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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

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

Re: “Cinco de Mayo

My husband and I come here on a very regular basis. We love it! The service is always nice and attentive, and never have we had an issue with a bug or a hair. I would absolutely recommend this place and other locations to friends and foes. As "Stephanie" put it. lol. I recommend you give it a try and if you find a hair (I find mine all over the place) give them a chance to make it right. Do yourself a favor and have a great time all the time here.

Posted by RoseP on 03/05/2015 at 12:37 PM

Re: “Commodore Lounge

Home base for a some of Nashville's biggest, best and/or newest songwriters. I like that six out of seven nights a week, established and newbie writers can also sign up to perform there after the scheduled sets. I've seen and heard a lot of great performances there! Also great food, free parking and no cover charge--cool deal!

Posted by Jericat on 02/26/2015 at 11:10 AM

Re: “Bobby's Idle hour

This is the home-boy (and girl), not-on-the-tourist-maps songwriter dive bar to end all dive bars. People don't come here to impress, they come for the original music (no cover tunes allowed) and fun...not unlike a Nashville version of Cheers, only it's right on Music Row. You never know what industry professional who may work or record nearby might wander in and even get on stage, day or night. This place has a history like no other in Nashville, even the Bluebird. Now that there's no smoking, it's even friendlier to a larger base of fans. Strongly recommended if you're into substance over glitter.

Posted by Jericat on 02/26/2015 at 11:03 AM

Re: “Kohana Japanese Restaurant

Great atmosphere and spacious enough for large groups and events. Good location and most importantly delicious food!

Posted by Brandon Lee on 02/24/2015 at 10:32 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: “Wholly Chow

Had lunch to their today. Oyster Po-boy and seafood gumbo. The best Oysters in Nashville by far. Gumbo is fantastic.

Posted by john hurt on 02/20/2015 at 12:53 PM

Re: “Bailey and Cato Family Restaurant

I LOVE THE FOOD.... THE RIBS ARE TENDER AND DELICIOUS... CHICAGO STYLE COMING FROM A CHICAGOIAN .... THE COUNTRY RIBS WITH NO BONES HOT MILD SAUCE GREENS AND HOT WATER CORN BREAD .... SLAP YO MAMMA ... NOT MINE ... GOOD FOOD . THE PLACE IS SMALL BUT THEY MAKE DO WITH WHAT THEY HAVE. YOU WILL NOT GET OUT THE PARKING LOT IF YOU START EATING IN YOUR CAR.. THE PORTIONS ARE FOR THE HUNGRY AND THE BIG DOG .... YOU ARE APPRECIATED THEY JUST HAVE A CONSTANT FLOW OF PEOPLE... THE SUPERMODEL

Posted by RIBS AND GREENS CHICKEN AND DRESSING on 02/13/2015 at 6:54 PM

Re: “The Cave

You go to a jazz club, and the best you can say is you had the best cheese burger? Lame, lame , lame.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by ElvisAaron Presley on 02/11/2015 at 10:06 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

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Anthony B on 02/04/2015 at 2:44 PM

Re: “Starlite Club

Great Place! I can Remember Back in 2007 when me and my Friend Paul stoped by for The first Time. and went inside and Talk around and met some Nice folks There that night. they ask us where we was from I told them from southwest Virginia I told them I play and sing classic country music and they told me about the music they have every Thursday where you can get up and play with the House Band. and I sed Great we will be Back soon. and the Next Thursday we did. so yeah a Fun place to go Dance have Fun and meet Nice People

Posted by Tommy Shortt on 02/03/2015 at 8:21 AM

Re: “City Winery

WARNING- City Winery adds surprise 15% surcharge to wine/liquor

Posted by watchyourbilld on 01/31/2015 at 1:28 PM

Re: “Center Point Barbecue

After seeing Hendersonville's Center Point Pit Barbecue featured on Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives, I had high hopes for today's meat-filled adventure. To my surprise, there was only one other vehicle in the parking lot when I rolled up at 11:30am. Oh well, more barbecue for me.

One of Center Point's specialties is the Fried Green Tomatoes appetizer, which comes topped with yum yum sauce, sour cream, and chives. I had no idea what yum yum sauce was, but I was sure it would be amazing. As expected, the fried green tomatoes looked spectacular. They were piping hot and fresh from the fryer, complete with crisp seasoned cornmeal batter. Center Point's yum yum sauce was as delicious as its name suggested, but I'm pretty sure it's just a close cousin of remoulade. This was definitely a good way to get things started.

The only combo plate on Center Point's menu was a Pit Master Special, which comes with three meats of your choosing. For mine, I picked brisket, pulled pork, and ribs. Center Point's plates also come with a cornbread patty and two sides. The Southern-style potato salad and the white beans both sounded like good additions.

I generally start with the side dishes before diving into the meat, so why break with tradition? The potato salad was very good. I could really taste the pickles and onion, both of which added a pleasant crunch. This was only my second time trying white beans. Thankfully, these were far less soupy than my first encounter. The beans were cooked just right: past al dente, but not mushy.

Sadly, my brisket came out chopped. Well, that's not entirely accurate. The brisket on the very bottom of my pile was still in slice form, so I guess the rest just crumbled during the plating process. I'm not sure which is worse. There was only a slight smoky flavor to be found. Some pieces were decently tender, but most of my thin, lean pieces were a little dry. Clearly this wasn't a Texas brisket.

The pulled pork was rather monotone. I couldn't find any bits of bark anywhere here either. It was also quite bland and a little stringy. I didn't taste any smoke, so I decided to try some of their barbecue sauces out of pure necessity. The Sweet Surprise sauce definitely jazzed things up a bit, with a good kick on the back end. The Mild Barbecue Sauce was ok, but not as good. I left the third barbecue sauce alone and just moved on to the ribs.

When I ordered, I had asked for barbecue sauce on the side. My waitress assured me that all of the sauces were just on the table to be added as I saw fit. You can imagine my confusion and disappointment at being served sauce-covered ribs. It took more effort than expected to slice through the crust, but the meat below was surprisingly tender. The ribs were cooked well, with just a slight tug needed to remove meat from bone. The thick sauce was rather spicy, such that I couldn't taste any smoke there might have been, or really anything else other than capsaicin.

In my opinion, $31.00 is too expensive for an iced tea, an appetizer, and a three-meat combo, even if the portions were fairly large. My three-meat combo plate was almost $20.00 by itself, while most places I've been charge somewhere in neighborhood of $14.00-15.00. Chalk this up to inflation or the ever-rising cost of meat if you like, but I managed to find a menu picture from 2011, and the price of their three-meat Pit Master Special was $16.99 even back then.

The barbecue was almost passable, although I'd honestly say that the best parts of my meal were the meatless appetizer and sides.

Read my full review, complete with pictures:

The Barbecue Fiend
http://barbecuefiend.blogspot.com/2015/01/…

Posted by The Barbecue Fiend on 01/26/2015 at 2:19 PM

Re: “Twin Kegs II

Sundays from 3-7pm for great blues and good food. Musicians are allowed to sign up and sit in for 3-4 sets. Come on down, you won't be sorry!

Posted by Blues lover on 01/19/2015 at 9:56 AM

Re: “The Rusty Nail

Good Music, Great out door venue with volleyball court League play during Spring and Summer, great to join or come by and watch. great deals on the Best Wings in town with many flavors, Nail heads are back, nailed shrimp, nailed nachos, chicken tenders, grilled and fried chicken wraps, burgers and more. With over 30 beers and growing adding more craft beers and more beers on tap. Pro Football every game on TVs, Basketball, Baseball, Hockey , Race days Sundays. Daily drink specials something for everyone Tuesday a blast with 2 for 1 on all I say all beers and well drinks and well wine WOW! this is truly a local non franchise great local bar...

Posted by bILLY wAYNE sMITH on 01/17/2015 at 9:13 AM

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 Rusty Nail

The atmosphere is good. It is very well lit. It is not a dark dingy place. Fairly clean. Bartenders are nice and helpful. I went in by myself and its always awkward going somewhere for the first time especially by yourself. But met some nice people and had a great time. I love Karaoke. The set up was not the best but it wasn't bad. You have to sing on stage and you can barely hear yourself (no wireless mic and no monitor for the singer). Karaoke guy was great, very friendly ran it well. Bathroom were eh. Not the best, not the worst. Clean enough I didn't feel like I was going to catch anything. Beer was reasonable and even better during 2 for 1. Overall a very solid bar, good crowd, attentive and friendly staff, had a great time.

Posted by Jake Cron on 01/08/2015 at 6:21 PM

Re: “{Pub}licity

Sucked....best thing was the strawberry beer....i had fish and chips and it was terrible....my buddy had the specialty mac and cheese and it was obviously something out of a bag.....been in Bellevue for 7 years, and honestly it doesnt hold a candle to other bars/pubs around here.....

Posted by ubeesh on 01/04/2015 at 10:30 AM

Re: “Pappy's Mobile Cafe

I hired Pappy's for an event recently. I must say, they are fantastic to deal with. They show up on time and prepared. Their truck is new, clean and not a beaten up junker - no worries about eating food from them or worry about getting sick. They are easy to contact and respond quickly. They are very nice people too. It was good speaking with you both!

Foodwise, Pappys is awesome. The combinations they put together are both unique and delicious! Everyone at my event LOVED them - including me. I will hire them for any other event I do. The portions are big, prices are not startling, and service is great. So, simply put, take a look at their menu - everything is good.

Take care!

Posted by Jed Irons on 12/30/2014 at 7:12 PM

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