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RESTAURANT OF THE WEEK
A PERSONAL REVIEW OF RESTAURANTS AROUND THE WORLD

COCK OF THE WALK
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE

We ran across this great place by accident while visiting Nashville on business several years ago.  And while we haven't dined there for many years, one thing always comes to mind -- fried dill pickles!  Yup.  They take thin slices, lightly batter 'em and fry them to perfection.  You must try an order while dining here.

You'll be in hillbilly heaven when you dine here.  It's a huge place with a barn like atmosphere.  The servers seem to like working here and make it a point to be accommodating and friendly.

The name, by the way, comes from back in the day.  It refers to the toughest boatman.  There's a much better explanation on the restaurant's web site which is listed at the bottom of this review.

The signature dish here is catfish and it's terrific!  In fact I have only eaten catfish here because it's so good and hard to resist.  They fried up filets to golden perfection.  Your dinner comes with French fries (they call 'em River Fries here), hush puppies (very hard to resist), coleslaw, and skillet bread.

You can order your catfish broiled here but I can't remember seeing anybody have it that way.  Just take it easy on fat content prior to dining here that day and have it golden fried.

I'm told they also do a nice job on fried shrimp and chicken, too, and all meals are reasonably priced.  If you're a dessert nut, they offer some good, old fashioned temptations.  And don't forget to start with those fried dill pickles!

They're located on Music Valley Drive in Nashville very near the big Opryland Hotel complex.  Find out more at their web site which is even more "rustic" than their restaurant.  Web site is here.  There are several other branches of the restaurant scattered about in southern states.