Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Ed's Fish House

Nashville Restaurants and Food
Ed’s Fish House
1801 Dr. D.B. Todd, Jr. Blvd.

Ed’s has been around since 1972, and is the original Hot Fish joint in Nashville. That’s good if you like Hot Fish, but if you don’t beware…there isn’t much on the menu except for Hot Fish and a few sides. The term Hot Fish is the subject of a bit of debate. Sure, who wants to eat a cold fish sandwich? Well, it probably has more to do with the hot sauce on top, although a number of places are now serving fish with the hot sauce on the side. Hot Fish is not like Hot Chicken, which has the heat built into the fried breading. The unique flavor of a good Hot Fish sandwich comes with the melding of savory fried whiting or catfish, hot sauce, mustard and pickles. If it’s done right it makes for great flavor. Ed does the sandwich justice. They feature two big whiting fish filets with a peppery crust, all the aforementioned toppings and a strange option…a slice of American cheese. I’ve never been able to turn down cheese, and I have to say it works. It’s a huge sandwich with big flavor…savory, tart and spicy all in one bite.

Ed’s has a friendly atmosphere. It’s a small place, but you feel at home immediately. There are just a couple of seats at the tiny front counter. On the day I arrived those few seats were full, so the proprietors were actually carting out a small table for a man with a big mouthful of fish. Talk about customer service!

Aside from fish, the only items on the menu are a chicken sandwich, spaghetti, slaw, fries and pies. And don’t believe the big “Pizza” sign attached to the name out front. There’s a picture of a smiling chef on the window who is spinning a pizza and informing you that they don’t serve pizza anymore. It’s part of the charm of the place and I encourage Ed’s to keep it that way forever.
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Lannae said...

The picture of the pizza gives me the willies. It reminds me of a cartoon "pizza face".

Eric and Katie said...

I really should have asked Ed why they've kept it...but it does add a certain charm and quirkiness to the place.

Jim Brown said...

I just had a great fish sandwich. It comes with pickles, mustard, onions, and hot sauce. Next time I'll leave off the mustard and pickles and get just a little hot sauce. I'll replace the mustard with tartar sauce. Was $5.88 including tax and there were 2 big fillets of whiting. Great deal.

Jim Brown said...

I just had a great fish sandwich. It comes with mustard,pickles, onions, and hot sauce. Next time I'll pass on the mustard and pickles and get tartar sauce instead. I'll also go light on the hot sauce. It has 2 big fillets of whiting for $5.88 including tax. Great sandwich and great deal.