I love dessert. Cakes, cookies, pies and pretty much anything with a high sugar content. Last week when I walked into Noshville, Midtown Nashville’s New York-style delicatessen, and saw a huge glass display of chocolate cakes and black and white cookies, I thought I’d died and gone to heaven. I was tempted to just order a slice of cake and a muffin and call it a day, but I was there for brunch. I knew that sugary mornings have never led to my most energetic afternoons.
After scouring the massive menu, I decided to create my own lox-and-mushroom omelet with a side of the potato cakes and wheat toast. My boyfriend chose two orders of the griddle cake, egg and bacon combo.
When we placed our order, I was asked if I wanted the lox or the nova salmon in my omelet. Foolishly thinking I knew all there was to know about smoked salmon, I went ahead with the lox. Little did I know that the waitress’s warning about the lox being salty was the biggest understatement of the year.
Though our food took a while to arrive, we were both thrilled with the appearance of our meals upon delivery. My omelet looked perfectly cooked, the potato cakes crispy, the toast thick and lightly buttered. The golden-brown griddle cakes were bigger than we could have ever imagined, and my boyfriend was happily surprised that they looked just like the pancakes he loves at his favorite Jersey diner. Unfortunately, when I took my first bite, I discovered that I really should have heeded the waitress’s warning about the lox. Authentic lox has an intense, salty flavor that I was definitely not prepared for. The worst part is that my omelet would have been amazing if I had ordered the nova salmon, as the mushrooms were perfectly sauteed and the eggs were fluffy and thick. I ended up eating around the salmon and enjoying my delicious, just-salty-enough potato cakes instead. I also had a few bites of my boyfriend’s griddle cakes which were, in a word, spectacular. I normally don’t like plain buttermilk pancakes, but these were a completely different story. All I can say is that you absolutely need to try them to understand. However, I would recommend that you skip the bacon. It was burnt and lacking in the traditional smoky flavor.
We ended our meal with a mini black-and-white cookie, mainly because I just couldn’t resist ordering something out of that amazing glass display. I was not disappointed in the slightest, and it took every ounce of my willpower to not order a dozen more.
In closing, go to Noshville and get anything off the menu except for the lox. I can guarantee you won’t be disappointed.
Noshville in Midtown
Nashville, TN 37203
HOURS: Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner
Monday: 6:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Tuesday – Thursday: 6:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Friday: 6:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Saturday: 7:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Sunday: 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Download the full menu here.