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Disappointed.I was staying at a Nashville hotel on my way from Texas to North Carolina. Hungry for fried fish, I found the information for Uncle Bud’s. I went there and placed my to-go order. I ordered the fried shrimp plate with a side order of catfish and a gallon of tea. I specified to the young lady who took my order that I wanted a little bit of cocktail sauce and lots of tartar sauce. I even offered to pay more for the extra tartar sauce if I needed to. I also told her to be sure I had utensils and ketchup, because I was staying in a hotel and would only have what they gave me.When I got back to the hotel with my food, I realized that I had no ketchup, no cocktail sauce, and no tartar sauce!So, with that bummer start, here’s my assessment of the meal:The shrimp were cook well, of a good size, and not too heavily breaded. They were a little dry [which would probably been unnoticeable with tartar/cocktail sauce. 6/10 as is, 7 or 8, maybe 9 with the sauces.The catfish was also cook well – but also a little dry. Again, tartar sauce would almost certainly have improved it. 6/10 as is, 7 or 8, maybe 9 with tartar sauce.The hushpuppies were a little larger than I prefer, but not bad. However, with no ketchup, they were pretty dry. 4/10 as is, probably 6 or 7 with ketchup.The french fries were okay. They were a little greasy, but not bad. Again 4/10 as is, probably 6, maybe 7 with ketchup.The cole slaw was pretty good. A little sweet, but not overly sweet. 7/10.The pickle/sweet onion was the hit of the order. There was only one slice of onion and I could have used 2. All in all, 9/10.The white beans were pretty good – tender, but not mushy. However I still find white beans with fish a little unusual. 9/10.The tea was great – flavorful but not too strong, sweet but not syrupy. 9/10.The service – I was spoken to as soon as I walked through the door. While they were busy, there was no waiting line and there were a few empty tables. I was able to place my order immediately. The young lady who took my order was pleasant, entered it correctly, and double-checked it with me before accepting my payment. The food came out pretty quickly and was still warm when I got back to the hotel. Problems – the kitchen didn’t fill my order correctly and the young lady who took my order and handed me my order didn’t check it to make sure it was correct. 2/10.While the sides were good, the shrimp, the fish, and the service were sub-par – so the overall score would be 4/10 at best.
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!
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.
Sukho Thai is a small family owned restaurant near the Opryland Hotel. The family is from Laos and they know Thai cooking. They offer a large selection of dishes from appetizers to beef, pork, poulty, curry, and seafood dishes. My wife and I eat at Sukho Thai at least 4-5 times a month. We have never been dissapointed with the food or the service. Their food is fresh, well prepared, and bargain priced. Lunch is a real bargain and the restaurante is quite busy at lunch with many of the locals who work in or around the area. They also serve wine and beer and bargain prices.The restaurant is located next to the go kart track and does not look like much from the outside, but the inside is clean and nicely decorated. You can order your food with any level of heat or spiceness, including Thai hot, which is hot. I have seen other reviews that are very positive and one reviewer who things people from Laos cannot cook Thai food. This is absurd. That is like saying an Amercian trained chef cannot cook Italian food. If you are in the area you owe it to yourself to try Sukho Thai. Great for couples and families as well.
We visited 5th & Taylor for a bachelorette brunch.From the moment we walked in, the staff was friendly and extremely attentive. We were a tad hungover from festivities the night before, so having a server who constantly kept our glasses full of water and coffee was a game changer. We sat near the kitchen so I had the privilege of watching a parade of breakfast sandwiches and huge slices of quiche come out while I pondered the menu. My best friend and I couldn't decide on just one thing, so we decided to split the biscuits and gravy along with the shrimp and grits. The shrimp and grits were hands down the best I have ever had, and I consider myself to be a shrimp and grits connoisseur. The shrimp were plump and cooked perfectly. The grits were the right consistency and the rue was flavorfully seasoned. The biscuits were fluffy and the gravy was good- but I was stuffed before I really got to dive in. The menu may look a little pricy- but the portions and flavor are SO worth it!
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!
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.
Bottom Line Up Front: Dine here if you like, but be advised if you happen to be sitting in an enviable spot, prepared to be Can-I-get-you-anything-else out.Food great. Terrific ambiance. Yes, two stars for service. Here's why: My wife and I met a couple there for a birthday gathering. That was a known among the crew, for the record. We had a reservation. As we were wrapping the main course, we were trying to decide on whether or not we'd get desert or coffee. After two different staff [one fellow wait staff to bus, one manager], it became apparent that they wanted to turn the table because of its booth appeal. This wasn't a matter of our parking at the table. I have waited tables and when one is being rushed from the table it is obvious as it was here. This made a bad impression on we 4 after we'd paid good money for 4 apps, 4 entrees, and probably 6 drinks between us all.