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Comment Archives: Locations: Spaces & Places: 3 Stars

Re: “12South Taproom

The Taproom has elements of the ideal beer bar, but the full package still eludes Nashville.

The good:

-Variegated selection, especially if you like West Coast beers
-Decent local representation

The bad:

-Imbalanced regional representation (Too much GA, not enough NC/VA)
-Overpriced and forgettable food. This tends to be a problem with beer bars because it's a good business model: get a couple beers down your patrons' gullets and their standards are lower, so you don't have to try as hard. Can't say I blame them.
-Overwhelming noise inside

What to fix:

-Make good use of the real ale rig and serve more cask beer
-Cut food prices 15% or step up your game
-Do something about the noise inside: Quieter music, acoustic panels, rugs, etc.

Some good other suggestions below…

Posted by Sam Kelleren on 03/11/2015 at 3:51 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

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

Re: “Chase's Sports Bar & Grill

This could be a great club...nice décor, great dance floor and PA/lights. Unfortunately the club has placed them into a smoky-"biker/sports" bar niche, limiting the scope of the crowd they might be able to attract. They have pretty good food but a very limited menu. If they would shift their focus to being a restaurant with great food that had live music, and featured activities, they would attract a broader spectrum of people, who would travel greater distances to the club (that would not do so for a smoke filled music venue, with a only a typical bar food menu). I hope Chase figures out the correct formula to make this club successful. The Middle TN music scene could use a good vibrant high class music venue in the Hendersonville area.

Posted by TB on 08/31/2013 at 2:03 PM

Re: “12South Taproom

Great bar and great atmosphere. The menu looks promising but the execution leaves something to be desired. We had 3 entrees and 2 appetizers everything was significantly under seasoned which was rather unfortunate because like I said previously their food looks great on paper. As far as the selection of beers go it is 2nd to none. The bartender was very helpful recommending new draft selections.

The Good:
Great Atmosphere
Great Beer Selection
Good Prices

The Mediocre:
Food Execution
The crowd - total Hipster bar (if you are into that kinda thing its great)

Posted by Nashville Visitor on 11/14/2011 at 10:50 PM

Re: “Sambuca

My anniversary was marred by the lousy singer and her accompanyist. The wait staff was pleasant enough, but the food was on the small side for the price and the wine, a half bottle, was a bit on the high side for only a half-bottle.

The singer was doing a countrified version of Sade, and my husband is a big Sade buff, so it just put him out. All in all, the cost plus the mediocre to not good at all entertainment made it the moderate experience it was.

Posted by Smarmy Snodsnick on 11/03/2011 at 4:18 PM

Re: “12South Taproom

Great selection of beer obviously and a great atmosphere!

Posted by LDphoto on 02/09/2011 at 11:48 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)

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)

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by DanielBF on 09/20/2010 at 4:17 PM

Re: “Fulin's Asian Cuisine

u need to be open on holidays so more people can visit ur restraunt gosh
Rating Detail:
Food: 4
Service: 3
Atmosphere: 4
Value: 2
Overall: 3

Posted by savrina on 12/25/2009 at 12:08 PM

Re: “Chappy's

The ambiance of Chappy's was exactly what I would expect to find in a high end Cajun restaurant located outside of the French Quarter. It was well lit, had a very professional and courteous staff, and has décor of being a high-on-the-hog, off-Bourbon St restaurant. In fact the only thing I would change is a little Jazz or Zydeco playing in the background, and a bigger working area behind the bar and additional bartender for Saturday night(the poor gentleman was very overworked but doing a bang up job). Once seated (make reservations ahead of time), we were greeted by our waiter who gave a good attempt at explaining Cajun cuisine to me, not the best especially when talking to me but good enough for Music City clientèle . We were presented with a very well baked, leavened round bread which was served with four different butters(smoked alligator, strawberry, garlic, and plain) which were all uniquely good. And that is where my love affair with Chappy's ended... Since I have a strong passion about Cajun food I've chosen to evaluate each one individually from here on out. Appetizers: Turtle Soup au Sherry – The soup was very underwhelming and gave very little hint of Cajun seasoning, a common them I found. It was thinner than I expected almost to the point of being a turtle drink rather than turtle soup. The meat gave the very unique taste that it wasn't cleaned properly, most likely the suppliers fault. The bad taste of the turtle meat wasn't overpowering but it was there none the less and will ruin the best of turtle soups. The was no hint of boiled egg in mine, which is essential in turtle soup, and the sherry was just there. Fried green tomatoes – The tomatoes were lightly fried in flour and had a good taste. There was absolutely not even a hint of corn meal or corn flour used which is just faux pas with fried maters. The Hollandaise sauce was good but not worth writing home about. I'll get to the crawfish tail meat in a moment. Entrée: Crawfish Ettouffe - I was so disappointed in this dish that I need to break it down: The crawfish: These were of the Asian variety which tends to have a chalky texture to them. I was disappointed to find that a Chef hailing from New Orleans would not have a solid supplier for American crawfish. This might sound picky but Asian crawfish are not the same and won't bring first timers back to eat them, in fact I didn't finish mine. The rice: This was cooked well but again was not spicy, creole, or even the dirty recipe variety that one would expect in ettouffe or Cajun cuisine. Ettouffe: Meaning smothered. This may have been the only thing done right in this dish as there were plenty of the triad (onion, celery and bell peppers) and in proper proportions. Flavor and roux: These were by far the killers of my love affair with Chappy's. The flavor was completely lacking the “get in your mouth and dance a jig” that Cajun cuisine connoisseurs love. This is not to say that Cajun food should be overpoweringly spicy, it shouldn't but it should have a complex marriage of flavors that make your taste buds whoop and holler. The roux was a light roux and not the dark red variety that should be in an ettouffe, and it was undercooked. Roux: Roux is probably the single hardest and most essential part of Cajun dishes to master. There are two essential rules (more actually, but I'll keep it simple) to making roux. (1) If it smells scorched, throw it out and start over, and (2) The flour must be completely cooked and then removed from heat to stop the cooking process prior to moving forward with it in a dish. It was the second rule that Chappy's failed at. With roux, if the flour is not cooked fully and the cooking process stopped, it can give the dish a chalky texture and even worse leave the consumer very bloated as the flour continues to cook in one's gullet. Both were true here and it made my stroll over to Printer's Alley rather uncomfortable. Overall the dining experience was very good and Chappy's demeanor was that of the quintessential NOLA Chef, very jolly and laid back. But the meal was extraordinarily disappointing to this lover of all food Cajun. The blandness indicated to me that Chappy had left his roots in Louisianna and had given in the the bland pallets of the diners which seem to abound in Music City. Chappy's has great potential but I would like to see more authentic New Orleans flavors up a notch, or three, and hold roux making training for all the staff there. If you want to spend 5-star prices and enjoy Cajun cuisine, then I suggest skipping Chappy's and making the drive to Birmingham and dine at Crazy Cajun's Boiling Pot and you will come away more satisfied.
Rating Detail:
Food: 1
Service: 5
Atmosphere: 5
Value: 2
Overall: 3

1 like, 2 dislikes
Posted by Joe Bolin on 11/15/2009 at 1:39 PM

Re: “Blue Bar

The telephone Number listed on this add is incorrect!
Rating Detail:
Service: 3
Atmosphere: 3
Value: 3
Overall: 3

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Caleb on 11/09/2009 at 11:26 AM

Re: “Exit/In

I had seen Dear and the Headlights with Jimmy Eat World, and loved their live set. I have to say it was a little lackluster last night. Exit in, dead, bored staff, room full of skinny jean teenagers, and odd line-up. Kinch while sounded good, just seemed to be very out of place in nashville. And with the first band being The Cold Stares, sounded like Led Zeppelin or somebody opening for Toad the Wet Sprocket. Dear and the Headlights were great again live, singer is phenom. But I was still reeling from the first band to really intake the cool nerdiness that has become recent rock. Maybe I'm just too old (28), but after last night I went home and put up my recent emo collection, and dusted off my old catalog of fu manchu and veruca salt albums.
Rating Detail:
Service: 2
Atmosphere: 1
Value: 3
Overall: 3

Posted by JoAnna Stacy on 10/02/2009 at 7:16 AM

Re: “Grand Ole Opry House

I would give a five star if Mel and Pam Tillis are on the Grand Ole Opry Saturday night June 13th on Central standard time here in Russellville Arkansas. You see I am a fan of both of them. Love to see and heara them sing. A Fan who thinks Mel is Grand.
Rating Detail:
Service: 5
Atmosphere: 2
Value: 3
Overall: 3

Posted by Peggy Canard on 06/08/2009 at 8:46 AM

Re: “B.B. King's Blues Club

this was pretty good. Try the ribs!
Rating Detail:
Food: 3
Service: 3
Atmosphere: 3
Value: 3
Overall: 3

Posted by Ray on 01/18/2009 at 2:52 PM

Re: “Commodore Lounge

First time at the Commodore. We were very impressed by The young lady who preformed there 12-11-08, think her name was Candice Lynn. Couldn't stay to hear some of the later acts, but if she is an example of the quality of talent who are there on a regular basis, we will be back!! She is the reason we rated the atmosphere five stars. Thanks for an entertaining night, we"ll be back.
Rating Detail:
Service: 4
Atmosphere: 5
Value: 3
Overall: 3

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Rob Greene on 12/12/2008 at 8:33 AM

Re: “Sol [Closed]

The service was lazy and the food lacked flavor. We had to send our food back to be cooked more thoroughly including the veggies. Which just confirmed to us that the staff is just lazy.
Rating Detail:
Food: 3
Service: 2
Atmosphere: 5
Value: 3
Overall: 3

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Brenda on 11/10/2008 at 5:51 AM

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