awesome combination. Keep the music flowing! Donna Venardi

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Posted by Donna Venardi on 09/13/2014 at 3:03 PM

Re: “Carmike Hickory 8

this theater has got it going on. new screens and clean. just right for people who enjoy movies and can't afford bigger cinemas. popcorn is great and specials on tuesdays. it's located right where a theater should be for this area. check it out.

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Posted by bev on 09/12/2014 at 9:06 PM

Re: “Jack's BarBCue

I caught the scent of delicious hickory smoke wafting through the parking lot. This was a good sign. I "checked in" on Yelp and received an offer for "1 free Hand Rub." Despite the obvious and hilarious double entendre, I declined the offer. I prefer to make my own rubs.

After a quick perusal of the menu, I decided to make my 3 Meat Combo a true cross-section of America: Tennessee pork shoulder, Texas beef brisket, and St. Louis pork ribs. For my two sides, I picked potato salad and mac & cheese. Their combos also come with either cornbread or toast, which is a no-brainer of a decision.

The mac & cheese was creamy and cheesy, but nothing special. The potato salad was slightly sweet, with just enough mustard to help the taste without being overpowering. Their cornbread has a flaky consistency similar to pound cake, and was equally as sweet. This was a great palate cleanser in between the side dishes and the main event.

I ended up with a leaner cut of brisket, which despite my fears was actually very tender. My slices had a dark black crust and a deep red smoke ring. The flavors were really nice, and there was plenty of smoke. It wasn't quite the Central Texas brisket I hoped for, but it was still very good.

The pork shoulder had a nice smoky hue and lots of bark mixed throughout. The meat was tender, but bordering on mushy. The bark packed the most flavor, though the rest also had a nice taste. There was a decent amount of smoke here too.

Their St. Louis ribs had a good crust and a decent smoke ring. They weren't as meaty as I would have liked, but the flavors were great. Each bite had ample smoke, although some coarse black pepper would have made the crust even better. The meat was tender, succulent, and juicy, but not falling off the bone. And yes, that's a good thing.

Surprisingly, the pulled pork shoulder was my favorite part of this meaty trio. I usually find myself unimpressed by pulled pork, but Jack's proved that any meat can be fantastic if you know how to smoke it.

Read my full review, complete with pictures:

The Barbecue Fiend

http://barbecuefiend.blogspot.com/2014/03/jacks-bar-b-que-nashville-tn.html

Posted by Jared Kocurek on 09/05/2014 at 2:32 PM

Re: “The Dog

You'll find this place in an old converted house just south of campus. Despite the meek, unassuming facade, it has lots of atmosphere and character inside. The decor is a bit haphazard, but I liked it. There is also a large outdoor patio that I'm sure plays well with the nearby coeds.

I ordered exactly what I came for: The Barnyard Dog. This bad boy comes with pulled pork, bbq sauce, and coleslaw. Fabulous!

Most places offering a "bbq hotdog" simply drizzle a little sauce and call it good, but not The Dog. I ended up with heaping portions of slaw and pulled pork. The big, plump hotdog was a great support structure for the hefty toppings. The crunchy slaw paired really well with the tender pork, and the sugary sweet sauce tied everything together nicely. On the down side, I couldn't find any smoke, but that's really my only complaint.

Obviously a hotdog pales in comparison to true barbecue (especially if you're a Texan), but this dog was delicious in its own right. I'll definitely be back.

Read my full review, complete with pictures:

The Barbecue Fiend

http://barbecuefiend.blogspot.com/2014/03/the-dog-of-nashville-nashville-tn.html

Posted by Jared Kocurek on 09/05/2014 at 2:31 PM

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

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