Another Rich, Runny Cheese

November 22, 2010

We had written about Noble Springs Dairy’s “Harpeth Fleur,” and now we have found another ripe, runny cheese that is blog-worthy:  the “Green Hill” from Sweet Grass Dairy, from of Thomasville, Georgia (pictured below, right).  We purchased it at the Turnip Truck Urban Fare in the Gulch ($6.49 for half a wheel).  Made from “grass-based milk,” this cheese is, literally, oozing with goodness and taste.

According to pastoralartisan.com, where you can order “Green Hill” and other cheeses online:

Sweet Grass Dairy’s commitment to producing delicious and healthful milk from pasture-fed cows shines through in this small Camembert-style cheese. The unctuous paste is rich with sweet, buttery and grassy flavors. Though based on an old-world recipe, this cheese is a shining example of the finest in American artisan cheesemaking.

Korean Tacos near Vandy

November 19, 2010

Peter Chinn’s Korean Barbecue Taco
400 21st Avenue South
Nashville
www.peterchinns.com

Peter Chinn’s Korean BBQ Tacos and Burger’s move to the Vandy area from Clarksville Pike has stirred up a buzz (see, for example, comments on Eric and Kate’s post), and deservedly so.  The business logic of the move captures the concept and history of the Korean taco:  you keep the shell, maintain the form, though change it dramatically by adding Korean BBQ meats.  The old Cheeseburger Charley’s locale has maintained its basic form–from the counters and tables to the service areas, (though there has been a new paint job).  The menu has still offers the good ol’ burger, fries, and onion rings (which are noticeably better, probably because they’ve changed the frying oil).  Peter Chinn has infused life into the joint by offering Korean short rib bbq and fish tacos ($2.5), chicken and spicy pork tacos ($2), and burritos with aforementioned fillings ($5).  To top it all off, the background music was a playful variety of funk and soul.

I wandered into the joint late in the afternoon, and ordered a short rib and chicken taco.  The folks at the counter told me that business has improved quite a bit:  before the tacos, they’d do something like 80 tickets a day, but that day, at 3 pm,  I was ticket #120.  Some folks were still ordering burgers and fries, and a few came in to inquire about the tacos.  As for my tacos: the tortillas had the right combination of warmth, crispness, and texture.  I could taste the distinct marinade. The pickled cucumbers enhanced the taste of the meats, and a hint of spice gave the tacos a nice kick.

The Vandy area is in desperate need of dining spots, particularly of the non-chain type, and this is a welcomed addition.

Side note:  If you’re worried about  Vandy crowds, particularly at lunch, visit this upcoming week, since students are off for Thanksgiving.

Peter Chinn's Korean BBQ Taco on Urbanspoon

What We’ve Been Eating

November 19, 2010

We’ve been consumed by our day jobs for a while now, and Pickled and Fried had to take a little hiatus.  We kept eating, however, and here’s some food porn (slide show style) from the past weeks:  from homemade pho and roasted chicken, to Honduran fried chicken and brunch in Nashville, to Honey Pig in Atlanta, to oysters in Seattle and Victoria, Canada.

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Belcourt Taps & Tapas

September 19, 2010

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

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.

Taps and Tapas on Urbanspoon

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Participating restaurants are offering $20.10 or $30.10 deals or pre-fixe menus.  Info available here.

Bella Napoli

August 21, 2010

R and I decided to have lunch at Bella Napoli Pizzeria in  Edgehill village. The folks at Valentino’s on West End opened Bella Napoli this August, building on Nashville’s wave of Italian wood-fired pizza, following the likes of City House and Porta Via.  Bella Napoli is a great addition to the 12th south, Belmont, Vandy neighborhood, and to the Nashville pizza scene. The pizzeria has a large dining room and roomy outdoor seating area, with just-delivered patio furniture. I ordered the Margherita Pizza ($9). The crust was thin and crispy on the edges and the tomato sauce was tart and flavorful, not like the overly sweet sauce in American pizza. My only complaint was the sad piece of basil, wilted and brown on the corner of the pizza. I am looking forward to eating the left overs for breakfast. R had the San Gennaro panini with a healthy portion of prosciutto crudo, mozzarella, and marinated egg plant ($10). The flavors on the sandwich were great, and the eggplant was a real standout. R noted that bread was especially delicious. The side salad, mostly colorless pieces of lettuce, and the chips were a real miss. I think they should just serve the sandwich on its own. It is quite substantial.

While the place is great for lunch I think it needs to work on its atmosphere to attract dinner patrons. Also, while we were there “That’s Amore” was on repeat.

Bella Napoli on Urbanspoon

Nashville Farmers Market re-opened after flood. That means our po-boy ritual at Nooley’s returns!

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