Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Fish N Grits, Weenie Opening and Los Gordos Closing

Nashville Restaurants and Food
Fish N Grits, Weenie Opening and Los Gordos Closing

It’s tough keeping up with the restaurant world. Places open and close in the blink of an eye. So, please fasten your seatbelts…

People have been watching folks prepare a restaurant called Fish and Grits at 8th and Division. They opened up late last week and we visited Saturday night to take a look. The menu is a bit unusual with a breakfast leaning that probably fits with their promise to be open 24 hours a day and seven days a week. It sounds pretty ambitious for a new place, but we wish them well. The interior is a funky, do-it-yourself affair with a bright wash of pastel colors. The grits are the star and come in several versions: barbecue, Swiss, smoked, country, cheddar, cinnamon, pepper jack, mozzarella and bacon cheddar. Jalapeno featured a strong kick from the chunks of fresh, crunchy peppers. The fish is represented by blackened tilapia, fried catfish, barbecue shrimp, grilled salmon and crab cakes. Salads, sandwiches and appetizers round out the menu. The fried green beans with a raspberry ranch dipping sauce caught our attention. We’ll pop back in a few weeks and check in for a review. A shout out to Lannae  and Matt, who just happened into dinner at the same time.

Fish and Grits
715 8th Avenue South
Nashville
615-291-6534
www.tnfishngrits.com

Leslie Allen reports that she is reopening the I Dream of Weenie hotdog stand soon. She has opened up a facebook page describing her efforts to find a new East Nashville home for the signature yellow VW bus that has been sitting on Woodland Street. It’s moved just around the corner to the new home at 113 South 11th Street, across from the Pied Piper Creamery. Leslie bought the business, bus and menu in total, after landlord issues closed the joint last year. We wish her the best and we’ll be by to see how the dogs are doing under new management.

I Dream of Weenie
113 South 11th Street
www.facebook.com/IDreamofWeenie

In the whiplash department the doors are locked and the landlord has cleared the place out at Los Gordos on Nolensville Road. You may remember we talked the place up just a couple of weeks ago. The Honduran specialties and tender care in cooking really surprised us and we had great hope for the place. Anyway, it’s gone in that location. If anyone spies a resurfacing please let us know. The house made tortillas were just one of the many lovely touches that set the place apart.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Speaking of Fish N Grits, their next door neighbor Jackalope Brewing has apparently opened as of May 21st. Despite the fact that every close friend of mine was met through or because of craft brewed beer, no one I know was aware of the opening or has visited.
http://www.jackalopebrew.com

Alex Ezell said...

Last time I tried to go to Los Gordos, this was 10 days ago or so, I walked in and there was no one. I said hello two or three times, heard some folks in the kitchen, but still nothing. Finally, I shouted loudly and a frightened woman came into the dining area. I felt bad and then she told me that the only thing they had to eat was beans and eggs. I suspect they were having cash flow issues from the outset.

That's a decent location for something, but it's been hard on the last few folks to try it.

Anonymous said...

man, i can see why you guys didnt review fish & grits on your first visit. i went today for the first time and it was ROUGH. hope they can pull it together.

Nate said...

We also went to Fish N Grits on opening day (Saturday) for a late lunch and it wasn't bad, but there were some oddities. The Shrimp Po' Girl was cooked well, with lots of grilled onions and peppers, but the shrimp still had the tails on, which made it impossible to eat like a sandwich without first going through and pulling them off. Additionally, the bread was a generic sub-shaped roll, which disintegrated under the oil from the shrimp/veggies, so either way, there was no way to pick it up with your hands.
The bacon cheddar grits were good though, and the sweet cole slaw was good as well, with a touch of cinnamon.

Lannae said...

It was really nice to see you there! The green beans were good. I too hope they can get it together. What a great convenient spot for us, and the hours are right for us too, 24 hrs. I like the concept, and hope in the coming weeks they can work out the kinks and start execute the concept well.

FISH & GRITS said...

THX 4 UR COMMENTS! ROME TOOK MORE THAN A DAY TO BUILD & FISH & GRITS MAKE TAKE 2. LOL BUT WE WILL GET EVERYTHING IN ORDER & I WILL BRING U SOME OF THE BEST FOOD IN THE SOUTH. CHEF MOSES!!!!

FISH & GRITS said...

ANONYMOUS!! I WOULD LOVE TO KNOW WHAT U ATE. OUTSIDE OF A FEW KINKS I THINK U MAY BE STRETCHING IT A BIT FAR.. PLUS OPENING A RESTAURANT IS NOT EASY. U SHOULD TRY IT MY FRIEND!! EVEN WALKING TOOK TIME.. ENJOY UR WEEK...