All posts filed under: Restaurant Reviews

Here’s where you’ll find our monthly ‘highlights’ where you discover all you need to know about your favorite local eats. Enjoy, as the Local Forkful goes above and beyond to bring you all the behind the scenes action and a little bit more.

Mas Tacos Por Favor

Two years later and we finally made it to Mas Tacos Por Favor in East Nashville. It was beginning to feel like a haunt that would never be confronted. You know the restaurants that people always talk about and you keep saying you’re gonna have to try it. Well, for two years this went on until this past Friday. I finally got the weekend off and if you know anything about the restaurant industry, you know that a weekend off is rare(sad face). But I managed to conquer this feat and the first thing on the itinerary was Mas Tacos Por Favor. I mean I hate to exaggerate and make it sound like this was the ‘best thing’ since sliced bread but it was delicious. I think what blew me away the most from a culinary standpoint is that everything on the menu is well executed. Although the menu is simplistic in nature and not the most authentic of Mexican cuisine. You can taste the passion and the attention to detail. That alone was enough …

Sardinia Enoteca Ristorante Nashville

           Chef Pietro Vardeu is bringing some Miami flair to Nashville in the form of  Sardinia Enoteca Ristorante. An establishment that I’m sure will be on your top list of good Nashville eats. When it comes to Italian food I tend to be pretty skeptical because most Italian restaurants that I’m familiar with are typically watered down heavy-handed versions of the simplistic-fare that is authentic Italian cuisine. You know, the over-sized bowl of pasta drenched in sauce and covered in some low-grade Parmesan cheese. Chef Vardeu’s history of culinary accomplishments shined through in many of the courses we enjoyed.      The setting, a chic and contemporary design that gives way for Sardinia to be either, the perfect lunch, dinner or special occasion destination. The restaurant is located off Eliston Place on 25th Avenue and there’s complimentary valet. Score! If you’re at all familiar with the parking dilemma in Nashville, you know how vital this offering is to the success of one’s evening.      The restaurant prides itself on the extensive …

Austin,Texas Eats & Wedding Fun

While Austin might be one of the nicer cities in Texas. I don’t think I’d ever move there based upon nature’s aesthetics, but the food is a different story. We took a road trip to Austin for our ‘Best Friends Wedding’, no pun intended. And fell in love with all of it’s culinary offerings along the way. First, in a moment of desperation and lack of another food stop for 30 miles. We pulled into a Whataburger and Man! That was a bad choice. We heard that these are relatively popular but didn’t catch the appeal. It was flavorless and unnecessarily over-sized and over-priced for it’s quality. But whatchagonnado? What road trip would be complete without a snack on the way? I consulted with the wife and it was unanimous! Mainly because I insisted, but puppy chow was the winner. This is one of my favorite childhood snacks and the moment I pop it in my mouth, it’s an instant trip down memory lane. The days when the only thing you had to worry about …

Food Network’s Chopped is Coming to Nashville, TN!

If you’re a lover of  The Food Network or The Cooking Channel, then you’re familiar with all the cooking competitions such as Cupcake Wars, Iron Chef, America’s Worst Cook and Chopped! It’s no secret that Nashville, TN has recently spiked on the ‘global culinary thermometer’ (hope you like that? I just made it up) But any who, with all the Culinary Talent in this city from Roderick Bailey to duo Erik Anderson/Josh Habiger and the Pop-Up Chefs like Vivek Surti of Vivek’s Epicurean Adventure’s and Brandon Frohne of Forage South. It was only a matter of time before they’d come through the neighborhood looking for fresh faces. Chopped is looking for professional local chefs for their next season’s line-up and it just might be you. But not to fear foodies, bloggers and amateur home-cooks a like. They want to know what skills you’ve got up your sleeve when you come face-to-face with the mystery basket? Think you got what it takes! Professional Chefs Enter Here. http://www.choppedcasting.com/ Everyone else Enter Here! http://www.choppedcasting.com/application/special

The Cottage Cafe…Sweets, Soups & Salads

     We discovered The Cottage Cafe on Scoutmob. Now, let it be known that you can not trust every recommendation on the deal site. You have to do the research or just take a gamble. We realized it was only a five-minute drive from our home, the cafe is nestled in a shopping strip off Old Hickory in Bellevue. It is a quaint little hole in the wall connected to an antique shop that your grandma would die for. But anyways, it is also home to Crumb de la Crumb Bakery. You might have seen them on The Food Network Challenge. They’ve created cakes for some of your favorite Nashville natives like Taylor Swift, Josh Farro of Paramore and Lady Antebellum. The wife and I usually jump right into trying a little bit of everything in order to give you the scoop.      We heard the She Crab soup and crab cakes were killer but I’m allergic to shellfish so that wasn’t happening. First, they bring every table cheddar jam. A blend of cheddar, seasoning & pecans …