Thursday, May 5, 2011

Raz's Bar and Grill

A restaurant in Smyrna, TN featured on Food Network's the Best Thing I Ever Ate? This may be hard to believe, but it's true! The Neely's named Raz'z Bar and Grill as one of their all time greatest, and if the Neely's say it's good, Cole and I knew it had to be true.

  We have had a few very busy weeks recently and since we didn't have time for our normal weeknight date we decided to switch it up and try a Brunch date. We decided to go to Raz'z as we had seen their brunch advertised while driving by (Brunch Menu Link)

 The first thing I have to mention is that the prices are fantastic! And I don't mean Happy Hour prices, I mean the normal, all the time cost to dine here. We each ordered a Mimosa ($3) and were brought out a hot basket of fresh rolls that reminded me of what they serve at O'Charleys. The Mimosa's were delicious and unlike many bars who serve you a glass of orange juice with a splash of Champagne, these were the perfect mixture of each.

With the jazz piano music playing lightly, this is a New Orleans style place after all, I decided on Mama Ts French Toast ($7) and Cole went with Raz'z Eggs Benedict ($7.99).  Even though they were busy, just a few minutes later our waitress emerged with two very large plates full of food.

My French Toast was delicious, living up to the expectations set by the menu description of thick slices of Texas toast in a vanilla/egg mixture and topped with strawberries and powdered sugar with a side of Bacon. If you haven't gathered yet, I tend to stick to a certain palette when dining and this was a little out of my normal ordering habits but this French Toast reminded me of how my mom used to make it.

Cole proclaimed after about three bites that his meal was the Best Eggs Benedict he had ever had. The Cajun Poached eggs were cooked flawlessly and the Canadian Bacon, toasted English Muffin, and Hollandaise Sauce made the dish traditional but exceptional . The plate also came with a side of Hash brown Casserole, which looked more like barely mashed potatoes that I just had to try and was glad I did.

The food, as amazing as it was, may not have even been the highlight of our Raz'z experience. Chef Raz himself walks around personally to each table and chats with the diners and with a huge personality and even bigger laugh, it is really a treat!

 Raz'z is a place anyone living in Nashville should try and you don't even have to go all the way out to Smyrna to do so with another location in Nashville (Address Link). Every bit of this experience combined to make our Sunday Bruch date a huge success and with a $30 bill including tip, Raz'z is definitely a place we will be visiting more often.
Ratings for Raz'z: (Scale 1-10)
Happy Hour - 7 (No Happy Hour but great prices)
Taste - 9
Ambiance - 6
Overall - 8


                                              (The Best Thing I Ever Ate Clip featuring Raz'z)

Raz'z Bar & Grill on Urbanspoon

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