The Local Neighborhood Diner “Dalts Grill” Is A Pleasant Surprise

Outside Dalts GrillHaving recently moved to a new area of Nashville, one of the most difficult challenges is to find a good place to eat. While chains and/or fast food restaurants are always endlessly abundant no matter where you go, sometimes you just want to eat at a local restaurant. Even with the abundance of web-based reviews, it is still hard to make a decision and many times you find that the reviews themselves are either lacking in availability, are somewhat biased, or are fake “fluff” reviews made by the owner & their friends. That’s what Haley and I ran into recently and we decided to just “go with our gut instinct”. Fortunately, our “guts” made a good choice.

Inside Dalts GrillWe stumbled across Dalts Grill by accident. Driving around and exploring the nearby area, we were intrigued with the “oldies” architecture resembling a classic diner with “Cheers-esque” typographical sign. I almost mistaken it for an older “Steak ‘n Shake” by first glance. A quick search on my phone revealed that Dalts Grill is described simply as a “locally owned American diner”.

Dalts Grill BarOn the inside, Dalts Grill continues with the diner theme with a mix of modernized furniture but still has that throwback to the olden days. A large mural of the oldies days covers the back wall above the kitchen. Numerous neon signs are sprawled across the bar area and dozens of tables & booths cover the large dining space.

Dalts menu is actually quite impressive. Dalts features every kind of American dish you can imagine. A nice selection of side dishes, salads, soups, sandwiches, burgers, and even full entrees ranging from steaks to homestyle meals like meatloaf are available. To top that off, daily specials are available for those looking to save a couple bucks off their meal. Last but not least, they deliver anything on their menu for a delivery fee of $3.

Fried MushroomsTo start dinner off, I selected the fried mushrooms ($8.49) and a strawberry milkshake ($3.99) while Haley started off with a Bud Light ($4). I think $8.49 is a bit pricey for fried mushrooms but at least it was a large portion. The batter that they were fried in was very similar to funnel cake batter (without the sugar). There was hardly any seasoning in the batter but with a sprinkle of some salt & pepper and a nice dunk in the horseradish sauce, they instantly became a little more flavorful. Still though, I would have liked to have had more seasoning in the batter (similar to what Outback Steakhouse does with their fried mushrooms).

The milkshake too followed the same line of quality as the mushrooms… it was just simply OK. I was told it was made with strawberry puree, but the taste of the strawberry was very faint… The milkshake was leaned more towards heavy ratio of milk and ice cream. A perfect description of the flavor is that of mixing Nestle strawberry syrup (or powder) with milk… except thicker.

Reuben & Mashed PotatoesMeatloaf & SidesFor our entrees, I opted for the Reuben and a side of mashed potatoes ($8.49) and Haley selected the meat loaf with 2 sides ($9.49). Although I was a little disappointed by the appetizer and milkshake, the Reuben definitely made up for it. The Reuben was a respectable size and presented warm with the rye bread grilled with butter. The quality of the corned beef was very good and the taste had the right amount of saltiness to it. The sauerkraut was not as vinegary as what I am used and the sandwich could have used a little more of it. The Thousand Island dressing was presented in a small ramekin rather than being served slathered on the sandwich. The mashed potatoes were made from whole boiled baby reds with the skin intact and seasoned until perfectly buttery with the right amount of salt.

Although I didn’t get to try Haley’s meat loaf, she said it was very good. I noticed that they didn’t bake it with the ketchup on it, but I’m not sure if that matters (I’m not a meatloaf guru). Of her sides, she had steamed vegetables and macaroni & cheese. The macaroni and cheese had a nice sharp cheddar taste to it.

Carrot CakeFor the finale, Haley ordered the homemade carrot cake ($3.99). I’m not a big fan of carrot cake but the carrot cake here is pretty darn good. The cake is served warm and covered in cream cheese icing. Inside the cake itself, you’ll find shavings of coconut and pieces of pecans. For $3.99 you would have expected a bigger piece, but it’s worth trying if you like cake at all.

Dalts Grill is definitely a pleasant surprise and if you’re ever in the area, I would definitely recommend it as a restaurant to try because the ranges of choices are so broad. My only complaint is that their prices are a little higher than what I’d expect. Personally I wouldn’t recommend the mushrooms and only get the milkshakes if you like them… well milky. You can’t go wrong with the Reuben and if that is any indication of how good the sandwiches are, I would expect the rest of them to be just as delicious as well as their homemade sides. Last but not least, try the carrot cake!

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Dalts Grill
38 White Bridge Road
Nashville, TN 37205

Bill Total:$41.64 For Two w/ Tax

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