Biscuit Love (The Gulch)

Their are a few things in this world that I would wait in an hour line for. My wife, son, and tickets to Bruno Mars.

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biscuit love

but can you do the wait?

If you are looking for an example of exemplary marketing, look no further than Biscuit Love. They have somehow convinced all tourists visiting Nashville that this is the place to eat when you come here. Luckily, I went where I had to wait about 10 minutes in a line.

a little look inside

a little look inside

Like I said before, wait times should never dictate a negative review. Unless that wait is a tourist trap. Then be furious that your friends took you there. Thankfully, Biscuit Love is actually pretty dang tasty!

people love their signage

people love their signage

I am a sucker for a good chicken biscuit combination. I could have fried or breaded chicken for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Unfortunately, I do not go to the gym enough for this eating habit. Needless to say, I really enjoyed my experience there. Being a tourist trap, I was expecting
to be let down. I ended up spending $13 for a dish that took care of business. Well cooked chicken thigh (dark meat is superior), soft biscuit with a crunch and a gravy that was out of this world. I went with a little secret item recommended by the cashier lady. I was deciding between the Princess or the Nasty. She pulled a fast one on me and recommend I get the Nasty Princess. I went for it.

the nasty princess

the nasty princess

So good guys. I mean like really good. Not an hour wait good, but like a solid 30 minute wait good. The service was prime, the food was prompt and the flavors were just so artistically crafted. My brother-in-law has a gleam in his eyes the moment the dishes came out. I have not seen that look since his wedding day.

I am grateful he loves my sister as much that Chicken Biscuit. Passionate man. To my surprise, the cashier did me a solid and threw in another option I was battling on choosing. The Wash Park.  2 Beef Burger patties and the amazing bacon jam. I swear you can put bacon jam on anything and it immediately makes it better. Fact. 

The Wash Park

The Wash Park

Instead of chicken, it's beef. Throw some jam on their and the flavors literally explode. You taste the heavy meat flavor first, then followed by a subtle touch of sweetness from the spread. That is one thing that I have realized that Nashville does well. They understand jams and spreads. They spare no expense in getting it down to a science.

One side note about this place - you will most likely have time to kill. Talk to some people in line. See where they are from. If you are a local, give them some suggestions on where to visit. Share with them this page so they can discover some more Nashville Gems. I met a lady that was here for just a day and had no idea where to go or what to do. Ended up at Biscuit Love because a friend recommended it to her.

East Nasty

East Nasty

I have no downsides to my experience. It was just a smooth process from start to finish. Would I wait an hour for this place? I don't think so. I loved it, I just know their so many other options, especially in the Gulch, that could give me an amazing experience without the hour wait. Check out the other articles I have
written on other location in the Gulch. - Oh and for the love of all that is good, don't stand in that ridiculous line to take a picture with the wings. 90% of the day it has horrific lighting, and the line is not worth it. #SaveYourTime

the brother-in-law

the brother-in-law

Location: 316 11th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203

Milk & Honey (The Gulch)

Is this the "Land of Milk & Honey"? Ehh, kind of. Let's jump into this. 

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milk & honey

an american affair

Quite possibly one of the most hyped places when it comes to brunch out here in Nashville. I know because I have been here 3 weeks and I have had at least a dozen people tell me to check it out. Well on this Sunday afternoon, I decided to take my church outfit out to brunch (I was looking good so I couldn't pass up the chance). I don't want to keep you waiting so I'll say this. It's good - but it won't make ya hear church bells. 

Hodgepodge Hash and my sunglasses

Hodgepodge Hash and my sunglasses

It's filling. You will not leave this place hungry. That's something you need to know. Some brunch places are all about the boojie aspect of a brunch and they skimp you on the filling things. Not this place. Perhaps, not this dish. So needless to say, I'm down for the bigger portion. Egg was made alright (for me at least), which is a huge tell on whether a restaurant has got the consistency down. The yolk was runny on the top but had that slight cook on the bottom part of it. Close-call on that one.

Here is what I liked:

- Hash - yeah. they stole the show. Some solid hash was consumed that morning. 

- Sausage - good ole sausage. Did not taste fatty like others so I enjoyed it. Cooked real well and gave it that smoky flavor that I actually enjoyed. 

- Homemade Hot Sauce - I mean, it's just some hot sauce but I think that is what made me like it more than I should have. 

- Chipotle Crema - Loved it, but I wish I had more of it. Next time, I'll ask (yeah I'm going back)

- All Vegetables - Yes. All of them. All the vegetables on this dish were fantastic. Even the sweet potatoes were cut well. That is a hard task to do but they accomplished it!

What I did NOT like:

- Pastrami - I typically love pastrami. I like to think of myself as a faux italian. Yet this one just did not hit the mark. I felt like the cook was just off and the flavor profile fought a little with the sausage. The texture was welcomed. 

- Berries - You could get a side of hash, but no way I was doing that. Obviously not in season, so it's just a hard side item to have off-season.

That's it. It actually was a solid piece of a dish. I can see why it is the most popular of all. But here is where my path diverges (suspense). 

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It did not blow me away. That's what it came down to. I was a party of one and it took me 30 minutes to get a seat at the bar, which is a little less time than the wait. I then had to wait another 22 minutes to get my food. That is almost a complete hour of waiting for something that doesn't give the satisfaction I wanted. Price is fine. Ambiance is okay. Food was actually good. So... in summary:

shout out to the guys at the bar, who let me photograph his biscuit.

shout out to the guys at the bar, who let me photograph his biscuit.

I actually have nothing against the restaurant itself. If this was brunch on a Wednesday morning where I walk in, get seated, order, and my food comes out, I would be ecstatic. I guess my main takeaway from this would be to NOT go during the weekend craze. Hey! Can't blame a restaurants popularity and write a bad review (wait times should NEVER be a reason why a place is not good...unless your food takes 30+ minutes for a salad - then be mad)

Turns out everyone wants to be in that Land of "Milk & Honey". Highly Recommend.

5 stars for signage

5 stars for signage

 

Location: 214 11th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203

Tansuo (The Gulch)

I went on the best possible night. Let's jump right into it.

Stunning Entrance. 

Stunning Entrance. 

You definitely won't be seeing this on the side of the road. No way you pass it really. The road that could lead up to it is closed. So consider this a blessing in disguise. Tucked behind World Gym, you will find a collection of three restaurants all belonging to the same restaurant group (Morph Hospitality): Chauhan, Mockingbird and Tansuo.

luv me sum dim sum

luv me sum dim sum

Now when I think of Asian I think of going on dates with my wife. For some reason, when we are trying to figure out a place to eat I always end up suggesting Asian. I guess that is what I'm constantly craving. Now get this, I have not been to another Asian place here in Nashville yet (so if you got suggestions, comment below!) so my post is strictly based on what I compare it to other places I have been around the country. First things first, this place is amazing.

walkways looking real nice.

walkways looking real nice.

The history of Dim Sum is an old one. It originated from the Cantonese region. If you want to learn a bit about this unique cuisine (which I find fascinating) check out DCU (Dan's Culinary University) this coming Sunday. 

It has to be the family aspect of Dim Sum that makes it so appealing to me, and that's exactly why I love Tansuo. It incorporates all aspects of a culinary experience. From the decoration to the black and white movie playing in the banquet room. All are part of the experience. 

more private dining area.

more private dining area.

Now I am going to omit all the details from the event that night. You see, I was able to go on Chinese New Years, and... they went all out. Lion Dancers, Silk Gymnasts, Live DJ and even a dancing panda adorned the evening. Service was amazing. All went well. But let's talk about the big detail. The Food.

Golden Eggs

Golden Eggs

I want to start with these masterpieces. They call it Golden Eggs and I love them. Stuffed with Tofu and Shitake mushrooms, these things are an explosive of flavor. The sesame covered rice dough is literal perfection. 

Now the dim sum. I love the experience of it. Little bite sized bombs of flavor. My only issue: you never know if you're going to love it or hate it. I have yet to master the art of ordering dim sum. I kind of just go for it. One had a delicious flavor that I wanted to have over and over while the other one was just too heavy on the ginger (then again, I prefer things light in ginger). I guess this is more user error than anything. One thing I would recommend is to ask your server questions and perhaps ask what they think is the best. (I'll get to reading some more info on Dim Sum to get to know what I'm eating)

General Tso's Chicken = Perfection

General Tso's Chicken = Perfection

General Tso would be proud. Well I guess not really him. You see this dish was crafted in the mid 20th century while General Tso himself (Zuo Zotang) was alive during the early 19th century. Either way, whoever came up with the dish (it's still debated today), would know that it has reached its peak. 

Tender. Juicy. Crispy. And most importantly of all, dark meat. It's the most delicious part of the chicken (sorry breast eaters). I would highly recommend that you order this dish. Make it priority #1. Thank me later.

Beef Gai Lan

Beef Gai Lan

Now this dish I was not a huge fan of. I mean, it was there, but it lacked that Asian flair that we have grown accustomed to. The short rib was delicious but the flavors sort of took me out of the moment I was having with the General Tso's. The sauteed vegetables carried a lot of water that sort of diluted the flavor of the rest of the dish. Would advise against ordering this one.

Poached Pear w/ Caramelized Ginger. 

Poached Pear w/ Caramelized Ginger. 

We had few options for dessert. I am a self proclaimed Ice Cream lover (if you know the best spots let me know below!), so I naturally ordered the spring rolled wrapped ice cream. The server at the time advised me to get the pear dish instead. I thought about it but stuck to my original choice. When the dessert came out, I was surprised to see the Pear come our along side of the Ice Cream. I asked if it was a mistake and the server said that it would be on the house. I took a bite of the Spring Roll Ice Cream, good - but nothing amazing. I then took a bit of the pear, topped it with some cream and walnut, and I fell in love. The soft texture of the pear went so well with the crunch of the walnut. I then took a small bit of the caramelized ginger (you know how I feel about ginger), took a bite and knew this dish was the one I should have chosen. 

When asked for Dessert. Pick. The. Pear!

Spring Roll Ice Cream (honestly I forgot the name)

Spring Roll Ice Cream (honestly I forgot the name)

I truly enjoyed the feel and concept of this restaurant. It brings you in. It takes you away from the world where you came in from. Come in a busy night and you no longer feel like you are in Nashville. It feels as if someone led you down some stairs in a New York City Midtown Alley and introduced you to what Chinese cuisine should be like. Truly spectacular. Highly Recommend.

Full Menu at the Bar if you want to skip the wait

Full Menu at the Bar if you want to skip the wait

Location: 121B 12th Avenue North - Nashville, TN 37203

Chauhan (The Gulch)

Do I think Indian food is some of the best in the world? Yes. Yes, I do. Let's jump into this!

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chauhan

indian fusion

It's barely Indian food... but it gets five stars in my book.

No way around it, this place is not your traditional Indian cuisine. Why? Because beef. Let me explain.

Go to any authentic Indian restaurant in the entire world and you will not find one ounce of beef. No beef stock. No meat. No bone. Not even the word will be found. That's because Hindu Indians believe the cow to be a symbol of prosperity and reverence (not to be confused with the misconception that they are worshiped). So what was my reaction to seeing beef on the menu? Pretty shocked. I asked the server what the idea was behind it. He answered saying that this is a restaurant that is influenced heavily with Indian Cuisine, yet it incorporates that culture with others. I kept looking at the menu and although I saw a Mango Lassi, I also saw 'nachos', 'poutine', 'corn dogs' and 'tacos'. What the???

Mango Lassi.

Mango Lassi.

I am now a believer. Sure, you can be a purist and believe that tacos are better if they stay mexican (guilty), or you can step out of your ideas and embrace something new. Chauhan nails it. I mean it. They NAILED it. Even down to the decor I knew this was going to be something different. It just makes you feel like you need to be there.

oh yeah that's pretty

oh yeah that's pretty

This shouldn't be a surprise to those foodies out there. Chauhan is owned by Morph Restaurant Group. This is the same group that was started by Chef Maneet Chauhan. The very same that competed in Chopped and Iron Chef. But that's just the TV stuff (we all know how I feel about that). She graduated from the top culinary school in India and then attended the nations prestigious Culinary Institute of America in New York. She has even won a James Beard award for Excellence. I have had the pleasure of working with a woman who received a James Beard Award and let me tell you, those that receive these awards are inspirational. What I love most is that she is spot on, on what a restaurant group should look like. I LOVE IT.   

So, I did the only sane thing a person would do. I ordered the burger - I'll give you a moment to wipe that drool off -

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Blended beef. Green Chile Bacon. Amal Cheese. Chaat Masala Onion Rings. Red Wine Demi. Black Sesame Bun. It really is a masterpiece. Not one bit was dry or missing flavor. The consistency of the bacon was enough to please the crunchy or the soft bacon eaters. It was all just made so well. (The salad featured is the Spiced Farro , not jaw-dropping, but still way good - other option is Masala fries).

It did not taste immediately Indian though. You focus on the meat and onion rings and you will miss it. Instead, focus on the slight kick of the chili, and then that slight acidity you feel from the Chaat Masala vinegar. It's there. That's what makes it such a perfect marriage.

If you couldn't tell by now, this place gets a Dan Rivera Award. Not as prestigious as the James Beard, but still dang good.  

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