Tue update: Blind Bear’s new menu, Scotch Egg, Church Health Center/Obamacare, DejJaVu Florida location closed for 2 weeks, free NCRM admission, Soul Burger dance tribute

Back from a short hiatus from blog posts. Sorry I missed yesterday. I was in the middle of a long, tedious web update at work, and when lunchtime arrived I was too drained and too tired of seeing a computer screen to try and work up a post.

The Blind Bear rolled out its new chef-inspired menu last night, created by new executive chef David Scott Walker. They have a full menu from open until 11 PM, and then a “Hibernation Menu” during the late-night hours of 11 PM to 2 AM. You can view the menu here. (It’s hard to see, but there are left and right arrows on the sides that will let you scroll through the entire 4-page menu.)

I was pleased to see a Scotch Egg on the menu. I haven’t had one since Dan McGuinness closed 5 years ago. For my first meal on the new menu, I decided to give Chef DSW’s Scotch Egg a try. His egg, he told me, is a little different in that it is poached rather than hard-boiled. It’s encased in smoked breakfast sausage, then deep-fried and served on a bed of sauerkraut and topped with IPA mustard and Moody Ques BBQ sauce.

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I had PBR with my dinner, but I thought to myself, that Scotch Egg would go great with the apple pie moonshine they sell at the Bear.

Can’t wait to try some of the other new dishes, including the dry rub wings (also with Moody Ques BBQ sauce), the chicken slider topped with kim chi, and the Common Burger. I noticed that the Bear, which has been nearly dead Monday nights, was fairly busy yesterday, so the new menu is making a difference already.

The Church Health Center posted a new article on what the Affordable Care Act means for the health center. In short, they aren’t going anywhere, and will help fill in the holes left by the act to get health care for those in need.

Chef Gary Williams has announced that the original Florida Street location of DeJaVu will be closed for two weeks while they get the new Main Street location launched. Follow him on Twitter at @dejavuchefgary for updates.

If you’re a Tennessee resident, admission to the National Civil Rights Museum is free on Mondays from 3 to 5 PM.

The Flyer’s theater blog posted tribute to Earnestine & Hazel’s Soul Burger performed by dance troupe Project:Motion.

I’ll be at poker at 8 at the Blind Bear. Poker players: Why not show up early and give the new menu a try?