Nashville, TN – Since 1945 Rotier’s has been cranking out comfort food, early on before gambling was illegal in Tennessee it was a bar that served cold beer, had pinball machines that paid off and cranked out typical beer joint food of burgers and fries. When gambling was outlawed, Rotier’s starting serving a meat-n-three and was a working man’s hangout for lunch and a cold brew after work.
Doug, a friend of mine and I went to Nashville recently, and after visiting the Parthenon, we decided to have lunch at Rotier’s since we both love their burgers. Being a Saturday, even at about 12:15 pm when we arrived, we had no trouble getting a seat. There were several other customers in the front and rear dining room, but there was still plenty of vacant seats.
We both decided on the Rotier’s Signature French Bread Burger ($6.99) which is a large freshly ground beef burger patty on soft French bread with cheese melted onto the patty.. We both got the burger with mustard, lettuce, tomato, pickle, and onion, additionally, each of us ordered a side order of fries ($1.39).
It took about 15 minutes for our order to come out, which is about normal for a place that cooks their burgers to order, not ahead of time and just reheated for service. There appeared to be in excess of 8 oz of burger on the French bread because it was a wall to wall patty. It was cooked to perfection with just the right amount of char on the edges, on a fresh and soft chunk of French bread. The lettuce was fresh and crisp, and the tomato actually had some taste. With the onion and pickles added on, it made for one fine burger.
The french fries were also a star in their own show. Served hot with a little crunch when bitten into and a good potato flavor, these fries deliver as promised. No cardboard taste to these fries whatsoever, so eat your heart out burger clown man and wish you could learn to serve fries half as good as these.
Rotier’s serves many different dishes, but their Signature Burger is what put them on all food lover’s map. Heck, one of the days I might even try something other than the Signature Burger, but I can’t guarantee that.