The Honeysuckle Local & Social, located in the Cool Springs area, a hop skip and jump south of Nashville, is upscale Southern with a Lodge like eclectic atmosphere, fireplace included.
So far, we’ve eaten here four times, and each time it gets better. The third occasion was an intimate blogger dinner and simultaneously a business dinner separately for my husband, which means I can tell you about a lot of food in one post. Only one of the four dinners was complimentary.
The Cocktails are splendid and inventive. I tried three so far, all unique and wonderful. I had the Manhattan (middle) and was very impressed with the Honeysuckle (far right) made with Cathead Honeysuckle Vodka, Lillet Blanc, AITA Rhubarb Shrub, Orange Bitters.
The oysters are as noteworthy as the atmosphere, and I’ll be making a special trip just for oysters and a French white wine that was served at the blogger dinner. Pascal Jolivet Sancerre 2014, was one of the best French whites I’ve had, so good that even those who don’t like white loved this wine.
Of course they serve shrimp and grits for lunch and dinner, which claim the freshest, most tender wild gulf shrimp and bowl full of comfort.
prepared with spinach, and a big favorite of my husband’s. (Me too).
I highly recommend a special visit to the Honeysuckle just for the meatloaf. It’s huge, tender, and oh that zinfandel gravy!
Think about something your millionaire uncle would love.
During this visit, the owner took me back in the kitchen to talk about some of their cooking techniques. They sous vide their vegetables, which means they are sealed and cooked in simmering water for hours, attaining a certain bite, yet making them more succulent. They dry age their beef, which I had a change to swoon over.
ROASTED CAULIFLOWER sous vide and charred, chive oil, spicy red pepper aioli. Yes, that’s okra and brussels sprouts in the background. Notice the cauliflower is roasted almost whole. They do carrots the same way.
The fish tacos are perfectly spiced, balanced and high on Mr. ST’s list which says a lot. The duck fat fries are tasty with the right amount of grease and salt to not stop eating, only I wish they were thinner. The tacos are served with a lime slaw and you can order grilled fish and the catch of that day was grouper.
My Personal Lunch and Dinner Recommendations
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