Eating our way around Nashville, Tennessee

Nashville, Music City. Home of all things country and western.

When in Nashville, visit Broadway, and when on Broadway in the rain…visit Roberts Bar.

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We did just that and saw Eileen Rose and The Silver Threads. They were great! The perfect way to spend a few hours with a Miller light or root beer in a dive bar, amongst walls lined with cowboy boots, band memorabilia and the smell of burgers being flipped. All the bars on Broadway are free entry and have bands playing country and blues every afternoon and evening, so it’s easy to pop in and out, sampling different bands and beers.

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Broadway is also famed for its cowboy boot shops. We found ourselves becoming increasingly tempted with the buy one get one free offers and then realised (after trying on at least a hundred pairs) that we would probably never wear them outside Nashville. Space is limited in our travel bags too, and I don’t think they’d wear well in the sweltering South East Asia heat.

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We saw the Ryman Theatre but decided against paying to go round the Country Music Hall of Fame.

We headed to our Airbnb in East Nashville, and after a brief check-in and bag drop we found ourselves in the cool Five Points area. Thrift shops and microbreweries are everywhere in this part of town.

Our Airbnb hosts had recommended Five Points pizza, and driving along we saw it by chance so headed in. They throw out New York style pies served alongside craft ale in a relaxed atmosphere. We ordered an oversized half pepperoni, half prosciutto and mushroom beast that fed us well in to the next day with the “take-out” box we took home. Budget travellers.

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The following day, with the rain still following us, we headed to the mall for some respite. It was a pretty standard mall until we went for a look in an outdoor shop. This was, in fact, a hunting and gun shop… guns, bow and arrows, fake deer to practise target shooting. Big business in America. Very strange to see.

We drove to the Farmer’s Market for a late lunch. I ordered from the award-winning The Grilled Cheeserie, specialising in toasties filled with crispy bacon, buttermilk cheddar and jam.

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Phil headed to Jamaicaway (Guy Fieri’s go-to place in Nashville) for chicken curry, mango crispy chicken, Jamaican rice and fried plantain.

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We had another walk around downtown Nashville and decided to have a night in. Not very rock and roll, or country and western!

After a lazy morning in our apartment, tweeting and planning our next stop off in Memphis, we jumped back in the Mazda and went for a last Nashville food hit. We had seen on Twitter that a few street trucks were out and about so set off in search of Nashville’s number one, Deg Thai, and we tracked them down by the uni. We ordered the Massaman beef and chicken pad thai with a side of spring rolls to share. The beef was falling apart, cooked in a rich Thai gravy, and the pad thai was a welcome change from BBQ food!

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