Sunday, June 20, 2010

The Village Pub and Beer Garden

Nashville Restaurants and Food
The Village Pub and Beer Garden
1308 McGavock Pike

There’s nothing like an open air cafĂ© to make a neighborhood come alive and the Village Pub is doing just that for Riverside Village in East Nashville. The gently whirring fans hovering above the well shaded wrap-around deck makes for a relaxing break, especially if you’re hoisting a massive 24 ounce mug of beer. It feels a bit German and that certainly seems like the vibe Jesse and Tracy Hamilton are going for with the joint. The deck is the beer garden and while that may be a little weird it works. You’re close enough to strike up a conversation about Doggy Day Care with folks having a beer before they pick up Fido across the street.

The Village Pub is a bit of a community work in progress. David Mitchell from nearby Mitchell Deli has put together the food menu and while limited, it has been growing. Part of the problem is the teeny-tiny kitchen. The latest addition to the line-up is sausage. The bratwurst is cooked in Abita Turbo Dog and nestled between a hearty, chewy Silke’s bun. Silke’s is a Clarksville Bakery that takes great pride in bringing back Eastern European bread styles. That bun is a bit thick and overwhelming for the tasty brat. It's the stereotype of the big, broad shouldered peasant woman suffocating her little husband. I guess that’s even more of an old world taste perked up with good sauerkraut, red peppers and stone ground mustard. They also serve an Abita enhanced Italian with melted mozzarella, onions and the fresh confit bruschetta. You may want to opt for the beer sausage and cheese platter, which puts both of those links on a bed of sauerkraut and the bread on the side.

Hot, doughy pretzels go great with that heavy-duty mustard or even better dipped in the Yazoo beer cheese dip. The confit bruschetta puts the tomatoes on the side: it’s cold and popping fresh. The toasted Silke’s olive bread is a warm and welcome twist. Once you pile the tomatoes on the bread, you get fresh and cool, hearty and hot all in the same bite.

The rest of the menu keeps it easy for the kitchen, serving up meats and cheeses that you’ll instantly recognize as Mitchell Deli favorites. Spicy Capacolla, salty prosciutto, big time Benton’s aged country ham, Kenny’s Farmhouse Cheeses from Kentucky…it all goes well with big beers.

Veggie Eater: It’s a limited menu for the veggie eater, but really, my two favorite food categories, starch and fat, are well represented. Nothing is better than a cold beer, a homemade warm pretzel from Silke’s served with homemade stone ground mustard and beer cheese dip, and an assortment of Kenny’s cheeses. Although it is very simple food, they pick the best products out there. The cheeses from Kenny include garlic paprika Monterey jack, cumin seed Gouda, and Kentucky Rose (a light blue). The cheeses come with fresh fruit, honey, more fabulous Silke’s bread, and olives. Although this is nosh food, not necessarily designed for a full meal, you will leave with a full tummy and a happy heart when finished. What can I say, I’m a simple girl.

Meat Eater: The inside is actually rather modern in design and rather airy. They were going to hire a kitchen manager, so hopefully the menu will keep expanding. I can’t think of a better place to snack, drink and watch Riverside Village roll past you on a slow, summer night.

Depending on what you order this won’t be a cheap experience. The higher grade 24 ounce beers can cost as much as $7.75 and those meat and cheese platters run about $12.75 each. Still, consider the quality and you probably won’t quibble. We paid $60 with tax and tip on one visit and $44 with tax and tip for another.

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ceeelcee said...

"It's the stereotype of the big, broad shouldered peasant woman suffocating her little husband."


Gotta check it out when the mercury gets below 90.

Eric and Katie said...

Ceeelcee: I dunno, you might want to get there before November. I think we're in for a hot one all summer long.

Shannon said...

I went there this afternoon & had the italian sausage sandwich. I was expecting it to be on a roll, but to my surprise it was served on one of their giant soft pretzels! Holy Toledo I never thought such a thing existed. Needless to say, I was not disappointed. I'm not sure if they were out of Silkes rolls or if they're trying out something new. I hope it's gonna stay, cause damn it was good!!! I also had a $5 Moscow Mule (ginger beer, vodka, lime). It's my new favorite summer drink. Very light & refreshing on a hot summer day. Dangerously good. It's easy to get a little carried away!

Veggie Eater said...

I cannot even tell you how much I love the Silke's is the quintessential pretzel; don't get me wrong, their other products are good, but the pretzel rocks. I first fell in love with them on a road trip to Clarksville and now the problem is, I don't have to drive as far to get my fix. Serving it with Yazoo beer cheese dip means I'm really a goner...

Shannon said...

I agree! Those pretzels are outstanding. The first time I went I had the pretzel with beer cheese dip. I think they should put together a small menu of pretzel sandwiches. I don't know of anyone else in town that does that.

VP owner said...

Hello Reviewers and Customers,
Thank you so much for your input! It's very valuable to us. We have indeed begun serving our sandwiches stuffed in our giant soft pretzels. Just yesterday we started a special Philly Brat on a pretzel. Look for it all weekend and for new versions next week. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Jesse & Tracy Hamilton
Managing Partners
Village Pub & Beer Garden

Eric and Katie said...

VP folks: yes, we heard about the pretzel sandwich thing and it sounds great...we'll try and stop in soon to try the new items.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for being a quiet business in a nice for those noisy dogs in the morning.....that's another subject.