As I posted last week, we hit up two spots for Nashville Originals Restaurant Week: Bling Pig and Cha Chah. Both were amazing, and due to some smart planning, not super crowded. We went to Blind Pig on Wednesday before 7 so we were eating early-ish on a not busy dining night, which is good because they don’t do reservations. Blind Pig is an upscale BBQ place that took over the location that Mirror once occupied in 12 South. They had a pit out in the back next to the street, which was a great sign and a wonderful smell to welcome us.
Thursday, September 23, 2010
We were seated and informed that it was Happy Hour (hooray!) with several drink specials. My man got an ale of sort that I can’t recall, and I got a Terrapin Rye Pale Ale (yeah, the one from Athens, GA). I normally detest pale ales, but I had a feeling the rye would cancel out the overly fruitiness that hoppy pale ales have. I was right. The rye cut the fruit and made it crisp.
We had 4 or 5 options from the Restaurant Week menu. I got the pulled pork plate and had my choice of 2 sides. I was intrigued by the barbecued cabbage and the corn pudding with poblano peppers so I chose those. My man got the St. Louis style ribs with the cabbage and fries. You had 6 different sauces on the table to mix and match. It was great!! Juicy, flavorful, smoky, awesome! The corn pudding wasn’t sweet, the cabbage was tender and sweet and smoky, and the pork was perfect. And the pork came with pickles!! And those buns with butter flavor baked in!! We will definitely be coming back. We also learned that the pink hacienda across the street from the patio we were seated at is Dolly Parton’s recording studio. Random. Great service, great food, great patio. Two sauce covered thumbs up!