Puckett’s Grocery and Restaurant

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Before I left Nashville, I brunched at Southern style restaurant, Puckett’s Grocery and Restaurant. What started out over 50 year years ago as a country store, Puckett’s has expanded to a full service restaurant with a handful of locations. 

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Inside, you get a real down-home Southern vibe with friendly service. They also offer a stage where you can catch some live music with a side of Southern food. 

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Ok, so, I know it’s isn’t quintessential Southern food, but it sounded really delightful to me, so, I went for it. I ordered their most popular salad, Strawberry Field Salad with Grilled Salmon (mixed greens topped with strawberries, feta, walnuts and raspberry vinaigrette). I really liked this salad, it was light, fresh, and any salad with a killer fruit/nut/cheese combo is a real bonus. 

The Shorts:
Name: Puckett’s Grocery and Restaurant
Location: 500 Church Street, Nashville
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Yes, and next time I’ll try to make it in before 11am because their breakfast looked great.
Would I recommend it? Yes, get some Southern charm and check back at their menu for new and daily meat and veggie specials.

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.