Alright kids, loosen your belts (and maybe your top button), because today I'm going in on my most recent dining endeavors at Main Street Meats. The practically perfect Chattanooga spot that has been receiving a lot of attention lately, including some from the likes of Garden & Gun! I’m going to feel full and happy all over again just telling you about the things I have eaten in this place.
Before I make you too hungry, I want to touch a little bit on atmosphere. Other than the fact that occasionally the AC could be blowing a little cooler for my taste, the vibe in MSM is pretty spot on. The natural feeling minimalist decor is utterly perfect, and frankly makes me feel chic while sipping my cabernet. The exposed brick, white subway tile and use of multi-tone wood works for me on every level and just feels good. This is what I want my kitchen to look like. Make my kitchen look like this (please). Lastly, the wall planters filled with tiny green perky plants are everything. Sometimes I’m not sure if I eat here for the food or the decor inspiration.
Then, I have a bite in my mouth and I remember - it’s the food. I’ve had dinner. I’ve had lunch. It is all good.
Most recently, a friend and I shared the MSM version of chicken and dumplings - which is like no chicken and dumplings you have ever had. I don’t care how Southern you think you are, or how good your grandmother’s recipe is - you have not had this. The confit chicken was unbelievably flavorful. The meat was tender and juicy, and the skin brown and delightfully crisp. The dumplings were surprisingly green, but absolutely lovely - and I ate the cooked carrots, and liked them. I also at asparagus, and I liked it. The asparagus was beautifully grilled with prosciutto and aged balsamic. It was delightfully crunchy and I would eat it every day. The carrots were still firm and matched that flavors of the rest of our meal perfectly. It was good. It was just damn good. Surly hell is freezing over. In one evening, two of my least favorite foods (cooked carrots and asparagus) turned from bites that could cause my face to wrinkle up like a spoiled 5 year old to delicious morsels. I wanted more.
Later the following week my family and I returned for lunch. We had fresh chickpea falafel to start our meal. There was warm pita and Tzatziki and I was very happy.
My mother and I inhaled the smokestack chicken sandwich (if I was dying, I may ask for this as my last meal), and my father, a ruben connoisseur, enjoyed the pastrami ruben until there was nothing left on his plate. We had the most amazing broccolini cooked with roasted garlic, aleppo and parmesan - it may have stolen the show.
Clearly, I am a fan.
Have you had the pleasure of eating at Main Street Meats? Tell me what you think in the comments below!
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