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Not your typical Nashville Bachelorette Party...

Your choice for Friday night at Suzy Wong's is perfect. I've hosted a few girls' nights out and birthday parties there (including my own). Burger Up is a good choice for lunch, and be sure to pop into Las Paletas next door to get some delicious and very interesting Mexican popsicles!

As for Saturday night, I'd strike Sambuca off your list. It's nothing special and it's a chain. You're better off staying at Virago for more cocktails because it's a much more hip spot. Also, as someone mentioned, you can pop over to Whiskey Kitchen just across the street too for more drinks (it's owned by the same people). Something to keep in mind- by the time you come to town, the same group will also be opening another restaurant just down the street, Kayne Prime. I'm quite sure it will be a hot spot just like all of their other restaurants & bars. (you should also check out their newest, Tavern).

While I absolutely LOVE Patterson House with every ounce of my being, it is likely going to be extremely difficult to get 10 girls in. It's a small space, and they only allow in as many people as there are seats (no standing), and there are no booths that seat more than 6 (most seating only 4). There is a large bar in the center of the room, but unless you get there right at opening (5 pm), it's doubtful that they will have space for all of you without a very long wait.

I actually write a local food & drink blog that has more info on all these places and many more. Click on my profile for the link. Good luck planning and enjoy Nashville!

The Patterson House
1711 Division Street, Nashville, TN

Best or Favorite Pies?

I'm not a big fan of fruit pies, instead preferring fruit cobblers and crunches. When it comes to pies, at the top of my list are chess pie and chocolate chess pie. Actually just reinvented my mom's chocolate chess pie recipe last week by making a coconut graham cracker crust for it instead of the normal crust. It was delicious!

The best key lime pie I've had is from Mrs Mac's Kitchen, a no frills diner in Key Largo (MM 99.4 Southbound). No other key lime pie has compared after eating that.

Feb 11, 2011
sparkplug in General Topics

So what would be your last meal? If it came to that :)

My mom's roast and potatoes, authentic Mexican street tacos, mushroom risotto, and my favorite dessert, warm banana bread pudding with caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream.

Feb 11, 2011
sparkplug in General Topics

sea cucumbers

I spent 2 weeks in China last year and had my first experiences with sea cucumber. While in Wenzhou I had a preparation of raw sea cucumber, diced into small bits, served chilled in a soupy mixture that had rice wine, wasabi and ginger among other things. It was delightful!! I absolutely loved the chewy texture of the bits of sea cucumber. I was the only non-Chinese person at the meal, and none of them spoke the best English, so I wasn't able to get a really good handle on all of the ingredients and technique. If I had, I'd be making it at home-- it was that good!

However, while in in Haining, I was served whole sea cucumber which was braised and I coulndn't stomach the texture. I ate a few bites to be polite, but it was all I could do to swallow. Funny how I can name it as both one of the best things I ate while in China and one of the worst!

Feb 11, 2011
sparkplug in General Topics

L.A. Hound visiting Nashville

Totally agree with Pete about Arnold's being top choice for Meat & 3, so do that for lunch on Wednesday because it will fill you up enough that you will not be hungry for dinner. Then on Thursday, definitely do Jimmy Carl's Lunchbox for lunch. It's inside Station Inn, a legendary music venue in the Gulch.

City House is a great restaurant but isn't uniquely Nashville. And as much as I love Rumba, I used to live in SoCal, and it's similar to many places out there so maybe you want to try something a little different. Miro District has some uniquely southern dishes. You'll have no problem at all getting a cab to take you back to the hotel from the restaurant.

If you're a coffee drinker, you should definitely check out Crema ( one morning for breakfast. They have the best coffee in town, Drew's Brews, made right here in Nashville. They also have fantastic quiches and baked goods from one of the best local bakeries, Sweet 16th.

Broadbent's Ham

Glad you enjoyed Broadbent's! I've always been a huge fan, but I'm definitely a little partial since I grew up in Cadiz, KY where Broadbent's originated. A few years ago the Broadbent family sold the operation and the new owners moved it to Kuttawa. Actually, one of the Broadbent's was my 7th grade teacher and my first job during high school was at the Broadbent store in Cadiz.

If you want to taste test a whole slew of country hams, you should check out the Trigg County Country Ham Festival held the 2nd weekend of October every year in Cadiz. Years ago the Guiness Book World Record for the World's Largest Country Ham Biscuit was set during the festival. Here's more info:

Where do you go for coffee and a dessert in or around Nashville??

I am obsessed with the banana bread pudding at Mirror. No one ever believes me when I say it is absolutely one of the best things I've ever tasted until they take the first bite, and then they fall madly in love as well. Plus they have fun after-dinner drinks!

Nashville - post Valentine's day dinner

Zola is my favorite restaurant in Nashville, but I think Flyte is awesome as well. They really have different atmospheres, so if you are wanting something a little more quiet, Zola. If you want something a bit more lively, Flyte. That said though, I think probably the best thing to do would be to go to their respective websites and check out the current menu and see which one excites you the most!

Tom Tuesday Dinner @ Craft Anyone Going Tonight?

Yesterday 6 friends and I all tried calling the reservation line for 45 minutes straight starting at 9:50 a.m. Eastern, and none of us got a reservation. Line was busy all the way through until finally we each got the recording saying that they were fully booked for dinner, plus the waiting list.

Feb 04, 2009
sparkplug in Manhattan

Trader Joe's Lemongrass Chicken Stix

Love these and totally agree that the TJ's gyoza is the perfect dipping sauce! I served these for a party a few weeks ago and they were a huge hit!!

Jan 22, 2009
sparkplug in Features


I could not agree more with the list above!! There is only one addition that I would make to the 12 South area and that is Mirror....I love love love that place for my girly nights out.
Fun drinks and tapas to share!

You definitely want to hit LiME one night if you want to be a part of the Nashville "scene", as it's the hottest place in town right now. Would suggest having dinner elsewhere however- Rumba or Radius10 perhaps? And then head there for late night drinks.


Can you elaborate on what you are looking for or like in terms of food? Are you looking for some place that's more casual, fine dining, atmosphere, etc.?
For suggestions for things to do not related to food, you may want to do a search for Nashville on or

Miro District Nashville -- been yet?

Happily reporting that I am adding a new restaurant to my top restaurants in Nashville list! Went to Miro District last night with a friend, and we were both so happy with everything about the experience. The atmosphere was great, the service was top notch, and the food was oh so good!

We started with the Baked Formaggio appetizer- goat cheese served on blistered tomotoes and basil with grilled foccaccia points. The flavors were so intense and blended together perfectly. We used up the foccaccia before all of the sauce was gone, so I used the bread from the bread basket to sop up the last bit left on the plate. I couldn't resist.

Next we split a Capri Salad which was several different types of locally grown heirloom tomatoes and mozzarella made in-house, topped with a smattering of crispy fried onions. A very nice, light dish for our hot summer evenings. For entrees, my friend ordered the Chicken Paillard and I ordered the Bistecca. The Chicken Paillard was served with a lemon sauce on polenta, and was bursting with flavor. The polenta was so creamy and delicious! The Bistecca had so many incredible flavors and textures-- the steaks were topped with fresh corn, tomatoes, breadcrumbs, mushrooms and served over pototoes. It was an explosion in my mouth-a little crunch, a little creamy, a little acid, a little sweet....oh so good!

I cannot urge you enough- go, go now! You will not be disappointed!

Miro District Nashville -- been yet?

Actually the opening is next Wednesday, the 30th. Unfortunately I'll be out of town, but plan to go as soon as I'm back!

Dinner in Franklin and Brentwood, TN

Red Pony is's a post I wrote a while back

also, Saffire in the Factory at Franklin is really good.

Good place for solo diner in Nashville?

I think sitting at the bar at Radius10 in the Gulch would be great for solo dining. Do a search on here for Radius10 for review and ordering suggestions. Just one tip- gotta order the grits!!

Lime Nashville?

Went last weekend with a few friends and I would have to say that I'm not totally wowed, but I think it definitely has potential. They seem to still be working out some kinks in the kitchen and aren't yet serving everything that is on the menu. We wanted to start off with a trio of ceviches because they all looked so intriguing, but when the waitress arrived to take our order she informed us that they actually only had 2 ceviches that evening, and neither of them were ones that we had chosen. So instead we ordered a trio of dips- queso w/ chorizo (yum), salsa and guac. We also ordered off the tapas menu- chose 3- bbq chicken (pretty good), empanadas (ok) and some kind of grilled shrimp skewer that was very tasty.
For dinner I chose the pork w black beans, rice and plantains. The pork was great, but the plantains were gross. I love plantains, especially when I've had them in several Cuban restaurants and they are served in a sort of caramelized fashion. The menu didn't state how they were prepared, so I was so disappointed when they arrived and they were deep fried. I gave them a try, but they really had no eating a ball of fried sponge.
I can't remember what everyone else chose as an entree, but I do know someone had the paella and they really enjoyed it.

I will say that the drink menu is OUTSTANDING. I love that they have true mixologists at the bar...all the ingredients are totally fresh, no mixes. It might take a few extra minutes to prepare, but it is totally worth it!

I'll definitely go back in a few weeks and try some other things on the menu and report back again!

Trace in Nashville (Hillsboro Village)

I often have starters when I go there for a drink, and my favorites are Wok Charred Green Beans, the Mushroom Ravioli and the crab cakes. Even though it has been a while since I've had dinner there, I've always had an enjoyable experience.

Honey Pear Champagne Cocktail Recipe

Sorry I've been MIA...
The drinks were a huge hit! I'm sorry that I didn't buy double the amount of ingredients because we ran out about halfway into the party. I will definitely make these again! Thanks~

Jan 15, 2008
sparkplug in Spirits

nashville, local style eating?

I wouldn't waste a trip on the Gerst Haus unless you love German food for some reason. It's not going to give you a taste of "local" food. If you want bbq, I would suggest Hog Heaven on West End instead of Jack's. Monell's is definitely the place to go for family style southern cooking. If you are really craving a burger, then I guess Rotier's is one of the better places to go here in Nashville, but I think you will see there are mixed reviews from the locals on this site.

For a more upscale dinner on NYE with still a hint of southern, try Radius10 in the gulch. Jason Brumm's shrimp and grits are to die for. Actually he has grits 3 different ways on the menu and they are all insanely good!

Have a great trip and enjoy your time in Nashville!

Nashville - NYC hound coming for FOOD

Honey Pear Champagne Cocktail Recipe

yeah, that's kind of what I was thinking. I'm giving it a shot-- my party isn't until the 28th of this month, but that is before NYE, so I'll let you know how it turns out!

Dec 10, 2007
sparkplug in Spirits

Honey Pear Champagne Cocktail Recipe

I'm having a party for a bunch of my girlfriends and want to do one "signature" drink for the party and this sounds perfect. Do you think it would still be good if I mix a big pitcher of it? or do I need to mix individual drinks? It would just be easier if I could make it up right before everyone arrives instead of mixing as we go.

Dec 08, 2007
sparkplug in Spirits

What to order at Radius10 (Nashville)

I've been to Radius10 dozens of times and it is one of my favorite restaurants, but I tend to order the same things every time. Now I'm taking 3 out of town friends there and want to make sure their experience is amazing, so I would love to know what everyone's favorites are.
Mine are the low country shrimp and scallops, the ahi tuna, the side of bacon cheddar grits, and the arugula salad.
Please offer up any suggested dishes I should have my friends order!

Cheese grits

I made this recipe from Top Chef a few weeks ago for a dinner party and everyone there was begging for more. These grits are amazing....even if you just want to eat them on their own without making the shrimp part of the recipe.

Nov 15, 2007
sparkplug in Home Cooking

Anyone used A Catered Affair in Nashville?

Has anyone used A Catered Affair catering before? We are contemplating using them for our wedding reception but would love to get some feedback before we sign on the dotted line!

If anyone has any thoughts or suggestions for other caterers I would love to hear them as well. Thanks!

Indian Food in Nashville

Agree totally with nm1. I eat at Sitar quite often (always for dinner, never the buffet) and have always liked everything I've had. Shalimar is much closer to my house, but the 2 x's I've been there I wasn't impressed. Maybe I should give it another shot if they have a new chef.

What's "the" food where you're from?

And I'm the first Tennessee girl....born and raised in KY for my early years and now call Nashville home. Growing up in KY, it was country ham, fried pies, bbq (pulled pork), burgoo, fried catfish, beans & cornbread and of course plenty of bourbon!! TN brings more bbq but with different sauces. Oh, and whiskey. I'm a KY girl at heart, so I always favor Maker's Mark over Jack Daniels!

Nov 06, 2007
sparkplug in General Topics

Best Food in Nashville?

For dinner, my suggestions would be Radius10 in the gulch or Zola on West End. If you go to Radius10, be sure to order some of the grits! They are to die for! Both of these restaurants are a quick drive from your hotel, or 5 minute cab ride. Virago, which is located right behind the Embassy Suites, is also an excellent choice. They have the best sushi in town, and even if you don't like sushi, they have plenty of other interesting choices on the menu. You'll need to make a reservation, and ask to be seated in the dining room. They have lounge seating as well, but for a nicer, more intimate atmosphere the dining room is your best bet.
I love Red Pony in Franklin as someone else suggested, but I think there are plenty of great places near you in Nashville that will work.

Brooklyn hound with one night in Nashville

I just had the duck this past weekend and am now a HUGE Flyte fan! Wow, that cocoa nib jus is awesome! That was my second time to Flyte, and both times the service has been beyond any that I've had in Nashville. The wine list is also incredible and although I can't afford to eat there every week, I'll be back as often as I can, even if for just a few glasses of wine.