Nashville is going through a lot of changes. There’s construction quite literally everywhere. Luxury apartment buildings are going up left and right trying to keep up with the demand of all the people moving to town. As I drive around working for postmates, I’m constantly observing the progress of everything being built. One day I was driving down Church Street, headed toward downtown, I noticed this one brick building being completely renovated. Over the coming weeks, I see the development of a restaurant/bar forming. It looks interesting. It seemed to have this “industrial chic” vibe kinda deal going; and I thought I’d check it out, which turned out to be one my best decisions.
Clyde’s on Church, simply put is awesome. It’s got massive bar space, really high ceilings, ping pong tables and shuffleboard everywhere. I sat down and opened the menu and I have to admit, I wanted to order everything. I was actually salivating while reading the menu! I felt like I looked like that old Looney Toons wolf when a hot chick walks by.
The waiter knew everything about every dish on the menu, and he looked like the kinda guy that would know everything about every dish on the menu… He was a super nice guy and pointed me in the right direction. I started off with the wings and made my way to what they called the “KFC” sandwich… “Korean Fried Chicken” sandwich. Holy Jesus… Let’s break it down a bit…
They smoke ‘em forever which is something you gotta love about the south. After being smoked for however many hours, they get flash fried for that crispiness on the outside. They’re not coated in sauce or anything. They don’t need to be. They’re seasoned perfectly and served with blue cheese. It wasn’t your typical blue cheese dressing either. When the food came I was kind of taken a back because it wasn’t white. It was kinda pink/orange-ish.. like thousand island dressing.
I thought to myself, screw it. I grabbed a wing, dumped it in and had to take a second to appreciate the awesomeness that was happening. It was as if the movie “Deadpool” took food form. I take a look at my buddy Dan who was with me and basically yelled at him to try one. He ended up with the same bewildered “How the @#*% did they do that?!” look on his face. The waiter came back and I asked him if the sauce he gave me was actually blue cheese.
He explained that he’s gotten into arguments with folks about it because they didn’t believe him that it really was blue cheese, just tomato based. It added this sweet tanginess that I’ve never had before. It made me feel like I’d been missing out on so many amazing things in life. Who knew?
You wanna sit and watch a game while stuffing your face full of wings?
Forget Buffalo Wild Wings.
Go to Clyde’s.
I’ve never really ventured into Korean BBQ until a few months ago. I was visiting family back in New York and my brother took me to this place in Tarrytown called ‘Bibille‘. Mike described it as “Chipotle but Korean BBQ”. I had no idea what he meant really until I got there. And that, literally is the most apt description I can think of too. So I had a fairly decent idea of what I was getting into with this sandwich. Korean BBQ sauce, pickles, radish, carrots, slaw and a side of beautiful sweet potato fries.
The plate was pretty much the poster child for the whole sweet and savory partnership. I held the behemoth of a sandwich up and it felt like I was holding the hand of the girl that got away. Like we stared into each others souls after fate ripped us apart and not seeing each other for a decade. “Hello, is it me you’re looking for? I can see it in your eyes...” You know what I mean.
I took the first bite and my world hasn’t been the same ever since. The chicken was hot and salty, the veggies were cold, sweet and crunchy and I could die a happy man right then and there. The sweet potato fries were crispy and salty and cooked just right. Throw a Founder’s IPA brew in there and that’s one hell of a meal right there. A rare thing happened to me as well… I ALMOST didn’t finish it. A take-home box crossed my mind, but then I reminded myself that I’m an American man and take-home boxes are for quitters. Afterward I went home and took one of the most glorious of naps.
Now that’s a Sunday….
That’s it for this week’s cheat meal. Remember you can keep up with my band Arc & Stones and our travels on our social media @ArcAndStones on everything. We’ve got a whole bunch of tour dates coming up for the Fall, so check out arcandstones.com to see if we’re coming near you.
Until next time friends…
I’m Joey, a New York drummer living in Nashville, playing with the band Arc & Stones.
I LOVE FOOD! Right after college, I gained a lot of weight and hit a whopping 267 lbs. Terrified that I could hit 300 before I hit 30, I decided to take control of the foods I was eating and started taking the fitness thing more seriously. I keep a very strict diet, making sure I hit my macronutrients (proteins, fats and carbs) each day. I hit the gym six days-a-week.
But once a week, I cheat and treat myself. Food is one of my favorite things in life. This regime allows me to have my cheese-stuffed, deep-fried cake and eat it too. My column will focus on these indulgent treats.