Sneak Peek: Tried and True by Nick Badovinus

Nick Badovinus (left); Fried-to-order crackling pork rinds with Carolina-style barbecue (right) photos by Melisa Oporto

Last night I dropped by Tried and True, the newest bar/restaurant creation by Nick Badovinus. I don’t know how this man does it, but he has pulled together another unique and spirited concept. Badovinus has a loyal team of chefs who helped him construct yet another ingenious food menu. It’s short, but oh so cool: whiskey pate, flat top pork chop and country ham sandwich topped with smoked cheddar and house made apple butter ($13); peppered beef nachos ($11); and platters of country hams from Broadbent (Kuttawa, KY), Meacham (Sturgis, KY), and Benton (Madisonville, TN). The full menu is here!

Cocktails feature 86 Company Spirits, founded by Jason Kosmas. The beer selection is divided into Texas, American, and International. The whiskey program at TNT is vast and includes bourbon from some of Kentucky’s legendary distilleries such as Woodford Reserve’s small batch, Makers Mark ‘46’, and Four Roses’ small batch listed alongside a Old Rip Van Winkle (aged for ten years) and the 100-proof Rock Hill Farms single barrel straight bourbon.

Market Fish Tacos - fried silver hake, lemon dill sauce, and flour tortillas.

The interior, designed and built by Badovinus, is a knockout. A pool table sits in the center of the main room. The brick walls are tastefully covered with vintage beer signs and framed American flags. A café racer motorcycle separates the dining room from the kitchen; another hangs over a shuffleboard table beyond the bar. Led Zepplin and The Disco Biscuits blast from the digital jukebox. The soft lighting creates a cozy and comfy vibe and once you are seated you will want to stay. Located in the space formerly known as Neighborhood Services Tavern. 2405 Henderson Ave. 214-827-2405.

Our photographer Melisa Oporto was also there. Her pictures paint the story.

1/2 Dozen Barnstable Oyster Half Shells.
View of the bar
1/2-lb Bar Burger, 2-Piece Chuck and brisket brisket, iceberg tomato, red onion, American cheese, pickles, VBC bun, and in-house fries