I know all of you have been biting your fingernails in anticipation for the second installment of Taste Bud Tuesday. (Just go with it). Thus, I will delay no longer. Here are two more places that I highly recommend you check out on your next culinary outing.
This is one of my favorite places to eat at in Nashville. This family-style restaurant is found in Germantown of Nashville. It is “family-style” to the T. They fill up the tables with whatever patrons show up, whether you know them or not. They then proceed to bring out the dishes to which you are instructed to “pass to your left”. The food is absolutely fantastic. Growing up in the North all I knew was Coney Dogs and Chili Cheese Fries (not that there’s anything wrong with that), but getting to feast on these southern delicacies at a place like Monell’s is an experience in and of itself. I took my family here the last time they were in Nashville. They were in awe. I stumbled upon this place trying to find a parking spot to eat at “The Mad Platter” and decided to take Rebekah to Monell’s instead. Since then I’ve taken everyone from college professors to a group of close buddies here. Once you try it, you’ll want to tell everyone.
2. The Grilled Cheeserie
Let me begin by saying that there are few times that after taking a bite of something I step back and say “My goodness”. This is one of those few times. The Grilled Cheeserie is a food truck that drives around Nashville and parks in different areas during lunch. They have both a Twitter and a Facebook account that you can follow them on to see where they are at each day. Last week me and Bekah decided to try and hunt down the Grilled Cheeserie. Now, they claim to be a Gourmet Grilled Cheese Truck. I had no idea what that meant. Simply put, they have high end ingredients that they use inside of this Food Truck. I ordered the smoked cheddar with ham and bacon on sourdough. It was euphoric. This is a terrific meal for a date. Order at the truck and then take a walk around. I promise you’ll enjoy it.
Being a self-proclaimed connoisseur of all things food-related, I figured I would start up a weekly tradition called “Taste Bud Tuesday”. This is nothing more than giving you one or two places that I have ate at recently that I think you might enjoy. Disclaimer: I am in no way responsible for dissatisfaction at any of these restaurants. Without further ado:
1. City House
City House is a gem in the middle of Germantown near Bicentennial Mall. With a seasonally changing menu and beautiful atmosphere, this is ends up being a great place for a date night. I have to admit, it errs on the side of pricey. The most expensive thing on their menu is around $30. I took Rebekah here for our “One Year Courtship Celebration” (I don’t like the word Anniversary when it comes to dating). She loved it and so did I. They have a very interesting beverage selection. Bekah got Black Cherry Soda and I got Coca-Cola from Mexico (apparently it’s better when it’s imported). There are very few places where you can say that you had the best of whatever it was, but this place comes pretty close. I recommend the Tri-Tip.
2. Brown’s Diner
Brown’s is completely on the other side of the spectrum from City House. By all aesthetic purposes, Brown’s is a dive. It looks like a mobile home and it’s sitting on a lot right behind a Mapco Gas Station. With that said, Brown’s is a jewel that I’m surprised not many people know about. I’ve heard it said that in Nashville, when it comes to burgers, you are either Team Rotier’s or Team Brown’s. Well I am most definitely Team Brown’s. Here are my reasons why: 1. It’s cheap, I never spend more than $12 for me and Bekah when we go there. 2. One of the best burgers I’ve had in Nashville. I don’t know what it is, they’re just phenomenal. 3. The waiting staff here is phenomenal. They are some of the kindest people I’ve met in all of Nashville. Makes you want to be a regular here. I love this place and if you can get past the outside and try this “hole in the wall” I think you will be pleasantly surprised.
If you try either of these places, I would love to hear your thoughts on them. You love ’em? You hate ’em? Let me know what you think.