Monday, 21 July 2014


Merchants' counter
Merchants' counter
Merchants is not a barbecue restaurant. Because my appetite for barbecue was ruined by the abomination that was Jack’s Bar-B-Que, I not only had no interest in a BBQ dinner, I was very stressed about the prospects of another disappointing meal. Having perused the menus of the many recommendations from our new friend Brian at Merchants during the day…. we went back to Merchants for dinner.

Thank God.

Merchant has a nice horseshoe counter, which surrounds the massive double room/bar.  I love having dinner at a bar counter.

Brian made an amazing cocktail with the 134-proof Corsair Triple Smoked Bourbon.  Jesus was this good…and smokey…and strong. The most sensible thing was to have another another.

Jack’s Bar-B-Que

Jack's BBQ, Nashville TN
Jack's  Bar-B-Que, Nashville TN
The notes I took about Jack’s Bar-B-Que when I did my research were “look’s a bit like a chain.  Might be a good model to emulate, however.” Wrong.

There was nothing about Jack’s worth modeling. The line was out the door to order at the counter. The person taking the order was the one filling the meat order, so incredibly inefficient.

I ordered the three meat sampler of beef brisket, pork ribs and smoked chicken – the most expensive meat dish. Each selection was very small and the whole of the meat portions was less than had I ordered a plate of any one of these meats. My protestations went nowhere – I was scowled at. I then went down the line to get my sides, all of them looking very, very sad and lifeless. I settled on some sort of pickled vegetables. They sat mostly untouched. I regrettably paid for my order, took my drink glass and found a table for one – wifey wisely opted to eat across the street at Merchants.