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Re: “Best Hip-Hop Album

if u like true hip hop and a nice 1st tenor singer , check me out ! The Real GodGiven . Originally from Milwaukee, now in the Nashville area. Email me @

Posted by TheRealGodGiveN on 04/12/2013 at 1:06 PM

Re: “Arts, Music & Culture Readers' Poll

I agree Carrie is one of the best country singers, she is really good and her music is awesome to dance country 2 step ;)

Posted by Leo S on 03/25/2013 at 12:51 PM

Re: “Home, Goods & Services Writers' Choice

I need you guys to do a best of cleaning/maid service :)

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Posted by QQRK420 on 03/04/2013 at 11:09 AM

Re: “Best of Nashville 2009

To show how big of a scam Trapper Jack is, the only good review praising how good the service was..... Was posted by your wife Lori A ... lets be honest, but you left out her last name King. Honesty is the best policy.

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Posted by Confidetial9 on 02/28/2013 at 9:42 PM

Re: “Home, Goods & Services Writers' Choice

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Posted by Nashville Chimney Sweep on 02/08/2013 at 12:31 PM

Re: “People & Places Readers' Poll

Dippity do dog should have been named Best Local Dog groming/salon/boutique... The owner and groomers provide the the best, and most caring services for our furry children... Holly, (the owner) truly LOVES what she does as well as the animals she cares for. She was already in a very successful career- and left it to pursue helping and caring for animals... While they are at Dippity your pet will be pampered like the precious creature that is it. The boutique is amazing too whith everything from gourmet treats to clothing..and everything in between. Nashvillians..or visitors that need any services or treats...Check it out and you will not be disappointed. Ask for Holly..TRUST ME!
6601 Sugar Valley Drive
Nashville, TN 37211
tele: 615-941-5292

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Posted by Jill Dyer on 01/17/2013 at 11:52 AM

Re: “Food & Drink Writers' Choice

A bacon-infused bourbon cocktail?

I can't think of a cheesier, less-refined, obvious approach.

Pure garbage.
I am a bartender and I am insulted by this.
Maybe next year you should have bartenders pick this category's winner because your food critics are out of their element.

This just ridiculous.

To tell someone who is learning about classic cocktails and punches and recommending subtle tweaks to suit their regulars' palates vis a vis bitters and amaros and the differences between vermouths and base spirits that they should take something that tastes like bacon and round it out with maple syrup and coffee pecan bitters is basically telling them you would cream yourself over a Girl Scout Cookie if you didn't already know it existed.

Seriously, it would be much more impressive to (for example) take something classic and toy with the ratios and particulars—using a base spirit with a subtly unique personality and round out the other elements skillfully, using a particular vermouth or spirit or amaro or juice—than taking something that is already over-engineered (bacon bourbon, whipped cream vodka,etc.) and seeking out the most obvious flavor notes that will fill up the rest of the coupe.

Maybe you could have a buffalo wing-infused whiskey with a blue cheese float.
Maybe you could throw a McChicken sandwich in a blender and shake it with some vodka, making sure to fine strain it and garnish it with a pickle.

I hope you address your lack of refinement for next year's list as a service to your city's bartenders.

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Posted by Bobby Groves on 01/13/2013 at 12:21 AM

Re: “Best Dogcatcher

Yeah right. Try being his daughter. Heart of gold my ass

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Posted by betsy on 12/18/2012 at 3:50 AM

Re: “Food & Drink Readers' Poll

I'm surprised McDonalds or Wal-Mart didn't make it on here after seeing Five Guys, Bruegger's and Cheesecake Factory did. Really Nashville? This is shameful at best.

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Posted by J on 12/12/2012 at 5:46 PM

Re: “Food & Drink Readers' Poll

Whitt's BBQ is nasty. How the hell did they make the best? Jacks, BBQtie, Martins, hell the shed behind Mcdonalds over by the Parthanon is better.

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Posted by OhtheIroney on 11/01/2012 at 3:44 PM

Re: “Best Karaoke Host

That was the 2009 Poll. Ha!

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Posted by Tommy on 10/26/2012 at 3:59 AM

Re: “Home, Goods & Services Readers' Poll

Sorry, I posted the wrong phone number for Kriste Maintenance Service..

It's (615) 851-5000

Posted by Jake on 10/24/2012 at 7:57 AM

Re: “Home, Goods & Services Readers' Poll

You all missed the boat when it comes to Handyman. Geary Falk owner of Kriste Maintenance Service Is incredible. They have been in business for 37 years. Geary was Angie's List service vendor of the year in 2011... His work is always perfect, shows up on time and knows how to treat his customers...

Here is their info:
Kriste Maintenance Service
P.O. Box 302
Goodlettsville, TN. 37070
(615) 207-6091

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Posted by Jake on 10/24/2012 at 7:54 AM

Re: “Food & Drink Readers' Poll

What's with all the chain restaurants? They shouldn't even be in the running.

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Posted by Laura Poulos Eitniear on 10/22/2012 at 1:45 PM

Re: “Arts, Music & Culture Readers' Poll

Definitely agree with Carrie Underwood as one of the Best Country Artists, she is one talented singer. I've just started listening to Kristen Kelly and she reminds me of Carrie a lot, I have a feeling she is going to be the next big country star...anyone who hasn't heard of her check out the song Ex-Old Man!

Posted by Kalie Riemer on 10/21/2012 at 12:48 AM

Re: “People & Places Readers' Poll

The Nashville Scene has come out with their "People and Places Reader's poll, Best of Nashville 2012" issue. Along with categories "BEST THING THAT'S CHANGED IN NASHVILLE IN THE LAST YEAR," which the Scene poll participants said was Nordstrom, (a place I have only been in once and a place I can't afford to shop) and BEST PET WALKER/SITTER' which the Scene poll participants said was Beth Joslin (whoever that is and if I had pet to walk I would walk it myself) is the categories "BEST METRO COUNCIL MEMBER" and "BEST METRO COUNCIL MEMBER YOU'D LIKE TO SEE GONE."

The results are not surprising really. I have in my mind a profile of the readers of the Scene and can predict their opinions. Well, not all of their readers of course. I read it myself, but I read a broad spectrum of stuff. I mostly read the Scene for the listings of art openings, and music performances and to see what good liberals are thinking.

My image of the average Scene reader is a higher than average income, white, pony-tailed, Birkenstock-wearing, latte-grande-sipping, avant-garde-art-loving, pretentious and condescending liberal. He has a dog but pays someone else to walk it. He is someone who sends his children to the best private schools but opposes charter schools and school vouchers. He is an avowed environmentalist and advocates cap and trade, yet has a big carbon foot-print due to owning a big house, a big dog and frequent trips by plane. He thinks society should do more for the downtrodden, but other than buying an occasional newspaper from the homeless guy, never gives anything to charity except when he contributes to WPLN and gets his free WPLN tote bag which he always carries with him to go grocery shopping at Whole Foods.

I have no idea how many people voted in the Scene's poll. They don't tell you. I didn't. I imagine few casual reader like me voted in it but mostly loyal readers who fit the profile I have imagined. Anyway, here are the results:


Megan Barry
Jason Holleman
Peter Westerholm


Robert Duvall
Tony Tenpenny
Eric Crafton

If I would have voted in this poll some of the names could have stayed the same, just switch the categories.

You can see that the voters in the Scene poll have opinions but they are not very informed opinions. Eric has been out of the Council for some time now. Despite being gone already, the voters of the Scene poll list Eric as one they would like to see gone.

Upon learning of being the number one "Best Metro Council Member you'd like to see gone" by voters in the Scene poll, Robert Duvall posted the following on his facebook page.

I don’t read the Nashville Scene. So I didn’t know, until a fellow Councilmember called me today, that I have been named the “Best Councilmember You’d Like to See Gone.”

I had a bit of laugh at that for this reason. When you stand up for the people of your district and go against the wishes of the Belmont Boulevard crowd, you don’t win many points with Nashville’s elite politicians or media.

The wishes and well being of the people in my district come first. Always have. Always will. When the numbers don’t add up on huge new projects, no matter how shinny and exciting they may be, I will ask how we intend to pay for it without adding to the burden of the taxpayers. When my constituents ask me to oppose a property tax increase in a down economy, I will oppose it. When the opinion of my district is different than politicians and media, well, sorry guys. My district wins.

That is how I have conducted myself as a Councilman. It hasn’t won me friends among the cocktail crowd. But they don’t matter. What matters are good jobs and new opportunities for OUR part of Nashville. I have fought for that on the council and will fight for that in the State House.

I congratulate Robert Duvall on his distinction on being disliked by the Scene poll participants. Sometimes you can know a person by the enemies they make.

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Posted by A Disgruntled Republican on 10/20/2012 at 5:15 PM

Re: “People & Places Readers' Poll

Was DeVry University one of the colleges polled?

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Posted by concernedfuturestudent on 10/19/2012 at 10:58 AM

Re: “Food & Drink Readers' Poll

Wow. Have to agree that the Best Brewhouse category is a joke. There are at least three start up micro breweries in Nashville that could have benefited from a little exposure here. Instead the #1 "brewhouse" is not a brewery at all but merely an over priced bar (with kind of nasty bathrooms).

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Posted by BB on 10/18/2012 at 9:32 AM

Re: “Best Karaoke Host

How does someone nominate the Best Karaoke Host in Nashville?
Or is this just the opinion on the writer, Jason Shawhan?

I agree Donna Noack is a great Karaoke Host and love her shows, but there are a lot of other great ones out there too. I would nominate Brad Corsey and Larry Dewese from Larry's, Mitch from Dolan's, JW from Spanky's Bar & Grill, and even note "some" of the wannabe's from downtown.

I have read many reviews about the Best Karaoke in Nashville, and it always comes back with Lonnie's Western Room on Printer's Alley. Wow, really guys? That has got to be the worst of the worst. How could it ever even be considered as a tolerable karaoke bar. The sound system is ridiculous. The software and music all pirated and the hosts all sing 10 songs in a row.

And Buck Wild... What can be said about this tourist trap? If you wanna pay $8 for a 6oz. cocktail, then wait while their KJ sings 3 in a row. You will still get to look forward to them shoving a tip jar in your face claiming they don't get paid at all, and charging your $10-$20 to sing something... Yikes!

If they are slow, you will sing. If their are more than 10 people in the list, break out the wallet and start bribing the KJ. Truly awful.

Larry's is pretty good until the clock strikes 1am and they charge $5 per song.
But guys, we have tipped you $15 throughout the night??? What's up with that?

Spanky's is pretty good. Smaller place, holds about 100 people, but the sound is the best offered, hands down.

So, please tell us how this voting for the "Best" thing works.
It just seems the same ole run down dives keep getting a nod from the Nashville Scene for being awful.

(Oh, that was certainly not directed at Queen Donna Noack, we love her too! lol)

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Posted by Lissa Rose on 10/15/2012 at 4:58 PM

Re: “Arts, Music & Culture Writers' Choice

I completely disagree with Jordan Caress statement, "no small feat in a town that still suffers from a lack of GLBTQ community organization" for BEST QUEER DANCE PARTY: QDP AT THE 5 SPOT.

If Jordan actually did any research, she would find out there are A LOT of GLBT community organizations here! Here's a link to prove it: Better leave the GLBT coverage to Out & About Newspaper!

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Posted by Patrick Armstrong on 10/15/2012 at 4:42 PM

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