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Re: “The Henpeck Market

While the food at the Henpeck Market is a standout for the area, the service is deplorable. One would expect to be enveloped in southern hospitality as sweet as the iced tea, but not here. It is as if your presence is a nuisance to the hostess and waitresses and they go out of their way to avoid eye contact with you. It is truly a shame as the food is stellar. From the daily hot bar preparations to the menu items, everything is flavorful, well prepared, and seasoned perfectly. If you are not ready to bolt out the door from the poor service at the end of your meal, the desserts are amazing. They are a throwback to exact replicas of what your grandma made. Sweet, prepared with love, and tasty. Too bad that the service doesn't match the food. It if did, you likely would have to wait in line for hours just to get in this place.

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Posted by FranklinLocal on 12/02/2014 at 10:37 AM

Re: “Antonios' of Nashville

On the advice of a local (who takes her family here often) we tried Antonios. From the condescending "I'll see if there is any place to seat you" after replying that we didn't have a reservation to the poor service and long wait for our food our dinner was a disaster. Our wait person was perky and knowledgeable taking our order. Salads were brought as ordered. We sat, and sat and sat. After 25 minutes she came back to tell us our dinners would be out in 2 minutes. Another 15 minutes later the manager came by and said our dinners would be right out. Another 15 minutes later it was, with 5 steak knives for 2 steaks as if that made things right. We ate our average meals and sat while staff walked by our table, not picking up our dishes on their way to the kitchen. We should have gotten up and walked out, paying the manager as we left. She came with the dessert tray (!) and I asked for the bill. After another 10 minutes waiting for my credit card to be picked up we put on our coats and she came running over. I asked her what the problems were. She said everything was OK. I stopped by to talk to the manager who told me it was the waitperson's fault for not turning in our ticket. I also talked to him about my experiences with staff who help each other out-or not as is the case in this place. He told me he hoped we would come back again. Why would we when there are so many other wonderful places to eat where they treat you like a valued customer instead of the red headed step child? We were at a workshop so there are now 13 people and their friends and family who will be spreading the word that this is a place to avoid.

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Posted by Mary on 11/20/2014 at 4:29 PM

Re: “Coco's Italian Market & Kitchen

Cafe Coco's freschetta makes me happy inside...

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Posted by Fred Hibbert on 11/19/2014 at 9:01 PM

Re: “Donk's Bar & Grill

They have the best wings in town

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Posted by Jasmine Jordan on 11/03/2014 at 8:13 AM

Re: “Tavern

I go here every time I come to nashville! Their Tuscan Fries are TO DIE FOR, good wines, and great teryaki skewers. Literally you must try. Fantastic atmosphere too!

Posted by Blair Smith on 10/29/2014 at 6:43 PM

Re: “Dan McGuinness Irish Pub

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This year is going to be something you won't stop talking about. The block at Demonbreun will be thrwoing a Zombie Paintball Shoot and Pub Crawl all in one. On Friday the 31st, $30 will get you a writband to get into both spooky fuctions. If you dont want to partake in the paint ball shoot $20 will get you into the Pub Crawl. The Pub Crawl constist of not only 3 bars this year but 5 bars. (Two Bits and Dawg House included). Costume contests will happen at each location along with spooky drink specials. Best Halloween Pub Craw/Paint Ball shoot in town!!!
Zombie PaintBall Shoot: Tuesday the 28th through Saturday the 1st ALL AGES
Pub Crawl: Friday the 31st 21 and Over ONLY.

Posted by Sam on 10/23/2014 at 1:27 PM

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.

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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

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.

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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: “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

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