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Last night we had the utmost pleasure of dining with Ms. Virginia and her mom, Betsy A., who's married to Scott's uncle Fred. Virginia lives in Nashville and she's fabulous, so we always like to see her. Particularly when she picks an excellent restaurant.

Rumba (official name: Rumba Rum Bar and Satay Grill) on West End here in Nashville is AMAZING. It's a tapas bar/exotic cocktail spot that really can do no wrong. Luckily the heat here in Nashville tapered off and it was the perfect time for a patio table. With just the right crispness in the air, drinks from the bar in hand (EA: Pomogranate mojito, SA: Mojito, wine for mother and daughter), the four of us settled in for a great dinner.

The great thing about Rumba is that you don't have to settle for just one flavor. They have Asian dishes, South American dishes, and a few things in between, like Mediterranean flat breads, pizzas and things like hummus. So we decided to share a few things, like the edemole, which is edemame (soybeans) and avocado mixed like guacamole with chips and the tempura-battered green beans .

Another round of cocktails (EA: Pisco Sour , S.A. (Caipirinha, a knock-your-socks-off strong Brazilian bev.) Then, Scott ordered a neat Vietnamese Hoagie, I had a Chicken/Shrimp/Fish Satay on a salad that came with really tasty dipping sauces like tamarind, peanut, and chimmichurri, and Virginia and Betsy shared a Mediterranean Flatbread Pizza and a yummy spicy stir fry.

All in all, when you just want to dazzle your tastebuds and forgo the usual steak and potatoes (nothing wrong with that, though - I have two in my fridge right now that are begging to be thrown on the grill) , Rumba is THE place. Plus, it's moderately priced. $3 for a huge plate of crispy tempura green beans? It's a paltry price to pay for a little piece of heaven.



  1. (Continued from above)...If you like Anthony Bourdain's "No Reservations" check out his show on Charleston Cuisine on Monday, 9/17 at 10pm on the Travel Channel.

  2. I might have to try that edemole! What a fantastic idea!


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