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Friday, September 28, 2012

Nashville Food Friday: The Yellow Porch

A review of The Yellow Porch restaurant in Nashville Tennessee
There are always a few restaurants that you hear good things about. They don't get recommended to you all that often. You know they are there and in the back of your mind you make a note to try it out someday. And then you are totally blown away by the food and you think: WHY THE #*&! HAVE I NOT BEEN HERE BEFORE? Such is the Yellow Porch. They were running a restaurant week special and Steve and I decided to try it because we both had never been. This was the best decision ever. What our restaurant week experience lacked at Puckett's Downtown, The Yellow Porch more than made up for it!
A review of The Yellow Porch restaurant in Nashville Tennessee
The restaurant itself is located off of Thompson Lane, tucked behind other restaurants. The parking situation is tight, with most people parking along the highway next to a very morally-ambiguous motel. But the Yellow Porch itself is lovely. As per their name, they have a very nice outdoor seating area with benches and cushions that is truly romantic! The inside is painted with vibrant colors and the decor is modern. The one thing that I didn't like was the art on the walls. I think it was for sale so maybe they rotate that stuff around. Anyway, it was like the early 90s vomited on a canvas and they hung it up. Cosby-sweater-esque, if that is a art genre.

Back to the deal. It was $20.12 for an entree and an appetizer or dessert. Since I was with Steve, we agreed to get one appetizer and split it, order our own entrees, and then split dessert. This worked out really well because by the end of the dinner I was stuffed and I couldn't have possibly put away a full appetizer and a full dessert. Ok, maybe I could, but I shouldn't.
Cheese fritters at The Yellow Porch restaurant in Nashville Tennessee

So for the appetizers we ordered the Tennessee Sharp Cheddar Fritters with spicy aioli and chow-chow. Steve would later refer to this dish as "heaven in the mouth." Rightfully so! These were basically hush puppies with cheese in the center. This was far and away the fanciest state fair food I ever had. The cheese was melted to perfection and the fritter crisp, not greasy. I'm also a sucker for chow-chow and The Yellow Porch made some good stuff. I highly recommend this appetizer. You are a fool if you go to the Yellow Porch and don't try these out. A FOOL.
Shrimp and grits at The Yellow Porch restaurant in Nashville Tennessee
For dinner I decided on the blackened shrimp with grits and a Napa cabbage slaw. I'm a sucker for shrimp and grits and I really liked this non-traditional take on the dish. The shrimp were expertly cooked, buttery, and full of flavor and spice. The grits had an interesting texture and flavor. I couldn't put my finger on exactly what made it different than regular grits, but who cares. It went well with the shrimp and the cabbage creating a perfectly balanced dish.
Salmon at The Yellow Porch restaurant in Nashville Tennessee
Steve had the seared salmon that was served on a salad of fresh heirloom tomatoes and crusty bread. This was an immense plate of food for one person.  The piece of salmon was large, the tomato salad ample and there were two huge pieces of nice crusty bread soaking up the dressing. Also, I'm just going to insert that I'm a big fan of micro-greens. They added a freshness to the salmon that brought out its flavor. And those huge yellow tomatoes? Perfection!
Passion fruit tart at The Yellow Porch restaurant in Nashville Tennessee
For dessert I originally wanted the banana's foster bread pudding. But then I thought about it. I've had bananas foster and bread pudding, and I can make both. We decided to order the Passion Fruit Tart since we both had never had anything like that. This was heavenly! It was more like a cheesecake with passion fruit flavor. The tart was thick and tasted like rich custard. Add the whipped cream and the raspberry and white chocolate sauces, and you get one really rich dessert.
Overall, we had a great time at The Yellow Porch. This is the type of place that I want to take my parents to next time they are in town. The menu is varied and has a lot to offer those with particular tastes. The dishes are expertly crafted and the quality so good that I can't wait to come back and try the paella!
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  1. Oh my gosh. Those cheddar fritters look amazing. And with chow-chow? Shut up. I want to eat them now!

  2. Wow - ok, my mouth is officially watering and all of a sudden my appetite can not be sufficed. Those shrimp and grits look heavenly, but then again so does that passion fruit tart. It's been a little while since I've been to a place that has blown my mind, but typically I only find these kinds of places on vacation or in the city. Happy weekend! xo Marisa

    1. Isn't it amazing that food always tastes better when you are on vacation?!

  3. Hey, S and I went there during restaurant week too! We had the salad appetizer, paella x 2, and the carrot cake! The carrot cake was pretty amazing, the salad was decent, and the paella was good....don't know how authentic it was, but it was a light and yummy dish!

  4. Yummy! That passion fruit tart sounds amazing xx

  5. I have passed that place so many times and wondered what it was like. We'll have to check it out!

    1. You should! I'm a totally big fan of them now. I already told my parents that we are going there next time they are in town!


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