blvd: Member Spotlight

After opening its doors three years ago, local chef & restaurateur Arnold Myint has transformed blvd on Belmont Boulevard into a Nashville mainstay that strives to simply “satisfy cravings.”

Following an extensive revamp over the summer, blvd’s menu now pays homage to classic and nostalgic fare like burgers, wings, fries and more.

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“Changing to the new menu has really catered to the demands of the Belmont neighborhood, which is important to me,” said Myint. “It’s now casual, familiar food that’s executed well. I’ve scaled it back to food that you don’t have to think hard about. I just want to serve items that people crave on a regular basis.”

Located across the street from his mother Patti’s beloved International Market & Restaurant and next to Myint’s own PM Restaurant, blvd welcomes diners into a comfortable environment that is sophisticated without being intimidating or pretentious. Light streams through garage doors in the front dining rooms and quirky artwork lines the walls.

“This house actually used to belong to my grandmother, so I wanted to respect that and accentuate its cozy pockets while celebrating the feel of the neighborhood.” Myint said.

Though his aim is to deliver delicious comfort food, Myint has approached this goal in a manner that is conscious of both trends and health. Several items on the menu are gluten-free, including the “pseudo Korean-style” chicken wings that come in a variety of flavors.

“One of the mblvd-images-nashville-originals-quinn-ballard-nashville-restaurant-photographer-5875ost exciting things for me with this concept is that I’ve been able to infuse the menu with some West Coast influences,” Myint said. “We offer what I like to call Cali Fries, which are my take on In-N-Out Burger’s famous Animal Style Fries. ”

blvd’s assortment of French fries are highly popular and are served in seven different flavor styles, including pesto, truffle parmesan, kimchi buffalo and curry dust. A new addition to the menu (and Myint’s favorite item) is the French Dip Burger, which applies the components of a traditional French dip, like au jus and beer-braised onions, to a hearty burger.

Featuring a plethora of signature and seasonal cocktails, blvd boasts a top-notch bar program. In addition to cocktails, the restaurant has a great selection of local beers, boutique brown liquors, and barrel-aged cocktails from Louisville’s Angel’s Envy to pair perfectly with any meal.blvd-images-nashville-originals-quinn-ballard-nashville-restaurant-photographer-5828

Myint is happy to be exactly where he is, doing what he does best.

“The Nashville restaurant scene has evolved, plain and simple. Everyone is getting really excited about the culinary world, and I’ve seen trends that I love starting to stick with Nashville and aspiring chefs,” Myint said. “That’s encouraging, because blvd is right in the middle of this movement.”

Blvd, located at 2013 Belmont Blvd, is open for lunch and dinner Monday through Sunday from 11 a.m. till 11 p.m. Brunch is served from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Visit their website to learn more at blvdnashville.com/.