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17 White Bridge RdNashville, TN 37205
A wonderful dining experience. Delightful food and great service. The menu is versatile and should meet everyone's desires. The 9.99 menu is actual…
912 Rivergate PkwyGoodlettsville, TN 37072
This is a very nice place to eat and the food is awsome. They have routine special well worth the value. There is more than plenty of food. Happy …
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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.
We visited for the first time in seven years. I was worried by some of the recent posts which were negative. I think these are folks who don't understand non-corporate or 'old south' dining. Our experience was identical to previous visits and I believe consistent with the JK brand. The old house has a wonderful charm and atmosphere. The food and service are outstanding. This is the kind of place where waiters will work for 20 years. The little guy behind the bar looks like the guy I remember from the mid 90s. Many of the servers are older men whose intimate service and manners are hallmarks of a largely lost era; Yankees and liberals may be offended at the degree of deference they show. Their interest in your choice and happiness is not a front, but a sincere desire for your happiness. The Wife had a caprese salad which disappeared quickly and blue cheese stuffed filet which was grilled to perfection, along with the famous twice baked potato, and creme brulee (which she loved). I had a ceasar salad and asked our waiter, Marcus, to surprise me with an entree. He brought a perfectly grilled rib eye and twice baked potato. Delicious, although I have heard amazing things about the sea bass and will try this next time. You can certainly spend less for a decent steak. You can spend less and have a good time. But Jimmy Kelly's is the kind of place you take an out of town guest or a business associate whom you'd like to impress, because it's unique, special, memorable and extraordinary. It's the kind of place where waiters are professionals who are not merely moonlighting between jobs and pandering for a tip but who are true servants and want to make your night out special. You remember their names and hope they'll be available the next time you visit. I've you've never been here, you must go. If you're deliberating about where to go for an incredible steak and/or outstanding service, you must go. The tables are a little close if you're looking for intimacy-ask for upstairs seating if you value privacy, but the ambiance is unbeatable. Valet parking as well.
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!
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.
Little-known fact: Most teachers do not go into teaching for the money. Hard to believe, given the exorbitant salaries and sweet benefits (you know...sexy cars, free concert tickets, occasionally the chocolate milk that the cafeteria didn't manage to sell that day). Given my bountiful cash, I tend to frequent many expensive restaurants. But seriously. Given how rarely I can afford to go to a restaurant that doesn't feature free chips and salsa, I want to be wowed when I shell out for a meal. And Jimmy Kelly's does require you to shell out. The steak was good. But was it incredible? Was it forty dollars worth of beefy heaven? No. It was good. (The twice-baked potato, however, may have been an ethereal, carb-laden gift from above.) It is also my understanding that the tiny pancake-y bread that is served is also good (not gluten-free though). To be honest, my favorite part of the meal was our server, John, who had the fantastic personality you would expect from a retired guy who's just working because he wants to. We had a jolly old time. But did we have two hundred dollars for four people eating worth of a time? Eh.
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.