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2406 Music Valley DrNashville, TN 37214
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I had never heard of The Standard and it looked like a unique place, so I snagged a Groupon they were advertising and waited for a time when my husband and I could go have a nice meal and night out on the town. The architecture was extremely fascinating. It is the oldest standing townhouse in Nashville, dating back to the 1840s. It has changed hands many times throughout the years and apparently has been taken over by the owners' son's pet project, which is an exclusive gentleman's club with a restaurant. The dinner was really good, we had the fried green tomatoes, quail and "The Standard" steak with macaroni and cheese and asparagus. The wine choices were fair and the mixed drinks potent. The dessert left more to be desired. We had cheesecake with Jack Daniel's whiskey caramel glaze and sugared pecans. It sounded yummy and wasn't bad but it was definitely from the freezer. They tried to heat it in the microwave and it was melted on the outside and cold in the middle. We were sitting there enjoying our wine and listening to the smoky blues singer when the owner sat down to talk to us. At first we thought it was a nice and intimate gesture and he asked if we would like a tour. We were introduced to his wife briefly and then we were lead around the house and the private club area rather quickly. The owner was polite and did make small talk, but suddenly we ended up at the front door and were lead out without another word. After getting over the personal touch we finally realized we had been dining for a few hours and we were kindly shown the door. I don't know if it was because we had used a Groupon or if they were trying to get rid of any non-members before it got hopping, but it was rude to say the least. Though we used a Groupon, we spent $150.00 and tipped for the full cost of the meal before discount. I was about to go to the restroom when the owner came by and ended up having to go to a gas station because we were shown the door and not given any options to go back in to the restaurant. If they want an exclusive/private club, they should keep it private and not open to the public if they want the non-members to be out by a certain time. It wasn't even 9:00. There were members in the dining area but there were plenty of empty tables. I don't know why we could not sit and enjoy the evening instead of being treated like we were less than special and inferior to the rest of the people in the place. If that was not the owner's intention, he needs to think twice about doing that to someone again. The whole thing seems like a facade and we saw the ugly truth...someone trying to start an elite club where the politicians and music stars can come and hob knob, but not making enough money without taking the common man's money to fund it all.
The parking around the restaurant was terrible! We had to walk 4 blocks in the rain to get to it, so bring an umbrella just in case! When we walked in the door we were immediately greeted, but they just stood there with a blank look on their face when we said that we had a reservation. She looked and looked at the computer and said that there was none. Finally someone that knew what was going on came over and magically scolled up on the computer screen to find our reservation. She seated us in a large cabana, where we were able to talk and catch up for about 20 minutes before they took our drink order. We finally got our drinks, placed our order, and plugged in our iPod to listen to "our kind" of music. That part was great. You can listen to your own soundtrack. The food was out about 5 seconds after we ordered it, which was good, but it's also proof that they probably nuked it. The food itself was interesting, but nothing to write home about really. They didn't even have salt and pepper on the table to add some flavor. I had the chicken and black bean ravioli and my date had the bacon wrapped scallops. I thought the menu was overpriced because you do not get a starter salad, bread, or anything while you're waiting. We left hungry and had to eat again once we were home. Furthermore, we were having a good time, looking over the dessert menu when the same ditzy hostess that couldn't use the computer to find our reservations came and told us, "A large party just came in and you have been using this table for almost two hours. We have a two hour limit." That's when I said," This place is really cool, but I'm never coming back to it." I could see that he had tried his hardest to make this night memorable for us, but they were being rude the moment we came in the door. So, in conclusion, Bad first impression, Bad service, Bad attitudes, Bad last impression, but the wine list was good. We were not rude, demanding, or even short with our waiter. We were very friendly and appreciative of the service we did recieve. I have worked in food service for almost 4 years, so I know why things go wrong like that. I am very understanding, but their attitude was unforgivable. All we did was try to have a good night out, but it was embarrassing to be treated so badly on our first date. They made us feel very awkward and uncomfortable with how unprofesional they were. I would encourage people to try this place out, because it is a very cool concept and a very neat atmosphere, but just don't expect much beyond that. It's sad but true. That place could be awesome if they would just hire people with an IQ larger than their menu prices.
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!
We visited Dick's Last Resort while in Nashville for my friend's bachelorette party. We thought the atmosphere at Dick's would be perfect! They even advertised a Bachelorette Special.... When we arrived, we had to wait even though we had a reservation. We were eventually seated... but with another family. We didn't realize it was communal seating. When we inquired about the bachelorette special, they said they could only accommodate for groups of 8+. We only had 6, but had confirmed over the phone. LUCKILY, the special turned out to be a huge waste anyway. You can only order certain things from the menu (chicken fingers) and the price is $21.99... Our cheese sticks were cold when they came out; disappointing. I wound up getting the Chicky Fried Chicky as my meal which was not bad. The serving was huge and the gravy was spicy! The hats were more raunchy than funny. Drinks are WAY overpriced. Considering price, quality of food & speed of service... I would never come back again.
A bit out of the way and worth the travel, Fifty First Bar and Kitchen is a small little house type place in the Nations with serious, serious flavor. From the moment we walked in with a vinyl brunch hour on and realized that one of the most fantastic bartenders in the city had been recruited to open here, we knew this brunch would be a treat. Super friendly staff,and they worked out fast service very quickly despite their newness. The menu is always rotating, but I got the "bloody bar" plate - actually a kind of pickles and cheese platter not just a bloody mary and condiments. Oh they know how to pickle. Their pickled okra was sublime, their pickled quail eggs drove me as weak-kneed as the smell of tea eggs at a Taiwanese night market. The yolk...oh that yolk. Portions are not made to stuff you full but leave you delighted. Loved the atmosphere, incredible food.
I am definitely a fan of Patterson House...its delicious, creative, and elegant drinks (I am personally a fan of their Tom Collins and the "Identity Crisis," although there is an extensive menu of both classic and original drinks), combined with its cool 1920s, speak-easy vibe (all the waiters look great in their vests!), make for an enjoyable and original experience. However, I have two reservations about this place: 1.) Price. I am a teacher. Ain't nobody got time or money to be paying $13 a drink. 2.) Food. The food menu is limited and has few gluten free options. Prior to my diagnosis, I did rather enjoy their fried brie. Post-diagnosis, I mostly just sit there sad and hungry. However, if you have some spare cash and are not too hungry, Patterson House is definitely worth a visit for a new experience and a fantastic drink.
Applebee's food has come along way! The past few times we've been the food has been delicious! The choices rather from low calorie to creative. Typically we would try Applebee's after a long hiatus and then remember why we quit going there. But lately we've been going because the food is good! They still have a way to go with service. While the service wasn't bad you just get the feeling that they think "it's good enough". And because the food far outranks the service we've been back several times. The restaurant is very nice and spacious. However it's never crowded. Which is a shame. I think if they could win the people back and show they have delicious food and step up their service, this could become s happening spot! Oh another plus, they always have a draft beer of the month for $2.
I LOVE the fruit tea!!!! I only like one kind of fruit tea and they have it!! :) I really liked the atmosphere... good for a family! The staff was extremely helpful... even when we asked to move to another table and the waitress had to move us into the section of another waiter! She was oh so nice about it. We had sandwiches and I'm really not a sandwich person so I shouldn't have ordered one but my boyfriend really liked his. There is tons of variety on the menu so I will be back to try other things. I wasn't to happy with the chocolate cake... but I guess I'm not the person to review that because I only like homemade or chedder's chocolate cake. Also with regards to the pricing... I think it was fair.... seemed like our bill was a little high for a place like that.
THE GOOD: 1) Every staff member we came across was very friendly and helpful....our server was FANTASTIC. 2) The portions are huge...no, let me rephrase that: HUGE. 3) Food was delicious! 4) The prices are VERY reasonable for the amount of food you get. THE BAD: 1) They don't take reservations, so you will probably end up waiting about 30 minutes. 2) The silverware was covered in spots, which could have been easily removed with a dry cloth (I can let the others go, but this is what made it only get 4 out of 5 stars from me). 3) The lighting goes WAY down during dinner time. While it's great for relaxing with friends, it's not so great for trying to order. Over all, it was a great experience and I cannot wait to go back.