Peg Leg Porker
903 Gleaves St.
Nashville, TN 37203
During a recent trip to Nashville, TN at the end of October 2016 my husband I decided to check out local cuisine. We googled some of the Travel Channel and Food TV shows to see if any joints piqued our interest. Peg Leg Porker seemed to keep popping up. We love BBQ, so we decided to give it a try.
We plugged the address in the GPS when we were ready to chow down. It was a little tricky finding the place. We ended up on the street outside the restaurant and bar. We had to pay to park in the street. A quarter only got us fifteen minutes, but we were approaching HANGRY status, so we fed the meter so we could feed our bellies. We crossed the street and walked through the patio area and into the door. Apparently, we were on the bag side of the building despite it being the side pictured on the website.
When we got oriented, we realized where we needed to go. We walked past all the tables and past the bar area to get to the counter. We decided to get the full rack of ribs each which came with two sides ($22.95). I ordered beans and mac and cheese. Our total with a water and one soda ($2.25) came to more than $50. The ribs are in dry rub style, a style in which I’ve never tried. I’m in Memphis, so we have wet ribs here. The ribs were fall off the bone tender with plenty of seasoning. In short, they were awesome! We were in conflict on the beans. He enjoyed them but I found them to be worse than Bush’s Baked Beans that you can buy in the store. The mac and cheese was decent.
The food was delivered quickly which after tasting the sides, was likely due to sitting somewhere in the back waiting on us. The food was not hot. The website does indicate that they only cook a certain amount of food for the day and once they run out, they close. The restaurant was deserted because we picked a time in which kids were still in school but after the lunch crowd was gone. The restaurant consisted of mostly 4 top tables (no booths) and a large bar. There were televisions and memorabilia throughout. It was a cozy atmosphere.
All in all, the ribs were great. This was really all that mattered to us. I do suggest an anti acid pill if you have gastrointestinal issues because they use lots of dry rub that you will taste the rest of the day. Was the food better than what I cook at home? Absolutely not. Was it a bit overpriced? A bit for room temperature food and wooden chairs surrounded by loud televisions. Was it worth the trip with metered parking, non hot food and okay sides? Yes
Ultimately, I am glad we went, but I will likely not return. If you want good BBQ ribs, local cuisine, and a different atmosphere you should definitely go but choose your time wisely.