Wild Goose Tavern

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This past weekend I was in Cape Cod for the holiday weekend. First time there, and a short stay, but was able to squeeze in some delicious food at Wild Goose Tavern in Chatham. 

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Set in a classic, beach meets yacht aesthetic, this casual restaurant serves fresh, local seafood and American fare. To start, I ordered a Margarita. I know, it doesn’t scream Cape Cod, but, hey, I wanted one. It was light and refreshing, no complaints here. 

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Then, for the table to start, we had the Smoked Bluefish (smoked in-house, horseradish cream, crackers). This was really great. The fish had a light, flaky and meaty texture with a perfectly balanced smoked flavor. Paired with the creaminess and slight bite of the horseradish cream, and the saltiness and crunch of the crackers, it was a great combination for an excellent starter.

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For my entree I ordered one of their specials that night, the Swordfish (grilled Atlantic Swordfish, kalamata olive mashed potatoes, asparagus, roasted tomato, red wine jus). This was an incredible dish. The portion was perfect and the entire meal was flavorful and well balanced. The fish was perfectly cooked, giving it just the right texture, and rich in flavor from the jus. The potatoes were creamy and buttery, and the olives, similar to a tapenade, added a nice saltiness to counteract the richness of the potatoes. Then, for some fresh crispness, the asparagus was just the right touch, and a bit of added acidity from the tomatoes balanced out the dish very nicely. 

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And then, dessert was a must. Now, I didn’t order the dessert, and couldn’t find it on their menu afterward, so, I can’t say with 100% certainty what it was. But, I will say that it was ridiculously good. It was almost like a warm, rich, cookie pie served with vanilla ice cream. So, dessert, whatever you were, you were delicious and I loved you. 

The Shorts:
Name: Wild Goose Tavern
Location: 512 Main Street, Chatham, Cape Cod, MA
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Yes. The atmosphere is casual, yet sophisticated, the service is excellent, and the food was great. 
Would I recommend it? For sure. And, it’s located right in Downtown Chatham, right in the thick of many quaint shops. 

The Farm House

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When in Nashville, you can expect to find lots of Southern cooking. But, when you can also find farm to table, locally sourced food in a restaurant decorated and furnished with handmade accents and re-purposed barn wood, well, that’s a bonus. And, you can find it all at The Farm House in the SoBro district in Nashville. 

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Everything on the menu sounded great, and I had to start with a drink while I decided on the food portion. I ordered their Casey Jones Spring Train Ride (American Born Sweet Tea Shine, smoked blackberries, simple, soda). I had a similar sounding drink at The Southern in Nashville, but, the two drinks were pretty different. I really enjoyed both, but this one was great since the sweetness of the drink was really subtle, basically coming from the blackberries themselves. You can also really taste hints of smokiness from the blackberries too, which is a really interesting and nice combination. 

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Then, for the table we ordered a couple snacks to start. First, was Pickled Egg Whites (smoked trout filling, alfalfa sprouts). This was really great. Served like a deviled egg, the white of the egg is delicately pickled, giving a nice, slight, salty and acidic flavor, balanced out by the smooth, smokey, creaminess of the trout, replacing the traditional egg yolk. 

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Next, I had Skillet Cornbread with porkbutter. Holy buttery, corn skillet goodness. This was awesome, and definitely a great thing for a table to get to share to start. The cornbread had the perfect balance of sweet and savory, served hot in the skillet, crusting the outsides just enough and keeping the center soft. Put a dab, or a slab, of the whipped porkbutter on top, and it melts right in. I think I could hear Paula Dean squealing somewhere in the distance. 

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For my entree, I had the Pan Seared Grouper (Meyer Lemon grits, braised pistachios, braised white raisins). I really loved this. This fish was tender, flavorful, and set atop of the creamy grits. I’ve never had citrusy grits, and I really liked them. The flavor cuts some of the richness and almost keeps it on the lighter side. The braised pistachios and raisins add a really nice, sweetened, crunch and texture contrast to the delicate fish and creaminess of the grits. 

The Shorts:
Name: The Farm House
Location: 210 Almond Street, Nashville 
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Definitely. Everything was delicious, the service was great, and the aesthetic is really nice as well. 
Would I recommend it? Absolutely, it’s a great, casual restaurant with a chic sophistication. And don’t forget to order the cornbread.