Hi, it’s ya gurl Amy, back with a new blog post. It has been a fat minute since my last post but life has been chaotic! Let me fill you in on my adventures in Nashville, Tennessee!
First up, food!!!
For our first (and last) meal in Nashville, we had Hattie B’s! Shout out to Andrew for opening my stomach up to the best fried chicken I’ve ever had. I tried the mild and hot chicken legs and wowowow they were both so great. It was appropriate to have this as our last meal in Nashville too! We also went to Edley’s Bar-B-Que and tried to order the ribs but they were sold out by the time we arrived for dinner, so we ordered pulled pork and that was tasty! We chose mac and cheese and cornbread as our sides and the cornbread was so fluffy and buttery and so southern. Because our first attempt for ribs at Edley’s was unsuccessful, we went again the following night and BOY, was it worth it. That meat just fell off the bone. I’m drooling just thinking about this fond memory.
For breakfast and brunch places, we went to Biscuit Love and Pancake Pantry! Biscuit Love was probably my favorite of the two because of how soft the biscuits were. I ordered the Nasty Princess, which was the East Nasty menu item, but with a Nashville style spicy “hot chicken” thigh. But Pancake Pantry was also quite the experience! I guess it’s normally a long wait to be seated but we got lucky and got seated immediately. When we left, the line wrapped around the entire building 😮 We also went to this unique restaurant called Monell’s Dining and Catering! It’s a buffet, family-style type of place, where you are seated with a bunch of strangers at a large dining table. They provided unlimited amounts of any dish and you just pass it around the table! At first I thought it’d be kind of awkward or uncomfortable, but I ended up meeting some pretty cool people while dining here.
OH AND LET’S TALK ABOUT DESSERT. Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream!!! My initial expectation was that it wasn’t going to be better than Molly Moon’s back home. BUT wow, from the way it melted to how creamy the flavor was, I was blown away. I’m so glad we found one of the locations by chance while at the Nashville Farmer’s Market. It was all meant to be. We also went to the Olive & Sinclair Chocolate Co. for a chocolate tour costing $5! It’s Nashville’s only bean-to-bar chocolate company. Their chocolates were tasty but the brittle was something else! I got the bourbon nib brittle and the smoked nib brittle and it had a good crunch and flavor!!
The only music-related place we went to was the Bluebird Cafe. Legend says this was where Taylor Swift was first discovered, which I think is bogus because I asked one of the employees and they say it’s just a myth. BUT we got extremely lucky because tickets usually sell out in seconds so people lineup the night of hoping people no show. We were the very last two to be allowed into the 9:30 show. Apparently the 6:30 show had a line that wrapped around the entire parking lot!! So we waited in line for about an hour and a half, met some cool locals and it was so worth. Once we were in, my cousin and I were seated separately since they were only two individual seats left. This was probably one of my favorite experiences in Nashville! I’ve always been a fan of live music, but this took it to the next level because of how intimate the entire show was. This entire night made me feel some type of way and if I were to recommend anything in Nashville for someone visiting, it’d be this (if you happen to be lucky enough to even get tickets or get in)!
The scenic places!!!
How about we start with something that wasn’t even in Nashville? When we heard there was a national park only a 1.5 hour drive outside of Nashville, we had to do it! So we went to the Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky and went on the Historic Tour! The tour guide kept on making jokes that literally the only thing you’d be visiting Kentucky for is for this park. He’s probably not even joking. The tour itself was alright, I think there were too many people and we had to wait for a lot of people to catch up. Being able to see the stalactite formations was pretty cool though! I also feel like my rock knowledge leveled up that day. Mammoth Cave National Park was a fun place to visit for a day trip!
Alright, now back to Nashville. We visited a number of places! We went to the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, Opry Mills and the Grand Ole Opry, which were all conveniently located in the same area. It was cool seeing how huge the resort was; apparently it’s one of the 30 largest hotels in the world, which isn’t that surprising once you experience it for yourself. Unfortunately we didn’t get to go inside the Grand Ole Opry since we didn’t buy concert tickets, but we did take pictures with the large guitar figures at the front!! We also went to Vanderbilt University and ooooohweeee, trees have never looked so nice. The grass was also so green it looked fake. It was probably one of the prettier campuses I’ve ever visited! I also noticed a lot of students didn’t walk in packs or even pairs LOL, like they all walked solo throughout campus! Maybe it was the time I came and how the class schedules worked out, but I only saw people walking by themselves. Anyway, we also explored Centennial Park and Radnor Lake State Park! We did lots of walking that day. Centennial Park had these fun swings distributed throughout the park! They were super cool. Radnor Lake State Park wasn’t anything too special, in my opinion, just another park that had a small hiking trail leading you up to the actual Radnor Lake, which was nice and blue since it was a beautiful day.
One thing I really enjoyed were the rooftop bars! We went to the Acme Feed & Seed in downtown our first night there. Had some swanky views of the Nissan Stadium and the Cumberland River! But the real rooftop bar star was the LA Jackson Rooftop, located in the Thompson Hotel. That was reeeeeal nice, especially during the nighttime with all the city lights. Ended up enjoying myself a little too much, if ya know what I’m sayinnn.
You know, I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to Nashville! People were all so friendly, I totally experienced that southern hospitality firsthand. I also felt like I ate good that entire weekend! I never felt any sense of hunger, which is always nice hehe. Thank you Andrew for all the recommendations and for demolishing my original itinerary. Happy I went to a lot of the places you recommended!!! Go Dores!! (I hope that’s actually a saying because i just googled it)