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Nashville mini-report from a Brooklyner

Lambretta76 | Apr 4, 2003 05:14 PM

First off I'd like to thank those who offered recs here on Chowhound South. They were much appreciated.

My hounding was cut short simply because of the fact that most places are closed on Sundays in Nashville (Rotier's, Prince's). Still, I had two very good meals.

For an early lunch, we went to Swett's in the Farmers Market. Was a bit skeptic of its food court look, but they churn out some pretty tasty food. I had the country-fried steak in gravy, my girlfriend the fried chicken. The chicken was particularly good. I was surprised that this meat-and-three is a actually a meat-and-two, but oh well. The Mac-n-cheese really stood out, and I'd have to say that it was probably among the best I've had (and it didn't have to resort to exotic french cheeses and a mild degree of alchemy to make it that good). The turnip greens were OK, and the fried cornbread suffered from being served at room temperature. I imagine there are better, but for a Yankee it was mighty tasty. The best part of the meal was my decision to get the lemon meringue pie. I thought it was a bit odd that the lemon meringue didn't have any meringue on it. The I found out why...

It was an amazing pie with a slightly custardy, cottage cheese-like texture, and was absolutely fantastic. But no hint of lemon. Turns out it was a chess pie - the likes of which I'd never seen before (but heard about on the board). It was absolutely fantastic, and I actually will be trying to replicate it in my small Brooklyn kitchen.

On to dinner...

We decided to go to Bound'ry as we couldn't stand another heavy meal (we had planned on hitting Monell's). Another fantastic meal - this place really shines in creative southern cooking. I got to try:

Breaded smoked salmon w/ Pernod sorbet, amazing taste combo, served in a martini glass (I was a bit skeptical, but it tasted too good to care).

Escargot en croute: an enormous serving with too many snails to count, wonderful addition of apples really rounded out the flavor

Grilled ostrich entree: ostrich was done perfectly in a red currant reduction, served with a squash "turnover" with a strong almond taste - almost like a dessert cookie but was great nonetheless

Wood-smoked trout entree: the trout was cooked perfectly, nice woody flavor from being cooked on a plank with a crumbled andouille sausage topping, corn souffle, and "tomato" rockefeller, essentially a broiled caprese. All tremendously good.

A nice touch is the wine list, reasonably priced w/ about 60 wines by the glass. They also offer wine flights, four 2-ounce (though in practice they were much more) glasses of any of the wines offered by the glass. Gotto try some California wines which I'd been meaning to try.

Can't wait to make it back. And this time it will be on a Saturday...

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