ON TOUR: KOREAN in NASHVILLE - Manna
I am in a band that tours America, A LOT. I'm not sure what we would do without Chowhound. We use it practically every night. Chances are you may have helped us out somewhere along our journey, so thanks for that!! Anyway, a lot of the time on tour we try to find good local/regional eats that are unique to certain areas, but as we are on the road a lot sometimes we just get crazy hankerings that need to be satisfied.
So we were in Nashville a few nights back, and for some reason I NEEDED Korean food. I wasn't sure what to expect but we stumbled upon this little hole in the wall called Manna (1104 Charlotte Ave
Nashville, TN 37203). It had one review on YELP, which is always pretty hit and miss. But damn, this place was great home-cooked Korean food. It seemed to be family run, there were a bunch of kids toys in the back, and a small karaoke setup, which may or may not be open to the public. Not really any "decor" to speak of, which isn't a bad thing in my book. There were 2 people running the place. A friendly woman took our orders, and then went to the back to help the one chef in the kitchen. We ordered pretty standard stuff, Bi Bim Bap, Bulgogi, etc. All was tasty, clean and simple. Home-cooked, not too greasy, not too rich. They also packed up a 2nd box for each of us of Banchan (sides), as we were in a hurry and had to make our order to go, which I thought was pretty incredible. I've never had Banchan wrapped up to go, anywhere. It usually a dine-in or you lose it sort of deal. Kimchi was tasty, not too vinegary. As we left she told us: "eat all your vegetables." Cute.
1104 Charlotte Ave, Nashville, TN 37203