Thursday, December 17, 2009

Changing Mexican and Where Should We Go?

Nashville Restaurants and Food

Where should we go for our anniversary?
Our 21st wedding anniversary is coming up in January and we’re considering options for a nice dinner in the Nashville area. The Veggie Eater had a great idea: open it up to suggestions from our readers. We usually go upscale for special occasions, but we’re willing to consider any ideas you have. Just post them in the comments. We’ll let you know where we chose and how it went.

Mexican Restaurants Changing Ownership
The mom and pop Mexican joints in town are always hard to keep straight due to frequent name and ownership changes. We’ve spied at least two restaurants on Gallatin Pike in Madison that have undergone management changes. The proliferation of Mexican restaurants is good news for diners, because it means the new spots may be more willing to offer authentic dishes, here and there anyway. That’s the case at La Montana in Madison where Michoacán-style pork carnitas tacos were on the specials menu the other day. These guys really understand the grill: the pork has a perfect, crispy char. It’s a great taco. The beef for a tastaguac (a thick, crunchy tostada with beef, beans, lettuce and guacamole) is also nicely grilled and tasty. Which makes it a bummer to report sub-par canned tasting guacamole and mediocre salsa. Don’t forget about the toppings my friends! Quality ingredients can make a real difference. The chicharon pupusa is one of the better around. The pork mixture has great flavor and the masa a nice fry. Once again, a let down on the side. The curtido looks like average Southern vinegar slaw with some salsa poured on top. The rest of the menu is standard fare, but I may be back to check out the specials. This is just a first look; we may try to do a real review after they have been open a bit longer.

La Montana
1410 Gallatin Pike
Madison
(615) 891-7949

12 comments:

Tara said...

I'm new to your blog, so you may have already visited this place, but have you tried the Boxwood Bistro at The Factory in Franklin? I've heard good things!

Eric and Katie said...

Thanks Tara...no, we haven't been there yet. The menu looks really good.

nm said...

If your anniversary is coming up before Zola closes (January 13, I think) I'd go there just as a last chance sort of thing. Unless you're committed to going somewhere new.

Eric and Katie said...

nm: Good idea. I think that Zola and Mirror will definitely be on our list.

Ed King said...

Last week we were invited to dinner at The Standard downtown. We'd had lunch there years ago and didn't like it. Dinner was a very different story - everything was stellar. I'd think this would be a fine place to do an Anniversary. As a matter of fact, we're going back tonight to sure we had it right!
Also, Red Pony in Franklin - the chefs there really know what they're doing and there's a nice little table at the kitchen window. It's enlightening.

Eric and Katie said...

Thanks Ed...we haven't been to the Standard for quite a while either. It sounds like a good idea.

Geoffrey said...

I always like to go to Mambu for special occasions. Everything is always perfect! The food, the service, and the atmosphere keeps that place in the loop for birthdays, anniversaries, etc. It's a really fun place for us...

Lannae said...

Happy and delicious Anniversary to you! Oh, I am thinking the same as nm. I would say City House (my fav in Nashville right now) or Margot (2nd place, but used to be 1st), but both are pretty heavy on the meat. Where ever you go, definitely blog about it!

Eric and Katie said...

Lannae: I think we did an anniversary at City House...it's always great and Margot is excellent. Geoffrey: we haven't been to Mambu in some time so that might be a consideration.

mIKES said...

We just did our 25th at Margot. Phenomenal food and so, so unpretentious. As far as meat goes at Margot, our server heard me imploring my son, daughter and wife to speak up about their strict vegetarian diet. Our server not only offered to create or modify any dish on the menu, she even went so far as to reveal exactly which dishes may even have a meat based stock or sauce in it! That's class.

Eric and Katie said...

mIKES: That's what we have always found at Margot as well. It may not be the most extensive menu list for the veggie eater, but they are quite accomodating.

Anonymous said...

Zola for sure! Just get there before it is closed ;<