Nashville Restaurants and Food
Drifters Update, New Arnold and Food Trucks
We appreciate it when readers give us a heads up about a changed or revamped menu at a restaurant we have reviewed. Restaurants develop over time and sometimes those developments deserve a second look on our part. Thus we did the East Nashville Five Points bar hop last weekend and made a visit to Drifters. The reader tipped us off to the fact that Drifters is now actually smoking their barbecue. The original incarnation of the menu featured barbecue staples: brisket, ribs, pulled pork and chicken. However, the cooking method was a bit unusual- a slow roasted method done in a cook and hold oven made by a company called Alto-Shaam. They may still use the oven, but they are quick to point out the smoked meats. The difference is appreciated. The juicy ribs have a solid flavor. The pulled pork is a noticeable improvement with taste accompanying the moist meat. The Johnny cakes served with the barbecue are very good and studded with corn kernels.
Matt Charette and crew have also expanded the commitment to vegetarians with a number of new offerings: a fried tofu sandwich, veggie burger, barbecue veggie burrito and even a vegan burrito. They have even kept the barbecue tofu entrée on the menu. With all these choices you would figure the Veggie Eater would branch out, but her heart was set on the barbecue nachos.
Veggie Eater: I promise that next time I’ll branch out to another item, but I remembered the barbeque nachos to be among the best bar food nachos in Nashville and I remembered correctly. The chips are fresh fried. There is now an option to select black beans as a protein and the chips are heaped generously with beans, pico de gallo, sour cream, cheese, and the Texas barbeque sauce. I would come back for these alone, not to mention the additional veggie items on the menu. Of note, we are told the veggie burger is made on premise.
Meat Eater: The patio space has also greatly expanded, making this an excellent outdoor dining destination. We’ll add this update to the old review and remember if you think a restaurant deserves another look make sure to let us know.
In other news, Arnold Myint will be opening a new eatery in the Nashville Farmers Market. There is a big sign inside the market announcing the new venture as “gourmet grab and go.” Sounds like a great new addition to the Farmers Market line-up. We’re still waiting for the new Asian restaurant, announced some time ago, to open.
We agree with the Nashville Scene folks that it’s tough to keep up with the burgeoning Nashville food truck options. There’s a new Philly Cheesesteak truck and Barbie’s burgers, first reported with glee by Lannae Long. The Scene points to hope in keeping up with the barrage of mobile food joints- a new blog called Nashville Food Trucks: http://nashfoodtrucks.wordpress.com/
They offer the locations of several food trucks each day- a great service. They also have short postings on new food trucks. We wish them the best of luck with the new blog- it’s a much needed addition to the Nashville food blogging world.
We have been watching to see if the state of Tennessee would put restaurant inspection scores back up on the web. It appears the Department of Health has done so. You can now find the searchable database at: http://dogwood.healthspace.com/tdh
We have also updated the link on the right hand side of the screen. We also have a link there for the Metro Nashville inspection score database. Just please remember that scores alone are not enough to judge the safety of a restaurant, knowing the exact problem is important. In the state version you can click to find the specific citations and perhaps more importantly the history of the scores.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Nashville Restaurants and Food