Marché - Nashville, TN

I love it when you take a chance on a restaurant that everyone is raving about and it actually turns out to be a great spot. Marché is located in a up and coming part of Nashville and serves up some really great brunch with great espresso drinks and food.

Smoked Trout Croquette with Apple Fennel Salad
If you've ever gone out to eat with me you know that I like to order too many things with the excuse of needing blog material. Well I'm just a glutton and need to eat too many things to fill my ginormous stomach. This trout croquette was probably the favorite part of my meal. Surprisingly good and fresh and almost no fishiness. The texture of the fish is well preserved in the dish and the nice salad on the side is a home run.

Butternut Squash Soup with Toasted Pumpkin Seeds
I love soup, and that makes me pretty critical of soups. I often make soups myself and thoroughly disappoint myself in the process. It's definitely an art to make a good soup with good flavor and consistency. THIS soup was nice and smooth with a little bite to it. The toasted pumpkin seeds and fresh olive oil are a nice touch.

Boulangere Potatoes
A note to restaurants: If you put on the menu that a dish is made with duck fat, pork fat, or any other kind of fat, I'm more than likely going to order it. Fat = flavor, unfortunately the demonization of fat in America has turned it into kryptonite for the average joe. Fat will not kill you or make you fat as long as you're exercising, eating a well balanced diet, and of course moderating yourself! Eat fat, just don't eat it every day.

Croissant French Toast
I don't know why but I've never thought to make french toast with a croissant. It's a good idea. Give it a try at home, the crust gets nice and crispy from the butter in the croissant and the end product is divine!

Two Eggs over Falls Mill Polenta and Parmesan Cheese
You know I ordered this dish. It's just grits with eggs. I love grits and when I make them at home this is how I make them. I just put everything together and mix it up in the bowl. It's a simple recipe that I'm sure could be easily duplicated at home.

These are just a couple shots from inside Marché. I love the bright open atmosphere the restaurant has.

Anyways, I hope you'll check it out if you get a chance and maybe you'll enjoy it as much as I did.

--Joe Kwon

Germantown Cafe - Nashville, TN

I was more than excited to be in Nashville on Halloween night. And to top it off were were playing the Ryman. And to top that we were in the Johnny Cash room at the Ryman. How on Earth did I get here? I ask myself that all the time.

Anyways, Nashville is famous for a lot of things. I was on a quest for something a little different. Instead of going the regional route I decided on checking out this spot in the Germantown district of Nashville. I'm glad I did. The food was all well prepared and fresh. I only wish I could have gone for dinner.

I'm a sucker for a good BLT. Actually I don't think there is a better summer sandwich than the BLT. And it's probably one of the hardest to make successfully. There are a lot of factors that go into a BLT. The obvious ingredients, B, L, and T. But, one must not forget the mayo and the bread. So you see I have some high expectations. Since we were nearing the end of tomato season I just had to get one more BLT. The bread may have been a poor choice but the addition of fried green tomatoes was great. Would I get it again? Probably not because there were other things on the menu I wanted to try.
Shrimp and grits. I know you're saying "In Tennessee? . . . In GERMANtown?" I like my shrimp and grits without as much "sauce" but that's a personal preference.
The mushroom frittata. What a great brunch item!
This is the best looking french onion soup I've seen in a while.
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Just a couple more shots from the night from Jacob Melton.
Photo by Jacob Melton

Photo by Jacob Melton