Nashville Restaurants and Food
708 Monroe Ave. North
The fish sandwich business has apparently become so red hot in Nashville that there is a bit of a fish war developing between area restaurants. I love hot fish, so I’ll jump into the deep water and start reviewing some of the better joints. I’m going to start with one of the newer kids on the block. King Fish is hard to miss, thanks to the big sign with the smiling king of fish, adorned with crown and staff.
Inside King Fish looks like something you would expect in Cool Springs, and not at 8th and Monroe. The shiny interior and modern furniture isn’t exactly down home, but it is squeaky clean.
In typical hot fish style, the catfish sandwich is laid out on two pieces of white bread and covered with pickles, mustard and onions. You have to work to turn it into a sandwich. And a fine sandwich it is, with a good crunch and flavor. The fish is light and tender. My only issue is this: the King Fish is a pretty tame species. There’s nothing that will knock your socks off. When I compare it to other places in town, like Joe’s or Old Timers, it comes off a bit staid. Respectable sure, but the other joints have sandwiches that will reach out and grab hold of your taste buds. It helps to reach for the hot sauce.
The sides seem fine. The mac and cheese was okay, not very original, just the usual Velveeta mac. The French fries were good: thick crinkle cuts. Other items include spaghetti. They also offer an array of shrimp, chicken, chicken wings, crab cakes and even salads. It’s a menu that has something for most tastes.
You certainly can’t complain about the service. There are smiles all around and the food comes out quickly.
You’ll find a good meal at King Fish, but is it really the King of Fish sandwiches? I’ll have reviews of Ed's, Joe’s, Old Timers and East Side fish here soon. It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it.
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Nashville Restaurants and Food
Friday, May 25, 2007
You may have seen the artist renderings of the Signature Tower building in Nashville. The pictures used on the company web site provide an interesting, and believable, look at how the building will appear on the Nashville skyline. Yesterday, I was thumbing through my wife’s June copy of Gourmet magazine, when I noticed this ad for the Signature Tower on page 111. At first I just thought that it was interesting that they are taking the sales effort to a regional or even national audience (many magazines publish regional editions to allow for regional advertising). Then I noticed the river. It seems quite high. In fact, if you know Nashville, it seems dangerously high. About 39 feet high, and just short of flood stage according to the National Weather Service web site. Some graphic design team decided that the real Cumberland isn’t pretty enough, so they give us the “enhanced” Cumberland. It’s kind of like super models, I guess. If you see any parts that are not big enough, feel free to alter things in Photoshop. My wife didn’t see it as any big deal, but I can’t help but think it’s another Bad Idea in Marketing. I guess my point is that if you are trying to sell a condo in a real city, than show the real city. We have nothing to be ashamed about. I can’t imagine the artists who were involved in the fine web site work were involved in this ad. In fact, I don’t know if you can see it in my admittedly poor photos, but there are light poles sticking out of the water, as if the river is actually flooding. And hey if it did, who wouldn’t want to be in the tallest building in Nashville?
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Bro’s Cajun Cuisine
3214 Charlotte Ave.
Monday-Thursday Lunch only
Friday open until 8pm
Closed Saturday and Sunday
Bro’s Cajun Cuisine seems like it was picked up, brick for brick, out of the French Quarter and plunked down on Charlotte Avenue. Owner Darrell Breaux, dressed in his chef’s whites, cracks a joke at the door while you wait for a table. They have three rooms and every seat is filled. You can see the heaping plates of red beans and rice, flying out of the kitchen, which takes up half the dining room and is open for all to see. It gives you a peak at the fine ballet the cooks and wait staff stage each day, all perfectly synchronized, reaching around and over each other for a scoop of gumbo or a plate of white rice.
Bro’s feels like New Orleans and the customers have responded. The Friday lunch hour is mad house. Friday also means fish. The Bro’s Cajun Catfish features thick filets, fried crisp, with a zing in the batter. Many people order the plate special, taking the catfish, with sides, which include Cajun specialties and southern favorites like pinto beans, fried okra, turnip beans and make and cheese.
One big measure of a New Orleans lunch joint is the Po-Boy. The bread is important and Bro’s has a good supplier. The crust is thin and crisp and cracks to reveal fluffy white bread. The catfish version I ordered came well dressed. It’s a sandwich that could hold up to any in the crescent city.
The home made potato chips are fried right, with just enough crunch and chew. I need to go back to hit the Gumbo, Etoufee and Jambalaya. The Boudin is also a specialty.
Loyal customers have followed Bro’s for several years now from location to location all over Nashville and it seems for good reason. If they can manage some weekend hours, I’ll take the Veggie Eater along and let you know what she thinks.
Meat Eater: Definitely my favorite Cajun place in Nashville for the food and the atmosphere.