Belcourt Taps & Tapas

September 19, 2010

Belcourt Taps & Tapas
2117 Belcourt Ave.
Nashville, TN 37212
(615) 915-3622

Monday-Friday: 3pm-2am
Saturday-Sunday: 10am-2am

On our way to a Belcourt movie about food (Soul Kitchen), we tried the new Belcourt Taps & Tapas–a welcomed addition  to  Hillsboro Village. The management team has liberally interpreted the term “tapas” in a southern style, providing small plates of southern comfort food, along with some antipasta.  The location is ideal–not even a block away from the Belcourt Theater, and the patio let us take advantage of the pleasant, late-summer evening.  It seemed like a nice beginning, but alas….  We wanted to try a couple of dishes  and then continue ordering throughout the meal.  We first decided on the veal meatball, and the server let us know that the $7 price included  a single, but good-sized meatball.  Fair enough.  We were enticed by the e truffled mac and cheese ($10) and put in for an order.  We wanted some greens with our meal, but none were offered on that night’s printed menu.  (The menu had a “vegetable” section, but included items like fried green tomatoes and potato chips–not the kind of greens we were looking for.)   The  did let us know that there was a salad available with candied walnuts, cantaloupe, fried goat cheese, field greens, and vinaigrette dressing ($6), and we were sold on it.

The veal meatball was  plain, and the red wine reduction did nothing for it–not $7 worth of culinary distinction.  The truffle oil overpowered the mac and cheese.  With no hint of cheese, the dish tasted like bland pasta mixed with some peculiar-smelling oil.  The salad wasn’t a salad; it was a plate with the ingredients of a salad on it, including a large, lunar-shaped slice of cantaloupe.  Nothing was mixed or tossed.  Too much trouble to eat. Disappointed, we decided to end our meal.

The service needs to be streamlined.  The server was nice and accommodating, but our two drinks came out at different times, as did our respective glasses of water, which we had to ask for.  Requesting and paying the bill was harder than it should have been.

For other reviews, go here and here and here.

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