Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Me so happy!
Once upon a time, there was a meat-'n'-three on Harding Place called City Cafe. The food served there was pretty good, but it certainly wasn't the best meat-and-taters cuisine I'd ever eaten. The main reason I ate at City Cafe - hell, the only reason I ate at City Cafe - was because I could get there, eat, and get back to my office in about 45 minutes.
Two years ago, give or take a month or two, City Cafe changed hands and became Happy Cafe. I went there once and came pretty damn close to asking for my money back. You see, the fried chicken tasted like TV dinner fried chicken; the green beans tasted like they'd been poured from a can directly into a steam tray; the mashed potatoes were clearly instant mashed potatoes; and the cornbread was so hard and dry it ... let's just say that it was pretty damn hard and dry.
I'm honored to announce that Happy Cafe is now under new ownership. Gone are the unseasoned vegetables, fake mashed potatoes and just-thawed meats. Happy Cafe now serves up juicy meatloaf full o' onions and seasoning; crispy fried chicken; green beans and turnip greens enhanced with just the right amount of smoked pork; creamy macaroni and cheese; and pinto and white beans that are clearly slow-soaked and even more slowly cooked (with just the right amount of salt and bacon).
The one thing that disturbed me about my visit to Happy Cafe was the lack of patrons in the dining room. The old Happy Cafe sucked so bad, maybe folks who live and work in the area are hesitant to spend their hard-earned money there. Well, I'm here to tell you that Happy Cafe don't suck no more. If you're looking for a damn fine meat-and-three in which to have lunch, you need to get your ass over there. You'll be HAPPY you did, indeed!
"A Southern Meat and Three"
Harding Place @ I-24
Nashville, Tennessee 37211