It’s finally happening. Etch is opening the doors this week and I was fortunate enough to get a sneak peek on Friday while they were doing a mock service in preparation.

The menu is still somewhat of a work in progress, so I’m not going to share all of the details, but please let me assure you that Deb Paquette has once again outdone herself. Every dish I tasted was like a party in my mouth. Flavors! Textures! Delciousness!

 

 Etch’s Roasted Cauliflower Appetizer

If I could eat a dish like the Roasted Cauliflower appetizer for every meal, I could be a vegetarian. No joke. The pea pesto, salted almonds, and a feta crema (plus the mystery orange puree) were absolutely, positively incredible. Fingers crossed that this is one item that stays on the menu, because I will order it every time I walk in that door.

 

Japanese braised and fried Short Ribs, Korean noodles, spinach, shiitakes, sugar peas, charred carrots, shrimp relish and spring aioli

Word of advice, people: Make a reservation NOW. I want you to see for yourself how fantastic this restaurant is, and I want you to find out before the rest of the world discovers it. I have a feeling that a few months from now, it’s going to be pretty difficult to get a seat….

This Wednesday, August 29th is opening day, and the restaurant will begin taking reservations today. You can call 615-522-0685 or visit OpenTable.com.

Etch

303 Demonbreun St
Nashville, TN 37201
(in the Encore)
615-522-0685


Silo’s Deviled Eggs, 3 ways

Never do I remember a time where so many great restaurants opened their doors within such a short span. After months of not dining out very often, I recently had the unusual opportunity to get out a few nights in a row. So I seized that opportunity and hit all of the new spots just days after they opened for business.

Silo’s Red grouper, fairytale eggplant, zephyr squash, corn puree

My husband and I went out on a date night to Silo, the new Germantown restaurant that is within steps of two other popular Nashville spots, Germantown Cafe and City House.

I found that their “Southern-influenced, neighborhood bistro” description was perfect. The space is very warm, the staff friendly, and the food fresh. Oh, and did I mention they have a delightful cocktail menu? In fact, we may have ordered as many cocktails as we did plates of food!

Silo

1121 5th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37208
615-750-2912

 

 Lockeland Table’s oven roasted okra

My friend Melissa and I just had dinner together for the first time in ages. While she used to be one of my main dining partners, for the past year, we’ve both had some pretty intense schedules and major life events that have kept us from getting together.

But finally, it happened. We put a date on the calendar and when it rolled around, neither of us had to cancel or reschedule! Hallelujah!

 

Lockeland Table’s Bone-in pork loin, TN smoked cheddar mac & cheese, braised greens, Vidalia onion jam, pickled mustard seeds

 

I’d been hearing some major buzz about Lockeland Table for a few days, so my expectations were quite high going into it.

I’m happy to report that I was not disappointed. This meal was homey, a complete comfort food experience. I mean, check out that pork chop, greens and mac & cheese. The only thing left on that plate when I was finished was a bone. And even though I was completely and utterly stuffed, we ordered dessert.

Because, well, that’s what Melissa and I do. Chocolate bread pudding with chocolate Bravo gelato? Um, hell yes.

 Lockeland Table’s Chocolate Bread Pudding

Lockeland Table

1520 Woodland Street
Nashville, TN 37206
615-228-4864

 

Now go. Run, do not walk. The next 3 outings you have, these are the places you should go. I’m already dreaming of my next visit to each of them!

15 Responses to “First Taste of Etch, Silo & Lockeland Table”

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    alexandra @ sweet betweens [blog] — August 27, 2012 @ 8:58 am

    man, if that bread pudding were on the menu when we went I would’ve definitely had the same! the zucchini olive oil cake was fabulous, but chocolate? yeah. always the right choice.

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    Lesley Eats — August 27, 2012 @ 9:40 am

    Hey, you can eat something like that cauliflower all the time and be vegetarian–move into the Encore! :D

    Mr. Eats had the short ribs, too and loved them. Still really surprised that I liked the cauliflower, but she makes it work!

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    Susan in the Boonies — August 27, 2012 @ 10:35 am

    I have been waiting, nay, LONGING, for etch to open.
    So excited!!!

    • Beth replied: — August 30th, 2012 @ 6:53 pm

      Words cannot even explain how happy I am that it’s now open! Let me know when you go and what you think!!

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    NashvilleRN — August 27, 2012 @ 10:37 am

    Great picks and reviews! Excited to try the new places :)

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    Allyn — August 27, 2012 @ 10:38 am

    Yes yes yes! These are going on the list! They look SO good.

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    Natalie Townsend — August 27, 2012 @ 3:10 pm

    Yum! These sounds great…thanks for the updates

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    ErinsFoodFilse — August 29, 2012 @ 3:28 pm

    Great round up! I’m dying to return to Etch for lunch, with Nathan. I already know he’ll want that burger, but there multiple things I want to try!

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    Camels & Chocolate — August 30, 2012 @ 10:44 am

    We keep just missing each other, it seems! I was at Etch last night and had the cauliflower steak (divine!), while my sis had the filet (spectacular!) and my cousin John the chicken (surprisingly inventive!). I think the desserts, though, were my favorite part. I cannot cannot cannot wait to go back.

    I also went to Etch for brunch on Sunday, not even realizing it just opened last week. I wasn’t blown away by my meal (deviled eggs, then the peach bourbon French toast) but I would definitely try it again for dinner, particularly as you had such a great experience.

    Now that just leaves Lockeland!

    • Beth replied: — August 30th, 2012 @ 6:19 pm

      I think you meant that you went to SILO for brunch, not Etch, right? Etch just opened last night, so they weren’t serving brunch on Sunday ;-)

      And you and I just need to go out for drinks & dinner some time!!

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    Camels & Chocolate — August 30, 2012 @ 6:33 pm

    Oh yes, I did mean that. Sorry–cart before the horse. Etch’s brunch won’t be offered until later in the fall (which I very much look forward to, too!). I had brunch at SILO on Sunday. Loved the whole vibe, the service, the drinks–I just wish the actual main course had been a little wow-ow-ow.

    And I would love to go for dinner/drinks sometime, now that you’re actually allowed alcohol again! ;-)

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    Yoga — September 2, 2012 @ 3:43 am

    looks great, but is it expensive?

    • Beth replied: — September 3rd, 2012 @ 7:22 pm

      I’m not sure which restaurant you are referring to, but Etch and Lockeland Table both have menus on their website that list prices. Silo doesn’t have prices on their menu, but I would say it is similarly priced to Lockeland Table.

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    Aggie — September 2, 2012 @ 10:55 pm

    Oh that okra looks so good!! Yummy post :)

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    sweet betweens » project : Nashville — June 8, 2013 @ 9:22 pm

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