More Accolades for Rolf and Daughters and Chef Philip Krajeck

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And the hits just keep coming for Chef Philip Krajeck and his Germantown gathering spot, Rolf and Daughters. Not only was Rolf and Daughters named Best Restaurant in a writer's choice in this week's Best of Nashville 2013 (as well as and No. 1 in the Best New Restaurant and No. 3 in the Best Restaurant categories in the Readers' Poll), but John Mariani, the restaurant critic at Esquire included it in his list of "The Best New Restaurants of 2013."

While Mariani has earned a reputation of being a little prickly at best, and is no friend of another of Nashville's best restaurants, his attention is worth noting. He seems to understand Chef Krajeck's approach to "modern peasant food" and the inviting neighborhood vibe that has made the restaurant so beloved in less than a year's time.

The vibe extends to handcrafted communal tables and the way walk-ins are cordially greeted. There is a bona fide industrial cast to the space, a former boiler room: worn brick and heavy metal framing and a lumberyard of reclaimed wood on the ceiling. It all fits together at Rolf and Daughters, an exemplar of the kind of excellence now found in great southern cities like Nashville.

Food Republic also asked me to do a profile of Chef Krajeck for a short piece, and my hour-long coffee conversation with Philip was both entertaining and enlightening. It just confirmed my opinion of how lucky Nashville is that he chose to move here to open his restaurant. Sometimes it's good to be "It City!"

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