Little House of Pancakes 807 East Parkway | Gatlinburg, TN

This is our favorite “pancake house” in the Gatlinburg area. 

It’s family owned and operated by Wanda Clemens and has been for the last 22 years. Wanda’s daughters worked at the restaurant when they were 9 and 12 seating customers. Our favorite server, Amy, has been there 14 years.

The food is consistently delicious, fresh and hot! Whether you’re in the mood for pancakes, eggs, country fried steak, biscuits, toast, or anything else breakfast, this is the place to visit. 

Our recent visit I ordered the #6 (country fried steak and eggs. I made a few substitutions since I don’t eat eggs. It was fantastic. I would definitely order it again. 

My husband ordered the #4 (city ham and eggs). Be sure when you’re making the ham selections on the menu, that you know the difference. The city has is your typical ham but the country ham, it’s a salty ham. 

The service is always great and fast! If there’s not a wait, and you’re in a hurry, you can be in and out in no time. The coffee cups are huge! The restaurant is always clean! It’s a great place! 

Oh, and there’s ample free parking! 

Come by and see Amy. Be sure to call first. They’re open limited hours. 

9/28/17Bravo! Cucina Italiana

106 Major Reynolds Place | Knoxville, TN 37919

When I called Bravo! to make reservations for two on the 28th, I had the pleasure of speaking with Monx. He was super friendly and asked if anyone in our party was celebrating an event. 
When we arrived we were greeted by none other than Monx and two Hostesses. I have to say, these three are perfect for their positions because they’re the first point of contact. They were highly professional appearance and friendly attitude. 

We we’re seated in an open corner (I don’t think there’s a bad seat in the restaurant) and we’re served by Katie. 

We ordered Unsweetened Iced Tea ($2.99 each) and, as an appetizer, I ordered the Lobster Bisque (al a carte at $5.99, or $5.59 as an add-on to an entree). 

For our main courses, I let Chef Travis make my selection for me. He chose the Lobster Ravioli Alla Vodka (sautéed shrimp, tomato cream, pesto bread crumbs) for $18.99. Though it wasn’t on the menu, mine also had blistered grape tomatoes which was a nice addition. It was really delicious and something I would not have ordered for myself. I’m glad he made this selection. I would definitely order this again! 

My husband opted for the Spaghettini + Meatballs (house made beef and pork meatballs and marinara) for $15.99. He said it was also great and full of flavor. The meatballs were huge! 

For dessert I had a cup of coffee $2.99 and Tiramisu $6.99 (ladyfingers soaked in coffee liquor, creamy mascarpone filling and cocoa powder). I definitely enjoyed this dessert and have to say it was the best Tiramisu I have ever had. 

 Our server offered us Warm Chocolate Cake or Tiramisu for a dessert option. I asked if those were the selections and she said yes. On the restaurant’s online menu, I saw four selections. Tiramisu, Warm Chocolate Cake (rich chocolate cake with a molten lava center and vanilla bean gelato), Crème Brulee (vanilla bean custard with a caramelized sugar crust) or Caramel Mascarpone Cheesecake (crème anglaise, caramel sauce and mascarpone cream). 

Having seen these options post visit, I am disappointed. I thought I overheard a server behind us offer Crème Brulee to his table but I wasn’t sure. This is why I asked our server about the dessert options. Perhaps they ran out. I will have to make sure I order dessert with our main courses the next time so I don’t miss the opportunity to try it.

They have multiple locations so, if there’s one in your area, I would highly recommend visiting. 

They have locations in: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin. 

 
 

 

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Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies
Tastes Better From Scratch (www.tastesbetterfromscratch.com) – Lauren Allen
Adapted from Cooks Illustrated and Our Best Bites

These are the best chocolate chip cookies I have ever had!

Ingredients
2 cups + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
12 tablespoons butter (1 1/2 sticks) melted and cooled until warm
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg + 1 egg yolk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups semi-sweet, or milk chocolate chips

Directions
Preheat oven to 325°.
In medium bowl, mix together flour salt and baking soda. In a separate, large mixing bowl, beat the butter, granulated sugar and brown sugars together with an electric mixer until well blended.
Add the egg, egg yolk and vanilla. Stir in the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Gently stir in the chocolate chips. The dough will be soft.
Gently scoop dough into balls and place on a cookie sheet. Bake 12-15 minutes. Store in an airtight container.

 

IMG_7294Mini Omelettes
Makes 24

Ingredients

12 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 – 1 cup Colby jack cheese, shredded (or your cheese of choice)

Add-Ins: (options)

Green Onion, finely diced
Yellow Onion, finely diced
Red Bell Pepper, finely diced
Green Bell Pepper, finely diced
Orange Bell Pepper, finely diced
Yellow Bell Pepper, finely diced
Spinach, fresh (chiffonade)
Baby Portobello Mushrooms, diced (best if sautéed first to bring out the woody flavor)
Cherry Tomatoes, diced

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°.

Spray the mini cupcake tin with a flour-based cooking spray and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, combine eggs, salt and pepper. Lightly whisk and pour into mini cupcake tin until 3/4 full. Do not overfill. Gently add your selected ingredients to each egg mixture. Finally, sprinkle about 1/2 teaspoon cheese on top of each mini omelette.

Bake for 20 minutes on the middle rack of oven.

Remove each mini omelette using a tablespoon by rounding them out and place on a cooling rack to cool for approximately 5 minutes.

Skinny Mini Omelettes:

In place of eggs, use a liquid egg white product.

Taking a Break 

I had shoulder surgery on Tuesday, June 6th and will be back posting as soon as I can! 

 After a friend suggested this restaurant I did a little investigating. She said that they get fresh seafood flown in daily. This piqued my interest because my husband loves grouper and we were going to be celebrating a special occasion – our 16th wedding anniversary. Of course I wanted to do something very special for my husband and this sounded like it may be it.

I called and spoke with Matthew Barnes, the Manager and he confirmed this. He also said there would be no problem ordering in the group for our upcoming dinner. I was so excited! I reserved a table on the OpenTable app and, two days prior to our dinner, I called to confirm with Matthew that he was able to locate, and secure fresh grouper for our dinner that evening. He said that my husband could choose the preparation when we arrived.

Upon arriving for our reservation, I noticed that they also have outdoor seating which would be great on a slightly cooler evening and if one was not celebrating a special occasion. Also, the interior is nicely decorated. We were seated promptly at a booth and almost immediately were greeted by our server Jack. I selected a glass of Veramonte, a Sauvignon Blanc from Chile. It was delicious and I was tempted to have a second glass. I would highly recommend this selection from their expansive wine list.

We were served a half loaf of a crusty, hard bread. It was delicious but quite a bit too tough. Because of the crustiness of the bread it made a mess as you cut into it for bite size portions. Perhaps slicing it first would be the better option for diners. However, the butter was soft and easily spreadable.
As my husband looked over the menu, I informed him that his main course had been selected and he would be selecting the preparation for fresh, flown in that morning, grouper. My husband was pleasantly surprised and chose to have his grouper broiled with garlic butter. He also chose the Market Fresh Vegetables and Garlic Potato Wedges.
I selected the Crab Cakes for an appetizer (which were two crab cakes over a spicy lemon remoulade). For my main course, I selected the 12 ounce ribeye (a thick, marbled, boneless ribeye) and added Oscar-style (traditionally hollandaise but I opted on béarnaise with the lump crab). I also chose the Fresh Market Vegetables and opted for the White Cheddar Mashed Potatoes as my sides.

The appetizer arrived and I was very pleasantly surprised at the crab cakes. They were large in size and, upon my first bite; I discovered it was loaded with crab and not a lot of filler. The spicy lemon remoulade was absolutely amazing. There was just the right amount under each crab cake to get the flavor to accompany the crab cake. I would highly recommend adding one order per person upon your visit.

When our meal arrived I was very hopeful that the remainder of our meal would be as awesome. We were not disappointed. My husband thoroughly enjoyed his grouper and sides. He said it was the second best grouper he’s ever had. We have gone on coastal vacations and not been able to find grouper for him. So, not only was I happy the restaurant was able to secure some for his meal but I am also glad that it was prepared properly and to his liking. He said that his vegetables were cooked perfectly al dente and he could not stop raving about the Garlic Potato Wedges. Of course, this meant that I had to try one of the potatoes. Wow, they seemed lightly infused with garlic. The flavor was so amazing that, when our server, Jack, came back to check in on the quality and taste of our food. I asked him if he knew what made those potatoes so special. He said that he was not sure but that he would ask the kitchen staff. He returned to inform us that they were flash fried in garlic oil. Wow, wow! These were amazing and I would definitely order this next time as one of my sides.

My steak – it was a great steak. I would have preferred if the ribeye had been trimmed of some of the marbling on the edge of the steak. I expect a ribeye to have fat running through it but it would have been better, presentation wise, to have trimmed the edge trimmed before serving. My steak was cooked to perfection, a perfect medium, as requested. The Oscar-style was delicious and loaded with lump crab and was topped, of course, with fresh asparagus tips. I highly recommend their ribeye steak Oscar-style.

Our entire meal was amazing! Then there was dessert…

My husband was too full to order dessert but, as a Food Writer, I feel it’s important to always order an appetizer, a main course and a dessert. Since I would be enjoying dessert alone, and my husband doesn’t care for Crème Brulée, I knew I had to order it when I saw it on the menu.

I ordered the Berry Crème Brulée (their menu says, “Traditional custard served chilled. Topped with caramelized sugar and a mixed berry compote. Accompanied by fresh mint and a housemade shortbread cookie dusted with powdered sugar.) I was so excited to try this Crème Brulée!

When the Crème Brulée arrived, it was not what I pictured in my mind based on the menu description. Don’t get me wrong, it seemed to have all of the components mentioned. However, I guess I thought the shortbread cookie would be like a decorative piece of cookie, but it practically covered the entire Brulée. The presentation, for me, was a visual letdown because it covered almost all of the best part. The best part of any Crème Brulée, you know, is that the perfectly browned, caramelized sugar you should hear when you tap it with your spoon. Yeah, that didn’t happen!

Once I removed the shortbread cookie, which I didn’t even taste, in the center of the Brulée was the mixed berry compote. I also didn’t get a chance to taste this either. The Brulée itself barely had any color on it but that wasn’t what actually infuriated me as a Food Writer. Now, their own menu states that this dessert is “a Traditional custard served chilled.” This dessert was nothing less than a hot mess. Literally! This Crème Brulée not only didn’t have the proper setting time required to chill but it was warm and literally was horrible. I took one bite and called the server over. I said that the dessert was not executed properly and asked for him to replace it with the Dessert Trio. I had bigger hopes for these three desserts.

When the ‘replacement’ dessert arrived the trio of desserts was stunning. They were larger portions than I was expecting and they all looked great. The Dessert Trio, as described by their menu, “is White Chocolate Bread Pudding, Coconut Key Lime Cheesecake and Dolly’s Triple Chocolate Cake.”
All three of these desserts were absolutely amazing but, the one that hit the home run for me, was the White Chocolate Bread Pudding. It was the best bread pudding I have ever had, period. I would definitely order this again over the other two selections, and definitely would never order the Crème Brulée here again. But the other desserts were very good.

I feel that I needed to call out the Pastry Chef, or whoever actually pulled the Crème Brulée dessert and put it together to be served to me. This was truly inexcusable and that item should have been removed from the menu the rest of the evening. Was this their “deconstructed” version of this traditional classic?
Upon review of the final bill, I noticed that the Crème Brulée had been removed from our bill and we were not charged with The Dessert Trio. This was a thoughtful gesture considering what I will forever call my Crème Brulée experience.

Overall, this restaurant is a MUST VISIT! The next time I am in the area, I will definitely return for dinner. I want so thank the Manager, Matthew Barnes for bringing in the grouper for this special occasion. It was a success!
During our visit we also chatted with the Front of House Manager, Hunter Evett, who was also helpful.

Visit Bluewater Grille at 224 Broad Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402 and don’t forget to reserve your seat using the OpenTable app. It’s fast and convenient. You can visit their menu, and obtain additional information on their website at http://www.bluewaterchattanooga.com.

Out of the current three Knoxville-area First Watch locations, this one is my least favorite. There doesn’t appear to be quite the décor that the other two locations have and the waiting area appears smaller than the other locations.
I used the NoWait app to reserve our space in line because First Watch always seems to have a wait, especially during peak breakfast times. Upon arriving for our breakfast, we approached the Hostess stand and checked in. The wait to be seated was less than 5 minutes because a two-top table was available.

Once seated it took about 10 minutes for our server Michelle to come over and take our order. However, she acknowledged us twice and said that she would be right with us. This cured my biggest pet peeve as a diner. I hate to be seated and wait without any acknowledgement.

Michelle took my order of Morning Meditation (which is the only juice from the Fresh Juice Bar I had not yet tried). I ordered their coffee which, in this Food Writers opinion, is the best local restaurant coffee out there. My husband ordered the Herbal Tea (which provides an assortment of herbal teas).
Upon Michelle taking our order, I opted for the BLTE (a BLT with two over-hard, cage-free eggs); I opted NOT to get the eggs) and a side of hardwood smoked bacon to be added to the BLT. Their full side of bacon is four slices. The BLTE is served with lightly-dressed organic greens or a cup of hot soup. I opted for the lightly-dressed organic greens and added a side of fresh, seasoned potatoes.

My husband ordered The Traditional which seems to be his go to if it’s not their French Toast. The Traditional is served with two fresh cage-free eggs any style with your choice of grilled ham steak, thick-sliced bacon, turkey sausage or sausage links. It’s also served with whole grain Artisan toast, all-natural preserves and fresh, seasoned potatoes. My husband opted for the eggs over medium and four turkey sausage links.

Our meal seemed to take longer than our usual wait time but this location was busy that morning. From our seats, we could see into the kitchen and the food did not sit in the window. As soon as a table’s order was ready, it was gone. Their kitchen staff, including any expediters, really works like a well-oiled machine. I can say this of all the First Watch locations. Our food is always served hot and fresh. I had to remind Michelle that I ordered the juice and she brought it immediately. I thought the Morning Meditation was good but the Kale Tonic remains my all-time favorite. It’s sweeter than the others and it’s just perfect for my palate.

I have to say that, upon inspection of my BLTE (minus the E); for once a meal at First Watch displeased me. I mean, First Watch is our favorite breakfast restaurant and I was sad. I first noticed the “side salad” on my plate. Okay, so maybe the lightly-dressed organic greens were not exactly what I was expecting. Maybe they had me a BLT I don’t know but the amount of greens that were served was actually quite large. In my opinion, they were just slightly too underdressed for me and I wished I had asked for a little more dressing to toss over them.
The BLT… This is where they went wrong, all wrong! I have to be honest though to be fair to First Watch. I am a lover of bacon! When I make BLTs at home in my own kitchen, for two, I use a pound and a half of bacon for four BLTs. That’s a lot of bacon! So, when I opened up my BLT, and removed more of the lightly-dressed organic greens that were used as “lettuce,” you could say that I was shocked at the lack of bacon. Clearly the first thing I knew was that the side of bacon that I ordered was definitely not added to the BLT. I alerted Michelle to my missing bacon and a few minutes later it was delivered.

Between both halves of the BLT, there were a total of three and a half slices of bacon. If the side of bacon had been added, I should have received 8 slices of bacon. I know this because I asked the General Manager Chad Chappelow, half way through my meal, how many pieces of bacon I should have expected on my BLT before adding the side of bacon. Perhaps if the egg were on the BLT, four pieces of bacon would have been sufficient, even without the extra side. In the end, I removed the greens from the BLT and added the side of bacon and it was great. Their Artisan bread is amazing and is always toasted perfectly.

My husband had no issues with his breakfast and he enjoyed as usual.

In the end, Michelle took $2.00 off of our check for the missing bacon, which was delivered and I would have not asked for a discount but it was a nice thing to do in regard to customer satisfaction. The service was good, not great, but good. I think I may know the reason for this as well. It seemed that Michelle had our table and then one or two other tables around the corner from where we were seated. She was always moving but sometimes we didn’t see her. I definitely do not think she was lacking in her duties as a server but, for whatever reason, and this is not typical for this time of morning (it was about 8:15) her tables seemed to be split up. I can’t fault her for this, as I have been a server as well and understand that it’s tough when your tables are split up. This makes it very tough for any server. Michelle was a good server though and very polite.

I would still recommend this First Watch location but make sure, if you order the BLTE, you can decide if you need to add the extra order of bacon and opt in, or out for the greens. I would definitely order it without the “lettuce/greens” and add bacon; still holding the eggs.

Everyone is friendly and helpful! Come in and see them for your next breakfast or lunch. Hurry, their locations have limited serving times.

First Watch – Turkey Creek
11682 Parkside Drive, Knoxville, TN 37934

Their hours are 7 days a week from 7:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and they are closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Days.

This is, by far, my favorite First Watch location! I love that, when you enter, the dining room is bright and open! There’s also this really awesome Community Table (which may actually be in every location, but we only learned about it at this location because there was a wait). 

They also have a nice waiting area (though quite small considering their volume) where patrons are offered hot coffee (and tea I believe). 

As we entered, we were seated by Craig, a server who had provided us with excellent service recently. 

On this day I wanted to try something different. I opted for three selections from the specials board. I ordered The Tumeric Lemon Aid from the Juice Bar and the Croque Madam (minus the eggs) for my entree and added the Millionaire’s Bacon! 

I usually order the Kale Tonic but this time I wanted to try the new Juice on the menu. I thought it was very refreshing. I think I prefer the Kale Tonic but I didn’t dislike this juice at all. It was great! 

Let me tell you about the Millionaire’s Bacon… it’s described as “four slices of our signature hardwood smoked bacon baked with brown sugar, black pepper, and cayenne and a maple syrup drizzle.  OMG! Call it candies bacon if you will! So delicious! Make sure you try an order of this! No matter what! 

So, I don’t eat eggs, well, egg yolks. But I never order egg whites out so, since I ordered The Croque Madame* without eggs. When it arrived I have to say that, out of all of the menu items that I’ve ordered, this was the least ranked in presentation. However, having been to this location many times previously, I knew this was a fluke. After I lifted the top piece of bread off, it smelled, and looked amazing! Upon my first bite I was hooked! The ham had a great smoky flavor and was delicious. The bechamel sauce was “broken” but the flavor was there for sure. It was really great! I think there was a lot of bread for one sandwich but their breads are typically thick cut and amazing! 

*Croque Madame is smoked ham, tomato, Gruyere cheese and Dijonaise on grilled Artisan brioche. It’s served topped with bechamel sauce and two cage-free, sunny-side up eggs with fresh herbs). 

The staff, from the Host/Hostesses, servers and Manager are absolutely the friendliest! The food

At First Watch is incredible! Make sure to ask for the Manager, Joe, and tell him that Angela, of Your Next Great Dish, sent you! 

You can download the “No Wait” app to save your place in line. I highly recommend this. There is typically a small wait to be seated. 

I was so happy to learn the First Watch is the same “Daytime Cafe” that I remembered from Florida. Of course, over the years, and it’s been that long since I stepped foot into a First Watch, the menu has undergone a dramatic makeover. 

As we walked in, the first thing I noticed was the smell. It was amazing! Then I noticed the clean, openness of this location. I loved the atmosphere! There is some great “farm” artwork and signs on the walls. If there were not so many exterior windows, you may think you’re on a farm, eating at a table in the farmhouse. 

I loved the paper menus, though they were a little large! From the Fresh Juice Bar menu, I was intrigued by the Kale Tonic (Kale, Fuji Apple, English cucumber and lemon). When it arrived, I had a feeling it would be good by the color and smoothness of the drink itself. It wasn’t cloudy which means that the ingredients were fresh. 

I also ordered coffee, which arrived in an individual carafe. You are also brought a carafe of cold water. I love this concept! The coffee is delicious! 

I ordered The biscuits & gravy, a half order of bacon (2 pieces) and fresh seasoned potatoes). I have to say, when my breakfast arrived, I wasn’t sure about the biscuits and gravy. The gravy had an off color but, upon the first bite, I was pleased. The truth is, if it’s not fresh-made, you get that floury texture and base. Since this is fresh-made, it is what it is. Fresh! I would definitely order it again. The bacon was super crisp and delicious! Perfect and not the least bit greasy! Okay, so, the potatoes… perfectly cooked and seasoned. Very good! 

Also pictures is my husband’s meal (“The Tradirional Breakfast”) which he also enjoyed. 

I love the concept of this restaurant. The only negative is that they are only open from 7:00 a.m. To 2:30 p.m. (Hence their slogan, “the daytime cafe”!)

Great wait staff and service! A must visit! 

111 Lovell Road, Knoxville, TN 37934

Oh, and you can download the app, “No Wait,” which will save your place in line. Trust me, you want to download this app and, if there’s a wait, sign-in! 


I landed at The Tin Angel because my husband’s company dined there one evening. My husband never gushes over a restaurant. Ever! That was, until The Tin Angel. 

The Tin Angel is a simple looking building that, if you didn’t know it was a restaurant, you may pass it by. 

When you enter the restaurant, one of the first things you will notice is the architectural detail; the exposed brick, the “tin angels” on the walls and the nice, long bar. It’s a very quaint restaurant! It’s some place, if I lived locally, I could come quite often for an appetizer and drink. Though they don’t have any dedicated bar specials, they do have an extensive cocktail list. 

For my appetizer, the Bacon-Wrapped Black Mission Figs with goat cheese and spiced honey intrigued me so I made this selection. Wow! Was I glad I made this selection! Having never had black mission figs before, I definitely made the right selection. I have to admit that I am glad my husband didn’t want any because I enjoyed all four of them! They were well balanced with the salty and sweet aspect of the bacon, goat cheese and spiced honey. I would definitely order these again! They’re a must try! 

In regard to the roll that we were served, it was good but I would have preferred it if the pat of butter was at room temperature. No one wants  to tear rolls or bread while trying to spread butter. (This being the only negative comment, it’s no big deal)! That being said, they had just opened and we were the first diners to arrive for the evening. 

The entrée that my husband gushed over was the Grilled Beef Tenderloin. He said that eating it was an “experience.” He said that you didn’t even need a knife to cut it. Though their accompaniments vary depending on what’s locally in season, this particular evening it was being served with sautéed green beans, green onion truffle mashed potatoes and a bacon porcini mushroom sauce. My husband hit the nail on the head! The Tenderloin didn’t even need a knife! I cut it with a fork! 

This was the most perfectly seasoned, and perfectly cooked as requested. It was flavorful, juicy and the sauce was incredible! The green beans were good, average for a green bean, cooked well (just barely al dente). The green onion truffled mashed potatoes were delicious. The green onion was super fresh and the potatoes were super creamy. The potatoes were so good you didn’t need to add butter. 
For dessert I selected the Apple Blackberry Crisp which was served with homemade cinnamon ice cream. The Crisp was delivered very hot, fresh out of the oven, and the homemade cinnamon ice cream was delicious! I paired this dessert with an Keoke Coffee which was perfect!

More about The Tin Angel…

The Tin Angel, owned by Rick and Vicki Bolsom, opened around 1994. It is named after a place in New York where Rick used to frequent and liked the atmosphere. He wanted to duplicate this vibe when designing The Tin Angel. 

They have a service staff of ten, three managers (Alcamy Henriksen, Sarah Godel and the Office Manager Judi Calhoun). 

The Executive Chef, Donald Main, has been with The Tin Angel over 20 years. My opinion is that your restaurant is only as good as your Executive Chef! This restaurant is very lucky to have Donald! He and his kitchen staff, definitely have what it takes to deliver amazing dishes! The next time we’re in town, I’ll definitely make it a point to thank him for a great first meal. 

Though they don’t have dedicated specials, they do offer a weekly prix fixe from Tuesday- Thursday. A “prix fixe” is a multi-course meal at a fixed price. 

Their weekend specials generally consist of fish and meat specials. 

Friends, please make sure to stop by and see them the next time you’re in the Nashville-area. You won’t be sorry! Make sure you tell them that Your Next Great Dish recommended the restaurant.

A special thanks to Alcamy Henriksen, one of the fine managers on staff, for the history of The Tin Angel. 

The Tin Angel is located at 3201 West End Avenue, Nashville, TN 32703. 

Current hours: Monday through Saturday 4:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. And Sunday’s 4:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. 

Parking, at the rear of the building is very limited but they do offer a valet service. 


Slow Cooker Rotisserie Chicken 

“Crock Pot Rotisserie Chicken,”
Adapted from The Kitchen Wife
http://www.thekitchenwife.net

Ingredients
1 Whole Chicken, frozen or thawed (mine was roughly 5 pounds)
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 tbsp. Paprika
1 tbsp. Seasoning Salt
1 tbsp. Garlic Powder
1 tsp. Onion Powder
1 tsp. Salt
1 tsp. Fresh Ground Pepper
1 tsp. Thyme
Pinch of Cayenne Pepper
1 Onion
2 pounds Dutch whole baby potatoes

Make sure to remove giblets from the whole, thawed chicken. 

Directions
Place potatoes on the bottom of the slow cooker. 

On a cutting board, slice peeled onion in half and stuff in cavity of chicken. Using a small amount of extra-virgin olive oil, rub the oil over both sides of chicken so that the rub adheres to the chicken. Place whole chicken on board and set aside. 

In a small bowl, combine all dry ingredients. Rub the dry ingredients (spice rub) over both sides of the entire chicken including the crevices under the wings, etc. 

Place spice rubbed chicken on top of the potatoes and cook, on high setting of slow cooker, for 4 hours. Discard onion. Serve. 

Enjoy!

Eleven Hour Pulled Pork Nachos

Ingredients for the Pulled Pork:
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon fresh white onion, minced
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 tablespoon seasoned salt
1/2 cup Yuengling Original, Black & Tan Honey Barbecue Sauce** (see note below)

**Yuengling Original, Black & Tan Honey Barbeque Sauce

Season pork with the above ingredients and cook in a slow cooker, on low, for 11 hours. Making sure to turn and remove bone, after 5 1/2 hours. Set aside and let cool until a safe temperature you’re comfortable with to pull the pork. 

Reserve 1-2 cups pulled pork and place in a small sauce pan, add barbecue sauce and heat on low. 

Ingredients for the Creme Fraiche Dollops:
4 heaping tablespoons creme fraiche (or sour cream)
3 teaspoons ranch mix powder
Combine ingredients and refrigerate for at least one hour.
Ingredients for the Nacho Cheese Sauce:
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons Butter
1 cup cheese, shredded (*I used a 3-chile Gouda)

In a saucepan, add cream and butter. Stir, on medium heat, until the butter is incorporated. Add in 1/2 of the shredded cheese (stirring constantly) until the cheese is fully incorporated and add the remaining cheese and repeat. Reduce heat to low and assemble the nachos. 

Ingredients for the Nacho Toppings:

1/2 cup tomatoes, seeded and finely diced
3 tablespoons jalapeño, pith removed and finely diced
5 tablespoons red onion, finely diced
1 tablespoon chives, diced
2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
3 tablespoons all-natural Wholly Guacamole, Classic, mild
1 lime, cut into 13 thin wedges (for garnish)
1 avocado, sliced
Lightly salted white corn chips
Lightly my salted blue corn chips

Assemble the nachos to your preference but adding the pork and cheese last. 

Tip: to “pipe” the creme fraiche and guacamole, use a zipper plastic storage bag and cut the tip off of one corner and squeeze out of the end.