The Southern – Nashville, TN

As I mentioned when I was raving about popsicles, I was in Nashville, TN last weekend. I’m finally getting around to getting the restaurant reviews up. I was in town for a bachelorette party with 8 other girls. None of whom are vegans. We headed to The Southern for dinner one night, and I was beyond starving. After a day of drinking (it started with a tavern on wheels bike tour with bar stops along the way) and only a salad on the menu I could remove the cheese and eat for lunch, I was not just hungry or starving. I was hangry. (You know, when you are irrationally angry because you’re so hungry?)

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When the waiter told me the veggie plate was actually some sort of vegetable  baked with cheese and pastry and there was nothing on the menu I could have besides a salad sans feta I almost lost it. So I took another spin through the menu and noticed the Bahn Mi Tacos- pork belly tacos with pickled daikon, carrot, cucumber and spicy hoisin sauce and served with kimchee. I asked the waiter if there was any way they could not make with pork belly (gross!) and instead add black beans. He was skeptical and tried to persuade me towards a different taco option which was even less vegan friendly – avocado aioli, fish, and queso fresco. After you take all that out I would have been left with mango salsa and black beans. And I’m allergic to mango. In the end, my powers of persuasion worked!

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The restaurant itself was a little brighter than I’m used to, but it was clearly a place where all the cool kids in Nashville were hanging out. The space was giant and the service was good. The rest of the menu was entirely southern – chicken fried steak, mac and cheese, ribs, you get the idea. All the other girls seemed to love their meals and I was happy we could all enjoy a great dinner together.

 

I loved this meal and I don’t think it was just because I was hangry. It was darn good. And the sangria wasn’t bad either!

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