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My Nashville restaurand list! How on target am I ?

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coachrbc Aug 10, 2011 02:41 PM

will be spending one week Nashville I have developed a list of where to eat after reading all the posts

I would appreciate any additions or deletions and recommendations

Fine dining 1 Capital Grille,2 Miel3 Park Cafe4 Margot5 Watermark Cafe need help on which ones to choose need one for a special romantic evening
Arnolds for meat and three
Prince'sHot Chicken
Monell's Sunday breakfast or just lunch
Loveless cafe
Martins or Jack's will be coming in from Memphis
Holland house
F Scott's
Pancake Pantry

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Pancake Pantry
1796 21st Ave S, Nashville, TN 37212

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    Yongeman RE: coachrbc Aug 10, 2011 03:26 PM

    As an out-of-towner myself, but one who has visited Nashville many times, I agree whole-heartedly with these places:
    Arnolds
    Prince's Hot Chicken
    Monell's Sunday breakfast or just lunch
    Loveless cafe
    Martins
    Pancake Pantry
    I'm not as familiar with the higher-end spots, but have enjoyed several brunches at Margot's. The Loveless Cafe is certainly worthy of one visit and 3 of my very favorite Nashville eateries are Prince's, Monell's and Arnold's. Lots of character there.

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    Pancake Pantry
    1796 21st Ave S, Nashville, TN 37212

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      TLF RE: coachrbc Aug 10, 2011 04:16 PM

      Pick Capitol Grille for your romantic evening. (I think I responded to your other posts on this topic before.) If you are going to do more than one fine-dining meal, you can't go wrong with Margot. That will also give you a taste of East Nashville. If you want something with a strong Southern influence, Watermark is also great. Miel gets some good chatter but I've never been. I like Park Cafe a LOT (and its sister restaurant Eastland Cafe even more) but they are a notch below the others in terms of being "fine dining." I'd pit their food against most of the others most of the time, but they are more neighborhood restaurants. If you are looking for something just a smidge more casual but with excellent food, I'd go with Eastland Cafe.

      A lot of people would put F Scott's in the category above. It's fine, but I'd actually choose any of the above over it unless you're looking for a jazz evening, in which case it's great.

      As for the others, they are typical high spots that people want to hit when they come to town and want "southern home cookin'" type food. I like Jack's, but I'd pick Martin's. Holland House is an excellent outlier choice, especially for drinks.

      P.S. Oh, and you left off the best restaurant in town -- City House. While the atmosphere is a bit casual (mixed crowd, actually), the food is amazing. If you are really interested in a gourmet experience, and you're going to be here a week, you'd be foolish to skip it.

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        coachrbc RE: TLF Aug 11, 2011 08:37 AM

        The Park cafe menu is intriguing foodwise that's what I'm looking for

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        dailybread8383 RE: coachrbc Aug 10, 2011 04:19 PM

        Go with cityhouse for your nice meal, no doubt the best restaurant in nashville

        1. jamiecarroll RE: coachrbc Aug 11, 2011 07:12 AM

          If you're going to Memphis, you needn't bother with barbecue in Nashville. There are at least five places in Memphis better than the best barbecue in Nashville. Martin's is pretty good, but at this point kind of overrated, and it's way out from the city.

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            coachrbc RE: jamiecarroll Aug 11, 2011 08:11 AM

            Please give me your Memphis rec's as well
            So far its
            Gus's
            BBQ Shop
            Rendezvous
            Restaurant Iris
            Huey's
            Soul fish
            Owen Brennon's
            Id live on BBQ I mean ribs is my wife would let me
            anything you like to add

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            Restaurant Iris
            2146 Monroe Ave, Memphis, TN 38104

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              dailybread8383 RE: coachrbc Aug 11, 2011 08:54 AM

              Iris, Gus's, Central BBQ and Las Tortugas are not to miss in Memphis.

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              Central BBQ
              2249 Central Ave, Memphis, TN 38104

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                jamiecarroll RE: coachrbc Aug 11, 2011 10:22 AM

                I have never been to Owen Brennan's, so can't comment on that one. I would substitute Dyer's on Beale Street for Huey's for your burger place - I've never found Huey's to be anything special.

                Other than that, your list looks great. Between Rendezous, BBQ Shop, and Central BBQ, you will get your rib fix!

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                Central BBQ
                2249 Central Ave, Memphis, TN 38104

                Owen Brennan's Restaurant
                6150 Poplar Avenue, Memphis, TN 38119

                Rendezous Restaurant
                202 N Main St, Ashland City, TN 37015

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                  Davwud RE: jamiecarroll Aug 14, 2011 07:25 AM

                  I agree JC. Mrs. Sippi is a huge Huey's fan and made a big point of taking me there when we were dating. It was okay.

                  Dyers is better but not awesome. What it is is unique. 100 year old grease to deep fry the burgers. It's worth trying once.
                  http://www.dyersonbeale.com/

                  DT

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              Jaybay RE: coachrbc Aug 13, 2011 07:44 AM

              I think there are only a handful of restaurants in Nashville that are worth your money... For a fine dining meal i would say City House (without a doubt the best restaurant in Nashville) or F. Scotts (zero atmosphere though the nightly jazz is a nice touch) - Pancake Pantry is an institution & a good one at that. Go with sweet potato pancakes & your eyes may roll back in your head. For lunch i love the Silly Goose in East Nashville. save room for Jeni's Ice Cream next door. Also, Mas Tacos is a special spot as well. For cocktails Patterson House or Oak Bar at The Hermitage Hotel. Prince's Hot Chicken is rad but i've been told The Scoreboard is better & they serve beer to help de-heat the mouth.... I feel that Watermark has seriously gone downhill since they changed chefs & i wouldn't eat at Park Cafe if someone else was picking up the tab. don't waste your time there in particular..... xx

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              Pancake Pantry
              1796 21st Ave S, Nashville, TN 37212

              City House
              1222 4th Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37208

              The Patterson House
              1711 Division Street, Nashville, TN

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                TLF RE: Jaybay Aug 13, 2011 09:55 AM

                I disagree about Park Cafe, I think it's fine. But I do agree there are other places that should be higher on the priority list. Haven't been to Watermark since the change, but that's likely. Silly Goose ... meh. It's a cafe. Food is fine, but again many other places higher on the list. Eastland Cafe, on the other hand, catty-corner from SG, is awesome.

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                  Jaybay RE: TLF Aug 13, 2011 10:31 AM

                  curious as to what you ordered at Silly Goose that made you think "meh". I absolutely love it.
                  I stand behind my Park Cafe opinion :)

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                    coachrbc RE: TLF Aug 14, 2011 06:38 AM

                    Thanks so much I' like the City House but I don't want to be snobby but is it better than food at Mario Batalias Babbo,,,Felida,, Escca etc or other high end restaurants in NYC. That's my only problem . I need something that I'm not going to get back home That's why we'll be eating in Iris on your recommendation in Memphis as well. What do you feel is comparable but not Italian . I
                    reread the menu on line and reviews I'll probably try it but not for my ultimate Nashville dining experience. Last ultimate experience was at August in Nola. I'm looking for something I can't compare it too

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                    City House
                    1222 4th Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37208

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                      Yongeman RE: coachrbc Aug 14, 2011 08:49 AM

                      I hear what you're saying, coachrbc. That's why I agreed with many of your suggestions in my original post. I'm also from out of town (Toronto, to be exact). We have lots of fine dining and multiple ethic spots too, but specifically Southern fare is what I was looking for (and got!) in Nashville.

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                        Cameraman RE: Yongeman Aug 14, 2011 08:56 AM

                        Hey Yongeman -- Maybe he'd like Fred's. I'll be there tonight ;^)

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                          Yongeman RE: Cameraman Aug 14, 2011 09:57 AM

                          Ha ha. I'm sure he would. So would I, but the commute is a bit tough. Please say 'hi' to Fred for me.

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                        jamiecarroll RE: coachrbc Aug 15, 2011 08:13 AM

                        I understand. Honestly, I'm not sure anything high-end in Nashville is going to compare with what you can get in New York. What you will find to be unique in Nashville are at the other end of the spectrum - Arnold's, Prince's, Monell's, Loveless, etc. I think the closest thing to unqiue for fine dining would probably be Capitol Grille at the Hermitage Hotel.

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                          coachrbc RE: jamiecarroll Aug 15, 2011 04:01 PM

                          Thank you so much for understanding my problem or more specially my BW's I have to do this right
                          If I blow her 60th being up the creek without a paddle would be a minor annoyance
                          Drinks at Holland House
                          Dinner? Capitol grille or what
                          Jazz at F Scotts

                          Actually I'd be happy eating at Bro's for catfish and red beans and rice. I was having a discussion with my daughter's fiancee who spent time in Nashville and his feeling was keep going to places like, Bro,s, Arnold,s, Prince, Monel's which can't be found anywhere else in the country

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                          I love Jersey RE: coachrbc Aug 19, 2011 11:53 AM

                          you're not going to find anything here better than any of Mario's places or Felidia's..City House is good, but good for Nashville. Marche is the best one on your list IMO.

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                            coachrbc RE: I love Jersey Aug 20, 2011 10:40 AM

                            then you recommend Capitol grille

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                              I love Jersey RE: coachrbc Aug 20, 2011 08:12 PM

                              lukewarm on capitol grille, however I've only ever eaten at the bar and had a burger. way overpriced for nothing special.

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                      gkm23 RE: coachrbc Aug 28, 2011 05:51 PM

                      Not sure if it's too late here, but as far as my 2 cents go, I personally find Capitol Grille to be a tad overrated. It's fine food with a slightly southern twist, and certainly local ingredients, but I don't think it's the place to go if you choose just one fine dining option. I understand the predicament as far as City House goes, but I would consider it more than just merely "good for Nashville," and clearly the James Beard Foundation would agree. I've never thought of Coty House as a strictly Italian place, more Italian in the South..but maybe that's just me. If you want to avoid that, I would recommend Watermark over Capitol Grille. I think the quality there is great, and they serve a filet that I think is only topped by Roast in Detroit (of those that I've had). One thing that hasn't been mentioned is Tayst, another great restaurant using local ingredients. More trendy than high end, but something serving a more updated and upscale twist on Southern cooking is Cabana. It seems people are pretty divided on this place, but having moved from the Northeast myself (Boston), it's something I was never able to get up there. I'd say that's your best bet to get something fancier than the meat and threes and not end up comparing it to something in NYC, but I do think if you really want to try the best Nashville has to offer, try City House.

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                      Tayst Restaurant
                      2100 21st Ave S, Nashville, TN 37212

                      City House
                      1222 4th Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37208

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                        RedheadedPippi RE: coachrbc Sep 4, 2011 12:25 PM

                        If you want romance, good atmosphere, and amazing food, here are your 3 best bets in Nashville, hands down:

                        Margot Cafe
                        Holland House Bar & Refuge
                        Tayst

                        City House is good, but it is NOT romantic. I used to walk there from my house all the time, but I feel that it has gone a bit downhill in the last year.

                        For casual and authentic Nashville experiences, I would recommend:
                        Loveless Cafe
                        Monell's
                        Pancake Pantry
                        Any good meat & three, like Arnold's
                        Prince's Hot Chicken Shack (if you dare)

                        For a nice, kind of upscale Sunday brunch, check out Tin Angel on West End.

                        Enjoy!

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                        Tayst Restaurant
                        2100 21st Ave S, Nashville, TN 37212

                        Pancake Pantry
                        1796 21st Ave S, Nashville, TN 37212

                        City House
                        1222 4th Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37208

                        Tin Angel Restaurant
                        3201 W End Ave, Nashville, TN 37203

                        1. Davwud RE: coachrbc Jul 17, 2012 07:23 AM

                          I highly recommend the Pancake Pantry for breakfast. Don't let the line up disued you. It moves quickly.

                          Inside they make terrific pancakes with, as much as anything, their sweet potato pancakes with the Cinnamon Cream Syrup being a specialty. I wrote on another board that the syrup would be good on anything up to and including tree bark.

                          DT

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