If taking in the history of country music leaves you hungry and searching for food, there is no shortage of food options in Nashville, TN.
One of the most infamous pit stops on the strip is Jacks BBQ. You know you’re there when you see the flying pigs on top of the giant neon sign and as you walk up there will more than likely be a line that extends on to the street; giving you your first indication of what’s in store. Don’t fret about the line though, it moves quickly as the servers expedite the served buffet line quickly, dishing out your heart’s desire. The hospitality in the restaurant is hard to beat. As soon as you approach the server who takes your order, you are greeted with a smile and a “welcome y’all” that immediately reminds you, you are in the south. The menu is that if a traditional southern BBQ joint, with pork, chicken and turkey prepared to perfection. I haven’t even spoke of the smell yet….as soon as you enter you are taken over by the smell of BBQ being smoked for hours on end. You can complement your meat of choice with any number of good home cooked, southern sides and end it with a piece of homemade pie so good it’ll make you squeal (could be all the sugar making you squeal but nonetheless, it’s delicious).
Stay up too late and looking for a hearty breakfast to refuel for the day? Try Puckett’s. Puckett’s doesn’t just serve breakfast, they serve all three meals, meaning you can get real southern food anytime the fancy strikes you. You guessed it, we chose Puckett’s for breakfast and left full with our taste buds delighted and souls comforted. Puckett’s is a little more modern than Jacks, but don’t let that fool you, the food is as country and heartwarming as they come. Of course there’s a stage with a packed events calendar where musicians can play, I think it’s a requirement in Nashville. You can choose from one of the breakfast platters, order an omelet or choose your items a la carte. Personal recommendation: Country Ham and Eggs platter. If this doesn’t make your mouth water, I don’t know what will. A piece of country ham is served thick and seasoned to perfection with a side of mouth watering redeye gravy, two eggs and your choice of home fries or a biscuit. I opted for the biscuit, complete with a little butter and honey. Shhhhh, don’t tell anyone I cheated on my diet.
Another stop, slightly off the beaten path and one block from “the District” is The Southern, they boast of offering southern food with a twist. We were greeted by a young man with plaid shorts, polo and boat shoes who took us to our table. The restaurant is more modern in style and you can see the chefs prepare the food from most seats in the house. Each signature cocktail sounds divine and is sure to compliment or end your meal perfectly. Fried green tomatoes are a favorite, so that’s exactly what we tried. They are served with a pimento cheese and pepper relish, giving this uniquely southern dish an intriguing twist. Crab cakes are fresh and served beautifully, embodying the passion the Chefs have for serving delicious food. Chicken fried chicken, steaks, devil of an egg and the bless your heart salad are just some of the items served one the five menus you can choose from. Yes, I said five: morning, brunch, daytime, anytime and evenings.
Nashville may be known as Music City but don’t let that fool you; not only are your ears in for a treat, your taste buds will not be let down either.