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Quickies for Nashville Dining

Gotta go soon, but I thought I'd give some shout-outs to a couple places for Nashville foodies.

1) Mama Mia's on Trousdale. Forget that it's a cinder block building or that it's directly next to a convenience store. Instead, enjoy the B.Y.O.B. factor and order up their bread, salad and delicious pastas. We've visited three times in about two months and love it. It's devoid of the usual Nashville scenester pretentiousness of most restaurants. I mean, c'mon -it's cinder block. But, it's amazing pasta.

2) Kebab Gyros on Rosa Parks Blvd. in MetroCenter, next to Watkins College. My new work lunch spot. Go for the Greek Chicken Salad with tabbouleh and their hummus is fantastic. Their white dressing is nothing like tzaziki, the usual cucumber/yogurt dressing you see in middle eastern spots, but it's the freshness of the ingredients that make you overlook the minor dressing detail.

A minor "What Gives?" to Mitchell's Deli, a new spot on the East Side in the Riverside Center.
Dude, if you're going to pimp out a Lamb Sandwich with Mint Raita, you gotta bring the flavor. Scott ordered one on Sunday and it was pretty disappointing, considering the review it received in a recent Scene. My Vietnamese pork sandwich was also lame, as it could have had all kinds of cool tastes working for it, like cilantro, perhaps, or a little more spice kick. Punch it up a bit and you'll have us as customers for a while, since it's a nice, non-yuppified spot on the East side and still affordable.

I'm off to the S.C. coast - yes!- and will hopefully enjoy some shrimp & grits and all kinds of Low Country goodies while I'm there with some great college friends. Happy early weekend to everyone.

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