Dined at a few places in Nashville last week:
City Winery: Met up w/Adam Landa and other WBers for a fun night of wine, food & hockey. Adam reserved the back room, which had a huge table and large screen TV. He also took me on a quick facility tour, quite the space with an awesome concert hall (would love to see a show there). Food was simple and quite tasty, had a margarita flatbread pizza that was delicious, decent charcuterie plate as well and killer Brussels sprouts. My main was half a rotisserie half-chicken which was quickly deep fried, delicious (except for the ancho sauce underneath...which was fine but apparently I'm just not a fan of ancho, period). I would absolutely recommend City Winery as a great place for a casual-nice meal and definitely to see a concert
Little Octopus: My sister was in town and after asking the locals for a spot with a decent vegetarian menu, Little Octopus was mentioned many times over. Somewhat Spanish themed, the menu has plenty of small plates for sharing along with larger options as well. Lucky for me, my sister has started eating meat again and basically decided we should order a little bit of everything. Started with the hamachi dish, which rested on avocado-citrus puree and had a delicious pineapple relish full of goodies on top of it. Next was the chicory salad, which had the most incredible shiitaki bacon. The beet salad was very nice, although I wished the beets had been cut slightly smaller. The only miss was a hen of woods mushroom dish, which was over salted (yet still quite tasty, just hard to take more than a couple bites). For our main, we chose the whole fish option, which was a fried red snapper that was kind of like a Thai dish with Spanish flavors. It was absolutely phenomenal. Last, we had the cornbread...OMG, it was amazing. Topped with lime preserves, I've never had anything quite like it...each bite was a delicious combo of crunchy exterior with delicate interior all buoyed by the lime preserves. YUM. Should also add they have an amazing selection of rosés, I had a glass of Zweigelt rosé that just killed it. We chose a bottle of $60 Tempranillo from a producer I'd never heard of to go with dinner, was perfect with the meal.
Kayne Prime: After a long conference, I wanted to take our account manager out for steak as a way to end a very successful CBC. Luckily, one of my new friends from the wine night was able to get us into Kayne Prime at the vip bar, which featured 8 seats with a personal bartender who curated his own beverages. And let me just say this, even though we were drinking wine, that dude could make a killer
drink. Highs: bone marrow appetizer (best I'ver ever had), Caesar salad (again, best I've ever had), Brussels sprouts were great, as was the cold water lobster tail I had next to my steak (perfectly cooked). Most importantly, we ordered 4 ounces of A5 Mishima beef, which was seared in front of us...OMG, best beef I've ever had -- can still taste it! Lows: Oddly enough, my grassfed wagyu strip steak was pretty good but nothing to write home about...although perfectly cooked and flavorful, the meat was pretty tough and came out precut, which I'm never a fan of (especially because of how quickly the meat cools off). I should have trusted my gut and gone with the bone-in tenderloin...oh well, c'est la vie. They were also out of the first 2 wines I ordered off the list, which was a minor annoyance but mainly because it took a while for the staff to realize. Either way, we had a fantastic time with great company at the vip bar and the service was fantastic. I would certainly go back anytime.
Edit to add: At the airport on the way home I stopped at Tennessee Tavern, which looked pretty crappy...typically crappy, even -- which provided a degree of comfort. But I needed some food and it seemed far more trustworthy than a NY Deli-themed restaurant in TN (really??). So anyway, after self seating myself, instead of getting a bland, surefire failsafe like a turkey sandwich, I went outside the well-established traveling comfort zone and ordered a pulled pork sandwich...apparently, the bbq was Neelys (Food Network??). Anyway, it was really effing tasty! The fries and coleslaw sucked, but the pulled pork and sauce were both pretty danged delicious, memorable even!! Far better than the other crap food I've recently dined on at airport restaurants (of recent note, Cat Cora's ATL was just plain gross...made me sick).
Nashville is a fun town! I can't to head back for a vacation and also to check out some guitar shops, which was the one thing I wanted to do but couldn't find the time for