Pours & Palates: The Chocolate Covered Strawberry Café & Boutique

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Screen Shot 2017-05-12 at 9.45.09 AMBy Anna Robertson Ham

Chocolate covered strawberries. Those three words can make someone’s mouth water. Who doesn’t love them? Bonnie Waldron knew she had something special when guests of her parties would always comment on the chocolate covered strawberries she would make and serve on a platter. So, when she decided to open her own business offering recipes that she loved to the people of Sumner County, she decided to name it for her most talked about party pleaser – The Chocolate Covered Strawberry. Bonnie opened her first location of The Chocolate Covered Strawberry over eleven years ago, with the past six years in the current location on Nashville Pike. She moved to this larger location, as the need more space. She now has 7,000 square feet of dining and retail space in the beautiful 1930s brick home with an add on, along with a beautiful deck for patio seating. All of the tables are filled for lunch Monday through Saturday. They accommodate so many and take so many orders now, that they dip close to 500 chocolate covered strawberries a day.

I got to take a little trip to The Chocolate Covered Strawberry to chat with Bonnie and try some of the menu offerings, which are all homemade daily. We toured the building and fell in love with the quaint yet vibrant décor. Every table has a mix and match of chairs, flower vases and different sets of salt and pepper shakers throughout. It has a home-like feel to it with a warmth that greets you. The restaurant and atmosphere is for both men and women, yet it tends to draw more of a lady’s crowd day in and day out.

The first dish I tried was the Lemon Chicken Spinach Artichoke Soup – made fresh everyday with homemade chicken stock, leeks, carrots, celery, seasoning, chicken, spinach, artichoke and noodles. This soup has a great collaboration of the lemon taste with the salty and savory artichoke, and even with a thinner broth base, it is still very hearty with all of the texture and ingredients. The lightness makes it a great soup to have even in the warmer months. The flavors were a perfect mix and no salt and pepper were needed! Soups are changed daily so this one is not a staple on the menu, but I hope you get try it!

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The next dish was the Chopped and Topped salad, which is the restaurant’s most popular dish. The menu describes it as: chopped mixed greens topped with a scoop of chicken salad, sliced strawberries and cinnamon roasted almonds drizzled with homemade strawberry vinaigrette; served with a wedge of carrot cake! This is the most popular for a reason. This salad is so delicious and filling, and has a little bit of everything to enjoy. Every salad ordered comes with not only a chocolate covered strawberry, but a piece of homemade carrot cake. You can’t beat that! It is also finely chopped, which I love. There is nothing worse than having to cut up your salad or smush in your mouth large pieces of lettuce. It has a burst of sweetness with the berries topping and great texture with crunchiness of the mixed greens and almonds. The lightness of the strawberry vinaigrette, with poppyseed and olive oil is perfect for the combined ingredients. And the chicken salad is the ideal addition.

The other menu item I tried was the Cobb Salad Sandwich, which is described as: ham, turkey, Swiss, tomatoes, chopped eggs, chopped bacon and ranch dressing. It is served on a HUGE croissant. I love Cobb salads, so this was a treat! The flavors of my favorite salad all rolled into a sandwich – well let’s just say I was pleased. It was very tasty and satisfying. The portion is large and they do not do half sandwiches, so you may want to split it or plan to save the other half! And, of course, the sandwich is served with a chocolate covered strawberry on the side.

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The tasting was completed with dessert (if the chocolate covered strawberries weren’t enough!) – Grannies Caramel Pecan Apple Cake & Cinnamon Sprinkled Vanilla Ice Cream with a Warm Caramel Sauce. It’s so good, it’s like when your grandma would sneak you cake when no one is looking. You know that taste and feeling… it’s that “made with love” taste. You will close your eyes and say “mmm” after the first bite. It is another huge serving that is perfect to share with others. I am still craving it daily since trying it.

I definitely recommend The Chocolate Covered Strawberry to everyone. Whether you have been a regular to the eatery for years, or never tried it, you can find something that will please your palate.

Even if you just want to go in and order their chocolate covered strawberries, which are all unique. As Bonnie says, “Every strawberry has a home here. No two strawberries are the same.”

The Chocolate Covered Strawberry Café & Boutique
2375 Nashville Pike | Gallatin, TN 37066
615.230.1002
thechocolatecoveredstrawberry.com

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