It’s a quaint, old mystical city. Where legends and idols have stood. It’s a place, where dreams come to harbor. A country boy’s Hollywood. — Marty Stuart
For Memorial Day weekend we (Emily and I), along with our friends (Steve and Sara), went to Nashville, Tennessee. We left Chicago on Friday after work; after seven hours of driving, with the help of some energy drinks and Hot Cheetos, we arrived at our friends’ house in Nashville around 2AM. We were greeted by warm, humid air and marshmallow popcorn.
While we were sleeping in, our friends went out and picked up donuts. Waking up to a glazed donut that is so fresh it’s still warm and a full mug of coffee is heaven on earth. These donuts came from Shipley Do-Nuts, and they were amazing.
Mas Tacos Por Favor
From one meal to the next.
“Mas Tacos Por Favor” is both the name of this taquería, and the words I wanted to say after eating one of their tacos.
This was the first time I’ve ever had an elote and I can’t believe I’ve been missing out on this food all my life.
I had a one carne taco and one tilapia (deep-fried) taco.
We also tried sopapillas from their truck.
Nashville is known for their (oft pretentious, always delicious) coffee shops. Saturday afternoon we stopped by Crema for a pick-me-up.
We took our coffees over to Centennial Park for Musician’s Corner. We saw Elenowen and Ben Kweller perform as we laid on blankets in the shade.
Dinner At Holland House
For dinner we walked to Holland House. Emily and I split the shrimp with grits and a strawberry salad. The whole weekend provided great weather, which meant eating outside for every meal.
Breakfast On The Deck
Sunday morning we had yogurt, fruit, and coffee on the deck. It was already pushing 80° by 9:30am, which was a welcome change from Chicago’s weather.
We went to Steadfast, and got their signature flash-chilled iced coffee. The flavor was perfect, although I think it could have been stronger.
We took our coffee and went to Sevier Park to hang out for a couple of hours.
We spent a lot of time out on Joel and Mary’s deck; eating, laughing, and playing cards.
Five Points Pizza
Coming from Chicago, it’s nice to eat New York style pizza every once in a while. We went to Five Points Pizza. Everyone ordered one piece of pizza—but I ordered two. I ate them both; no regrets.
This was my first time in Nashville. I wanted to get a true honky tonk experience. So we went downtown to Broadway and hung out at Robert’s Western World; we got to enjoy classic country music à la Merle Haggard, Buck Owens, etc. It totally lived up to my expectations and was a lot of fun.
We went to Edley’s and I had some brisket that practically melted in my mouth. For sides I had grits casserole and slaw. I love barbecue (and southern food in general), so Nashville was very good to me.
Our weekend came to a close and we headed back to Chicago exhausted but happy.
I hope I get to return to Nashville soon.
And a special thank you to Joel and Mary for being such great hosts.