My Favortite Restaurant!
If you know me at all you know that I LOVE FOOD! Yes, there are few things on earth that bring me more pleasure than eating something yummy. Last year for our 3 year wedding anniversary James and I wanted to find a good restaurant to eat at. Our sweet friend Lori said she had heard of a restaurant in east Nashville that used local produce called The Silly Goose. She had not eaten there yet but heard it was good. We decided to give it a try. OMG so good. I have mentioned before that James and I currently don’t make any money. We are living off of student loans. At the time we had a little bit of an income because James was working at a restaurant but supporting a family of four on that kind of income is always tight. All of that to say, James and I do not eat out very often. We could probably afford to go out more often if we did not have such a high value on tipping our servers. Both of us have worked in so many restaurants that when we go out to eat we always try to bless our servers’ socks off.
Our first experience at the Silly Goose was unbelievable. There are currently only 4 tables in the restaurant plus a small little counter (He will be expanding in a few months!) When we got there we were greeted by a very happy man with a bandanna on his head and a shirt that said something like “I am so happy to be here”. You could tell by the look on his face that is was true. He told us it would be about 20 minutes because all of the tables were full but we could go to the coffee shop next door and he would get us when something was available. We were not in any rush so we didn’t mind at all. About 30 minutes went by and James decided to just check and make sure he had not forgotten about us. He had. Ha. He was so apologetic and sat us immediately. As we looked over the menu he brought out a cheese platter on the house because he was so sincerely sorry he had forgotten about us. He stood at the table told us his name was Roderick, he was the owner and chef, and then gave us a description of each of the 6 cheeses on the platter. It was unreal! We went on to enjoy every bite of our dinner as well as dessert. Oh and I haven’t even mentioned the tea yet. He makes a green tea with citrus, ginger, and mint that is sweetened with honey. So good. After a first impression like that James and I were sold. If I am in Nashville and James and I have enough money to go out to eat I am going to choose Silly Goose 10 times out of 10. Since that time not even a year ago I have eaten there probably a dozen times and every time the food is just as good and the service and energy is always beyond expectation. Here are some pictures from one of the two times we ate there when in town two weeks ago.
One of these is the citrus ginger mint green tea and the other is an apple cider black tea. They are both so great that I can’t ever decide which to get.There is always a board up with where his produce comes from. One time we went in and Roderick brought out a tomato and basil salad which we didn’t even order because he had just gotten in some tomatoes from a farmer that had picked them earlier that day. YUM!
There is also an amazing server named Melissa who has been there almost every time we have gone in. She is so kind that she even has Roderick cut up some yummies for the boys. Melissa also happens to be an incredibly talented musician whose voice will bring you chills. Check her out here. We have her latest album and loove it.
On the menu are many cous cous dishes, salads, sandwiches, and wraps with flavor combinations that are so perfect. I can not ever decide if I want cous cous or a sandwich so James usually splits with me. This time we got the Mexico City cous cous which is chicken and cous cous with a chili sauce, green peppers, mango, and goat cheese (I think he will also do these dishes with quinoa on request). We also ordered the Sparky which is a turkey wrap with lettuce, brie, cranberries, and a yummy aioli. It came with a side of greens in Roderick’s own balsamic reduction dressing which is delicious and sold in jars at the counter. This is just my plate. They split them for us before bringing it to the table.
Umm, okay and then dessert! There are a few different desserts on the menu which are all amazing but you just can’t beat Roderick’s ice cream selections. We get a sampler almost every time because there are always such unique flavors. He always has the honey beet flavor. He comes to the table and explains each flavor. It is so apparent how passionate he is about food. Not only do these ice creams taste amazing, but the texture is perfect. My favorite this day was the orange sweet basil but we went in a few days later and had pink salt caramel which was re-donk-u-lous. With a capital DONK.
If you are in Nashville you must go! Check out their full menu here. He also can make the dishes vegetarian and vegan so feel free to ask.
Where is your favorite restaurant and what is your favorite menu item and why?