Arnold Myint's New Restaurant, Called Blvd, Is Open for Business

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Last week chef Arnold Myint quietly launched his new restaurant, which has the inttentionally lowercase moniker of blvd. It’s a cozy bistro, bar and market on Belmont Boulevard.

As Lesley Lassiter reported here last month, the restaurant takes over the space formerly held by Myint’s earlier project, Cha Chah, two doors down from his popular restaurant PM (and, of course, across the street from his family’s venerable cafe and store, International Market).

The blvd menu, crafted by Myint and his chef de cuisine Francesco Vito, looks like a pretty inspired take on bistro fare, with an emphasis on local and artisan ingredients. A couple of favorites from the Cha Chah era remain, like the hugely popular warm Brussels sprouts appetizer. And now Myint gives you a fighting chance of re-creating the dish at home, selling his special smoked vinegar in the little market cases just inside blvd’s front door.

Another old favorite on the blvd menu are the lamb meatballs, served on a skewer of lemongrass with a cilantro yogurt dipping sauce — it’s the signature dish Myint cooked up during his appearance on Season 7 of Top Chef.

We’re already hearing buzz about a sandwich on the blvd menu: the Haute Dog Hoagie, which features two locally made franks from Porter Road Butcher on a bun with smoked slaw, Sriracha aioli and mustard seeds.

Myint plans to operate blvd seven days a week, serving dinner, lunch and brunch. The address is easy to remember: 2013 Belmont Blvd.; the phone number is 298-1430. Check out the menu at blvdnashville.com.

A version of this story appeared in my Food Biz column in this week's print issue of The City Paper and online in the Nashville Post.

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