Day 3 – Nashville: Country Music

When we were on the trolley yesterday, the driver pointed out a few of the city’s more popular restaurants. Two of them had a line of at least twenty people: Biscuit Love and Hattie B’s. Concidentially, they were both on our agenda tht day!

Front doors to Biscuit Love
Front doors to Biscuit Love

To avoid waiting in line, we arrived at Biscuit Love when they opened: 7:00 a.m. We lucked out because there were only ten or so dining inside the restaurant and the large family in front of us let us go ahead of them. The restaurant gets its name because many of their dishes feature their homemade biscuit.

My mom and I have similar tastes and we will often order the same thing. I was toying between the “East Nasty” and the “Southern Benny”. It turned out that she ordered the Southern Benny which made my selection automatic, the East Nasty.

Southern Benny
Southern Benny
The East Nasty
The East Nasty

The Southern Benny is an open face biscuit sandwich layered with thin slices of ham, sausage gravy and two fried eggs. My “East Nasty” was a huge fried chicken sandwich with sausage gravy. As good as the biscuit was, I left that behind and focused on eating the delicious chicken.

img_1883Our next stop was the Farmer’s Market. I mistakenly thought that it was located at Centennial Park and was surprised to see a charity event taking place. After speaking to a local, I discovered that the Farmers’s Market is situated at Bicentennial Park.

Beautiful peppers
Beautiful peppers

Nashville is obiviously not having the same issues as LA. Pumpkins were galore and ones that would cost $30-40 were only $8 here. Peppers and tomatoes were vibrant in color and the apples weren’t shined over with wax. Unfortunately, I could not find items like homemade preserves, gourmet honey and cookies – things that I could potentially take home as souvenirs.

Hattie B’s was our lunch destination and we arrived at their front door 10 minutes prior to their opening. Already there were approximately 30 people were in line waiting for the door to open. After waiting 30 minutes outside and another 10 minutes in front of the counter, we finally placed our order.

Kid's Meal - one piece chicken and black eyed peas
Kid’s Meal – one piece chicken and black eyed peas
Two piece fried chicken, mac & cheese, coleslaw
Two piece fried chicken, mac & cheese, coleslaw

My mom was still full from breakfast and so she ordered a kid’s meal – one piece of chicken and a side of black eyed peas. I like juicy chicken and so I ordered the two piece dark meat with medium spice. The skin was extremely crispy and delicious. Fortunately, it was not as hot as I was expecting it to be. I only needed 4 paper towels to wipe my forehead.

Impressive Hatch Show Print artwork over the ticket booth
Impressive Hatch Show Print artwork over the ticket booth
Pedal Steel Guitar
Pedal Steel Guitar

The Country Music Museum is a massive two story visual encyclopedia on the history of country music. It is filled with photographs, posters, custom displays, automobiles and is a very informative to the casual or knowledgable fan of country music. A sizable section of the museum is dedicated to the relationship and the near 40 years of collaboration that took place between Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash.

A view of the restaurant from the second floor of the museum
A view of the restaurant from the second floor of the museum
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