The beautiful, new Omni Nashville Hotel has only been open a few months but is going full swing. It has a grand entrance with curved wooden walls behind the reception desk that make you feel like you have just entered a musical instrument. It has plush, cozy lobby areas and magnificent chandeliers. There are window boxes with various bits of Nashville history that make you feel like you are in the Country Music Hall of Fame.
I loved the view looking up into this beautiful glass ornament chandelier.
Kitchen Notes Southern Dining Food Tasting
We began the evening at Kitchen Notes, where we met the Executive Chef David Harker and Kitchen Notes Chef de Cuisine Peter McCall.
About about Kitchen Notes from their website:
“This innovative farm-to-table concept incorporates using the freshest ingredients to create great food and a casual dining experience. A vintage interior designed with repurposed materials that include décor discovered from local antique stores and flea markets. Whether dining in the main dining room or one of our two private dining rooms, every guest is sure to feel connected to the history of Nashville while enjoying the comfort of a home cooked meal. While you’re here, don’t miss out on our famous Biscuit Bar, serving biscuits throughout the day!”
We were able to enjoy a multi-course meal at Kitchen Notes that truly reflected the South in fun, flavorful ways.
Kitchen Notes Appetizers
First they peeked our appetite with a delicious deviled egg with pickled okra and candied bacon. Growing up in the South, I can say that I loved it and they made me proud.
They also served a house made pork terrine (like a pate but coarsely chopped and pressed together) with amazing, crisp bread and butter pickles. Quite good!
Next up was Anson Mills Grit Cakes with pimento cheese. You know, Southerners just love pimento cheese! Yum.
A bit of organic Mixed Greens with saved fennel, tarragon, and cornbread crumbs made a very nice and unusual flavor combination that I enjoyed.
Kitchen Notes Supper Items
Shrimp & Grits served in a mason jar with collards, tomato gravy, and country ham. I love the nice stone ground grits which were ground large but cooked soft though a little watery for my preference. I enjoyed the Southern flavor combos with the collards and the country ham. The large shrimp itself was cooked and seasoned to perfection.
Pan Seared Carolina Snapper was flaky and tender with crisped skin. It was served over fingerling potatoes and salsa verde. I really loved this. It may have been my favorite of the night.
Nashville Steak Frites was a dish a suggest everyone try as it was so unique. It was a tri tip cut of beef that was smoked. It appeared to pink for my preference but when I tasted it, I could tell that it was actually smoked just right- tender and yet firm. It was served with crispy cornbread battered okra and a fresno chili alioli. Delicous.
Kitchen Notes Desserts
We had the pleasure of trying 3 desserts all of which were quite good though I really missed something with a rich chocolate flavor.
Banana Pudding is a dish of the South and with this one, every element was homemade so it was the best you could want. The Bourbon Caramel Stuffed Cupcakes and pecan pie (stuffed full of fresh pecans) also spoke of the South.
Omni Nashville Barlines
Finally, we when over to Barlines, Omni Nashville Hotel’s live entertainment venue, to peek at it and wish we had time to stay for a round of cocktails but we had to go pick up the kiddos. Maybe some other time. There was a drink that they were making with lemon, lime, fresh mint, and whiskey- it sounded fabulous!
Thanks to Nashville Food Bloggers and Omni Nashville for this food tasting event!