Haley is my biggest supporter & fan of HyoungryMan.com and she knows how important it is for me to have restaurants to write about. Since Tuesday was my birthday, she wanted to take me to Nashville for dinner. Of course she didn’t say where she was taking me, but she promised it was someplace new. She explained that she asked her coworkers of a good place to eat and they recommended to her a restaurant in “The Gulch” area called Whiskey Kitchen.
Whiskey Kitchen is a small, trendy bar/restaurant that serves a variety of fancy American and pub fare with dozens of whiskey from all over the world available at your disposal. Within Whiskey Kitchen are two areas in which you can dine and drink. The primary area is the large, open bar filled with small tables with larger booths for seating. The secondary area is the outdoor covered patio with ceiling fans for those hot Tennessee days and a rectangular brick fire pit for those cold weather nights.
I would like to take the time to say that the hostesses here are worthless. Haley and I arrived at around 7 PM and we were told there was a wait of an hour and 15 minutes. I watched them write our name down when we told them we wanted a table for two. After 15 minutes of waiting on the patio, I went to check where we were on the list. The hostess said we weren’t on the list and that if I wanted to be on the waiting list, it would be an hour and 20 minutes from that point on. She never wrote our name down the first time. I don’t know how much clearer you can get when you tell a host/hostess “last name Kim, table for two; we’ll wait at the patio”. Luckily for them, we already secured a decent table at the patio.
The table service at Whiskey Kitchen was great and the food was even better. Haley and I started off with the Nacho Nirvana ($11.50), a heaping serving of tortilla chips topped with tender chicken, generous amounts of five-cheese blend, tomatoes, onions, scallions, jalapeños, cilantro, sour cream and a side of salsa. Everything was well-balanced and the chopped, fresh cilantro was a nice addition. Like all nacho appetizers, you get more tortilla chips than you do actual toppings but the side of tangy, cilantro-infused salsa helped to make the naked tortilla stragglers tastier.
For my entree, I ordered the Southern Philly ($12) that consisted of sliced sirloin, mushrooms, red onions, parsley, white cheddar, and American cheese on a split white bun with fries seasoned with pepper, salt, and parsley. The fries were absolutely wonderful; perfectly crispy with the ideal amount of salt. The Philly was unbelievable. The sliced sirloin was cooked well done but not to the point where it was dry. With the meat still a little juicy, the two cheeses added a nice creamy taste to the sandwich. I would have liked more mushrooms and onions on my sandwich, but I’m not sure if that would have made my sandwich any better than it already was.
As the night progressed, Whiskey Kitchen got busier. More and more people were flooding into the outdoor patio to the point where it was hard for Haley and me to eat. People were leaning and even setting their drinks on our table. I suspect it was the 2-for-1 drink specials that drew the crowd… or maybe Whiskey Kitchen is that popular. Like a movie scene of a busy bar, Whiskey Kitchen definitely attracts a crowd of young adults of all sorts.
As I mentioned earlier, the only complaints I have with Whiskey Kitchen are the terrible hostesses and the fact that you have to wait forever for a table. If you can live with that, then try Whiskey Kitchen because the food is wonderful and quite affordable.
118 12th Ave S
Nashville, Tennessee 37203
Bill Total: $50 For Two (Including Wine)