Chris, I think the confusion stems from the fact that the post seems to imply that the list is ranked ("...including the No. 1 restaurant, Husk..."). Even outside any actual rank order, I'm not sure how reliable I find this, based both on Nashville selections and those from other cities (is Launderette really the top/only restaurant in Austin worthy of inclusion?). It reads to some degree like a best new(ish) restaurants list with a few old stand-bys thrown in, while missing a lot of major players -- City House being the glaring Nashville omission noted here. As far as Little Octopus goes, I was relieved when I realized that it wasn't actually chosen #3 but would agree with multiple commenters that, while it has some promise, I'm not sure it warrants inclusion on this. If we're including four Nashville-only restaurants, how about 404 Kitchen? As for my major MIA city -- where is any representation from Asheville, NC?
@Good Eater, the small plates being more creative than the larger plates is observation that people make all over the country, not just Nashville. I would argue that the past few years have seen more interesting entrees pop up on menus though, as many new restaurants have shifted away from doing strictly contemporary southern (where everyone had a shrimp & grits, a pork loin, a hot chicken, etc).
@Lesley, I'm with you on Urban Grub. If I didn't live in the neighborhood, I wouldn't necessarily go out of my way for it, but you can have a very good meal there choosing appropriately.
My favorite "new" restaurants (are these post-Catbird?) have been 404, Pinewood (only been for brunch and for drinks though), Josephine, Guantanamera, Rolf & Daughters, Lockeland Table, Etch, Hattie B's, and Husk (boy have there been a lot of solid places opening). I think, personally, the Treehouse is pretty underrated too.
@Joshua S, can you explain why? Haven't been, so I wouldn't argue with your assessment, but I think of something is deemed a "terrible" event, it would be good for those buyers (and maybe organizers too) to know why you deem it as such.
I'd agree, $5 for a taco is a lot, relatively speaking, and is probably not worth it. I'll wait to fully judge it until I see it, though. There was a place I used to go to when I lived outside of Detroit that served tacos that were closer in size to burritos than most tacos and were stuffed to the point you had to use a fork. I'm not saying that I expect these to be quite like that but I won't rush to judge yet. The size/quality might warrant the price (though I admit, based on the other $5 tacos around, I'm skeptical).
Don't forget that Riffs also landed a brick-and-mortar.
On in unrelated note, what exactly is going on with all the chef changes at Husk?
I'm not sure that Charlotte has the post-doc medical training that Nashville does, either. Many of those health professionals completing their residency, fellowship, or post-doc research in town are undoubtedly leaving.
I feel like it should be noted that the largest area of movement was still those with Bachelor's Degrees, certainly not uneducated.
I do wonder if Barry Mazor has a point above too. What about those tha move to Nashville to try to get into the music industry, but don't have that listed as their "occupation" (maybe they work in the food and drink industry, or a clothing boutique, etc as a source of income). I'm not a musician, so I don't know if that's realistic, but it does seem like a situation unique to Nashville vs. Charlotte or Austin.
That's 8% ABW not ABV. It's just over 10% ABV. Still not ideal, and still less than other states (and the cap on wine), but it's at least a bit better than 8% ABV.
Good food definitely trumps location. Plenty of restaurants have thrived in "bad" locations, Nashville and beyond. 12 South Bistro's problem was that there was absolutely nothing unique or interesting about its menu.
And while it's true that Nashville could use more/better Chinese food (Chinatown and Lucky Bamboo are steps in the right direction, but not quite there, in my opinion), there is a wealth of Thai food that hasn't been approached much in Nashville. I have pretty high hopes for Thai Esane if it truly is related to King Market.
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