If living in the South has taught us anything, it’s that coleslaw goes great on everything. Nannie Brown’s (826 Fayetteville St, Ste 110) was a delightful reminder of that fact. Their Fuji Burger comes topped with chili and coleslaw (both housemade) and after the waitress double checked that we really wanted our burger with everything, it came out piled high and delicious.
We also got the pork chop, smothered ($6.99). The sauce was very earthy and had a surprising amount of depth. It came with two sides, chosen from a list of some familiar southern sides (including cabbage, mac & cheese, potato salad, yams, and cornbread dressing). I got the cabbage, which was even better than I expected, in part because it actually turned out to be half cabbage and half collards (my favorite!). The string beans were also very tasty, and I usually hate string beans (they might have been helped out by some lard).
Also on the menu was “beef avant,” strips of sirloin beef sauteed with cashews, carrots, onions and a spicy sweet sauce ($13.99). We really wanted that, but they were out–we will certainly be going back for it sometime soon. The menu was wide ranging with a lot of interesting-sounding options, including some classics, a lot of sandwiches and wraps, and some fancier twists. Prices ranged as well; you can get a sandwich for $3.99 or salmon for $12.99. They also feature daily fish specials and pound cakes from Miss Parker’s Pound Cakes.
[UPDATE: They no longer offer the pound cakes!]
The service was great and the chef came out to make sure we liked everything (we did) and to apologize for being out of the Beef Avant. The menu also mentions entertainment; I’m not sure what that involves, but there was a large empty space in the middle of the floor that could be used for a band or dancing, and a karaoke machine. It’s definitely a friendly place with great food. They’ve only been open a couple months, hope they stick around!
Hours: Monday – Saturday 9am – 9pm; Sunday by reservation only.