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Adam and I celebrated our three year anniversary yesterday! We’re so thankful for all the love from you guys yesterday. It has been a wonderful three years -hard to believe how fast it has flown by!- and we pray there are many more ahead of us! We have a few staple restaurants where we go for special occasions, but this year we wanted to try something new. Two Ten Jack is on Eastland in East Nashville, cozied up in a new corner of the development there. It’s modeled after a Japanese neighborhood pub, so it is small and cozy, with everything centered around the bar and community tables. Very vibey and cool for a winter anniversary date!

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While waiting for our table, we sat at the bar which was cranking out craft cocktails that look like works of art. We ordered a small plate (shishito peppers, roasted with figs, peanuts in a honey-soy sauce) and a cocktail. Adam had the Akuma Made Me Do It, which was a beautiful twist on the classic Old Fashioned. I had the Love Oolong Time (such fun names!) which was an oolong tea infused gin cocktail, sweet and simple.

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The menu at Two Ten Jack leads you to order a few very small plates to start then one filling-but-not-giant bowl of ramen to finish. We loved the set up since we were able to try several different things in perfect portion sizes (and prices!) We kept a menu at our table and ended up ordering throughout the meal. The small plates and sushi are delivered within a few minutes of ordering, so this system worked well for us. We ordered the Lucky Belly Roll with puffed tofu, avocado, and a tangy smoked shiitake mushroom- heavenly. We also tried the Crispy Brussel Sprouts in a buttery miso pepper sauce, and the Cherry Tomato and Shiitake Mushroom Skewers. Each small dish had crazy good flavor- they definitely excel at creating perfect flavors and textures in each bite.

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For our main course, we both enjoyed the Yasai Shoyu, the vegetable ramen bowl with charred corn, kale, carrots, burnt garlic oil and a dark smoky broth that rivals any dark roux gumbo in richness. Such a great and memorable meal. If you can’t tell, we are definitely Two Ten Jack fans. If you live in Nashville and haven’t yet tried it, put it on your list!

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