As if I didn't have reason enough to spend far too many days and far too much money on 12th South, I've found yet another. The line from Jeni's may bleed to the doors of this contemporary kitchen, but Josephine certainly receives traffic of its own. And for good reason.
A rustic, contemporary atmosphere paired with American cuisine isn't exactly a rarity in Nashville, but when you combine a good style with great service and impeccable food, you have a restaurant certainly worth visiting.
My own experience definitely left me happy with my visit. Though I arrived shortly before the kitchen closed, the evening was not rushed in the slightest and I received great service from greeters and bar tenders alike. The drink menu had a good, varied selection without being overwhelming, and the Rosé I ordered paired well with both my starter salad and entree. I even received the all knowing "good choice," nod from the bar tender when ordering the scallops. They certainly did not disappoint. The presentation was beautiful, and the dish, thankfully, tasted as nice as it looked. The asparagus and mushroom were a nice savory contrast to the lemon vinaigrette surrounding the edges of the plate and the scallops were seared to perfection.
While the food was exquisite, I will admit that Josephine is likely not a place college students like myself will frequent. I greatly enjoyed my dining experience, but with a somewhat higher price range and smaller portion sizes, I'll have to settle with Josephine just being a 'special occasion' type of spot.
So, if you find yourself on 12th South on a 'treat yo-self' kind of night, maybe try something different than Edley's or Burger Up for a change and consider giving Josephine a chance.
Enjoying and learning from this chapter as the pages turn