After a brutal day at the DMV and running other various mind-numbing errands, I found myself in need of some serious barbecue therapy.
The spectacular Centennial Park across the street is the only ambiance you'll find at Hog Heaven. It's basically just a shack with a screened-in porch. I've eaten awesome barbecue from even more run-down spots than this, so I wasn't too worried.
Their only option for beef was a pulled brisket plate, and I wasn't really in the mood for chicken or turkey. That narrowed things down to pork, which is probably the most appropriate order at a place called Hog Heaven anyway. I got their Spareribs Plate, with potato salad and white beans on the side, plus the automatic pancake-style cornbread. I made sure to ask for sauce on the side. The guy at the counter assured me that their white barbecue sauce was an excellent dipping sauce for ribs.
Read my full review: http://barbecuefiend.blogspot.com/2014/11/hog-heaven-nashville-tn.html
Nashville: Hog Heaven
When I figured out how close Hog Heaven is to Vanderbilt, it instantly became my dinner destination. It's on the edge of Centennial Park in a low-key location, right behind McDonald's. I ate at a picnic table underneath a shady roof.
The meat on my ribs came off the bone with the slightest touch of my lips---my breath was almost enough. It had a distinct but not overwhelming smoke note at the beginning, followed by the wonderful taste of pork. My black-eyed peas were great. The greens were tender and flavorful; I used the optional vinegar sauce which I really liked. Not many BBQ places make their own bread, so the cornbread cake was a special treat.
Hog Heaven is a barbecue restaurant located in Nashville, TN. Reviews for the restaurant were mostly positive, and it is open every day from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm, except for Sundays when it is closed.
Reviews for the food were solid, with many reviewers finding their meals to be appetizing. Reviewers found the various meats to be tender and juicy, and had a good flavor to them. While some reviewers were unimpressed with the food, most found it to be appetizing and filling. Portions were generous, and prices are reasonable as well. The restaurant also offers some other dishes, such as the classic burger that was well-received.
The restaurant has a laid-back and casual atmosphere. Decor is simple, and the restaurant is fairly maintained and clean. Congestion and noise levels can be high at times, with crowds being common at times.
Service was decent, but nothing spectacular. Staff members were friendly and pleasant for the most part, and service times were usually pretty good.