China Cottage: Wave Goodbye to Year of the Snake

  • January 26, 2014 · 5:00 PM
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While we continue to wait for a certain Dim Sum restaurant to straighten out their kinks, I've been hearing some awfully good things about a strip mall restaurant in Madison/Rivergate — China Cottage. Actually, one of our members tipped me off to it when we were at Taj the other day.

I went in this afternoon to scope it out and my preliminary assessment is .. delicious.


The appetizers and soups are pretty standard to what you see on the average menu. There is no buffet; the chef's specials entrée portions are "family size" that can serve 2-3 and are priced at about $11-$14. Standard dishes go for about $9 I think.

The website is down at the moment, but when it's back up you can get a detailed look at the menu. In the meantime, City Search has this: http://www.citysearch.com/profile/menu/9304664


One thing amused me: There wasn't a pair of chopsticks in sight.


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  • Mary

    What a terrific group we had. Happy to get the chance to turn people onto good food, and this was.

    January 26, 2014

    • Mary

      But yes, you had to be like Dan and specify that you wanted something VERY hot/spicy to get that extra kick.

      January 26, 2014

    • Dan

      More people should try to be like Dan.

      1 · January 27, 2014

  • Lynne

    Someone grab my spot..... I won't be able to get there in time....

    January 26, 2014

    • Lynne

      that would work!!! I'll be a little late, but I can be there.

      1 · January 26, 2014

    • Bonnie

      Hey, Lynne - I did not see this message yesterday - how did that smiley face get there? Strange.

      January 27, 2014

  • Seth B.

    Great food, great company - probably the best meal I have had since coming to Nashville. Thank you Mary for putting this together.

    1 · January 26, 2014

    • Bonnie

      What did you have, Seth?

      January 27, 2014

  • Payvar

    Thank you, Mary for being such a good host.

    January 26, 2014

  • Payvar

    Menu item description is more misleading than helpful. For example, my "Spicy Trio" which was supposed to be hot & spicy turned out to be essentially just sugary.

    January 26, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Good food with a great group! Many thanks to Mary for organizing and hosting this!

    January 26, 2014

  • Dan

    Do you know if they will have the Pro Bowl on TV? Because I am very excited about the new format and think it will make for a very competitive and interesting game.

    January 23, 2014

    • Mary

      Oh, how I've missed you.

      January 24, 2014

    • James Q

      The Pro Bowl is actually entertaining with the new format.

      1 · January 26, 2014

  • Katy

    Running a few minutes late. Save me a seat

    January 26, 2014

  • Dan

    Here is the menu: http://www.chinacottage-tn.com/#!
    Click on the "Menu" link at the bottom, just above the address. If you click on the "Dine In" link near the lower left of the Home page you get only lunch specials.

    January 26, 2014

    • Mary

      Thanks!

      January 26, 2014

    • Patricia G.

      Mary..I'm going to have to bail (as much as I hate to)..the guy that is putting heat tape on my pipes got here later than he was supposed to...I thought noon...he just got here about 20 minutes ago...
      I hate this..I\ love China Cottage...

      January 26, 2014

  • Mary

    Just made room for 5 more. Who's jonesing?

    January 26, 2014

  • Jodi M.

    Unfortunately I have to cancel. I'll be doing a second showing on a house in Spring HIll, & there's no way I'll be able to get there in time. Have a great time!

    January 25, 2014

    • Mary

      Good luck w/the house

      1 · January 25, 2014

    • Jodi M.

      Thanks!

      January 25, 2014

  • Debbie

    I have given up my spot as I have to work. . .tried very hard to get out of work so I could go eat!

    January 25, 2014

    • Mary

      We'll miss you!

      January 25, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Glad to know I didn't breach our group's protocol ... the last thing I want is to ring in the year of the horse by acting like a horse's rear-end!

    January 24, 2014

    • James Q

      Sam, you grabbed the spot I vacated, as I decided to be a homebody this weekend and not leave Franklin. Hope you enjoy it!

      1 · January 24, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Rose/Mary: I was on the wait list for only a few seconds when I noticed availability for one spot, quickly RSVP'd "yes", and got it. Being new to the group, I'm not sure if what just happened is okay or if it amounts to unapproved line-jumping! If I'm supposed to wait my turn, I'll gladly yield to the next person ... otherwise, I'll see you Sunday at 5 pm!

    1 · January 24, 2014

    • Mary

      You're fine. We've tried it by wait-list, and without and there doesn't seem to be a perfect solution.

      January 24, 2014

  • LeaAnne

    I am going to give up my spot. This is my favorite restaurant, but I just paid a $360 electric bill and a $144 cable bill:-(. That was on top of fixing my car heat last week for $200. YIKES!!! I will be eating crackers and cheese til next payday. Enjoy and I will catch the next visit there.

    January 23, 2014

    • James Q

      Thanks for the food suggestions, LeaAnne. The honey walnut shrimp sounds terrific. Personally, I just have cable Internet plus the local channels for $40/month and watch Amazon Prime content via Roku or a Sony Blu-ray player.

      1 · January 23, 2014

    • LeaAnne

      Doctor Larry, thank you so much for the offer... It was very kind and thoughtful. While my main reason is due to a landslide of moving and after Christmas expenses, I also need to add that I have an altruistic bone or two in my body:-). I live 7.5 minutes from this great restuarant and can go anytime (and for sure the next time with meetup). I wanted some of those on the wait list to experience a place that they may never have experienced before this opportunity. So, Mr. Anonymous Benefactor, I hope to see you at the next China Cottage Meetup:-). Everyone enjoy!

      1 · January 24, 2014

  • Rose L.

    Hey wait listers! There's a spot open!!!

    I was just reading the comments that popped up on my phone & noticed.

    1 · January 23, 2014

  • Rose L.

    I don't want to hold a spot. I'm planning to eat out too much this week with restaurant week and other friends invites. So I want one of the wait listers to have my spot.

    1 · January 20, 2014

    • James Q

      The people, if any, with more than 1 no show (or last minute cancellation) should also be moved to the back of the line.

      2 · January 23, 2014

  • David D.

    1

    January 8, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      David is the number 1 fan of this restaurant.

      2 · January 10, 2014

    • Rose L.

      I think he means him +1 Jessica

      January 10, 2014

  • Patricia G.

    I *love* their eggplant hot pot...
    I get them to make it extra spicy for me...
    Yummy!

    2 · January 1, 2014

    • David D.

      You will have to share your secret for getting them to do that. They always seem to ignore me when I ask for spicy

      1 · January 3, 2014

  • Mary

    Hey LeaAnne - was it you, or was it Hoolie who told me about this place?

    1 · January 1, 2014

    • Mary

      thought so. thanks for sharing!

      1 · January 1, 2014

    • LeaAnne

      You are welcome. I think I might have mentioned that I wake up at 2 am thinking about China Cottage! I have this favorite dish called the "Honey Walnut Shrimp". It takes me 3 days to eat it all because each shrimp is the size of my fist. HUGE! The Crab Rangoon is also amazing. I am ready to say goodbye to the year of the snake with or without chopsticks:-)

      3 · January 2, 2014

  • marirae

    I'm going to Lucky Bamboo that day for the CAAN Festival. sorry!

    January 2, 2014

    • Rose L.

      Chinese Arts Alliance of Nashville. They have an annual multi course dinner. Ticket Info: http://www.ticketsnas...

      January 2, 2014

    • marirae

      Rose I was just gonna do that and u beat me to it!

      1 · January 2, 2014

  • David D.

    1

    January 1, 2014

    • Rose L.

      David, is that +1? I will add Jessica.

      January 1, 2014

    • David D.

      Yes I don't know why it did that wrong

      1 · January 2, 2014

  • Rose L.

    p.s. I can bring chop sticks. I have a pack that I bought at a restaurant warehouse. They are disposable. Never used them, now I have a reason.

    1 · January 1, 2014

    • Mary

      I'm okay with fork. It was kind of a relief, actually.

      2 · January 1, 2014

  • Rose L.

    We're coming up on the year of the Horse. I'm waiting for the Rooster...
    http://www.ibtimes.com/chinese-new-year-2014-does-year-horse-begin-january-1-or-later-1523694

    1 · January 1, 2014

    • Mary

      And Jan 31 is when Horse time cometh.

      January 1, 2014

  • LeaAnne

    Woohoo! This place rocks!

    2 · January 1, 2014

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