Stock & Barrel – 901 Gleaves St, Nashville, TN
The husband has a short conference in Nashville and lucky me gets another “tag-along” trip to a new city. Since the conference starts Monday, we leave early on Saturday so we can have the weekend to explore.
After claiming our bags and picking up our rental car we head to an area, not too far from our hotel, called The Gulch. From what I’ve read online this is newer “urban renewal area” a several block area with plenty of mixed use space, hotels, apartments & condos above while shopping and restaurants at street level. (Oh and parking garages, minimum street parking and a few lots. Most are 1st hour free parking, $4/hr there after.
Hungry for a late lunch, we chose Stock and Barrel. According to their website they use locally sourced beef and ingredients. Just our kind of place. Looks like the perfect way to start our trip.
After being seated I glance around to the other tables. Observation 1) The food looks DELICIOUS! Observation 2) The meals are HUGE! …. OK Honey, can we please share something? Because the fried green tomatoes sound amazing and since we are now officially in the south. I think we just have to.
We place an order for fried green tomatoes. A simple combination of fresh green tomato dredged in batter and fried to perfection. Topped with soft and creamy crumbles of goat cheese then drizzled with a sweet and tangy balsamic reduction. Delicious! If fried food wasn’t so bad for you I could eat this every day. This starter is not to be missed.
For the entrée we choose to share a bison burger. A perfectly seasoned, moist and juicy bison patty topped with sautéed mushrooms, crispy onion strings and a thick layer of boursin and garlic aioli. Burgers and sandwiches come with a side of homemade fries or beer battered onion rings. The waitress offered “or both”. Sure we’ll try both.
The onion rings are crispy on the outside with a perfect thick ring of onion inside. The fries are seasoned well and tasty. I must say Stock & Barrel certain knows their way around a fryer.
So based on “we’re on vacation” logic. Steve says yes to dessert. Peanut butter pie with an oreo crust. OMG — rich, peanuty, chocolaty creamy deliciousness with an added bonus of a Reese’s peanut butter cup on the top.
The wait staff was friendly, the atmosphere was fun. For our first stop this was a great choice. We’re off to a fantastic start.