Review: Cafe Trio

TREND ALERT: THICC FRIES ARE IN. Leave your gangly, shoe-string fries at home and embrace thick cut fries. Whether you’re a human or raccoon, being thicc is the new thing and potatoes are no exception. Cafe Trio proved to be au courant with the fry trends in their delicious take on truffle fries.

“Do you like cheese?” “Why yes I do! My favorite is gouda!” –She’s the Man, film
These fries are Grade A THICC

Cafe Trio offers your standard tater – a little thicker than some which makes them optimal for dipping. They’re also covered in truffle mustard salt, which admittedly does not provide much flavor, but gives it a slightly powdery texture that is just plain addictive.

The smoked gouda cheese sauce is something we haven’t seen before and was a big hit. It’s mild in flavor and just a little bit on the thin side, exactly how we like it!

Could you ask for a better happy hour patio?

Finally, this review would not be complete without a shoutout to Cafe Trio’s wonderful patio. It sits one level higher than the parking lot, so we got a little view of the Plaza while we enjoyed happy hour.

Overall, these fries earn their highest marks for environment, experience, and taste. Value was OK at $5 during happy hour, but the portion was fairly small. See the complete breakdown and overall rating below:

Final Rubric (scored out of 5 for each category- see FAQs for more details):

Style/flair:  3
Value:  3
Overall taste:  4
Environment:  4
Experience:  4
Bonus:  None
Average/overall rating:  3.6 → 4 Stars



Travel Review: Acme Feed & Seed, Nashville

If you think it’s weird for a restaurant to call itself a “Feed & Seed,” you’re not the only one. Something about the name evokes imagery of barn animals eating out of troughs, which is not the most appealing thought if you’re looking for a nice lunch out.

Acme Feed & Seed, located on Lower Broadway (affectionately called Low Broad by some of the locals), however, exceeds expectations making it a great spot to grab a quick bite to eat.

Nashville is known for their fried boloney sandwiches so we had to give them a try. We were literally full of boloney!

The restaurant setup of Acme Feed & Seed is actually really interesting. When you walk in, a sign describes to you each floor: the first floor has live music and self seating, the second has sushi and cocktails, the third is for private events, and the rooftop is for drinks and a great view of downtown Nashville.

The jazz band really adds to the eclectic, hipster feel. Louie Armstrong would definitely vibe here.

We happened upon the restaurant during weekend brunch, so we decided to eat on the first floor and listen to the live jazz band. In terms of music on Lower Broadway, this was a nice change of pace from the Journey covers and “Whoo Girls” singing Sweet Caroline over and over on passing by pedal taverns.

Bone apple teeth, Nashville!

Now onto the fries. Acme Feed & Seed offers standard fries done right. They leave on some of the natural peel, giving it some crunch. They’re also seasoned to perfection.

The most exciting part of this experience was trying all the funky sauces splayed out onto each table. My personal favorite is called “Peace & Plenty” and it is the perfect marriage of spicy and sweet, containing a mix of mango, pineapple, lime, orange, and habanero. Other fun sauces included black ketchup and “Southern Belle” sauce with peaches. Some of the sauces are so popular that they’re for sale on the restaurant’s website.

Overall, these fries earn their highest marks for taste, environment, and experience. Value was not bad at $5 for a basket of fries or $11 for a burger with fries. See the complete breakdown and overall rating below:

Final Rubric (scored out of 5 for each category- see FAQs for more details):

Style/flair:  3
Value:  3
Overall taste:  4
Environment:  4
Experience:  4
Bonus:  +1 for no Honky Tonk
Average/overall rating:  3.6 → 4 Stars

NOTE: This review is the first in our new travel series! We’ll be breaking up our normal reviews occasionally with these types of posts. If you have any recommendations for out of area fry spots, please be sure to send them our way through Twitter, Instagram or under “Contact Us” on our website.


Review: Bier Station

Aaaaaahhhh the 1970s. This era gave us wide collars, bell bottoms, tacky prints, and most importantly disco music. While our Frequent Fryer team wasn’t alive during this time we felt the full effect of the 70’s as patrons of our local roller skating rink during our middle school days. This is where we learned iconic disco dances like the YMCA and the Hustle in addition to perfecting our limbo technique. So when we found out about the delicacy that is disco fries, we just had give them a try.

If you are unfamiliar with disco fries, they’re basically your average cheese fry with the added bonus of delicious gravy. And you all know how much we love gravy. At Bier Station, they make their disco fries with pork pan gravy, beer cheese, bacon, and green onion.

Warning: You will want to find the nearest disco roller skating rink after a taste of these fries.

Surprisingly, the fries really stand out in this dish. The seasoning is excellent, hitting key notes of savory, spicy, and sweet. We believe it even works for “spice-sensitive” individuals, as weak as they may be. It’s a type of heat that starts off slow and builds the more you eat, making it a perfect pair with a cold beer.

The rest of the dish was good. If we were going to be really picky, we would say the gravy/cheese sauce was a little bland, but honestly that didn’t stop us. This was the perfect dish to eat with friends, conversation, and drinks on the patio.

The way this gravy cascades over these fries is truly awe inspiring. Equivalent to the Sistine Chapel.

Overall, these fries earn their highest scores for environment, experience, and style/flair. Value was pretty good- an entire order was $6. We also gave these fries a bonus point for being well-seasoned, something that is surprisingly missing from fries at other restaurants. See the complete breakdown and overall rating below:

Final Rubric (scored out of 5 for each category- see FAQs for more details):

Style/flair:  4
Value:  3
Overall taste:  3
Environment:  5
Experience:  5
Bonus:  +1 for seasoning
Average/overall rating:  4.2 → 4 Stars



Review: Grünauer

Shout out to the Austrians for many great discoveries like alkaline batteries, the polio virus, and the Rumpler Tropfenwagon. We would be lost without them to say the least, but to think they could perfect the french fry? Unfathomable. In a world of goulash and strudel who knew Austrian’s could fry a sliced tater.

As the Austrians would say, these fries are “wicked pissa”

Grünauer in the Crossroads proved us so wrong in creating a crispy fry with some unexpected sauces (curry ketchup, hello left field).

Sauces include (from back to front) garlic aioli, chili aioli, and curry ketchup.

This place is FANCY y’all. Speaking from experience when we tell you not to go here in sweatpants and your raggedy ole sorority shirt. I mean look at those vaulted ceilings, button up shirts are a good idea.

Located in a historic dark-wood-&-brick Freight House space, this place is nothing like a frat basement.

Even despite our poor wardrobe choices, we still managed to have a fantastic time at Grünauer. The fries were crisp and fresh. The sauces were something that we haven’t seen before. We could ding the fries if we wanted to for being a little over-salted, but honestly they were perfect with beer (side note: Grünauer has the BEST international beer selection). It really was an excellent way to spend an afternoon.

Overall, Grünauer earns its highest marks for environment and taste. The value, we thought, was pretty good at $5 for an order of bar fries but the portions were fairly small. We also gave them a bonus point for creative sauce.

See the complete breakdown and overall rating below:

Final Rubric (scored out of 5 for each category- see FAQs for more details):

Style/flair:  3
Value:  3.5
Overall taste:  4
Environment:  5
Experience:  3
Bonus:  +1 for fancy sauce
Average/overall rating:  3.9 → 4 Stars