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.

Saturday

Donuts

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.

Shipley Donuts
One of each, plz

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.

Elote, also known as Mexican street corn
This elote changed my life

I had a one carne taco and one tilapia (deep-fried) taco.

Mas Tacos, Por Favor in Nashville
I wish I was eating this right now

We also tried sopapillas from their truck.

It’s a very cool truck

Crema Coffee

Nashville is known for their (oft pretentious, always delicious) coffee shops. Saturday afternoon we stopped by Crema for a pick-me-up.

Crema in Nashville
Such foam

Musician’s Corner

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.

Sunday

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.

Steadfast Coffee

We went to Steadfast, and got their signature flash-chilled iced coffee. The flavor was perfect, although I think it could have been stronger.

Steadfast Coffee in Nashville
White walls and denim shirts, it’s sort of a theme here

We took our coffee and went to Sevier Park to hang out for a couple of hours.

Deck Time

We spent a lot of time out on Joel and Mary’s deck; eating, laughing, and playing cards.

Cookies and cards with friends
Cookies and cards out on the deck

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.

Five Points Pizza in Nashville
Go big or go home

Honky Tonk

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.

Honky tonk bar in Nashville
Cowboy boots are decorations

Monday

Edley’s Bar-B-Que

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.

Edley's Bar-B-Que in Nashville
10/10 would eat again

The End

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.