My man and I went to Holland House to celebrate my birthday (the big 2-6) last week, and it was pretty damn tasty there. It’s located in East Nashville in this cute little building with no sign. The inside is rustic-industrial, and the barmen are dressed in suspenders and button downs to evoke a 20s kind of feel.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
We started off with a Clover Club for me and a Tom Collins for my man, as pictured above. I liked the frothiness that the egg white added to gin, raspberry syrup and some kind of bitters. The presentation was interesting with the drink in a dessert wine coupe with the extra in a tiny glass that looked like a bud vase. It was the special drink of the day. The Tom Collins was refreshing with a hint of sweetness from a demerera syrup.
We got the fried green tomatoes as our appetizer. Totally random, but the red pepper coulis and the cole slaw garnishes were super yummy on their own. The tomatoes were crispy and the cornmeal coating wasn’t too thick or too thin. Yum!
I got the mini fried chicken for my entree. I only eat fried chicken maybe once a year, and this was pretty good. I wish the pieces were a little smaller so it would be easier to eat. Also, the breading tasted a touch burnt. However, the chicken itself was tender and juicy-perfecto! The salt and pepper potato chips were a nice change from fries, and I really could buy gallons of that cole slaw. The veggies were finely julienned, the sauce was tangy and not overpowering. I prefer mayo-free cole slaw, and this was epically good. Plus the bright colors looked great on my plate. It was all washed down with a Rose Marie that consisted of gin, blood orange, bitters, cava, cucumber and some other stuff that I can’t remember. My man got the Meester burger and fries which were promptly inhaled. He still maintains that PM has the best, but this one was tasty.
We split a fried berry pie for dessert. Yes, if you’re keeping count, that’s 3 fried dishes for my birthday dinner. It was hoovered before a photo opp could happen. All in all, I will definitely be returning and working my through the entire drink menu. Can I just say how awesome it was to have a drink menu that was heavy on gin and bourbon??? My two favorites! It was a very happy birthday indeed.