Food

Nancy’s Hustle

I went to Nancy’s Hustle in EaDo last weekend for dinner on Easter Sunday, and it was fantastic. I called to make sure they were open, and the gentleman on the phone suggested I make a reservation. Whutttt, I had no idea they took reservations. Paul and I had been wanting to eat there, and every time we called to ask about the wait it was hours long. Not this time.. table for 2 at 5pm all set. Sweet.

They have a parking lot behind the building and plenty of street parking. We got there a little early to walk around the area. Paul used to live in the townhouses across the street when we first started dating. The neighborhood feels the same, but it has also developed nicely with newer homes and businesses. We didn’t get to explore much because there was a colorful mural next to the restaurant, and I made Paul take a billion photos of me until I semi-liked one of them.

Get to Nancy's Hustle early so you can take a cool photo like this. Just be less awkward.
Get to Nancy’s Hustle early so you can take a cool photo like this. Just be less awkward, and don’t have demon eyes.

 

The inside of the restaurant is impressively spacious, clean, and inviting. We got there right when it opened, but it filled up about 30 minutes after we sat down. Ask for a table next to the windows because it’s pretty dark in the back of the restaurant (if you’re there for food photos).

The bar in front of you as soon as you walk in.
The bar in front of you as soon as you walk in.

 

We had an idea of what we wanted to order, but our server gave us great suggestions on what he liked and some backstory of how a few of the dishes came to fruition. I loved his enthusiasm, and it made me excited for our meal. He let us know there were no specials for that day, but everything on the menu was available. Excellent. After we ordered, the waiter for the table next to us told them the special for the day. Lol dangit. But I was happy with what we got so there was no need to modify.

We started with two small plates: Nancy Cakes and Turkish Dumplings.

Nancy Cakes with whipped butter and smoked trout roe.
Nancy Cakes with whipped butter and smoked trout roe. Don’t mind Paul’s lovely manicure.

 

Savory little pancakes. These amazing with the butter and roe. Wow.
Savory little pancakes. These were amazing with the butter and roe. Wow.

 

Turkish dumplings with spicy tomato vinaigrette, labneh, and lamb jus. We fought over who'd finish the last dumpling.
Turkish dumplings with spicy tomato vinaigrette, labneh, and lamb jus. We fought over who’d finish the last dumpling.

 

For our medium plate, I couldn’t decide between the Cheese board or the Terrine. Our server went into detail about the flavors of the terrine, and it made me feel like I had already tasted it and loved it with all my soul.

A country terrine of rabbit liver, wrapped in bacon with whole grain mustard and grilled sourdough. I love you.
A country terrine of rabbit liver, wrapped in bacon with whole grain mustard and grilled sourdough. I love you.

 

For our large plates, Paul ordered the Braised Rabbit Leg and I got the Sourdough Tagliatelle. If there’s pasta on the menu, I want it.

Braised Rabbit Leg & bacon-wrapped rabbit loin, braised beans and sage. Tender and delicious.
Braised Rabbit Leg & bacon-wrapped rabbit loin, braised beans and sage. Tender and delicious.

 

My sourdough tagliatelle, burrata, honey, pistachios, and crispy brussels sprouts.
My sourdough tagliatelle, burrata, honey, pistachios, and crispy brussels sprouts.

 

The same dish, but lifted and with a brussels sprouts hat. Loved the thick, chewy noodles.
The same dish, but lifted and with a brussels sprouts hat. Loved the thick, chewy noodles.

 

 

First stomach: incredibly full after the tagliatelle. Second stomach: ready for dessert. Our server was really pushing for the Tea Smoked Creme Brulee with strawberries and mint (which sounded amazing, and I wanted it immediately), but if there’s chocolate on the dessert menu it always wins my vote. I wanted both desserts, but I decided to be good and not give in to the additional sweet and delicious calories (I wish I gave in).

Chocolate Tart, grapefruit cream & candied buckwheat.
Chocolate Tart, grapefruit cream & candied buckwheat.

 

A closer look. I couldn't wait to eat this.
A closer look. I couldn’t wait to eat this.

 

 

The first bite was amazing. It started with a light note of grapefruit, followed by the deepest richest dark chocolate, and a wonderful crunch from the candied buckwheat.
The first bite was amazing. It started with a light note of grapefruit, followed by the deepest richest dark chocolate, and a wonderful crunch from the candied buckwheat. Paul is not that into dense and intense flavors of chocolate, so I basically ate all of this myself. Worth it.

 

Nancy’s Hustle is open Tuesday through Sunday from 5pm to midnight. You can make reservations on resy.com or via 346-571-7931. You should definitely make reservations.

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