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RUDE SERVICE! We have lived in Franklin for 2 years and finally decided to visit the famed Pancake Pantry. It was Monday at about 1:40, so no wait. Cute atmosphere, but nothing overly special. The waitress was very nice at first, and took our orders. The food came out pretty quickly, and it all looked wonderful...but my raspberry compote pancakes came out with cherry compote on them. I took a second taste to be sure, then summoned the waitress. I told her what I had ordered, and she said in a defensive voice, "those pancakes most certainly ARE raspberry." I looked at her in shock, and said, "well, they taste like cherry and I don't like cherry and they even have big cherries all over them." She took them to be exchanged. At that point, my husband, who was facing the kitchen, noticed her tasting my returned pancakes. GROSS! she actually ate after me, not knowing if I had any sort of cold or disease or anything. She then returned to say that they would replace them, but said that both she and the cook agreed that the returned portion was indeed raspberry. Argumentative! She seemed stubborn to a point. Again, I just looked at her, amazed that she was actually arguing with a customer, as if I didn't know the taste differences of raspberry and cherry! When the raspberry pancakes came out, they looked almost identical. The raspberries even looked a lot like cherries, believe it or not. But the taste was 100% raspberry. And 100% different than the first set of pancakes I was served. The waitress came over to our table a little later and said in an overly cheerful voice, "everyone happy now?" We were polite. But unfortunately, it tainted the whole visit. The lack of people skills in this world continues to amaze me. We did register our complaint with the manager as we left and the manager said he appreciated the feedback. The food was pretty good, but not overly spectacular. I actually like Bob Evans pancakes better. But the service was disrespectful, and made me not want to return.
Though the English teacher in me cringes at the uncapitalized name of this restaurant, I could easily fall in drunk love with the happy hour at blvd. For $8, you get to choose two (that's right, two!) items off their happy hour menu. Being an individual who likes to be well-rounded, I opted for champagne, grilled cheese, and everything that I could pick off the plates off my nearby friends. This proved to be a solid strategy. Let's start with the wine. To begin with, it had bubbles, always a point in favor of any champagne. Moving forward from these basic essentials, it was slightly sweet, caressing the insides of my throat as it quickly pushed me towards my very low drink limit. I like my champagne slightly sweet, but not saccharine, like my men, and this lived up to my expectations. On to the fontina grilled cheese. Fontina is the best of all cheeses to use for grilling, it would seem, as evidenced by the creamy deliciousness of this meal. I could feel my arteries crying out in moaning, ecstatic agony as I stuffed the entire thing into my gullet. The toast was crispy, the cheese well-melted--no complaints here. Finally, on to my third choice: Everyone else's food (one of the many benefits of hosting a happy hour club). The truffle fries were slightly under-salted (though, being a resourceful witch, I remedied this by using the salt shaker), and the mac and cheese did not impress me--it appeared to be noodles with melted cheese. No pizzazz, no flair, no interest in showing off its potential as one of the most perfect comfort foods ever invented. It seemed to be the only underachiever in a class of Ivy League-headed students. I will be back, to check out the rest of the happy hour offerings at this fine establishment!
I had very high expectations for Lucky Belly, as I'm a big fan of Two Ten Jack. I was quite entertained by the confusion I overheard from some college kids discussing the menu, "It's japanese....burgers?" The decor is super trendy, complete with servers in flannel shirts , faux graffiti, and a fireplace painted to look like a giant happy robot. The menu is, of all things, entertaining. Ever wanted to play Russian roulette with your sushi? Now you can. They have a Dare Devil roll, in which ONE random piece is loaded with Habanero Bullseye sauce. My tuna burger was topped with pickled onions, tomatoes, lettuce, and... Wasabi mayo. I got the mayo on the side because I don't handle spicy very well, but trust me when I say it's not hot at all, just delightful. I'm not big on fries, but the fries here are actually fantastic. The meal was wonderful. My friend ordered a cheeseburger with a jalapeño aioli and she really enjoyed her meal too and said she will be bringing more friends back soon. I also grabbed a side of eel nigiri because I wanted to try the sushi. Unfortunately, the sushi didn't quite measure up for me. The eel was just a little rubbery and dry and really light on the sauce. It's the only reason this isn't a five star review. Some might find the menu of Japanese inspired burgers, sushi, and spiked milkshakes confusing, but I personally found it delightful and am glad to have found this place!
I hate to have to give these guys a 2 star review. I love supporting local businesses. And I do really like their food. Their jalapeño cheddar biscuits are to die for and most of the time their coffee drinks are pretty good. But here's the thing- their customer service is just not good. I have waited several months before reviewing them chalking each time up to bad days on either their part or mine or just the fact that they are so busy. But after about two years and a trip there about once a month or so, and having only had positive experiences in the drive thru and literally one other time besides that I have to give my honest opinion. The people working at the counter act like you are inconveniencing them or putting them out. They aren't inclined to answer any questions. And they are normally pretty slow even when they aren't busy. This part wouldn't bother me really if they would just be NICE. Even when you try to ask them how they're day is they generally just look at you blankly. I have a business nearby and I refer people to other local businesses all the time and after having had other people report back to me that when they went in they were treated rudely, I have had to stop sending people over there. And I've gotten to the point that I think I'm not going back.
Have you ever fallen in love? Felt your heart race, and excitement course through you, and all you can think about is your next encounter with the object of your affections? That is how I will describe the truffle fries at City Winery. I will be honest, that I can only speak to the truffle fries and wine, but, on the basis of truffle fries alone, I am granting this place four stars. They are perfectly cooked wedges of potato, seasoned with truffle, parmesan, and prosciutto; they are a culinary romance of the tongue, so much so that, after splitting an order with a friend, we decided to promptly order a second order. Following that, we started plotting how we could get the waiters to bring us additional free orders. And therein lies the problem. City Winery is somewhat like a beautiful gold-digger, tempting you and asking for everything you have, all at the same time. It is so pricey that you (at least if you make a teacher's salary) are left wanting more. More free parking spaces (valet is $5), more alcohol (the cheapest wine glass was, I believe, $8), and more food (one order of fries was $8). The vibe is cool, the servers are great, and the truffle fries are absolutely worth the trip; however, don't come here for a quick and cheap rendezvous.
What if diabetes could be condensed down to a single plate? Though only Paula Deen can truly be sure of the science behind such a phenomenon, Sky Blue Cafe has come dangerously close to achieving that feat, as evidenced by its Banana Nutella French Toast Pancakes. As in, French toast, covered with bananas and Nutella, stuffed between two pancakes larger than my head (caveat: I have always had a rather small head). Yes, this is a thing, and it is glorious. When I am not feeling in touch with my inner obese person, I lean towards the varied egg options available at Sky Blue; my particular favorite is the Space Captain, and this is not even solely because of its fantastic name. The Space Captain is an omelet featuring spinach, mushrooms, onions, veggie sausage, and pesto. And as I am pretty sure Albert Einstein once said, "Only two things are infinite--human stupidity and the greatness of pesto." Excuse me if I'm paraphrasing here. Be ready for a long wait if you intend to come here. On average, I have waited for about 45 minutes to an hour. Recommended to come on nice days, so you can sit outside and imbibe the free coffee in massive amounts (I figure I am drinking the value of my lost time). Overall, worth the trip, but do plan on a wait.
While there has obviously never been an instance in which I found myself desperately needing the worst kinds of food at 4 am, I am vaguely aware that some people have found themselves faced with this issue, and this review is written for you incorrigible folk. As one of the only 24-hour establishments, Café Coco holds a revered place in my heart. There is something immensely comforting in knowing that, no matter how late it gets, there are options that will serve me actual food (as opposed to, say, whatever it is that Jack in the Box is selling for 50 cents). The variety here is fantastic: pizza, pastas, salads, breakfast foods, even cheesecake (Godiva is highly recommended). I have tried numerous things here, and never been disappointed. I have never been wowed either, but I will take "not disappointed" any time after midnight. This place also has a lovely patio outdoor, but a warning is that it is populated by a seemingly non-migratory population of hipsters with cigarettes, so plan on inhaling a good amount of cancer here. Inside, there are often poetry or writers' nights to enjoy in the back room. A wide variety of people, events, and foods in one place, I would describe this as one of the more eclectic places in Nashville.
On a whim I decided to stop in Bond Coffee on my way to Juice Nashville. I have to say I was surprised to find this cozy little gem in the middle of the gulch. The atmosphere is what I would call "Coziness Elevated" The chandeliers serve as a nice compliment to the surplus of handwritten chalkboard signs. The baristas were extremely helpful and friendly. They rattled off the list of latte options with patience and enthusiasm. I love that they have soy AND almond alternatives. You'd be surprised how many places only offer soy. This may be a tiny but picky but I also like that their stoppers for to go coffee are only 1/4 the length of a regular stopper. I don't know if they are being economical or environmental but either way it was a tiny detail that made me like the place a little bit more. I had an almond cinnamon latte which was served up quickly and ran around $6.00. Which is pretty average for a medium latte with a milk alternative added. It was slightly less bitter than other lattes I've had in the past but I didn't find the cinnamon to be very noticeable. Overall I would say the latte was definitely above average. I would recommend this place to a friend without hesitation!
Back in the time when I ate like a carb-addicted caveman (oxymoron?) who couldn't tell the difference between fresh salad and one made three weeks ago, Fido seemed overpriced and silly to me. Since I have started to be able to vaguely discern what fresh and quality food tastes like (apparently not like the Kraft blue box), Fido has changed in my mind. It is a haven of fresh, often local, and organic foods, for not unreasonable prices (except on the fancy coffees front). They have a diverse selection of salads, sandwiches, and breakfast foods, as well as a rotating menu of soups and daily specials. Not only that, but they serve delicious gluten-free pancakes! A list of highly recommended foods (both from before and after my gluten downfall): Gluten-free buckwheat pancakes The McFishy bagel sandwich The Bachelor bagel sandwich The Eden salad The Liberal salad The smoked turkey and brie sandwich A note to customers: Fido is often crowded, and so will turn off its wifi during peak hours in the hope of driving you out.
What an outstanding restaurant! My wife and I went there for the first time last night and were so impressed by it, we are now calling it our favorite restaurant in Nashville. Started with the Warm Bread and Butter Board (incredible) and the Cheese Plate (homemade crackers and four different cheeses WOW!!) My wife had the Pork tenderloin and I had the Calotte Steak and both were superb. Plenty of food without overwhelming you, extremely well prepared and simply delicious. We also shared a Baked Truffle Mac and Cheese that was one of the best I have ever had. Finished off the with the strawberry shortcake and the evening was just perfect. Dewayne Johnson, the owner, stopped by the table several times to check to see how we liked our meal and Dee Dee, our server, did an absolutely wonderful job of taking care of us the whole evening! Great neighborhood feel to the restaurant, great food and great people add together for a GREAT dining experience. We will be back and often!