Locust, Nashville, Tennessee
Our son, Tate, and his girlfriend, Zoe enjoy preparing and eating great food. They are both graduates of Vanderbilt University and for the past few years have called Nashville home, first in the Green Hills area and now in Hillsboro Village.
Since starting our full time life, we visit them in Nashville about once each year as we head south towards friends in Birmingham, Alabama and other places around Alabama, Georgia and Florida for the holidays. This year we arrived a bit earlier than usual, made our way farther south for a few days and then back to Nashville to celebrate my birthday a few days after the fact.
They were excited to share a new restaurant find with us and made reservations at Locust.
Our reservation was for 7:00 p.m. and when we arrived we found several groups ahead of us. We all were asked to wait in the outside patio area that would, if the weather weren't in the low 40's, seat around 30 people. Our wait wasn't too long and then we were inside seated near the kitchen which looked like a finely oiled machine working under a controlled chaos.
If you're looking for a quiet Friday night dinner situation, Locust isn't for you. There's a great energy in the dining area and kitchen that's a bit contagious. I was told the staff knows each other well and call each other friend. The music is eclectic and includes metal, a genre Tate enjoys very much.
The menu is limited. There were four separate items listed the evening we dined plus two different versions of their shaved ice.
Make sure to order a shaved ice. One for the table was sufficient for us, but again, don't miss this extraordinary treat.
We began with the beef tartare and vegetables with dipping sauce, next came royal red shrimp. We finished with steamed pork dumplings. Depending on how hungry you may be, splitting orders with one other person works well.
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