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Comment Archives: Locations: Food and Drink: Fast Casual

Re: “Hard Rock Cafe

I ate here a couple years back and the food was fantastic. Nice atmosphere at that time, too.

Posted by Gary Pugsley on 07/27/2015 at 7:19 AM

Re: “B.B. King's Blues Club

Incredible weekend during CMA Fest to check out something other than CMA Events. Went Friday night to see Tom Wurth, Tony Coleman and The Experience. WOW! Interesting to find out that Tony and Stanley Abernathy (drums and trumpet respectively) played for BB for years! Tom Wurth is a soulful country, Grammy nominated artist. Amazing voice! The guys were as nice off stage as they were talented on stage. It was great to get to meet them as well as hear them play great standards as well as their own material. As for the food and atmosphere, with all the rush rush during CMA Fest, it was nice to kick back, even with a HUGE crowd, in a place that is inviting. I had the Shrimp Caeser Salad and it was wonderful! Later, after drinks, we had a snack of their sliders and some fried pickles. First time I ever had fried pickles was a BB's in Memphis years ago! Good stuff! Part of the fun was meeting the wait staff that are hard-working musicians too. We checked out one of their pages and looks like a budding talent.

Posted by Eclectic on 06/15/2015 at 10:46 AM

Re: “Puckett's Grocery

Round 2.

This was my second dinner at Puckett's, and it poured down rain both times. If Mother Nature is trying to stop me from eating here, she's going to have to do better than that.

I had planned on a smaller-size entree than usual, so I made sure to get an order of Bubba's Bones as an appetizer. Bubba's baby back ribs are dry-rubbed, cherry wood-smoked, flash-fried, and tossed in a sweet-hot barbecue sauce. That's a lot of hyphenated deliciousness. These were undoubtedly some of the best baby backs I've ever eaten, mostly because Puckett's actually knows how to cook them correctly. The ribs were very tender and equally juicy. Bubba's sauce was as hot as advertised, yet it was also oddly pleasant. It burned my lips for a few minutes afterward and definitely got my palate revved up.

On my first trip to Puckett's, I got a traditional two-meat barbecue plate. Today, however, I had only one thing on my mind: Piggy Mac! It's basically a personal-sized skillet of pulled pork topped with smoked Gouda macaroni and cheese. The Piggy Mac is supposed to come with an unnecessarily-healthy house salad, but I requested a side of smashed sweet potatoes instead. There was also mention of a jalapeno johnny cake.

I could definitely taste the jalapeno in the johnny cake, and there was only a moderate spiciness so I could enjoy it, too. The slight sweetness also helped to temper the heat quite nicely. Their sweet potatoes were as butter-heavy as good comfort food should be. I would have liked some marshmallows though, and maybe a little cinnamon or nutmeg to jazz up the flavors.

With the delectable Piggy Mac sitting before me, it was impossible to spend more than a minute or two tasting the side dishes. The macaroni was gooey and delicious, and its crumbly topping was a perfect crunchy addition to the overall texture. The pulled pork was just as tender and tasty as it was during my first visit. I managed to uncover a few bits of pork that still had their smoke ring. There were a few hints of smoke here and there, although cheese was certainly the dominant flavor. The melted cheese also made this dish a little greasy, but otherwise it was spectacular.

Their Deep Fried Brownie Sundae is almost irresistible, so the fact that we skipped out on dessert should tell you how full we all were. I'm already aching for another excuse to eat at Puckett's.

Read my full review, complete with pictures:

The Barbecue Fiend
http://barbecuefiend.blogspot.com/2015/05/…

Posted by The Barbecue Fiend on 05/29/2015 at 7:45 PM

Re: “417 Union

Average food and subpar service. If you're just looking to satisfy hunger this is the spot. If you want a great breakfast and fun experience, keep looking.

Also expect it to cost $60 for two people.

My friend didn't like her salad because the lettuce was brown. She also didn't like the coke. Another commented on the lettuce that came with his quesadilla, but he didn't eat it. He liked their ginger ale.

Would I go back? Probably not. It's very small, and we went to the restroom and found that they had two bottles of lotion in the tiny unisex bathroom, but no soap. We told our waiter, but they never did put any soap in the bathroom.

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Posted by Nashman on 04/24/2015 at 10:17 AM

Re: “Puckett's Grocery

The wife and I had tickets to see Jason Aldean over at Bridgestone Arena, and an early pre-concert dinner seemed like a great idea. Puckett's was only a short walk from Bridgestone, and with several enticing barbecue options on their menu, how could I resist?

Puckett's has a really lively atmosphere, but I suppose that's par for the course in downtown Nashville. It has a much more relaxed feel than a lot of the other restaurants on Broadway though. Too bad we were a few hours too early for the live music, which occurs nightly at Puckett's. The music is part of what makes this place popular, so reservations are a must for dinner, even on a weekday.

We had skipped lunch in preparation for our 4:30pm dinner, so my stomach was already rumbling. An appetizer was definitely in order. We decided to try the Fried Pickles. Yum! The pickles were thinly sliced, making them more like chips. My wife thought they were a touch too salty, but it didn't bother me. Their fried pickles come served with some sort of chipotle-bacon ranch dressing. The ranch was an awesome compliment to the pickles, though the mild flavor left me wondering where all of the chipotle went.

I had originally planned on getting some of the dry-rubbed, cherry wood-smoked ribs, but at the last minute I decided they might be too messy. After all, I didn't want to spend the whole concert covered in rib juice. The menu says that the "Puckett's BBQ Platter" comes with your choice of pulled pork or chicken. Fortunately, our waiter told me that not only could I get beef brisket on the platter, I could also make it a two-meat combo. Done and done. I ordered a duo of brisket and pulled pork. The platter also comes with sweet potato fries, baked beans, and coleslaw, but I substituted potato salad for the slaw.

The fries tasted fresh and homemade. They had a great sweet flavor, which was even better when dipped in the leftover ranch from our fried pickles. Puckett's beans were somewhat spicy and only slightly sweet. The potato salad was full of big skin-on potatoes, giving it more of a German potato salad quality. It had a nice flavor from the pickles, and the low mayo content let the veggies shine.

I've been trying to acclimate myself to pulled pork ever since moving to Tennessee last summer. It's been a hard row to hoe. My affinity for beef aside, Puckett's pulled pork was nice and tender, with only a moderate amount of smoke. Although, I eventually found some nice pink pieces which had soaked up more smoke than others. The meat also had a nice seasoning blend mixed throughout.

Even though the brisket came out chopped, at least it was chopped into large pieces. And to be fair, I think they usually only serve brisket on sandwiches, so I can't really complain in light of my special menu request. The brisket had more smoke than the pork. It was also decently tender, especially the fattier bits. There was a commendable amount of flavor considering that the seasoned bark had all been trimmed away.

The dessert menu includes something called a Deep Fried Brownie Sundae. Apparently this dessert took home the blue ribbon at the Southern Fried Festival. As full as we were, there was no way we could resist such obvious deliciousness. When it came out, my first thought was "Holy crap it has bacon on top!!!" This thing was absolutely incredible. With its state fair-style crispiness, the deep-fried brownie was even better than I imagined it would be. The salty bacon was great with the chocolate, and I really liked the crunchy pecans, too. Not even a crumb was left by the time we were done.

I'm really glad we gave Puckett's a try, and I'll definitely be back.

Read my full review, complete with pictures:

The Barbecue Fiend
http://barbecuefiend.blogspot.com/2015/02/…

Posted by The Barbecue Fiend on 02/23/2015 at 6:35 PM

Re: “Ri'Chard's Louisiana Cafe

terrible excuse for a band, and horrible excuse for a steak. will not bother to return.

Posted by ElvisAaron Presley on 02/07/2015 at 2:40 AM

Re: “Hooters

Bad service

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Posted by Anthony B on 02/04/2015 at 2:44 PM

Re: “Dalton's Grill

The food is great! I recently went there and the food is keeping me coming back regularly so far altho the price is a little high. But I must say the service is slow. The waitresses are slow, the kitchen is slow, and the bartender is slow to cash you out. Otrherwise I wouldve given them a 5 instead of 4. I could work circles around those waitresses

Posted by Gary Wayne on 01/13/2015 at 4:59 PM

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.

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

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: “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

http://barbecuefiend.blogspot.com/2014/07/rippys-nashville-tn.html

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

Re: “Bricks Café

My wife and I have been going to this Brick's location for over 4 years. One of the hardest things today in any restaurant we go to, is to get a combination of good food and good service. In Bricks we get both, the meals are moderately priced, there's always a great variety. In the 4 years that we've been going there, every meal has been excellent. The Servers are true professionals and down to earth. Their Scallops wrapped in bacon are to die for. all their appetizers are amazing. Can't say enough, GO There, you won't be dissappointed

Posted by VitoF on 09/04/2014 at 4:55 PM

Re: “Family Wash

I absolutely LOVED the chicken pot pie.

Posted by emannon007 on 08/23/2014 at 8:15 PM

Re: “Joe's Place

My friends and I have been here quite a few times for karaoke and have had a good time. We had let slide, the bartender being rude to us a few times cause we had fun while we were here but it's gotten out of hand. Last night, the bartender actually told my friend that "if he didn't tip her, she wasn't going to serve him", but this was when he went and ordered his first drink. She eventually started telling everyone at the bar that we weren't tipping her(even though I had already left her a dollar for each beer I had). I went up to pay my last tab and heard everyone around me talking about one of the guys I was with, talking about he wasn't going to get any more beer. He wasn't even drunk. Next thing I knew, we were being recorded on someone's phone while he called us "non tipping mother fu*kers". I went and said something to them and the girl got up and was arguing with me. Then the guy who works there, threw me in a choke hold(keep in mind I'm 5'2). I ended up punching a guy who told me "I was a dead motherfu*cker", then I was grabbed by the throat, again, by the guy who works there and escorted out. Needless to say, My friends and I will never be back to this bar. I don't know how they are able to have such rude service.

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Posted by Jaime Hilliard on 08/17/2014 at 12:58 PM

Re: “T.G.I. Friday's

Closed

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Posted by Nashvillian on 08/08/2014 at 10:16 AM

Re: “Otter's Chicken Tenders [CLOSED]

Closed.

Posted by ChickenFan on 08/08/2014 at 10:15 AM

Re: “Bricktop's

Run away if anyone asks you to go to brunch there. The decor is the best thing I can say about this place. For the first time in my life, I left a restaurant hungry and had to get something to eat afterwards after spending $60 at this culinary dump! I ordered the hueos rancheros which was two eggs laced with a little sauce on two corn tortillas. It was six bites and nothing else on the plate. No black beans no salso and no chorizo as advertised on the menu. I should have sent it back the minute I saw it. Unbelievable. I should have taken a picture with my cell phone. You would not have believed it.

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Posted by Disappointed and Ripped Off on 06/29/2014 at 9:35 PM

Re: “Caney Fork River Valley Grille

WARNING: Unacceptable - NO service.

We arrive at approximately 11:30 on Sunday morning and requested a table for two. The table we were offered was not want we wanted so we asked for another (note: only 3 other parties were in the establishment). The greater apparently did not like our request and mumbled something, but she did seat us at the table we requested.

We waited and waited, no one came to wait on us. Twice we requested service from passing wait staff. Neither responded. After 20 minutes and at 4 new parties being seated and served their meal, we left.

Posted by Randy on 06/29/2014 at 12:41 PM

Re: “Brewhouse West

So apparently if you are gay then you are not welcome here at all. Twice now I have been told I have to leave because of my sexual orientation. I have not bothered anyone else, nor have I forced my beliefs on anyone because I believe everyone has their right to their own opinion. I can not say I have had a good experience here ever. Some of the staff are okay but overall the faculty are assholes who will not listen to a thing you say to defend yourself and try to make matters easy. Instead they will tell you that you have to leave because of your orientation. This place is a close minded faction that I can only hope will be closed down soon because of their mindless opinions.

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Posted by Brian Buttrey on 06/28/2014 at 12:20 AM

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