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Friday, June 27, 2014

Nashville Food Friday: Happy Hour at Pomodoro East

A review of happy hour at Pomodoro East in Nashville, Tennessee
I like going out to eat often, so I'm always a fan of a really good deal. Most of the best deals around town are for Happy Hour, and usually I can't seem to get to places in time for that 6:30 cutoff. But luckily in East Nashville we have our choice of local hot spots that offer really good Happy Hour deals that are just minutes away from our door. This week we were wondering where to go for a quick cocktail and dinner, and realized that the happy hour cutoff was quickly closing in, so we rushed out the door to grab a seat at Pomodoro East's bar just in time to order.
A review of happy hour at Pomodoro East in Nashville, Tennessee
Pomodoro East has a modern rustic vibe. Most items are made out of dark wood and the lighting is low. While the restaurant is dark and somewhat cave-like, they do it in a romantic way, not in a "trapped in a stranger's car trunk" kind of way. It plays off the hip rustic-reclaimed-barnwood phenomenon that is all the rage these days. The best part of the restaurant has to be their beautiful outdoor patio. This is the selling point of the restaurant and on days with nice weather, this place gets packed. 
Cocktails at  happy hour at Pomodoro East in Nashville, Tennessee
The Happy Hour menu offers wine and cocktails for $5 and beer for $3. I was in the mood for a summer-y cocktail so I chose the white honey peach sangria. This drink tasted very much like the peach it promised. It had a great flavor overall, but there was just too much ice in the drink. I'm the crazy lady who always asks for water without ice, so any cocktail that is mostly ice just usually isn't my bag. But if you like your drinks fruity and cold, then this is for you. Steve ordered the peppercorn martini, made with peppercorn gin and dry vermouth. This drink is VERY peppery and spicy. If pepper makes you sneeze or tickles your nose, you might want to skip this. Both of us really enjoyed this drink and the unique taste it offers. I have to say that the few other times I've been to Pomodoro for happy hour I've ordered the peppercorn martini.
Spiedini at  happy hour at Pomodoro East in Nashville, Tennessee
The happy hour menu has a bunch of snack size appetizer dishes for $5. If you order a few of them, you can make a really great meal out of it. The first to arrive was the spiedini, crisp mozzarella with a lemon butter sauce. This dish is always a good choice because who doesn't love a plate of gooey cheese? It is the king of all "mozzarella sticks" and will make you hate every other imitator that bars try to sell you. I do wish that this was served a tad bit hotter so that the cheese was stringier. Also, there should be a stronger lemon taste to the sauce. I've had this dish a few other times and I always felt the sauce had way more acidity, which I quite enjoyed. The tomato and olive tapenade does well to freshen up what is basically fried cheese, but without the fresh lemon it fell a bit flat. 
Our second dish was the fettucini pesto alfredo. The pasta was cooked well and the alfreado sauce had a good start, but I felt that it was missing a little pizzaz and needed a tad bit more salt. If you have read this blog you know that I NEVER really like salt and usually complain that things are too salty. Well, here is the exception. Don't get me wrong, this dish is good and the pesto-cream combination is a winner, but you might need to ask for the salt shaker.
Our final happy hour snack was the pepperoni flat bread, which is basically a super thin crust pizza with a fancy name. I actually quite like that the pizza was cut up into little bite size squares instead of the traditional triangle. I felt that this way of cutting the pizza made it just a bit more "snackable." This pizza did the trick, and it served its purpose, but it isn't my favorite pizza by far. For some odd reason I like the pizza at sister restaurant Eastland Cafe better. But for $5 it's pretty darn good and quite filling. If I didn't share, this could have been my whole dinner.

I'm really happy with Pomodoro's Happy Hour options. We normally go to Eastland Cafe, so it's nice to have another option in the neighborhood, owned by the same people, that also offers good food. Our bartender was friendly and fast, plus we met the nicest couple sitting next to us at the bar! Happy Hour is great for chatting and making new friends, and Pomodoro makes it happen. 

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  1. A peppercorn MARTINI!?! That I have to try, pepper and gin being two of my favorite things. I had a nice dinner on the deck there last summer; thanks for the reminder to go back one of these days!

  2. Ooo, this place looks delicious! Now I'm really hungry for Italian... haha.

    BTW, wanted to say hi again, Lauren! It's Kelsea from Pink Wonderland - I'm officially closing down PW, but I started a new blog as Kels Shark. Can't wait to catch up with you and everyone on what's been going on in the blogging world while I was gone! <3

  3. I have been meaning to go back there since we had the blogger happy hour there last year. It was so good and the drinks were amazing and such a good happy hour price.

  4. Oh heck yes I want spiedini! The name Pomodoro just makes me salivate in general. Also, the deck and its angles remind me a bit of the High Line in NYC for some reason, which is tres cool.

  5. That sounds like one of the best happy hour nyc and next time I’m in town I will definitely try it. These are the kind of snacks I really love to eat and it’s good to know they’re not expensive.


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