Monday, April 7, 2008

B and C Market BBQ

Nashville Restaurants and Food
B and C Market BBQ
900 Rosa L. Parks Blvd.

B and C stands for Bacon and Caviar, which is the catering company that has now expanded to include this new restaurant at the Nashville Farmers’ Market. There was a pretty good line when we arrived on a recent Saturday. The menu is simple enough: pulled pork, pulled chicken, ribs and smoked salmon. There’s a range of sides, a few of which strive for trip off the usual barbecue joint path.

I ordered up the pulled pork and garlic grits plate. I’m a sucker for interesting grits. They’re served here next to the pork and in lieu of bread, which is kind of different, but a good idea. The pork is quite good with full flavor and solid smoke; moist enough but still firm. The barbecue sauce is also a winner. It’s tomato based, a bit sweet and with a nice bite and peppery pop. The final item in the plus column is the cornbread which is sweet, fluffy, cake-like and tasty.

I wish I could say the same for the sides. Those garlic grits were okay, perhaps a bit cold. They lacked any real garlic zing. The mac and cheese was also kinda bland. Sadly even the promisingly named Chipotle Corn Salad was rather boring; not bad, just not much chipotle kick.

There were no ribs this day or I would have sampled those. I guess they were having some issues with getting them cooked right, and pulled them off the menu rather than serving sub-standard food, which you have to respect.

Veggie Eater: The grits were well cooked, but not well seasoned. The mac and cheese appeared to be of the Velveeta variety. The chipotle corn only hinted of chipotle. An additional aside, for anyone venturing down, please be sure to stop by Geraldine’s Pies in the produce shed. I used to work with her and would always put in my Thanksgiving order for a phenomenal sweet potato pie. She now has a regular site at the Farmers Market and has a variety of wonderful homemade pies.

Meat Eater: I hope they consider spicing up those sides. The staff was friendly and fun, and the barbecue itself top notch. We split one order and paid $8.50 with tax, tip and a drink.
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Amy said...

On Mondays and Wednesdays the salmon is amazing. Also the squash casserole is the best I have ever eaten.