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Current Lunch Recs for Saturday in Birmingham

Day trip planned for this Saturday to hit BMA. We're going to Hot and Hot for dinner. I've been to Bottega Cafe for Saturday lunch and liked it, but would like to try something different. John's City Diner doesn't do lunch on Sat. What else can you recommend? Not all that interested in barbecue or old-school Southern this particular trip.

May 13, 2014
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Weekend in Nashville-trip report

Sounds about right. :D

Jan 07, 2014
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Most memorable dish in Nashville this year (2013)?

I haven't had those short ribs. I'll have to add that to my to-try list!

Dec 22, 2013
TLF in Kentucky & Tennessee

Most memorable dish in Nashville this year (2013)?

I had the pigeon at Catbird this summer. I'd eaten at Catbird a couple of times before but that was my first encounter with the pigeon. "Memorable" is definitely a word to describe it. I was surprised at how much I liked it, but I can't say it was my top dish. That same meal had a concentrated cube of short rib that was actually the best thing that night.

I'm always hard-pressed to name any one thing as definitively "best." I had a lot of great meals in Nashville and elsewhere. In Nashville, in addition to Catbird, my favorite meals were at City House (several, always), Etch, Gray's (except dessert), Rolf & Daughters. I was especially fond of the shrimp & grits at Gray's and the pork ragu at R&D. The best dessert I think was the buttermilk pie at Husk - far outshone the rest of the meal both times I've been.

Dec 21, 2013
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404 Kitchen (Nashville)

Thanks for the review -- I've heard good things, but no details. It's high on my to-try list.

Dec 14, 2013
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Help - Nashville this weekend

Yes I'm an alum myself, ate at San Antonio when it first opened and for many years after.

Oct 03, 2013
TLF in Kentucky & Tennessee

Help - Nashville this weekend

Hog Heaven is still there. So is SATCO, but depending on when you were in school, is probably not as good as you remember. The VU alums who started it sold it a long, long time ago.

I hate to say it, but I hate when people say things like "not too expensive" ... have no idea what that means. Instead, I'll just recommend good places.

The VU corridor has changed a bit - more chains, more large buildings. Still some good indie choices though. Look at Tin Angel or Bricktops, for example. Also, Hillsboro Village has some good spots that should suit -- Bosco's, Cabana, or even Fido.

Cool and creative are Nashville's bywords now in the restaurant biz, and the areas of town that are happening are much different than they were. The problem you are going to have trying to go somewhere on Saturday night this week is they are all going to be booked up except for really early or late. Still, my top choices would be City House, Husk, Etch, Rolf & Daughters, Flyte, Lockeland Table, Eastland Cafe. Also really good would be Germantown Cafe (great view), {blvd}, Yellow Porch, Park Cafe, Suzy Wong's, Silo.

If you want more casual fare, Peg Leg Porker, Edley's, Pharmacy Burger, Hattie B's.

Oct 03, 2013
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suggestions near Gaylord

Nothing special in the Opryland area.

Get a car/taxi and head to one of these (reservations needed):

City House, Capitol Grille, etch, Lockeland Table, Flyte, Margot, Husk.

If you want a high-end steak dinner (seems to go with business) check out Kayne Prime.

Jul 04, 2013
TLF in Kentucky & Tennessee

Any opinions on Husk-Nashville?

I've not been to the Charleston location. Brock was a chef here in Nashville so this is a comeback, of sorts. It is getting raves but I also think they're still getting their feet under them. I went for brunch and liked some things quite a lot but thought the service was odd. May have been just that one waiter.

Be aware that they are booked up for several months for dinner. You can typically get a reservation for lunch with less than a week's notice, though. And, I believe they take walk-ins at the bar for both lunch and dinner, but of course there could be a wait at night.

There are tons of other great places to eat in town: I'd recommend City House above all. After that, etch, Capitol Grille (where Brock was before he left for Charleston ... Brock did molecular stuff at CG, though, and now they're doing the southern thing), Rolf & Daughters, Lockeland Table, flyte.

Jul 04, 2013
TLF in Kentucky & Tennessee

Road trip: Mid-Mo to Nashville via Owensboro, KY & Murphysboro IL

Nothing of note in the Opryland area -- it is tourist/chain centric.

All of Pete K's recs are good, although I think Tavern is OK, not stellar. I'd add Monell's, plus Edley's and B&C.

Jun 10, 2013
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Birthday Dinner in Nashville

For a view / nice atmosphere, I'd definitely recommend Germantown Cafe. Good food, too!

Jun 10, 2013
TLF in Kentucky & Tennessee

Forgot the name of a great burrito place in Nashville

Yes I know Baja, it's pretty close to my house. I would have NEVER thought of mentioning it as being "on the way to the airport." This area isn't between the airport and anything tourist-related, unless you stayed in the Brentwood or Franklin area.

Jun 01, 2013
TLF in Kentucky & Tennessee

Planning a trip to Nashville and Memphis over Thanksgiving... will everything be open?

I don't have time to carefully consider each item for Nashville, but ...

Hermitage Hotel is fabulous.

Things are generally open around Thanksgiving except for the day itself. Your best bet for meals on that day are going to be in the hotels, i.e., Capitol Grille. Also look at the new Mason's in the Loewe's Vanderbilt Plaza. There will also be a few regular restaurants that will be open but they usually don't start announcing that until a week or two before.

Bobbie's Dairy Dip is only open in the summer.

There's more than a few good BBQ places in town. Jack's is fine, but it probably wouldn't be my first choice. I'd do Edley's or the new Peg Leg Porker, OR head down to Nolensville for Martin's.

You've picked some odd choices and left off some obvious spots. It looks like you're trying to do "dives." I'd be curious as to your criteria & where you got your recs. You've picked a lot of places that are really old-school Nashville -- Rotier's, Brown's, Elliston Place -- that I would say probably have their best days behind them. The ambiance and historical status is going to be the main selling point. I'm guessing you've spent a lot of time on Roadfood.com. Just keep in mind that just because a restaurant is well-reviewed on their site doesn't mean they've been there in the last decade.

Also, if you're going to see Franklin Theater & Carnton, you might as well plan to spend an afternoon / evening in Franklin and eat dinner there. Look at Cork & Cow or Red Pony or Puckett's. Spend time wandering the square and the few blocks on all sides.

Jun 01, 2013
TLF in Kentucky & Tennessee

Forgot the name of a great burrito place in Nashville

On your way to the airport from where? Along what route? There are a million funky little Mexican/Latin places ... without knowing what part of the city, hard to pin down.

May 29, 2013
TLF in Kentucky & Tennessee

Place to eat in Nashville?

Silly Goose is fine but I don't know that I'd choose it as my one dinner in town. I'd recommend Rolf & Daughters, Lockeland Table, or Etch over SG.

CH would be my top rec, though. They do have a small bar, so if you want to take your chances as a walk-in, you might have some luck. Lockeland & Rolf also save out some seats each night for walk-ins.

May 17, 2013
TLF in Kentucky & Tennessee

Good place for drink and appetizers in Nashville?

In addition to Holland House ... Patterson House, Mason's. A few others I'd recommend but they definitely close at 10. These may, not sure, so check the web site of each. A couple of places that do stay open later, esp on weekends, are Sunset Grill & Bound'ry -- more well-established than hot-n-trendy, but quite good. Also Sunset Grill's sister restaurant Cabana may fit the bill as well.

May 17, 2013
TLF in Kentucky & Tennessee

Downtown Nashville dinner

"What's not to be missed" and "walking distance" of your hotel are almost nearly mutually exclusive.

Close to your hotel is Puckett's - casual, ok but not terrific Southern. The best thing on that side of Broadway - and one of the best in the city - is the Capitol Grill in The Hermitage Hotel. It's a nationally-known restaurant that is big on farm-to-table, to the point of having its own farm.

South of Broadway, a bit of a hike, is Etch -- one of the best restaurants in town. Next door to that is The Southern, which I think is OK but overpriced. But it's popular.

A very short ride away are other stellar restaurants, some with national reputations and James Beard nominations: City House, Lockeland Table, Rolf & Daughters, Margot, Eastland Cafe, Kayne Prime, Watermark, Silo. Any of these would be worth your while. Depending on when you are going to be here, Mason's in the Loewe's may be open. Another casual option would be Monell's.

If you want to experience something unique, you could look at The Catbird Seat. You have to book a month (EXACTLY a month, starting at midnight) in advance, though.

Apr 14, 2013
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Chicago specialties to take home

Thanks, y'all are awesome! *grin* Today is my "out and about" day, so I'll be exploring these suggestions. Thanks again!

Apr 13, 2013
TLF in Chicago Area

Chicago specialties to take home

I am in Oakbrook this week on business. I'm staying over Friday, will have free time on Saturday. I'm looking for some suggestions for food souvineers I can take home to Nashville with me. The giftee is a chef who appreciates any and all food / cuisine. I just don't know much about what would be great exemplars that would be portable on a plane. Some sort of sausage from a great Italian or Polish market? And that's where my thought process ground to a halt. I also would like to avoid parts of town that are far away (I'll be flying out of Midway late Sat afternoon) or that require paying arm/leg for parking.

Looking forward to hearing your ideas!!

Apr 08, 2013
TLF in Chicago Area

Large Party for Dinner East Nashville

Check with Feast. Also, thinking primarily of party size and price, Gerst Haus, Rosepepper Cantina,

Not "downtown" but in the Vandy area, Amerigo has a back room that they will use for private parties.

Feb 09, 2013
TLF in Kentucky & Tennessee

Sunday in Nashville

The thing about City House is that it's not all that elegant/elevated. It's rustic Italian (no, not spaghetti & meatballs) crossed with Southern ingredients/sensibility in a formerly industrial building. It's one of the best meals that Nashville has to offer, and I would say it IS unique to Nashville.

Be sure to make reservations, as far in advance as you can. Alternately, if there's just two of you, you may be able to squeeze in at the small bar as a walk-in.

Other places that are unique to Nashville, from higher-end to neighborhood spots to "joints": Edley's BBQ, Etch, The Southern, Lockeland Table (oh, not open on Sunday, never mind), {blvd}Nashville, Capitol Grill. Also agree with Hattie B's for hot chicken.

Jan 30, 2013
TLF in Kentucky & Tennessee

I know it's early Nashvill on the 4th of July

Nashville does pulled pork better than ribs in general. If you didn't like Martin's I don't know that anything else in Nashville is going to be better. You could give Edley's or B&C a try, though. Most places do brisket, but beef BBQ is really more of a Texas thing. Judge Bean's in north Brentwood specializes in TX style.

There are so many places in Nashville to get "indigenous Southern fare" that Cracker Barrel shouldn't even be on the radar. I'm a little surprised that having been here before you'd even say that -- sounds a little hostile. LOL Monell's and Arnold's are really the top recs, but another option would be Puckett's (Leiper's Fork is the original and usually considered the best, followed by Franklin and Downtown). The aforementioned Edley's & B&C do great southern sides as well as good BBQ / smoked meats. B&C is located in Melrose and at the Farmers' Market; the food court at the FM is also a good spot to wander and snack/lunch. A lot of people would recommend Loveless Cafe, especially for breakfast. For more elevated Southern: Capitol Grille, The Southern, Silo, Watermark.

By the time July 4 rolls around, it's possible Husk Nashville will be open. There are also restaurants opening seemingly every week. If you really want to keep up with what's going on in the dining scene, check out the local alternative weekly online. They publish a new full review every Thurs. The real scoop can be had on the Bites blog: www.nashvillescene.com

Dec 28, 2012
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Costco in Memphis - does it sell booze?

In Tennessee, liquor and wine can only be sold in liquor stores, which sell absolutely nothing else. Beer is available in grocery stores, convenience stores, etc. So ... you'll have to go to a liquor store for that Scotch.

Dec 04, 2012
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Solo lunch and dinner in nashville

All excellent suggestions. Add to that list Capitol Grill in the Hermitage Hotel.

Nov 28, 2012
TLF in Kentucky & Tennessee

drinks and tasty snacks before CMA;s at Bridgestone Arena? Or where to go after for late night dinner?

City House and Capitol Grille are both tops, but really different. City House is urban, high-energy, a little loud, with patrons of a wide range of ages and style choices -- everything from business attire to jeans. CG is elegant, in an historic building, and old-school without being stuffy or boring. The food in each place is locally sourced and prepared by chefs with national credentials. CG is upscale Southern, CH is rustic Italian-by-way-of-the-South.

One way to have the best of both worlds would be to eat at CH and do drinks (before or after) at the Oak Bar, which is CG's bar.

Other restaurants / bars that are downtown or an easy short cab hop are Etch and Silo.

For after CMA, a lot of places that are primarily restaurants close at 10. Places that stay open later in the immediate downtown area are going to be the honky tonks. I hear Robert's Western World has a good burger. If you want to go a small bit further afield from the core downtown strip, check the hours for Patterson House, Whiskey Kitchen, Virago, Holland House, ChaChah.

P.S. I find Merchants ok sometimes but never great. The downstairs restaurant is different from upstairs ... downstairs will probably suit your purposes better.

Oct 29, 2012
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Nice lunch in Nashville.....no more Houston's.

Well, the location of the original Houston's is a restaurant by the original owner of Houston's ... it's called Bricktops. Other than that, look at J Alexander's. The original location is on White Bridge Rd., but there's also one on West End.

Oct 21, 2012
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1st time in Nashville - please help with dinner options.

All in the same basic central urban core area. None more than 15 minutes from the hotel (assuming it's not rush hour or something).

Sep 30, 2012
TLF in Kentucky & Tennessee

1st time in Nashville - please help with dinner options.

My top 4 in that list - not only for food but for service and/or ambiance - are City House, ChaChah, Capitol Grill (note the spelling), Eastland Cafe. Haven't been to etch yet but it is ALL THE BUZZ right now -- rave reviews left and right. Another new place to add to the possibilities is Lockeland Cafe (new restaurant opened by the former chef at Eastland Cafe.)

My second tier would be Kayne (haven't been, but solid reviews), Bound'ry, Yellow Porch, flyte.

Sep 28, 2012
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Is there a "power lunch" spot in downtown Nasvhville?

I would say Capitol Grille or The Palm.

Sep 25, 2012
TLF in Kentucky & Tennessee

Where to dine in Nashville near Vanderbilt U on a Friday night?

Hattie B's would be fun, just be aware it's HOT chicken (a Nashville specialty) and as such there can be a wait for your meal ... it's cheap & casual but not fast food. Since you are not restricted to Vandy area for lunch ... Edley's or Burger Up on 12South. Fido in Hillsboro Village. The Farmer's Market ... B&C or AM @ FM or Bella Nashville. Porta Via on White Bridge Road. I would say Arnold's but they aren't open on Saturday, so ... Monell's. Capitol Grill.

For dinner, I echo City House a million times. Please make a reservation, though, if there are more than two of you. (If there are two, the chef's bar or even the tiny drinks bar is an option), esp if you go earlyish. If for some wild reason that's not an option ... ChaChah (esp for happy hour wine & tapas, talk about cheap), Park Cafe, Cabana, Bound'ry. etch. Silo. Capitol Grille.

Since you couldn't get in to Catbird, go to Patterson House downstairs for drinks before or after.

Sep 23, 2012
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