by Jim Ridley
Now you can pack several months of dining into a few well-curated hours, thanks to Saturday's Inter "Nash" ional Food Crawl. And the best part is, it's free. From the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition website:
The first annual Inter "Nash" ional Food Crawl is a project of the Welcoming Tennessee Initiative and will kick off National "Welcoming Week" on September 14th, 12pm-3pm.
The Inter "Nash" ional Food Crawl gives all Nashvillians the opportunity to explore a 2-mile span of Nashville's international corridor, Nolensville Road, and try delicious foods from around the world for FREE. Nolensville Road features delicious ethnic foods from Cuba, Kurdistan, Turkey, India, the Mediterranean, and many others. Seven participating restaraunts/businesses will display free ethnic foods at their respective locations that represent their unique culinary culture.
Participants will begin at Casa Azafran (2195 Nolensville Pike) to pick up a food crawl guide that includes participating businesses, locations, descriptions, and information about each community.
We've seen the roster of restaurants so far, and it includes a couple of Sean's favorites, including Guantanamera (see also Carrington Fox's rave review in this week's Scene) and Istanbul. We've been hearing good things about Taj, the new Elysian Fields Indian place from the owners of the Patel Brothers grocery; both are on the tour, as is the Newroz Kurdish Market — home to some of the city's biggest, best and cheapest flatbread — and the Baklava Cafe.
TIRRC spokesman Eben Cathey says there are at least a couple more restaurants that will likely sign on, including a pupuseria. In addition, Casa Azafran will have foods from Somalia, Kurdistan and Latin America available for tasting. So be Sean Maloney for an afternoon. You don't even have to grow sideburns.