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Noshville: 883 miles from New York

Today my boyfriend and I ate at a recently opened deli, Noshville (Green Hills), in Nashville, TN. Ostensibly, the deli is fashioned after the infamous deli's of New York, but this is certainly a case where something got lost in the translation. Besides the free pickles on the table, everything about this experience was a disappointment, and the best way to describe my stomach right now is queazy.

Now one might wonder how it is possible to mess up a grilled cheese sandwich (which is what I ordered), but Noshville has found a way. It wasn't necessarily the mushy tomatoes and flimsy bread that ruined it, but rather the substance used to grill the sandwich (an oil and butter substitute that tasted like rancid oil). After a few bites we realized it was simply inedible. We told our waiter who in turn told his manager who in turn came over and proceeded to explain to us that the foulness we had tasted was all in our heads. Perhaps this abracadabra, emperor's new clothes, hocus pocus works in Nashville, but this place wouldn't last a week in New York. My partner's egg salad sandwich was an exploration in how much mayo can you put in egg salad before it's no longer egg salad. Needless to say, few bites were possible with this meal as well.

You'd be better off taking your money to Whole Foods around the corner. There are some decent places to get lunch in Nashville. Fido in Hillsboro Village knows a thing or two about tasty sandwiches (actually, the food and atmosphere there would give you more of a New York experience than Noshville).

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  1. If you eat only the stuff they didn't cook themselves (the meats, the pickles) you can get a decent meal at Noshville. Although you can't get pickled tomatoes.

    1. I ate at the one on Broadway when I was there last month and really enjoyed it.

      1. Although I hate to hear that anyone had a bad experience in Nashville, I will second that Noshvill knows how to ruin a grilled cheese sandwich. I personally think that they fall into the category of overrated along with the Pancake Pantry. I'm glad you had a good experience at Fido -- it's a good place in a fun neighborhood. Hopefully your last meal in town wasn't at Noshville!

        1. And let me point out that you can get good deli food in Nashville -- at Goldie's. The atmosphere isn't exactly NYC, but the food is all that. Except for no pickled tomatoes, of course. :)

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          1. re: nm1

            Goldie's is delicious, and priced a bit more attractively than Noshville as well, though I do head to Nosh for an H&H bagel fix now and again. The OP's statement that Noshville would never survive in NY is one that I m not sure I can agree with. I'm only 20 and I have already had more than one dissapointing NY deli experience...but on the whole they are right, a place like Katz's would blow Noshville out of the water.

          2. Noshville is our neighborhood place, so I've eatn practically everything on the menu. We are most often there at breakfast for brunch. The matzo brei is great, if you like matzo brei, and the potato pancakes are addictive. The matzo ball soup is my favorite -- it's like a carb bomb. I love the reuben and the Rachel (but I haven't ordered either in a year -- maybe there's an issue with the grill). I've also enjoyed the pot roast and the roast chicken.Had mixed experiences with the meatloaf. I can't say I've ordered a grilled cheese or egg salad -- too much like what's in the fridge at home. Sorry you had a bad experience -- it's true that we're not New York, but you should have had a better experience than you did.

            1. Yeah, Noshville has always been hit or miss for me. However, one thing that I do think they do consistently well is the Matzo Ball Soup - I love it, especially on a cold day. But then again, I haven't been to a "real NYC deli" in many years, so I'm no authority.

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              1. re: jamiecarroll

                I ordered the matzo ball soup there once. It was like a dish of salt water with yellow food coloring -- no chicken flavor, no nothing. I thought that maybe I had some smell or tastebud problem, so I had my husband taste it, and he said I was right. And the matzo ball wasn't as good as what I make myself. Maybe I was just there on an off-night for the soup, but my reaction to almost everything I've eaten there (that they cooked themselves) is that it's way over-salted (by the standard of how a good NYC deli like Katz's or the late 2nd Avenue would salt things). After half a dozen visits, we gave up.

              2. They just opened a new location in Franklin and have one slated for the airport. Unfortunately if you want good Noshville, you have to go to the Broadway location. Sit at the counter and let Megan and Gina Wow you.

                1. Well since I only order their "Rachel" sandwich at Noshville I can't speak to the specific items you mentioned. But they do have one of the better ruebens (rachel is a pastrami rueben) in the Nashville area. I think so at least and my New York/Nashville transplant friends agreed when I polled them a few months ago. But they also cautioned me away from the egg salad, I don't like egg salad ever so I wasn't planning to try it anyway.

                  Also, I go to the one on Broadway by Vandy. The Green Hills location is changing their hours to a shorter day so I can only assume that means they aren't having high enough customer volume to stay open beyond a late lunch during the week.

                  True New York feel anywhere in Nashville will be a stretch since people here are so inclined to be overly nice, things here just aren't as snappy as they are in New York.

                  I have found the sandwiches at most of the local coffee places to be pretty good, I suggest stopping in at the Frothy Monkey on 12th for their awesome chicken salad.