Get Hooked On Brunch At Fin And Pearl
Tom Morales is a name that most Nashville natives are familiar with. Not only is he a Music City icon, but a trailblazer in the hospitality industry responsible for some of Nashville's most popular restaurants. From Southern Steak and Oyster, Acme Feed & Seed, and Fin and Pearl to his latest endeavor, Woolworth on 5th, Morales creates a comfortable atmosphere where patrons can experience exceptional Southern cuisine without all the fuss.
Fin and Pearl prides itself on being the first fresh seafood restaurant in Nashville committed to sustainable and traceable sourcing. They work exclusively with purveyors that provide the highest quality of fish caught by small, privately owned boats devoted to sustainability. Not only is Fin and Pearl devoted to the highest quality of seafood, but they also support the local community sourcing from Nashville farms and suppliers, when possible.
Most recently, I had the opportunity to stop by Fin and Pearl and have brunch. This wasn't any brunch, but one that would leave me dreaming about these dishes days later. Let's dive right into the details, shall we?
One of the first things I noticed as I entered the restaurant was the casual atmosphere and darling nautical decor. From the wood plank ceiling to the gorgeous tiled floors, I was smitten. As we were escorted back to our table, I couldn't help but notice how large the restaurant was (Wearing uncomfortable cute shoes will bring you to that realization faster than you know!) Want to grab a cocktail or catch the Preds game? Perhaps you need a spot to host a group of your favorite gal pals or even a baby shower, Fin and Pearl is perfect. In fact, a group of ladies reserved the area below for one lucky bride to be and created a tablescape that was out of this world!
From regionally sourced oysters and classic shrimp cocktail to the most elaborate caviar service, the Ocean Bar at Fin and Pearl has something for everyone. Kicking off our Sunday brunch, we ordered the ceviche. Rotating on a daily basis, Sunday's ceviche was comprised of grouper and mahi-mahi and served with tomatoes, cucumbers, mango, red onion and bell pepper. Topping off this dish was a dollup of Paddlefish caviar which added the perfect amount of saltiness to the dish. The ceviche was served with large tortilla chips and chopsticks. Rather than fumbling around attempting to pick up the perfect bite, I opted for the chips which were ideal for scooping up this deliciousness.
As I sat in the booth shaking my head, I saw our server approaching our table...again. I had already sent him away on two different occasions because I had yet to make a decision about what to eat! The struggle is real gang! Even though I did my foodie reconnaissance, I was still torn between several dishes. I finally waved the white flag and said: "surrender!" I'll just order them both!
There's nothing I love more than huevos rancheros and as soon as I spotted Huevos Rancheros Lolo on the menu, I knew that dish must make its way to our table. These huevos were served atop corn tortillas covered with spicy charred tomato sauce, avocado smash and served with a side of refried white beans topped with a bit of queso fresco. Feel like you need to bring the heat? Fin and Pearl delivers bringing their signature hot sauce, Octosauce in case you want to kick it up a notch. Warning: I would recommend trying before smothering your huevos. The Octosauce packed one hell of a punch!
Even though I couldn't handle the heat, I did throw a few beans on top of my egg and tried to make my very own breakfast taco. That was a complete fail because corn tortillas can only handle so much. Aside from my own messiness, I really enjoyed this breakfast dish.
Wanting to weave in another seafood dish, we ordered the Lobster and Crab Omelet. While this may seem like an ordinary brunch dish, I assure you it was far from a typical omelet. Imagine the fluffiest of eggs, cloud-like even, filled with a buttery poached lobster, lump crab and ricotta cheese smothered with a decadent bearnaise sauce.
Drooling yet? I am!
As if that weren't enough to make your eyes roll back in your head, this dish comes with a side of Fin and Pearl's famous house potatoes. Reflecting on my experience, I am quite grateful that my partner in dine shared this dish. From the melt in your mouth lobster to the house potatoes covered in Parmesan cheese, rich doesn't begin to describe this. I don't think I would have been able to finish this on my own. Besides, sharing allows you to experience multiple flavors and dishes.
If you are longing for delicious seafood and a trip to the beach isn't on the agenda, check out Fin and Pearl. While you may not hear the crash of ocean waves or feel white sand between your toes, you can relax and enjoy Southern accented seafood without leaving the comfort of home.
Fin and Pearl is conveniently located on 12th Avenue South and the bottom of the Twelve Twelve building. Worried about that crazy Gulch parking? Don't be! Fin and Pearl offers complimentary valet parking (with validation).
Many thanks to Fin and Pearl for partnering with me on this post!
Tariff: Brunch entrees range from $10.00-$26.00 with raw bar items at market price
Can't Miss: I recommend coupling the Ceviche and Lobster and Crab Omelet- You get something light and refreshing as well as something sinful and decadent!
Potential Pass: Bacon- We ordered a side of bacon and honestly I was pleased with both dishes and didn't really feel a need for additional sides.
Until Next Time!