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Comment Archives: Locations

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: “Betty's Bar & Grill

Looking forward to Dogs of Oz!

Posted by Lovin'LedZepp on 01/16/2015 at 7:26 PM

Re: “Alkebu-Lan Images Bookstore

Vendor Warning - This customer does not pay for purchase orders from vendors, do not do business with them unless you want to get ripped off and never get paid for your merchandise. The management (Yusaf Harris) will repeatedly tell you they will take care of it next week and after five times, it becomes pretty obvious you will never be paid. **DO NOT DO BUSINESS WITH THIS ORGANIZATION**

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by VinceB on 01/16/2015 at 1:50 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: “Tennessee Legislative Plaza

Just taxing, regulating, legislating, limiting, nanny stating away! The majority of Tennesseans support major marijuana reform while this group of back slappers want to wonder in the marijuana prohibition wilderness wasting millions ruining lives all for not.

2 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by CR Liberty on 01/13/2015 at 4:09 PM

Re: “The Great Escape (Charlotte)

Couldn’t agree more with the above comments. It's almost like they just watched High Fidelity and came into work thinking are cool as shit. Assholes - If you so DAMN cool that it’s a bother for you to HELP me BUY something from your store maybe you should re-think your life strategy. You are working in a record store at least have the decency to be civil and help someone out without be condescending and rude to a fellow music/ comic lover which is why I assume your working there in the first place. Retail is a customer service industry job last time I checked. NO one has time for your bullshit attitude - Id love to speak with whoever is in charge of you fuckers!

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by me on 01/10/2015 at 12:10 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.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
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: “The Arts at Center Street

I've attended three different productions at the Arts and Center Street. Both times I was overwhelmed with the talent and emotion that was portrayed on the stage. All of the productions were original content that was relevant and thought provoking.

The most recent musical, Alien, was amazing!

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Adam Loeffler on 01/02/2015 at 7:33 AM

Re: “The Arts at Center Street

I've seen good performances at The Arts at Center Street before, but I wasn't expecting this. 'ALIEN: The Musical' reached deep to my conscience in a way that only live-drama can. It's an awakening for those of us who've forgotten the courage it takes to love.

I can't comment about it without saying that the music and dialogue are outstanding - Gregg Garner is a truly gifted individual, and I'm so glad he shared his gift with us. The actors did an exceptional job of bringing it to life in characters I won't soon forget! #TeamDolan

The sincerity of this production touched my soul. If you experience it, you'll remember what it means to be human. I'm dying to see this again!

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Heather Maute on 12/31/2014 at 10:34 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

Re: “J. Alexander's

The oak brook Il, restaurant has issue with the manager 12-02-14 time 2:55pm
I asked the manager if he could try to quiet down the table with 8 adults who were shouting and acting like they were at a football game. The manager said that they would be leaving soon. He did not go to that table and say anything to them about the noise.
This continued for the next 40 minutes that we were there. I felt that the manager was happy to make money of the alcohol that they were al drinking and to hell with all the rest of the customers in the restaurant.

Posted by phil on 12/22/2014 at 6:44 AM

Re: “The Station Inn

We went in to see some great country music but instead former SNL performer and now local fat disgusting rightwing nutjob Victoria Jackson was hoisted on us.

She sang an unbelievably offensive 'song' about the President being a communist, along with every other usual slur including the birther nonsense. I don't know what was more offensive, her lunacy, the band bringing her up there, or the audience laughing at it.

When I said something to the sound guy, he said "If you don't like it, there's the door."

DO NOT support this ridiculous venue with your money. There are many great music in venues in Nashville that will not hoist this disgusting nonsense on you.

Posted by Michael on 12/16/2014 at 7:00 AM

Re: “Chad's Winter Wonderland Christmas Drive-Thru

The thing that I did not like is you get in and it is advertising after advertising. For 15 bucks a car and more than an hour wait....the last thing I want to see are miniature billboards advertising businesses. You would think they made enough not to do that.

Posted by Bailey Gower on 12/13/2014 at 10:01 PM

Re: “Salsa Puerto Rican and Latin Cuisine

Incredible cuisine and and even better atmosphere. The live music was impressive, and a welcome respite from the usual Nashville honky tonk, vanilla noise.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Kristen Cole on 12/11/2014 at 7:36 AM

Re: “Norman Couser's Country Cookin'

Norman Couser's restaurant provides true homemade southern food. The restaurant has been in Nashville for over 30+. Also, it sits directly across from the Nashville Zoo (which is a plus). This restaurant is certainly where the locals go - the staff knows their customers by name and I laughed that some customers have particular tables they go sit at. It appears that Couser's does mostly to-go orders for locals as well. The inside isn't anything fancy or spectacular, but the restaurant is a classic meat-n-three. I highly recommend trying the turkey & dressing, country-fried steak, mashed potatoes, or fried okra. For dessert, their chocolate pie and cherry cobbler are delicious! I do not go there for the decor, but instead, for fantastic homemade dishes and friendly staff. They treat you like family.

Posted by Meiko123 on 12/09/2014 at 9:17 AM

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: “Dotson's Restaurant

I have looked forward to eating at Dotson's for some time now. Unfortunately, my 1st experience was less than pleasant. The cornbread dressing tasted like it was spoiled and there was a piece of a paper wrapper in my mashed potatoes. When these things were brought to the attention of our waitress there was no interest expressed in making it right. I won't be back.

Posted by PJR on 12/01/2014 at 3:15 PM

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