New burger joint in Nashville
For any of you old-timers, you already know the location. It's the little building where Hap Townes held court for so many years, next to Greer stadium. There are still sayings of Hap Townes on the walls. It's now called Gabby's Burgers, and is only open for lunch. I ordered a standard burger, fries, and drink, just to establish a benchmark. He throws a big meatball on the griddle and flattens it with a spatula. The bun was a high-quality, but cold burger bun. He uses good ingredients, fresh lettuce and I really liked the pickle slices. The fries are spiced with more than just salt and pepper, but I couldn't identify what else was added. His row of condiments was very well done. There were 6 or 8 hot sauces, along with homemade wasabi-mayo , a spicy ketchup, and several different mustards. He didn't ask how I wanted it cooked, and it came out pretty much well-done. Next time, I'll ask whether that's optional. The Coke products were served in an old-fashioned post mix, rather than the nearly universal bag-in-a-box. The old five gallon cylinders produce a better tasting drink, in my opinion. He's only been opn a week or two, and at 11:30 this morning, there was a long line clear out the door. He seats about 16, just like Hap Townes did, and I suspect the old man would be pleased with what has become of his place.