When Butchertown Hall previewed their menu last Spring at a neighborhood gathering, I was thrilled at the thought of a beer garden that served up delicious pork tacos — the option they were serving at the event — joining me in the growing Germantown area. So I anxiously awaited Butchertown Hall’s September arrival, but due to building delays and permit issues, the restaurant’s opening was delayed several times. Finally, on Valentine’s Day, the restaurant and beer garden opened its doors. A labor of love, no doubt.
Having to put the stamp of approval on my new neighborhood haunt, I made my way in last Saturday for dinner. The beautifully designed interior was packed full of curious Nashville residents. A good sign. We took a seat at the bar while our place at a community table was set and prepared. The wine selection was sparse, but I suppose that’s to be expected when the beer menu features a variety of custom brews from Nashville’s local breweries. A menu I look forward to diving into more thoroughly on an upcoming warm day on the large outdoor patio area.
When we took our seat at the table, we were greeted with menus that me and my guests found hard to navigate, so we relied on the input from our waitress to make our selections. The Mixed Grill featured a bit of everything and was a hearty selection of skirt steak, chicken, green beens and potatoes for the table. In addition to the meat and veggie varitial, we ordered the Crispy Pork Belly with molé and charred grapes and the brussels, which were highly recommended by the neighboring guests.
The food was well prepared and tasty, but overall didn’t overwhelm. The green beans had a delicious charred flavor, but the cold delivery was surprising and the bland sausage selection was also served at room temperature – something I would have enjoyed more if served hot. The most delicious choice is the crispy pork belly, which was perfectly sauced and melted in my mouth with each bite. The taco options and additional small plates that round out the menu looked promising and I’m anxious to return to sample more. The real star though is the interior. Heavily designed with community tables, I was nervous about how comfortable I’d be, but the space brings the outdoors indoor so expertly that it’s hard not to feel totally comfortable dining anywhere in the restaruant.
Offering a lunch and late night menu with appropriately priced offerings, Butchertown Hall will likely become a Vetrano staple, especially when the weather warms up and the outdoor space is available. From the restaurant group that also operates The Pharmacy Burger and Holland House in East Nashville, Butchertown Hall has a strong backbone and will likely be a big hit for Music City’s growing foodie community… maybe with a few tweaks.
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