Last night after the Clarksville Bellydance show at the Customs House Museum, myself and a few others decided since we were already fancied up to head out to a nice place for dinner.
The Aristocrat – “Hey, how bout we go to that new place that doesnt allow kids…”
Friend 1 – “Well….we were going to go to the Blackhorse…”
Friend 2 – “Fuck the Blackhorse…try something new.”
Friend 1 – “New things scare me.”
The Aristocrat – “We are going to Canyon Road, so, y’all go have your shitty beer cheese dip, we will meet up later and get crunk.”
We might have made the wrong choice.
EDIBILITY? 2.5 out of 5 – Canyon Road is a steakhouse, so, I ordered steak. To be more specific I had a 12 oz New York Strip cooked medium, loaded potato, and a Caesar salad with a beer. My potato was still hard, the steak was overdone. My comrade had a sirloin with asparagus which was also overdone, and was given four spindly little pieces of asparagus. Our other friends are vegetarians and they live on side dishes anyways so their opinions on food doesn’t really matter, but they did not have anything positive to say. Out of the five of us there, only one said that everything they ordered was good. My salad was fine, but its hard to fuck up a salad…hard, but not impossible. Two of the people with us got mixed drinks from the bar, and at $8 a pop you expect a good drink. While I want my drink to have a good amount of alcohol, it should still be drinkable, and not be so strong it is able to power my car These however, were super high-octane drinks that required mixing them with Sprite to save them. Not good.
GIVE A SHIT? 3.5 out of 5 – My biggest gripe with a restaurant is that I should never be thirsty, and I wasn’t, so that is cool. We did not complain about the food with the staff, as what good would it do, It was 930 on a Saturday night by the time we finally got our food, and sometimes, you are hungry to the point that even Arby’s sounds good…Our wait for our orders did seem excessive given the fact that the place was virtually empty inside and only a few people on the deck outside. Our server lady was nice and did not make anyone at our table cry, which was a plus. However, when she asked if our dinner was good, and no one answered and just had blank stares, that might have been the key to ask some probing questions.
FINAL VERDICT? 2.5 out of 5 – They are new. I’ve had close family in the restaurant business and it can be really hard to get off of the ground. I think their concept is good. Upstairs it is a more formal dining area with starched white napkins and a clean modern look while downstairs it is more of a, well, it looks like the Blackhorse downstairs. One selling point is they also have a back deck which looks out over woods and not Wilma Rudolph Boulevard. Why people were sitting out there when it was 90 degrees puzzles me but whatever. I really want this place to succeed as its not a chain and I did enjoy not hearing/seeing kids…as I don’t like kids. Incidentally, it even says in huge letters on the sign hanging on the front of the building “No children under 12 please.” Due to business however, I would think that will surely change, as people with kids spend cash…and when it gets down to it, it takes cash to keep a restaurant open. I hope it doesn’t come to the point of having to allow screaming kids who sneeze juicy juice in. My bill last night before a tip however was $35.00 just for me, and I just didn’t feel like I just had a $35.00 dinner. My intention is to give them a month, swing through again, and hopefully they have managed to find their groove and get their shit together. Go give them a try, and if you have a better experience, let us know.