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Re: “A couple of low-key neighborhood joints that are worth a visit

You should go, though, specifically for the veg sandwich. It really is something special.

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Posted by Nicki P Wood on 05/29/2014 at 8:56 PM

Re: “A couple of low-key neighborhood joints that are worth a visit

Did so! You couldn't go. Like, January.

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Posted by Nicki P Wood on 05/29/2014 at 8:56 PM

Re: “A couple of low-key neighborhood joints that are worth a visit

You went to Sliced and you didn't invite me! booooo hissssss

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Posted by Lesley Eats on 05/29/2014 at 4:49 PM

Re: “A couple of low-key neighborhood joints that are worth a visit

Sliced also uses preservative free deli meats. <- bonus

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Posted by JohntheRevelator on 05/29/2014 at 10:26 AM

Re: “At Germantown crêperie Red Bicycle, local color is even stronger than the French connection

Germantown is set to become the next 12South albeit with some rough patches yet to come. I love the idea it could become a local representation of eurofare and hope that more and more small enterprises like Red Bicycle make a go of it in this area.

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Posted by Local Foodie on 05/24/2014 at 6:59 AM

Re: “On Belmont Boulevard, Pat Martin's ever-expanding barbecue empire is in good form

You say that like chocolate cake on a bun would be a bad thing, Cashville.

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Posted by Jack on 05/22/2014 at 9:22 PM

Re: “Michael Pollan talks about his groundbreaking new book, Cooked

Thank you for your comments. I'm a Turnip Truck East customer, but I don't consider it a grocery store. It's more of a specialty store--meaning I can't take my weekly grocery list there and cross most things off. Fresh Market, despite it's issues, is more what I have in mind.

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Posted by Paul Griffith on 05/16/2014 at 1:19 PM

Re: “On Belmont Boulevard, Pat Martin's ever-expanding barbecue empire is in good form

That picture...yikes. I love a bologna sandwich but that looks like a slab of chocolate cake on a bun.

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Posted by Cashville on 05/15/2014 at 4:01 PM

Re: “Michael Pollan talks about his groundbreaking new book, Cooked

" what we don't have in East Nashville is a good grocery store with fresh produce and artisan offerings."
I think you guys owe The Turnip Truck a big, fat, very public apology!

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Posted by brothermartin on 05/11/2014 at 3:13 PM

Re: “Michael Pollan talks about his groundbreaking new book, Cooked

"Right, but what we don't have in East Nashville is a good grocery store with fresh produce and artisan offerings."

Yes you do. Turnip Truck East offers a variety of locally sourced produce as well as diary and meat products that are sustainably raised and processed. Many of these items travel less than one hundred miles from the farm to The Truck's shelves.

I'm not sure what your criteria for "a good grocery store" is. A good grocery store is not necessarily all about hot bars and packaged trendiness. Do you know and trust the people who decide what products go on the shelves where you shop? Do you know the farmers? Does your grocer know the farmers? These are not unreasonable expectations, nor are they absent from your part of Nashville.

Check out The Turnip Truck if you haven't already, as well as Porter Road Butcher (if you eat meat) and the East Nashville Farmer's Market. Not only will you meet people who know their suppliers, you will meet some of the people who grow the good food you have the opportunity to buy from merchants who are within walking distance -or at most a short drive- from your home.

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Posted by jfaulkner on 05/09/2014 at 2:33 PM

Re: “Yakitori and ramen shine at East Nashville izakaya-style eatery Two Ten Jack

I just came back from Japan, and this crap sucks... Can the douchebaggery get any worse? This argument of authenticity is boring. Is the movie always worse than the book? Or can they both be appreciated on their own merits? The Game of Throne books are great, but that doesn't mean the HBO series is any worse because every line of dialogue is not a direct quote from the book. Is a California chardonnay any less wonderful because it is not an old vine from Burgundy?

Snobs.

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Posted by OverIt on 04/28/2014 at 10:44 PM

Re: “Yakitori and ramen shine at East Nashville izakaya-style eatery Two Ten Jack

To be identified in today’s Society as AVERAGE is to be continually reminded that you dwell in the world of seriously below average. There’s not enough time or space in this venue to argue the merits of that conundrum. Nonetheless, to advertise oneself as “authentic” or remotely so, and then to fail miserably on all accounts other than it’s a cool place in East Nashville, doesn’t pass muster for me. I recently returned from two weeks in Nagoya. The kishimen noodles at Atsuta Jingu were not of this world, but I’m guessing if one spent a little more time in the kitchen developing their broth, they could create the same in their kitchen.

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Posted by mrneeze on 04/26/2014 at 10:12 PM

Re: “Yakitori and ramen shine at East Nashville izakaya-style eatery Two Ten Jack

While the tonkotsu ramen is the best I've had in town, the tori paitan takes the cake. I have never had a chicken broth as rich as this and the hint of chili oil takes it to another level. If only there were more supply in town so that the prices could be as reasonable as they are on the coast for ramen.

Overall, have been twice, once on a Monday and once on a Tuesday, no wait at 7 pm and every menu item I've tried was great.

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Posted by jattridge on 04/25/2014 at 2:22 PM

Re: “Yakitori and ramen shine at East Nashville izakaya-style eatery Two Ten Jack

There could be much discussion on inequality of wealth and power across the racial environment in Nashville but, I'm not sure how it figures into what tastes good. I've not been to Japan so, I may be the perfect "sheep" to be fooled. Besides, I've never minded being fooled by delicious food no matter who made it. I will have to give it a try.

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Posted by Local Foodie on 04/25/2014 at 5:54 AM

Re: “Yakitori and ramen shine at East Nashville izakaya-style eatery Two Ten Jack

The food is average at best, and the ramen broth is just ok, nothing worth bragging about. If you haven't traveled and haven't eaten at "Authentic" Japanese restaurants then you will think this is the Cat's Meow. The truth is the atmosphere has better taste than the food. You can't call yourself a ramen house, if you have below par Ramen.
Sheep will be fooled by 2-10-Jack....

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Posted by Jimmy on 04/24/2014 at 9:58 PM

Re: “Yakitori and ramen shine at East Nashville izakaya-style eatery Two Ten Jack

It's too bad this review had to get tied up in a previous sociopolitical battle about white privilege. The food sounds exciting, and I'm looking forward to giving it a go. And I'm not going to let anyone guilt me out of enjoying it.

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Posted by Enough Already on 04/24/2014 at 6:10 PM

Re: “Yakitori and ramen shine at East Nashville izakaya-style eatery Two Ten Jack

Wow. Some serious food snobs on this comment roll (you know who you are:). The AVERAGE consumer could care about authenticity or how much you've studied world cuisine and what your opinions are on it. They care about how they feel when they come into a restaurant and the experience they get (Tim Sanders, Love is the Killer App), how good the service is, and lastly, the quality of the food. If the restaurant has those nailed, then people will come back. If some dude thinks white people can't make Asian-style food, he's clearly not in touch with the majority opinion. I can't wait to try this place!

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Posted by Zach 'n Jody Gray on 04/24/2014 at 5:11 PM

Re: “Yakitori and ramen shine at East Nashville izakaya-style eatery Two Ten Jack

Food is complicated and packed with emotional significance. It makes you feel things. While this place reminds me of one of the most amazing times of my life, studying abroad, it reminds another reader of cruel kids who teased them about the smell of the school lunches their mom packed.

You don't have to ignore the connotations, because the history we attach to food is part of what makes it so interesting and worth exploring. (Memories are the most powerful seasoning.) But sometimes it's important to remember that you can also enjoy food for food's sake, on its own merits, without the baggage of cultural or personal significance.

Great review.

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Posted by Kelliente on 04/24/2014 at 2:18 PM

Re: “Yakitori and ramen shine at East Nashville izakaya-style eatery Two Ten Jack

Warning: derailing for a minute.

@jyingm
It isn't hyperbole. Whenever my wife would send the kids packing with a bento in their character lunch boxes, they'd often report, slightly crestfallen, that some other kid had made faces or groaned or held their noses or otherwise been unhappy with the onigiri and such they'd seen my kids eating. Sure, kids are kids and they will be mean, etc. But at my old job a co-worker rebuffed an offering from me to participate in a pot luck because I sometimes brought the same "weird" food to work with me. But they claimed to love sushi.

My skin has thickened; to me, Cliven Bundy is a rank amateur. But my kids' skin is still tender.

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Posted by Mark Mays on 04/24/2014 at 1:30 PM

Re: “Yakitori and ramen shine at East Nashville izakaya-style eatery Two Ten Jack

I so very much want to eat this food but am so annoyed at the owner's response to Steve's piece that I don't know if I can bring myself to do so...

As Steve himself said but everyone conveniently forgets, it's not about the color of the person making the food, it's about the cultural narrative and the fraught history of ethnic, particularly Asian, food in America. How many times did people ask me if there was cat in the dumplings my mom packed me for lunch, or complain about how my food was smelly? How many of those people will gladly eat Asian food when it's served up in a slick establishment like Two Ten Jack where everything is authentic but no one is Asian? (I realize this is hyperbole but please understand the general point I am making).

I'm not saying that Two Ten Jack is the devil- before this whole debacle I was excited to try their food, however I do think that it is worth reflecting upon our relationship as consumers with the cultures we choose to consume. There are no easy answers. There is no obvious right or wrong. People seem to want to make this argument about whether or not Steve is reverse racist because they can't acknowledge that white privilege exists, but that is a huge misinterpretation of the argument. There is not going to be an easy cathartic resolution to the issues Steve brings up because in real life race relations don't work like they do in Remember the Titans.

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Posted by jyingm on 04/24/2014 at 12:28 PM

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