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Nashville for 2.5 Weeks ... Thoughts?

Will be in Nashville for work, and am wondering where all to go. I've cruised the board, Yelp, NYT, etc to find suggestions, and this is what I have thus far:

Hot Chicken:
Princes
Hattie Bs
Boltons

Meat n 3/Southern Comfort:
Arnold's
Monells

Breakfast/Brunch:
Margot
Marche
Tavern
Husk
Pancake Pantry
Loveless

Cheap Eats:
Bella Pizza
Mas Tacos Por Favor
Burger Up
The Pharmacie
Las Paletas
Jeni's Ice Cream
Olive & Sinclair

Mid-Scale Dinners:
Silo
Tavern
Lockeland Table
Husk
Etch
Rolf & Daughters
Germantown Cafe
Silly Goose

Upscale Dinners:
Flyte
Catbird Seat
Capitol Grille
City House

Drinks:
Patterson House
Holland House
Crema (coffee)

Anything I should add/remove?

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  1. That's a pretty comprehensive list.

    Some thoughts/suggestions:

    - Remove Capitol Grille and replace with Kayne Prime
    - I would consider 400 Degrees as part of the "Meat N 3" category
    - Loveless. No. Just no.
    - Think about Legato Gelato if you like Gelato
    - I would skip City House

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      Ips, what are you doing here on the TN/KY board? I know you're normally LA-based (like myself), no?

      I spent some time in Nashville when I was younger, so some of the places I referenced will be part nostalgia. But I haven't been back in ages, so I'm sure the food scene has wildly changed since I was last on Broadway.

      Kayne Prime ... realistically, is it better than the places I'd go in LA or NYC?

      Thanks for the Legato tip, might have to check it out.

      Isn't City House - esp for Sunday Dinner - one of the most highly recommended spots? I already have a Catbird Seat res, and this one was the next I made.

      1. re: a213b

        I'm in Nashville semi-regularly these days.

        >>>Kayne Prime ... realistically, is it better than the places I'd go in LA or NYC?<<<

        No, it's not but then that's probably true for just about any place in Nashville, Catbird Seat included.

        >>>Isn't City House - esp for Sunday Dinner - one of the most highly recommended spots?<<<

        Well, ok, you didn't say that before. For Sunday Supper it's a good option.

        1. re: ipsedixit

          Right on, right on.

          I'm sure Kayne is great - just looked over the menu - but for some reason I have a hard time hitting steak houses when I travel ... or even when I don't.

          I'm curious: looked over City House and why is the Sunday Dinner the thing to do? The menu just looks like a scaled down version of the regular dinner menu, no?

          As for Nashville in general, seems to be getting a lot of press as a happening food spot, so I'm looking forward to it.

          I'll post reviews once I get settled in, in a couple days.

          1. re: a213b

            Sunday Supper at CH is really less about the food, and more about the atmosphere and overall experience. It's sort of like an LA pop-up with a Southern charm to it.

            All of that said, I'm still not that enamored with CH overall as a restaurant.

            If I'm in Germantown, I really like to hang out Rolf & Daughters and work through their cocktail menu. I still dream about their Burn the Witch concoction. Good stuff.

    2. Hot Chicken: I would personally skip Prince's, unless you're willing to to make the drive to North Nashville, and wait a very long time for your food. Yes, it is the hot chicken "mecca", but I would much rather go to Hattie B's for ease of location, better sides, and beer.

      Princes
      Hattie Bs
      Boltons

      Meat n 3/Southern Comfort: Get to Arnold's early, the lines get long, but move quickly. Everything is good.
      Arnold's
      Monells

      Breakfast/Brunch: Marche is a great choice for breakfast/brunch, but not southern if that's what you're after. Skip Pancake Pantry, and try Fido just a block away for breakfast. Loveless is good choice, but about 15-20 minutes outside of the city for breakfast.

      Margot
      Marche
      Tavern
      Husk
      Pancake Pantry
      Loveless

      Cheap Eats: Bella Nashville is inside the Farmers Market and open limited hours. Try Desano Pizza Bakery for wood burning pizzas in Midtown. I would skip Mas Tacos if you're coming from LA. It's Mexican food for the hipster crowd. Try Fido for the local burger: lamb/beef, and local cheese from Kentucky. Peg Leg Porker in The Gulch serves killer whole hog, and Memphis style ribs. You're not missing anything if you skip Burger Up or The Pharmacy. In fact, The Pharmacy's sister restaurant/cocktail bar Holland House serves a much better burger. I would recommend Gabby's or Melrose for great burgers.

      Bella Pizza
      Mas Tacos Por Favor
      Burger Up
      The Pharmacie
      Las Paletas
      Jeni's Ice Cream
      Olive & Sinclair

      Mid-Scale Dinners: All great choices, I would add City House to this list. The Sunday Supper menu is very pork and pizza heavy. Everything is meant to be shared family style, and prices are generally less than the regular menu I would add Silly Goose to the cheap eats list. i would remove Tavern from this list, and categorize it as kicked up pub food.

      Silo
      Tavern
      Lockeland Table
      Husk
      Etch
      Rolf & Daughters
      Germantown Cafe
      Silly Goose

      Upscale Dinners: I would add Etch to this list, and remove City House. Sardinia Enoteca recently opened a second location in Nashville in the West End area if Italian interests you.

      Flyte
      Catbird Seat
      Capitol Grille
      City House

      Drinks: Great choices...I strongly suggest trying the coffee soda at Crema.
      Patterson House
      Holland House
      Crema (coffee)

      Anything I should add/remove?

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        1. re: pete k

          I wouldn't skip the Pharmacy. I enjoyed our burger there a lot, and everyone in our group really liked the hand-mixed, clear phosphate sodas. Go off-peak time, ideally on Wednesday or Thursday.

          I'd also add I Dream of Weenie to your cheap eats. Great hot dogs with fun toppings, plus canned Buffalo Rock, one of my favorite sodas.

          Loveless is about what you'd expect for a tourist trap. Good, but not worth a really long wait. Again, avoid peak times and Sunday. Pancake Pantry really is worth the wait, but you can avoid the line by simply arriving earlier than everyone else. Get there at seven.

          http://marieletseat.com/category/tenn...

          1. re: MarieLetsEat

            I can concur about Pancake Pantry. I will offer this about the line. I was not happy about having to wait and thought we could do better. The line was well out the door. The thing is, it moves. The place is pretty large and efficient. So what could seem like a long line up may be less than a half hour.

            Make sure you try the cinnamon sauce on something. It's incredible.

            I will offer up Rotier's for cheap eats and a great burger. They do 3 different types really. A regular flat top. The same but instead of a bun, the burger is stuffed into a grilled cheese. The last, and #27 of 40 things that every Tennesseean should do (as per an article) is the one on French bread.
            I went straight up standard and it's a great, simple burger.

            DT

        2. So we've been in town a few days, and I wanted to post an update with places we have tried, and our thoughts.

          Prince's:
          Ordered the Hot and the Extra Hot. Chicken was crispy, moist, and flavorful, with a nice bit of heat. Skin was glistening with just the right amount of grease. While I didn't feel overwhelmed by the heat, it was definitely there. Very tasty!

          Silo:
          Loved the look of the menu, and the space is nice. Started with one of the House-made Charcuteries (Lamb), had the Chicken Fried Rabbit and Gulf Shrimp over vegetables (neither on the current menu), along with a side of the Jalapeño Cornbread.

          Bland, bland, BLAND! We both felt EVERYTHING we ate desperately needed proper seasoning. Best dish was the Chicken Fried Rabbit, which at least had a crispy crust. Drinks were really pedestrian, too (especially in comparison to Patterson House).

          Jeni's Ice Cream:
          Delicious, as always. Have her book of recipes, and love the ice cream. Really not much to be said other than it's worth a stop, though expensive.

          Patterson House:
          LOVED. Great space, phenomenal drinks. Absolutely fantastic

          Tavern (Brunch):
          Good space, though dark (for brunch) except in the bar area (where we sat). That would be my choice of seating for brunch, or the patio.

          Loved that drinks were 2-for-1, and that you were allowed to Mix & Match them. Didn't find them to be particularly exciting or remarkable, but they did the trick.

          Ordered the White Trash Hash and the Benedict Uno, both of which were well seasoned and hit the spot ... eggs cooked almost perfectly, nice little kick from them Tabasco Hollandaise. I really like that they have the little dripper bottles of various condiments ... wish more places would implement that.

          Lockeland Table:
          Nice, bustling space. Our reservation had been lost, but the hostess was charming, gracious, and took care of it immediately. Thankfully we showed up a few minutes early, but we were all immediately sat once the full party was present.

          Drinks are great here. I tried several and enjoyed them all, as did the others in the party.

          We shared: Chicken Liver Patê, Crab & Corn Fritters, Steamed PEI Mussels, Margherita Pizza, Local Spaghetti w/Meatballs, Housemade Gnocchi, O&S Choc Chip Skillet.

          Very much enjoyed everything, though surprisingly the Pizza was everyone's least favorite (of the savory) -- not that it was not good, but we've experienced better in other places, and all felt the other dishes were more special.

          The only quibble I would have is our server assured us the Chocolate Chip Skillet was absolutely large enough to share for the four of us, which ended up with each of us only having a couple bites. We all felt this was good, but not something one MUST get by any stretch.

          Holland House:
          Came here for drinks after LT; easily sat, and I LOVED that they offer a Happy Hour drink menu later at night (think maybe it starts at 10p?).

          Drinks were solid, though thus far I have preferred both Patterson and the ones at LT.

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          1. While you're still there in town, you should go and try Starbucks' new "cold foam" drinks.

            A Nashville exclusive, apparently.

            http://blogs.wsj.com/corporate-intell...

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            1. re: ipsedixit

              Yeah, I have a strict "No Starbucks" policy, so I'll skip out on these (especially with Crema in town).

            2. Do you have a car and able to get out of town??

              DT

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                1. re: a213b

                  If you feel like getting out of the city and going for a nice drive you can hit Bell Buckle and Bell Buckle Cafe. A fabulous Meat n 3 and the Oatmeal Cake with Caramel for dessert is one of my all time favourite desserts. After a trip to Falls Mill is nice. It's a real working grist mill that still grinds grains. You can buy things like cornmeal and grits. From there, there's the Jack Daniels Distillery. The setting is beautiful and the tour is free. The town square is really nice as well. On the way back you can hit Martin's BBQ for dinner.

                  You're basically making a large right angle triangle.

                  DT

                  1. re: Davwud

                    Thanks for this. I've done the JD tour before, so will probably pass this time. However, these other ideas have been added to the (ever-expanding) list!

              1. OK, here's the next update:

                Crema:
                Great coffee spot. I've been here almost every day, and love their attention to detail, caring, and passion for coffee. And the Coffee Soda! I've never seen that before, and I quite like it!

                Husk:
                Had brunch here, and absolutely loved it; so much so we are considering coming again for dinner instead of trying another new place ... I SERIOUSLY dig this spot.

                The building is beautiful - for brunch, I would absolutely recommend sitting downstairs in the bright, well (natural) lit dining room.

                We had the White Lily Biscuits, the Pork Belly Monte Cristo, and the Shrimp & Grits w/Preserved Tomato Broth. Everything was a smashing success: cooked perfectly, well-seasoned (but not overly so), homey, comforting yet elevated ... hie the hence unto Husk!

                My ONLY complaint was our server (believe Beth) who was a bit of a zombie; however ... every other service member with whom we interacted - and even the ones whom I just observed - was wonderful, so I think we got the one dud.

                Bella Napoli:
                Nope. Just ... no. Came on a Sunday night, when the place was moderately busy (though FAR from bustling). How do I loathe the BN? Let me count the ways:

                1) For the 2 hours we were seated (yup, 2!) the 8 top next to us remained un-bussed. Note to management: loads of dirty dishes does not a pleasant environment make

                2) Achingly slow service; actually, terrible service all around. It takes a LOT for me to deliver a poor tip (standard is 20%, up for better, down to 15 for marginal), but here I left slightly under 10%

                3) Utterly mediocre (at BEST) pies. I didn't expect to find Nashville Napoletano Nirvana, but these were chewy, bland, uninspired pies.

                Only after we were home did we realize there is a different Bella pizzeria in Nashville, which seems to be the one to go to (in the Farmers Market). Lesson learned.

                The Pharmacy:
                Love it. What a perfect beer garden, and the burgers hit the spot as well. And the sodas!

                I've been several times now, and thoroughly enjoy myself each time. Once for dinner, but a couple of other times for after work beers.

                If I lived in Nashville I would be a regular. It's not the greatest burger I've ever had, but it's tasty, and utterly charming. And again, those sodas and beers!

                Flyte:

                Wow! How pleasantly surprised I was, here. First, let me start by saying our server, Todd, was PHENOMENAL. Attentive without being intrusive, knowledgeable (and willing to inquire when he did not know the answer), and just a pleasant person with whom to interact. Kudos.

                We had the Tomato Salad, Spicy Pig Ears, Tagliatelle, Lamb Flyte, and "From KY w/Love" & "(Kind of Like) Carrot Cake" for desserts.

                We each agreed everything we ate was fantastic. Again, perfectly prepared, perfectly seasoned, well-flavored and constructed ... plating was a bit heavy-handed, but I don't expect Per Se. Also, I LOVE how everything (land-based) comes from within a 50 mile radius.

                We each started with a wine flight, and the only hiccup of the night was one of my glasses (I did the sparkling flight) was off/flat ... however, Todd IMMEDIATELY opened a new bottle and replaced that glass when told, which was a perfect service recovery.

                Additionally, they went above and did a Dessert Wine Flight pairing for us with our desserts, which was just perfect.

                I loved everything about this place, but the space. Too warehouse-y for my liking, and a bit drab, but not off-putting.

                Go for the food, go for the wine, go for the service. Just, go.

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                1. re: a213b

                  Yeah, Flyte is one of my favorite restaurants in Nashville, and like I mentioned below (just like you) the service was exemplary

                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/870940

                  1. re: ipsedixit

                    I was REALLY impressed by the service. Glad you enjoyed it as well.

                  1. re: Davwud

                    Cool! Thanks for the head's up. I have plans already, but maybe I can squeeze that in.