The New Nashville

From its humble days of meat and three’s and chain restaurants, Nashville exploded onto the food scene a few years ago with the widely acclaimed Catbird Seat in 2011, followed by Rolf and Daughters in 2012 and Husk a year later.  The previously under-the-radar “hot fried chicken” also became a national sensation.  Now it’s accessible…

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Under The Radar: Saikai Dining Bar

Sushi to go from Tomoe or take out fried chicken from Hill Country?  Those were our options for the first warm Saturday night in April.   It seemed everyone was out – anxious to celebrate the arrival of spring weather.  And at 8:30pm – prime dining time in NYC – all the restaurants on my list…

Once Upon A Time At Cosme

There were tales of tortillas made from impeccably sourced single-origin corn.  Rohan duck was cured for three days. And a Michelin chef from Mexico City was going to change the way New Yorkers thought about his cuisine.  Could any place meet the expectations generated by such hype? The raves about Batard and Upland had been…

Restaurant Review: Batard

Usually when all the critics love a place, I don’t.  Or if it’s one certain dish, it doesn’t live up to the expectations.  Not so at Batard. Of course, we didn’t go with the octopus pastrami – having had tons of octopus in Maui and thinking this was likely overrated.  Instead we tried the red…