I was very excited to try Little Octopus. Keeping up with the Nashville food scene has become quite a task lately. I'm not ashamed to say I felt pretty hip eating somewhere with such a glorious name. The hostess greeted us with a big smile and a genuine welcome and seated us right away. We were the first people arriving for dinner hour so we had a few minutes of lovely conversation all to ourselves. The atmosphere is minimal with art that is for sale on the wall, classic/sleek dining furniture, and white walls. Personally, I didn't find it uninviting at all. I like the idea that the art will change. The space is a somewhat blank canvas, it doesn't project any particular mood onto its' diners. The focus is on your company and the food. That being said, the acoustics of the space (I assume? I'm not an architect.) cause it to get kind of loud easily. We quickly had people on either side of us and had a difficult time tuning out our neighbors. This can be good or bad depending on how you look at it. We ended up striking a nice conversation with the people to the right, but the people to the left were just loud...Our service was wonderful! Drinks never became empty and the food was brought out warm one at a time as the dishes were ready. Sometimes the wait staff can become intrusive, interrupting conversation or checking in too often. The wait staff at Little Octopus have struck the delicate balance of not distracting from your company while also providing an excellent level of service. But what about the food?! Little Octopus is tapas style so the intention is that you order several things to share with your table. Everyone gets their own little plate and you take samples from dishes as they arrive. Then you order more! We ordered four dishes. Two of them were phenomenal. One was pretty good and the other wasn't really my personal tastes. I will just get out of the way that the quinoa with poached salmon and seaweed salad didn't exactly rock my world. Was it prepared well? Absolutely. In this particular case, it just kind of paled in comparison to the rest of the dishes. In my personal opinion, the other dishes just shine so much more. Maybe it's not fair to compare dishes like that and I would have been better off allowing the quinoa and poached salmon to just be itself. It is what it is.The fingerling potatoes were basically the equivalent of a casual night out with friends sprinkled with light but meaningful conversations...in potato form. That is to say, they are spicy and delicious in all the right ways. The avocado with dates and Caramelized onions surpassed my expectations of a dish that sounds so simple. The crunchy sweetness of the toppings pair so wonderfully with the smooth avocado. As if that weren't enough! Even the freshly squeezed lemonade was a pleasant surprise of deliciousness. I'm a little bit of a lemonade snob so I'm hard to impress in this arena. For my personal tastes, the lemonade walked a wonderful line of sweet and tart.I highly recommend Little Octopus!
2615 Elm Hill PikeNashville, TN 37214
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Some people claim that heaven contains angels, clouds, and harps. While I have no opposition to any of those things, it is my hope that heaven will also contain a fantastic patio, margaritas, and tacos. Just in case it does not, I plan on taking full living advantage of the fact that Taco Mamacita offers all three (no death required!). Taco Mamacita is one of my favorite hang-out places once the weather hits tolerable outdoor dining temperatures. Their patio is lovely and shaded, so even when the sun hits its most delightfully brutal Southern stride, I can eat outside without fear of an "Irish tan." Though their drinks are a little light on the alcohol, the atmosphere more than makes up for potentially not being drunk. Now on to the food. I have never had a bad food experience at Taco Mamacita. Let's start with the basics: tacos. But a taco can be so much more than basic, and the Mamacita does everything possible to ensure that you are aware of just how non-basic tacos can be. Go for their $8.95 deal and get two tacos from their diverse selection, plus a side. Highly recommended are the Korean pork tacos and the royal taco grande. Haven't found that the Caribbean jerk tacos were my favorites, but that may just be a matter of taste. If you are not in the mood for tacos, or on some terrible low-carb diet, the next stop on the menu is the Peruvian chicken, which is possibly the most moist, tender chicken I have ever encountered. If you can tear your eyes away from the taco menu, this is also a highly recommended choice.Moral of the story: If you are looking for harps, clouds, and other angelic totems, Taco Mamacita is probably not going to work for you. If you are fine with margaritas, moist chicken, and a damn fine patio, stop on in.
It is incredible the way that the chef of Little Octopus can stack flavors together on a single plate. Little Octopus chef Daniel Herzog was voted best new chef in the city by our local kind of indy paper. He is a mastermind and with the new restaurant, everything is sort of large tapas style meant to share and with an Asian influence. We went all out to capture a good chunk of the menu in one sitting and every dish we tried was so unique and mind blowing. I have particular love for the Bratt dish with creamy, salty, pickled, sweet, unctuous garlic, crunchy greens...I could eat that all day and still never place all the flavors. Our waitress was incredible with supplying any ingredient questions we had and inning to the kitchen when she doubted herself. The Pop building itself is fantastic - just kind of a big blank canvas with some art, but rentable for events (and you get this OUTSTANDING chef as well - he will work imma u lately with you in the menu and blow your guests away, we did our wedding reception here). Parking is limited out front but with an enormous lot around the side and much side street parking in the area. A potentially expensive meal that will absolutely delight you and anyone you'd like to impress with the up and coming food scene or alternately, an awesome chea delicious meal if you just do the burger...it is absolutely one of the best in town. My taste buds still perfectly recall that salty butter bun and juicy, juicy simple burger.
The impeccable customer service is where this place really shines. I have a dairy allergy and the first time I ate here the manager came out to let me know they have a separate station for cooking for allergies to avoid any cross contamination. On a separate occasion a friend was doing a very strict no processed food challenge and again, management came to the table and spent a long time with her understanding her needs and helping her pick a meal. In all honesty, without the above and beyond service, this place is more like 3 stars. The food is pretty health conscience, creative, and affordable. The execution and taste is a little above average. The decor is fun and "hip" and it's a nice environment for a relaxed dinner with friends or a casual date. It can be hard to get a table here during dinner hour sometimes and other times you can walk right in but that's most decent places in Nashville. When it's busy the inside gets a bit loud so I would recommend outside seating when it's warm enough. Overall this place has wonderful service, good/affordable food, and a nice atmosphere.
I like tacos as much as the next girl. Possibly more so, given the two years I have spent living with lovable, taco-obsessed lunatics. And I particularly like places that have been acclaimed by the hipster community as serving exceptional food, because, in my experience, hipsters' skinny jeans tend to belie the hidden fatties that lurk beneath. Hipsters know their food.However, in this instance, a love of a dingy appearance in a gentrifying neighborhood seems to have led my hipster food gurus astray, because I truly found nothing special about Mas Tacos. The lines were long, the tacos were fine, and the fineness of the tacos in no way made up for the length of the lines. The tortilla soup was fabulous, but the pulled pork and tilapia tacos were nothing memorable (as in, looking back, I am not even sure I remember if those were the tacos I got). Skip the lines and head to Cinqo de Mayo or any of the taco trucks in Antioch.
We dined here because of the reviews.WOWThe reviews were 5's and they were not good enoughThis is the best food we have had in the last 5 years and several states from east to west.We started with the maduros and they were out of sight, keep in mind we are from Florida which is maduros central so good ones are the norm.Then came the elongated potatoes, absolutely spot on delightfulOur creme de la creme was the octopus which was the best I have ever had and Chef Herget is brilliant at this, perfectly cooked and seasoned.However, the roasted chicken was even better if that is even possible, outstanding again.If we get anywhere near Tennessee we will be diverting for the Little Octopus food.To you folks in Nashville, what a treasure you have in this restaurant, it is what every Chef aspires to. This is a one of a kind restaurant and I having been toying with the idea of relocating there just for your food.Best wishes
I am not a taco purist. Forget a taco devoid of fixings, so I can enjoy the pure flavor of tortilla and meat; I want to drown in a fatty mixture of cheese, guacamole, and then probably some queso sauce. So I was HIGHLY skeptical when I saw that the tacos at BarTaco come plain and unadorned (and this after waiting in line for 40 minutes to get a table!). And I was right to be skeptical, as somewhat dry chorizo without fixings is not worth the $2.50 charged. HOWEVER. And this is a big however. The Baja Fish Taco comes with the most amazing chipotle crema I have ever had in my life. JUST ORDER THE BAJA FISH TACO. And then order it again, for the most deliciously creamy face-gasm you will ever experience in a taco. The guacamole is also worth a taste, though it is a little pricey ($9 for a large order). But regardless of what you do at BarTaco, I cannot emphasize this enough: Order the Baja Fish Taco.
This is one of my favorite Mexican restaurants of all time. Start with their drink specials: Sunday-Tuesday, pitchers of (very strong) margarita are $10.99 all day long. They have fantastic drink specials every day of the week, and, unlike a lot of Mexican restaurants, never skimp on the alcohol.There food is delicious, and affordably priced. An order of fajitas that includes generous helpings of steak, chicken, and shrimp is $13.25, and though the menu lists these fajitas as being a "single order," there has always been enough for both I and my boyfriend. Oftentimes, we have even had some to take home! We have tried pretty much everything in this place, and experienced the same consistently high quality.My only (mild) complaint about this place is that the salsa is just okay. It is not very spicy, and somewhat watery. However, the quality of the rest of the food more than makes up for it.
Having lived in Mexico for about a year, I'm a bit of a taco snob. Mas Tacos gives me hope here in Nashville. Unlike the tasteless TexMex usually served around here, Mas Tacos knows the art of the taco. It's the hip place to be as evidenced by the lines out the door. Clearly they've done their Mexican food homework. Some of their tacos are somewhat Americanized (quinoa and sweet potato for one), but the flavors, condiments, sides and drinks are right on the Mexican money. It's like an authentic taco stand in Mexico, but no flight required. Buen provecho!
Unfortunately, what used to be a great store has been turned inside out by the corporate powers-that-be. None of the original employees are there any longer - many have gone to Trader Joe's. The foods we like keep getting shoved out while 365 brand is shoved in. Items are moved around constantly, I guess on the theory that while you're searching for the Asian section or Nona Lim noodles (now with the pickles. Go figure), you'll see something else and impulse buy.I understand this is happening across the country. It's a real shame.