So I guess Cheryl and I are foodies. We both like to eat. We both like to try new and different dishes. We both like to check out new places with interesting takes on cuisine. So I’m assuming that’s how it’s defined.
The problem is, I’m not so sure how great I am at being a foodie. Because sometimes I don’t actually enjoy the food.
An example of that happened to me last Thursday.
First, I’m an equal opportunity foodie. I had lunch at the World’s Biggest Fish Fry. The fish, the hush puppies, really everything was on point. Super delicious. The folks who put that together, your neighbors, have got it down to a science.
I didn’t go back for seconds, because later we were headed to Nashville overnight. And, you know, if you’re headed to the big city, you’re gonna want to get a nice dinner.
In all honesty, I really just wanted to find a cool sports bar, eat some hot wings and watch the NFL draft. But, again, we’re out of town, we should try something a bit more interesting.
We settled on Folk, in the burgeoning East Nashville, for a 7:45 dinner reservation. This was our first time there.
The thing about Nashville is you have so many choices. So many.
So in order to choose Folk, we considered one factor: It is owned and operated by the same people who have Rolf & Daughters, one of, if not our favorite Nashville restaurant.
There is a third restaurant I want to mention also, for comparison – City House. It’s pretty darn good, too. It may be my personal favorite. They specialize in artisan pizzas, homemade sausage and seafood. It’s Italian with Southern ingredients.
I mention City House because I think R & D was trying to capture a bit of City House’s juju when they came up with Folk. Because despite being named Folk, they too are an artisan pizza joint with not necessarily a Southern flair, but more of a world food spin.
But they named the place Folk. I don’t get.
Anyway, regardless of the name, and the derivation of City House’s menu, Folk is good. Pricing is better than Rolf & Daughters, where pretty quickly, you can drop a dime on a dinner for two.
Just like their mother company, Folk has fantastic cocktail service – Cheryl had something with ginger – impeccable table service, and very, very impressive servers.
In fact, our guy was so impressive he talked us into Cantabrian anchovy for a starter. That is definite “foodie food.” Cheryl liked. I was not a fan.
Now keep in mind these are small plates, so you order several things, and share. We decided to forego meat / seafood and go with pizza, but with the pizza we ordered a couple of vegetable plates.
What about turnip, strawberry and watercress and aged ricotta? Basically this is a salad with a steamed turnip as the core. I’m not usually a turnip person. But surprisingly, I liked.
These guys made a turnip delicious. That’s good.
Yep, that’s right – ramp. Kind of reminds me of the Ren and Stimpy children’s toy log.
But it wasn’t a log. Nope, ramp is a wild onion growing only in the Northeast during the spring.
And that settled it, we had to try ramp, with ricotta cheese and sourdough bread, and the verdict is?
Our main course, the pizza, was well reviewed by a couple of folks in the lounge. They were chowing down. Here’s what was on it, don’t freak: kale (yes, kale), but smoked mozzarella (that’s good), then herb pesto, pepperoncini and garlic crunch.
I don’t know why I didn’t like it, but it wasn’t because of the kale. The flavor just didn’t do it for me.
Finally for dessert, chocolate sorbet, with candied orange. It was quite decadent. Very good.
Overall for Folk, I have to grade it out at 3.5 out of 5 stars. The atmosphere was a 5. The service was a 5. The food, though, maybe a 2?
But really, what do I know? I’m just a dope from rural West Tennessee and we only tried five dishes. However, next time, if I’m going to do upscale foodie Italian, I’m headed back to City House.