My trip to Lime was a mixed experience. In the interest of full disclosure, I was skeptical before I arrived (partially due to mixed online reviews and partially due to the lack of basically any information about the place on their website), but I like to think that I didn’t let some preconceived notions I may have had taint my visit.
Let me begin by discussing the portions of my experience that had nothing to do with the food. I met my dining companion at Lime at 6:00 on a weeknight. When I got up to the bar, the bartender told me that happy hour did not end at 7:00 anymore, but in fact ended at 6:00. Had I known this, I would have gone earlier. Also, since when does any happy hour end at 6:00? That’s not very happy. That was a minor annoyance, and I wasn’t going to let it ruin my time with my friend. But it didn’t stop there. We had a misunderstanding with our hostess. She told us that “dinner” was served inside and on the side patio, but we could sit on the front patio. We thought that this meant if we stayed inside or sat on the side patio that we would have to order dinner, which we were not sure we wanted to do, so we headed out to the front patio. When our server finally arrived, he told us (and not too politely I might add) that we were not permitted to order anything off the dinner menu out front. We could basically only order from the left side of the menu, and the right side was off limits. So we were further annoyed, but didn’t want to switch tables and servers, especially as we already had the mojitos you see above, which were fantastic. It was just kind of an annoying experience. No one was really rude to us or anything, and on a subsequent visit for a friend’s birthday (I only had drinks that time) both the hostess and our server were really accommodating.
My dining companion and I decided to order the dip trio. The reason you only see two dips here is because she is omni and we compromised that one dip would be cheese. Actually, it was cheese and lobster and bacon. And for some reason, if you wanted “avocado” as a dip (which I assume meant guacamole and not simply sliced or smashed avocado) you had to add $3. Which seems a little ridiculous seeing as how you could select a dip containing lobster for no additional cost, but I digress. The dip on the left is a mango salsa (I forget the exact name) and the dip on the right is Salsa Rojo. The mango one was really really good. We definitely ate all of it. The salsa rojo was standard, and could have used a bit more of a bite, but if you like your salsa mild and tomato-y I would recommend it. The fries and guava ketchup were really outstanding, as far as fries go. That ketchup is great. I just wish the portion was larger. Also, it was listed as a side dish on the right side of the menu, which was supposed to be forbidden, but our server let us order it. I liked the presentation as the fries were served wrapped in a square of the Nashville Scene.
Would I go to Lime again? Yes, if someone else wanted to go there, but it would not be on the top of my list if someone asked me where I wanted to eat/grab drinks. The decor in the restaurant is beautiful and they have some really creative dishes. There were some entrees that seemed vegan-friendly, but I did not ask about them since I was not permitted to order an entree on the front patio. If you’re planning a visit, keep in mind that happy hour ends at 6:00 so you can try to save your pennies. Oh, and get the fries with guava ketchup. Because that ketchup is awesome.
Nashville, TN 37203
Website – there is no info here besides the address and phone number, but I figure it will be updated eventually.