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The lunchtime version! Epice: Lebanese Bistro

  • Aug 16, 2014 · 11:00 AM
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Since the wait lists to try Epice are high, I am adding a lunchtime version... If you attended the first Epice dinner (7/29) or signed up for Epice #2 (8/19), please wait until first time attendees have a chance to sign up before requesting to be added.  


I have been here three times and the service and food are above reproach... The lunchtime menu is slightly different - fewer dinner entrees but they still offer my two favorites (the Sayadeya & Batinjan). For lunch, they offer several sandwiches and a couple salad options for lighter dining.

Afterwards, maybe a stop at Las Paletas across the street - if we have room...

This is a Lebanese Bistro on 12 South in Nashville, appropriately named Epice (French for "Spice", pronounced "eh peez"). The owner is Maher Fawaz is the much beloved owner of Kalamatas in Nashville.

I can honestly say in my 20 years in Nashville and out of the 100's (or rather 1000's) of restaurants I have tried in Nashville, around the country and world-wide - this is one of my favorites by far. Normally, I cringe at the idea of $30 for a meal (no drinks included). But Epice was worth every penny I spent, and then some. Not a single regret - except I wish I could have eaten more.

Our server was very knowledgeable and beautiful - the spitting image of Zooey Deschanel. The appetizers and entrees came quickly. 

Check out my blog for a more detailed description of the appetizers, entrees and desserts (and pictures) of my first visit.

My blog: http://foodieseyeview.blogspot.com/2014/02/epise-lebanese-bistro.html

Nashville Scene: http://www.nashvillescene.com/nashville/kalamatas-co-owner-maher-fawaz-brings-a-full-service-taste-of-lebanon-andmdash-no-not-lebnun-andmdash-to-12south/Content?oid=4099151

Restaurant/Menu: http://www.epicenashville.com/

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  • Rose L.

    Love the pics, especially the one of AJ's cute niece with the waiter posing in the background.

    1 · August 17, 2014

    • AJ

      I asked him if he would photobomb her. He was happy to oblige. :-)

      1 · August 17, 2014

  • AJ

    Beautiful restaurant; fantastic group; GREAT waiter; and the food ... oooooh, the food. :-)

    2 · August 17, 2014

    • AJ

      Yes!! Good coffee after a meal like that. Had to happen. Should have joined is at Frothy! Karley loved her first-ever coffee. :-)

      August 17, 2014

    • AJ

      You know that waiter just turned 21. Polished! And such a young man!

      August 17, 2014

  • AJ

    Hey everyone! Just ask for AJ at Epice! I'll be there with a tall white haired guy that looks like he swallowed a bug and a skinny 13 year old girl with straight dark hair. Can't miss us!

    1 · August 16, 2014

    • Rose L.

      Yes! Thanks everyone for showing up. Yes the owner can be rude. But the food is great. Enjoy!

      1 · August 16, 2014

    • AJ

      He warmed up a little once we were all there and eating. His great waiter made up for it. :-)

      1 · August 17, 2014

  • Nina A.

    Great company! This was a wonderful meal, delectable food.

    1 · August 16, 2014

    • Rose L.

      So happy you enjoyed. I do love this place.

      August 16, 2014

  • Nina A.

    Great company! This was a wonderful meal, delectable food.

    1 · August 16, 2014

  • Rose L.

    I can highly recommend the Sayadea (fish) or Batinjan (my fav - eggplant with ground sirloin). But after dining here on 3 occasions, everyone I know agrees that it's all good.

    August 16, 2014

  • David D.

    Running a little behind schedule might be 5 min late.

    2 · August 16, 2014

  • Rose L.

    Just a reminder that this Meetup is full with a wait list. If you are unable to attend, please update your RSVP timely. AJ will be hosting for me.

    1 · August 15, 2014

    • AJ

      Yeah! And I'm MEAN! :-) Not really.

      1 · August 15, 2014

    • Rose L.

      Survived my dental appointment. Have to eat soft foods for 24 hours. Normal diet after 48. Also can't eat anything spicy. Ugh!

      August 15, 2014

  • AJ

    Hey Rose! I'll do it! Can I use that other spot for Dan?

    1 · August 14, 2014

    • Rose L.

      It is DONE! You, Dan and your niece are hosting. I will be craving the batinjan while I am eating soup, mac & cheese or mashed potatoes...

      August 14, 2014

    • AJ

      I'll order that dish in your honor, Rose! :-) Happy to help. It'll be a fun day and I'll take lots of pictures! (Not nearly as good as what James would take, but I'll aim and shoot gamely!)

      August 14, 2014

  • Rose L.

    Hello... anyone on the wait list want my spot for Saturday? (see comment below). Reservations have been made, all the event host has to do is show up and smile.

    August 14, 2014

  • Rose L.

    Anyone on the wait list willing to host lunch on Saturday for me? Reservations have been made. But I am now scheduled for dental surgery on Friday and will be on pain meds and unable to eat. This will open a spot for someone waiting. Private message me if you're interested.

    August 13, 2014

  • Rose L.

    Reservations have been made. If you are unable to attend, please update your RSVP.

    August 12, 2014

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