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Friday, February 22, 2013

Nashville Food Friday: Noshville

Noshville Delicatessen located in Nashville Tennessee
Noshville is a little taste of New York down south. Granted, it's a very cartoon-ish version of a New York deli, but it does the job in a pinch. I'm used to the real old-school style kosher delis that have massive pickle buckets on your table (sours, dills, and even pickled tomatoes) and the idea of getting cheese on your sandwich is pure blasphemy. Noshville could be describe as "kosher deli light." And as much as I despise the giant statue of liberty out front, I have a soft spot for this place.
Noshville Delicatessen located in Nashville Tennessee
Noshville Delicatessen located in Nashville Tennessee
Just look how cute the inside is! I'm a sucker for Formica counter tops and vinyl seating. Noshville is the ultimate retro throwback diner in town and I love it just for the kitsch factor. I always ask for a booth because to me it isn't a real diner experience if you aren't in a booth. Especially a vinyl booth that makes that squeaky fart sound when you move on it.
Noshville Delicatessen located in Nashville Tennessee
Now, on to the grub. Noshville carries a lot of my favorite foods that you can't find anywhere else in town. I love chopped liver and they make an excellent chopped liver salad sandwich (don't go rolling your eyes at me- don't knock it 'till you've tried it!). Their Matzoh Ball soup is quite good, although they use the big fluffy style balls and I personally prefer the smaller/denser balls. Their sweet and sour cabbage soup is also quite good, but that's also an acquired taste. My go-to deli sandwich is a hot tongue on sourdough with mustard. Tongue is my favorite kosher deli meat- it's fatty, soft and flavorful. This is also my Mom's deli favorite as well (and yet another case of the apple not falling too far from the tree). Noshville makes a pretty good sandwich. But compared to the delis back in New York, they give a pretty small portion of meat. I think this might be the only case of a southern place providing LESS food than a northern equivalent.
Noshville Delicatessen located in Nashville Tennessee
Steve went for a healthier option of a salad, but it turned out to be just a huge pile of meat on some lettuce. Don't get me wrong, this is not a complaint. What my sandwich lacked in size, Steve's salad made up for in meat portions. He chose the New York Chef Salad which came with roast beef, tongue and brisket. I got to try the roast beef and I was quite pleased. I guess it's hard to find something "healthy" in a deli!
Noshville Delicatessen located in Nashville Tennessee
I really like Noshville. It is a great place to go and grab some lunch, have a cup of coffee, and read the paper. With my family living so far away, it has been a nice little slice of home. There have been quite a number of times I've been sick and stopped by to pick up some Jewish Penicillin (ie: chicken soup) on my way home from work. It isn't as good as my Mom's, but it will do.

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8 comments:

  1. I love diner style restaurants. Those vinyl chairs are so cute. Not too sure how that's a salad.. just a bunch of meat on what looks like two pieces of lettuce. haha. Your sandwich looks yummy though.

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  2. I have never had tongue! I see it at the grocery a lot but have never ordered it. This may have to change. I, too, am just kind of meh on Noshville's Matzoh ball soup. I feel like the ball is way too big and bready and it just tastes like I left a roll in my soup too long.

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  3. Oh boy, I miss their corned beef. We used to go there all of the time before I went vegetarian. Now, I don't even bring myself down by going in there and seeing people with those enormous sandwiches! And that salad with the meat on it? Yeah, they're slim on the vegetarian options as any deli should be! : )

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  4. Wow I like this place! I'd like to go there one day.
    have a nice week end
    xoxo

    alice c'n'r
    http://cutenroll.blogspot.it/

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  5. this looks like a supah great day! and the place is sooo hip!

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  6. Noshville! This place holds a soft spot in my heart, too (& cured many a hangover in my 20's).

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  7. I've never had tongue, but trying it on a sandwich sounds like it would be a good first experience. I can't wait to move up there and have more dining options!

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  8. you know, they used to bring a big bowl of pickles to your table when we first started going, probably 6 years ago. before i gave up cheese noshville was my favorite place in town to get a greasy grilled cheese sandwich.

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