I’ve said this before but it is worth repeating. One of the perks of working on a lifestyle-focused radio show is exposure to a major part of our Nashville lifestyle–FOOD! It’s no secret anymore–Nashville, Tennessee has some of the best restaurants anywhere and each week on 650 AM WSM, we have Menu Monday on Nashville Today where my co-host Devon O’Day and I get to sample some amazing dishes. We talk with chefs, restaurateurs, and food service folks in and around Music City and get the food scoop.
That got me thinking…you know, we started One Pan Nan to be a resource for busy families– to help you have more time around the table with your family and less time over the sink with the dirty dishes. But it doesn’t always have to be YOUR table! What about when you travel? Nashville is a hot location for vacationers. Travel & Leisure has named Nashville as #3 on their list of America’s Best Cities. A lot of people are also moving here. According to Nashville Mayor Megan Berry from an interview on our show, 82 people a day move here. So whether you’re coming to stay or play, you gotta know the places to get a tasty meal and I want to help! Here goes a new segment on the website- “Radio ReHash”-a recap of our Menu Mondays on Nashville Today.
This past Menu Monday, we welcomed Jay Young from a beloved Nashville eatery– Noshville. Noshville is an authentic, full-service New York delicatessen located smack dab in the heart of Music City. Jay has been a manager at Noshville for 20 years, starting the day the original location near Music Row opened.
The word “nosh” means to eat and at Noshville, you can do a whole lotta eatin’ because the menu is huge–starting with a full breakfast menu that’s available all day long and loaded with all types of omelets, Potato Pancakes and Knishes, and the classic New York bagels served with lox cream cheese. And blintzes are not just for breakfast. Our oncologist, the late Dr. Eric Raefsky and his sweet wife Victoria took me to Noshville once and insisted I experience the joy of the Cheese Blintzes. Dr. Raefsky never steered me wrong.
And it’s not a deli without those famously large deli sandwiches and Noshville has plenty of them! From corned beef, pastrami, Bologna, etc., Noshville sandwiches are so sought after and Jay feels that preparation is a key reason. “It’s just a matter of cooking that meat,” says Jay. “I’ve work in restaurants all my life, but I’ve never worked in a restaurant that does so much preparation. You cook your own turkeys, you boil your corned beef. Everything’s done in house. So it really has good flavor to it and the meat is sliced right as the order comes in and put on the sandwich. So it’s steaming hot. That to me adds alot to it.”
My culinary savvy co-host Devon O’Day swears by their Matzah Ball Soup-the so-called “cure for whatever ails ya.” I asked Jay what the secret was to great Matzah ball soup. “Well, it’s the chicken stock to start,” says Jay. “We bring in the chicken bones and literally boil the chicken bones in it. I think that helps a lot. So you have a good rich stock with it, a little carrots in there…”.
If you can’t find something sweet on the menu at Noshville, you’re not looking hard enough. They are known for their desserts–from the cheesecakes, brought in from world-famous Carnegie Deli in New York City to fresh cakes, Rugalagh cookies, and the traditional deli must-haves, Black & White cookies. Jay brought them in and it was my first time trying them. Now I know what all the fuss was about on that Seinfeld episode! Jay said that one episode alone kept the bakers at Noshville working just about ’round the clock for a few days! The power of television 🙂
While good food is the star at Noshville, you might see some actual stars while you’re there at the restaurant. One of the most-loved men in our community because of his philanthropic efforts and one of the most awarded singers in any genre of music is a regular at Noshville–Vince Gill. “He’s a great supporter of ours and a very nice guy,” says Jay. Jay mentions he doesn’t think you can go through a week and not see him in there. One visit was on Vince’s birthday and the whole restaurant got up and sang to him. Vince, ever the one to give back, turned around and bought everybody’s meal.
If you’re coming to town, pay a visit to Noshville. Good value, huge portions, a vast menu and a loved Nashville tradition. You’ve got two locations and one is actually at the airport–at the top of A/B terminal, just inside security. So, if you’re just passing through or about to pass out from hunger after waiting in the security line, you can enjoy Noshville without actually going into Nashville. But when you do head into town, head over to the well-known Green Hills part of our city- they’re at 4014 Hillsboro Circle. www.noshville.com has the full menu for both locales.