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Re: “Hot News: 400 Degrees Brings World-Class Hot Chicken Downtown!

Man, fuck this WHACK ASS CHICKEN. All you can taste in this chicken is hate and anger. The flesh of the avian dinosaur is tainted with the ill will of those who care not for its delicate flavors and subtleties. I shall never.

Posted by Memphis AK Reigns on 04/24/2015 at 7:24 PM

Re: “Weekly Open Thread: Grocery Store Strategy and Ethos

trader joe's meets pretty much all of our grocery needs, with the exception of meat that we purchased from wf.
we drive 6 miles to TJ's even though the closest publix is 2.5 miles away.

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Posted by 37210 on 04/24/2015 at 6:50 PM

Re: “Weekly Open Thread: Grocery Store Strategy and Ethos

@Dana they have most of the brand names you want and their produce isn't terrible. Also, everyone who works there is so nice. I like my bananas almost green so I only buy 1 at a time so in there every day at least for that.

Posted by mike on 04/24/2015 at 6:13 PM

Re: “Dogfish Head Brings Its Popular Beers Back to Nashville

Caught a glimpse of some Dogfish six-packs in the window of 12th and Pine in the Gulch when I walked by at lunch.

Posted by Dana Kopp Franklin on 04/24/2015 at 3:28 PM

Re: “Eclectic Latin Restaurant Americano to Replace West End Cafe

While Cha Chah may not have been "pure" -- there were plenty of American and international dishes -- there was certainly a heavy Spanish influence that took it beyond just small plates. It's hard to get more tapas-y than salt cod. Even though small plates are now everywhere, Cha Chah was both the most Spanish of what we've seen in town and a cut above a lot of places. Not sure that being more Spanish would have made it more popular.

I haven't been to Curate, but a couple of years ago visited Zambra in Asheville and thought it was the beez kneez. Again not necessarily a pure Spanish tapas place, but in the ball park.

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Posted by TL Ferrell on 04/24/2015 at 3:28 PM

Re: “Weekly Open Thread: Grocery Store Strategy and Ethos

Thanks @fancycwabs. I really appreciate the suggestions. I know we're staying close to Xiao Bao Biscuit so that will definately be on the list. I trust the recomendations from here so much more than the big online review websites.

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Posted by BW on 04/24/2015 at 3:00 PM

Re: “Weekly Open Thread: Grocery Store Strategy and Ethos

@BW, we did Charleston over a weekend in November and I can recommend:
The Obstinate Daughter on Sullivan's Island
Edmund's Oast
Wildflour Pastry
Xiao Bao Biscuit

The food at Hominy Grill isn't unusual, but it's exceptionally well-done. I wasn't as impressed with Butcher & Bee as I think I was supposed to be (also, they'll be in Nashville soon enough).

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Posted by fancycwabs on 04/24/2015 at 2:14 PM

Re: “Weekly Open Thread: Grocery Store Strategy and Ethos

@mike, good point about the Osborne's Bi-Rite on Belmont. I'm sure I'll be grabbing staples there a lot once the Harris Teeter store on 21st closes for its transition into Kroger. (The closure is estimated to last six months!)

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Posted by Dana Kopp Franklin on 04/24/2015 at 1:49 PM

Re: “Weekly Open Thread: Grocery Store Strategy and Ethos

Kroger Green Hills, which I always say is the best of the big chains in Nashville. An anomaly I suppose b/c apparently all of the other Kroger locations are awful. I purchase 90% of my groceries here. The prices are right and the points earned translate often in sub $2.00 gas at the pump when I use my Kroger card #.

I purchase all of my meat and fish from either Whole Foods or Porter Road Butcher. Standard cuts and fish I usually get at WF and I buy bacon, sausages and other specialty meats at PRB. I also go to WF for my coffee (bongo beans plz). I'm never going to stop eating meat (I tried) so I might as well eat the stuff that has been raised responsibly and doesn't have a bunch of chemicals in it.

I live less than a block from Bi-Rite on Belmont so they are my go to beer-chips-tp type place. They also carry (a little bit) of local produce.

Posted by mike on 04/24/2015 at 1:33 PM

Re: “Weekly Open Thread: Grocery Store Strategy and Ethos

Since it is an open thread, I need some suggestions of places to hit while in Charleston SC the first of June. I see all the standards on Yelp, Trip Advisor and others but am looking for the local, hidden gems. Dives to 5 star. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. I'm up for anything. Any ideas?

Posted by BW on 04/24/2015 at 1:27 PM

Re: “Weekly Open Thread: Grocery Store Strategy and Ethos

I go to the one that is closest.

In the event that two store are equidistant, as was the case with Publix and HT on West End, I just mix it up. Any cost difference between these two stores is not an issue enough to justify the time and effort to save so little money.

In the case where a store objectively sucks, say Kroger in Belle Meade and its low-rent cousin on Charlotte, some years ago before Publix, I would violate rule #1 and visit the nearest non-sucky store, which was HT on 21st at the time.

Piggly Wiggly on West End is oh-so-close to becoming nice enough that its small size and easy navigation make it a contender for more than just milk, bread, beer and cigs.

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Posted by I am B00B Thruster on 04/24/2015 at 1:01 PM

Re: “Weekly Open Thread: Grocery Store Strategy and Ethos

When I moved to Nashville from Northern California in 1997, I was amazed and shocked at the lack of quality produce in the local and national chain stores! The situation is much better now, and I can afford to be picky! There are certain items I will never buy at certain stores, but at least I can usually find what I want! I prefer to shop at Publix, Fresh Market or Whole foods for certain items, and Costco or Sam's club for others! I am definitely pleased with the selection and variety we now have available to purchase.

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Posted by Dsnyguy on 04/24/2015 at 1:01 PM

Re: “Weekly Open Thread: Grocery Store Strategy and Ethos

Normally I go into Publix and yell at the staff about something they can't control until they throw me out, then I complain about them on Bites.

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Posted by fancycwabs on 04/24/2015 at 12:57 PM

Re: “Eclectic Latin Restaurant Americano to Replace West End Cafe

There's also, of course, a heck of a lot more to Iberian food than tapas, (even as, rumor has it, there is Italian food that's not pizza and pasta) and by now we've certainly seen that so-called "tapas" may be about as Spanish as fried chicken and cream cheese "sushi" is Japanese. Reserve judgment, but if they start referring to it as "authentic" Spanish food, then you'll know that it isn't. And if they begin by introducing "Mexican choice opportunities," move on. Boy, it sure would be nice to have some real Spanish and Portugese food here.

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Posted by "Spanish" rice anyone? on 04/24/2015 at 12:45 PM

Re: “Dogfish Head Brings Its Popular Beers Back to Nashville

It's available at City Sliquors in LaVergne (got a growler of 90 minute IPA last night), so I would think they should have it at any of the craft beer-oriented stores in Nashville...

Posted by pogo on 04/24/2015 at 12:11 PM

Re: “Enjoy Four-Course 'Breakfast for Dinner' at Lockeland Table Next Week

While I like the sound of Supfast, it is way too confusing. Not sure if the "fast" half of this portmanteau refers to not eating or to eating rapidly...

Posted by pogo on 04/24/2015 at 12:08 PM

Re: “Eclectic Latin Restaurant Americano to Replace West End Cafe

Rumba, Rumors and Cha Cha all had small plates, but I wouldn't actually consider them tapas compared to the Spanish definition. Curate in Asheville is an amazing tapas restaurant, mainly because Katie Button worked for Jose Andres and at El Bulli.

Ever since Michael and Colleen closed Mirror (they were just a few years too early before the 12South boom which would have made their restaurant blow up), Nashville has been sadly lacking in a Spanish tapas spot. IMHO.

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Posted by Chris Chamberlain on 04/24/2015 at 11:51 AM

Re: “Eclectic Latin Restaurant Americano to Replace West End Cafe

This is cool, but I hope Alegria does pop back up intact somewhere. And, it's curious that "we want tapas" is a mantra, when we had ChaChah and it didn't make it.

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Posted by TL Ferrell on 04/24/2015 at 11:21 AM

Re: “Tom Morales' retail food market and sandwich shop The Southernaire makes for a valuable new downtown stop

You have to wonder -- are prices that high necessary for making a profit? Or is it "what we think the tourist-and-downtown-resident market will bear?"

Posted by TL Ferrell on 04/24/2015 at 9:25 AM

Re: “Jeni's Voluntarily Recalls All Ice Cream, Closes Shops After Listeria Found in Inspection Sample

Worst possible news for a food producer but it sounds like they're handling it like they should and doing what they can to fix the problem. That's all you can ask for.

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Posted by foooooooood on 04/23/2015 at 10:12 PM

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