Travel // Nashville, Tennessee – Part 2

Check out Part 1 of our Nashville trip!


We had dinner plans with friends for Wednesday night and armed with my map, we decided to see where the day would take us. We headed to East Nashville for lunch at The Silly Goose. We commented more than once that Nashville felt like several cities in one. Each neighborhood was unique, yet only a few minutes from each other. The variety allowed us to take advantage of something new every day of our week’s stay.

The Silly Goose // Nashville, TN

The Silly Goose was one of my favorite spots for its unique decor, lively kitchen, mismatched silverware and fresh food. The light menu was a nice change of pace from the southern specialties we had been sampling. The citrus, mint, and ginger green tea was fantastic! Refreshing on a hot day with just a hint of sweetness. For lunch, Marc ordered The Zipper, with smoked salmon, goat cheese, caramelized onion and arugula on marble rye bread. It came with a side of cous cous and a green salad. I ordered the B.D.L.W. (I still don’t know what it stands for) which was wild gulf snapper cozied up against an arugula salad with marcona almonds, barley, roasted peppers, blue gouda, olives and a dry chili emulsion.

About 10 minutes later, our neighbors received their food and it looked like what we just ordered. It was happening again! We laughed at the ridiculousness of the situation, but we were close enough to our neighbors to realize that one of them was confused by the plate in front of her. I spoke up and said that it looked like our order and they reassured us that nothing was touched and passed the plates to us. The service was a little spotty as they were fully booked for lunch, but the two servers that waited on us were friendly. The food was fresh and flavorful. The unique combinations tasted great together. We both loved our lunch, but we saved a little room for Jeni’s next door.

The Nashville location of Jeni’s was beautiful. The room inside was spacious with huge windows, wooden benches, metal chairs and gray marble countertops. I wanted to move in. We sampled more of Jeni’s unique flavors. I ordered a scoop of salty caramel (the gal at the shop said it was their #1 seller) and the buttermilk with roasted strawberries that the Columbus Jeni’s did not have. Marc also ordered salty caramel and added a scoop of black coffee.

Our second taste of Jeni’s was as delightful as the first and relaxing on the patio. We saw several people walk into Jeni’s that we had noticed were in The Silly Goose earlier. A group of retired ladies were chatting loudly about their guesses for the original Jeni’s location and their favorite flavors. I thought about joining in with Jeni fun facts, but I went back to savoring my ice cream under the shade of the trees.

We hadn’t explored downtown Nashville much and we thought a tour of the Country Music Hall of Fame or the Ryman Auditorium might be a nice way to spend the afternoon. I did know that I wanted to visit Hatch Show Print, which was highly recommended by my future sister-in-law, Meg.

Hatch Show Print is one of the oldest working letterpress shops in America. Chances are you’ve seen their style out and about as it has become synonymous with Nashville. They have done music posters for music acts old and new. As we walked around Nashville, we noticed several businesses used Hatch to design their promotional or souvenir posters.

Posters available for purchase lined the tall walls and the array of colors drew our eyes up, down and sideways. I had to step back to take it all in. Two lazy cats slept in the sunny spots of the store. I was amazed as the one cat continued to snooze, even as Marc sorted through a pile of posters at his back. Shortly after we walked in, two young girls came in and started looking for the cats immediately. They were petting the cats and they took it graciously, but I think they’d rather be sleeping.

It was hard to believe this area was the same strip we walked by two nights ago where the streets were packed and the music poured from each building. As we walked, I noticed some music that I would have liked to sit and listen to. The vibe seemed more mellow with simple guitar and one or two voices. It was the low-key songwriter gigs I had been hoping to catch. I’d recommend getting a bite to eat elsewhere and then visiting the “Honky Tonks” in the late afternoon or early evening, if you’re looking for a less touristy experience.

Across the street from Hatch Show Print is Ernest Tubb’s Record Shop. The shop has been around since 1947 and the store’s namesake, Ernest Tubb, had a long career in country music. Originally from Texas, he was nicknamed “The Texas Troubadour” and was one of the pioneers of country music. He joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1943 and was known for having very talented musicians in his band that would inspire new sounds in country music.

The store still has a small section of vinyl in the front, but most of the store is filled with cd’s and dvd’s. We added to our vinyl collection with Loretta Lynn and Jack White’s Van Lear Rose, Steep Canyon Rangers Nobody Knows You and Mumford and Sons Babel. The small stage in the back of the store is preserved with memorabilia from Ernest Tubbs and the legendary country music performances that were held on that stage. A wooden Coke crate that Loretta Lynn stood on remains in the shop. She used it in order for the large crowd to see her 5’2″ frame during a performance.

It was close to 2 pm and we knew the Country Music Hall of Fame closed at 5 pm. We walked over to see if it was something we could do in three hours. I was also curious about the RCA Studio B tour, a visit to the studio where Dolly Parton and Elvis Presley recorded. The friendly guy at the CMHF told us that the last RCA Studio B tour was going to leave in 15 minutes and would take approximately an hour. He said we could finish up at the Country Music Hall of Fame. It sounded pretty good to us and we purchased our tickets for both tours.

The RCA Studio B was a mile down the road from the CMHF and they took us there by bus. The studio is quite small, but our tour guide offered lots of information about the studio, nicknamed “the home of 1,000 hits” for the more than 1,000 top-ten American hits that were recorded there. It became a favorite recording studio to Elvis Presley, who recorded over 150 songs there, including his gospel hit, “How Great Thou Art,” which won one of his 3 Grammys. Yes, Elvis only has 3 Grammys, crazy. Elvis was the leading money maker for the studio and was able to record whenever he wished. Our tour guide shared with us an audio sample of a few songs that Elvis recorded around 5 am in the morning. He would arrive late at night and bring food for the others. They’d chat and eat before getting to work.

Many other artists recorded there, like The Everly Brothers, Dolly Parton, Chet Atkins, Waylon Jennings, Roy Orbison, Charley Pride, Jim Reeves and Ernest Tubb. Belmont University now uses the studio for music classes, but because of its famous roots, current pop stars like Carrie Underwood have recorded there, too.

Some of the artists mentioned were completely foreign to us, as the rest of the group nodded their head knowingly. We still enjoyed the music that was played on the short tour and our guide was very knowledgeable.

We were dropped back off at the Country Music Hall of Fame and we picked up our audio tour devices to do a self-guided tour. A Patsy Cline exhibit had been advertised on almost every billboard we saw in Nashville and it sounded interesting. The exhibit was smaller than we expected and very crowded as everyone was instructed to stop at the exhibit before starting their regular tour. We spent a few moments looking around and continued on.

Honestly, I lost interest in the museum pretty quickly. Maybe I was getting tired or maybe it was my lack of country music knowledge. We saw bold suits with sparkle and embroidery, old guitars and one of Elvis’ cars with a tv and phone nestled in the shag carpeting. Taylor Swift had a colorful exhibit of clothing from her music videos that Marc rolled his eyes at, but I found the fashion entertaining.

I had to take a picture of Kenny Roger’s vest up there! We finished wandering through the museum and we stopped by the Ryman Auditorium to see if they might still be open. They close at 4 pm and in retrospect, we would have preferred to go on that tour instead. I would also like to catch a concert there sometime. Musicians like David Byrne and St. Vincent, The Shins and Rufus Wainwright were all schedule to perform in October. We left downtown to walk back to our hotel and freshen up before our dinner date.

Our friends, Cort and Maggie, own what is possibly the cutest baby store in the world, Tweed Baby Outfitters. A mix of local goods and European baby clothing is uniquely displayed and the shop is decorated with crafty touches that make it relaxed and comfortable. While we were there, a few mothers were hanging around with their kids for quite a while, no doubt making themselves right at home.

Their store is located in beautiful Edgehill Village, surrounded by more cute shops and restaurants. The building used to be a commercial laundry business and Cort showed us where you can see remnants of what it used to be. I bought an outfit I could not resist for a friend and Maggie wrapped it beautifully in craft brown paper and tied it with red-striped twine. She also had the coolest box of letter stamps to personalize the gift tag!

They closed down the shop as we talked about where we might eat. We tried to get a reservation at City House, but they were booked for the evening. Cort was thinking of Taco Mamacita, just down the block from the store, and then Maggie thought that Marché would be nice for dinner.

Maggie dropped their cute puppy, Alice, off at home and then we rode to Marché together. The restaurant wasn’t busy at all and it was nice to feel like we had the place to ourselves.

The decor is simple and bistro-like with a restaurant on one side and a kitchen and shop for artisan goods on the other. Although I’ve never been to Europe, I could see a European influence in the decor and in the food. They sell local Olive and Sinclair chocolate and I had to buy a few bars.

The menu is small, but I usually find that to be a good thing. I’d much rather have a few thoughtful entrées than several average ones. I’ve had dreams (nightmares?) where I’m in a restaurant with a giant menu of many pages and everyone is waiting for me to decide. In the dream, I struggle to focus my eyes on the menu items and balance the cumbersome menu in a normal way. It’s awkward.

I thankfully had no such problem at Marché. To start, Cort and Maggie had the Fennel Sausage Flatbread – chili, fresh mozzarella and basil while we started with the Pan con Tomate – bread with white anchovy, olive and a hard-boiled egg. Both appetizers were simple, yet excellent. The flatbread was spicy, but a nice amount of spice. The mix of mild white anchovies and olives on the pan con tomate was really nice, too.

Even though there were only 5 main courses offered, we each chose something different. Maggie had the Herb Crusted Seared Tuna with broccolini, fennel, orange and olive tapenade, which was excellent. She graciously offered us a bite and it was probably the best seared tuna dish of any I’ve ever had. Cort ordered the hearty Hanger Steak with fried crushed potatoes, roasted carrots and salsa verde. Marc was adventurous and tried the Braised Rabbit with field peas, swiss chard and grainy mustard jus. I ordered the Housemade Squid Ink Linguine with clam, shrimp and calamari in a spicy tomato sauce. It was incredible! The spicy tomato sauce went so well with the seafood and the fresh linguine.

Even after that delicious meal, we all were game for a stop at Jeni’s. Cort highly recommended the Brambleberry Crisp, so I ordered a scoop of that with a scoop of Whiskey and Pecans. Marc went with the colorful combination of the Wildberry Lavender and the Cherry Lambic Sorbet. We ate our ice cream on the outdoor patio on that beautiful evening. Friends of Maggie and Cort’s happened to be there and told us about a free concert downtown on Thursday night. We had the best time with Maggie and Cort and really appreciate the scenic tour of Nashville they provided as we headed to our dinner and dessert destinations. We also loved looking at the beautiful store they built together. Conversation with funny, kind and creative people will always be something I seek out and enjoy.


We had heard from several sources that Mas Tacos Por Favor was a great spot for tacos. They have a taco truck, but also a location in East Nashville. We parked behind the building and I saw this scruffy little dog next to a Beware of Dog sign. I couldn’t help but laugh out loud. He started scratching himself right before I took the picture.

Mas Tacos doesn’t look like much from the outside, but there is a good amount of seating inside and there are some tables in the back if you’d like to sit outside.

I ordered a pork taco, sweet potato quinoa taco and a chicken taco while Marc ordered 2 steak tacos and a pork taco. To drink, Marc ordered a grapefruit Jarritos (a Mexican soda with real sugar) and I ordered the Horchata. Oh man, the horchata was so good! Marc tried it and was instantly envious. I was debating whether to get another one, but in the end I restrained myself.

My pork taco had a delicious, slow-cooked flavor and I took a bite of Marc’s steak taco which was also excellent. The chicken was tender and worked nicely with cabbage slaw on top. The flavor of the sweet potato and quinoa taco was really good, but the texture was too soft for me. It’s great that they offer a flavorful vegetarian option, though. It’s a definite must-go place for fresh tacos and of course, the horchata! They also offer elote on the menu and I heard that their tortilla soup is outstanding. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to try it all, but we enjoyed what we did try.

For dessert, we went back to the 12 South neighborhood of Nashville to finally go to Las Paletas for a popsicle. They had creamy paletas and fruit paletas in an incredible array of flavors. You can also get your paleta hand-dipped in local Olive and Sinclair chocolate!

When I was first planning our vacation, I secretly hoped that our hotel was really, really close to Las Paletas and that I could have one every day. 12 South wasn’t as close as I’d hoped, but I was happy we eventually tried them. It was the warmest day of our trip and it was a great day for a paleta. I ordered the blueberry lime and  Marc had the hibiscus. They were insanely good with bold and fresh flavor. We had the nicest chat with the girl that worked there about Nashville, Detroit and the concert that was happening later. We made a bit of a drippy mess, but I imagine that’s why they went with the concrete floor.

My book-loving self was delighted to hear about Parnassus Books, a book store co-owned by author, Ann Patchett. You might be familiar with Ann’s popular books Bel CantoThe Patron Saint of Liars or The Magician’s Assistant. I became familiar with her work when I picked up her memoir, Truth and Beauty, to read on our honeymoon.

The store is beautiful with chalkboard signs, cozy chairs, honey-colored wood floors and warm lighting. We browsed for quite a while and discovered a section of books recommended by Ann and a section devoted to local authors. Ann signs her books and I picked up a copy of her latest book, State of Wonder. Most of the local books are signed by their authors, too. It’s a dreamy, independent book store with helpful employees and lots to look at. They also have frequent author events if you can catch one that coincides with your visit to Nashville.

We decided to take advantage of the free concert that everyone in Nashville seemed to be buzzing about. Live on the Green is a free concert series that is once a week for 6 weeks in the fall. We happened to be there when The Alabama Shakes were performing and it brought Nashville out in droves. The venue expanded the viewing area by moving the food trucks out further and the website encouraged everyone to get there early.

We were ready for dinner and I was excited to finally experience the food trucks. Marc decided on a pulled pork sandwich from the Smoke Et Al food truck and I had to go to the Biscuit Love food truck. I ordered a biscuit with housemade peanut butter, caramelized banana, Olive and Sinclair chocolate gravy and pretzel crumbs. It was decadent and delicious. Marc saved me a bite of his sandwich while I waited in line (that’s love!) and it was smoky and crazy good.

There were still plenty of open spots because we had arrived pretty early. People had blankets and chairs set up, while we happily found a little square of grass to sit. We watched people arrive as the sun set behind downtown Nashville. Lightning 100, Nashville’s independent radio program was there to play music and emcee the event. We listened to that station for the rest of our trip and I loved everything they played. It reminded me of finding a great Pandora station.

The concert was scheduled to start at 5 pm, but didn’t start until closer to 6 with Fly Golden Eagle. We enjoyed the band and after an intermission, The Apache Relay took the stage and they were great. As the time drew close for the Alabama Shakes to go on stage, our little patch of grass was growing more narrow by the minute and soon it was standing room only.

I was standing quite close to the girl in front of me and in fact, we were almost touching. More than one hundred people chose the space in between her and I to push through to the middle of the crowd. The Alabama Shakes started their set and we were really digging the gritty, retro voice of Alabama Shakes lead singer, Brittany Howard, accompanied by peppy guitar and drums. The song “Hold On” stood out and was well known by the crowd who sang along.  A few songs in, though, the pushing got to us and we left our spot for some breathing room.

We found solace in a cup of Jeni’s ice cream (round 4!) and we could still hear the music behind us. We split a 3 scoop cup of Yuzu with roasted rosemary nuts, brambleberry crisp and goat cheese with cherries. The Grilled Cheeserie food truck arrived sometime since we had first arrived, but they had just cut off the line. We enjoyed our ice cream and The Alabama Shakes, though, and then started the walk back to our hotel.


Friday was set aside for a trip to Franklin, a small town about 20 miles from Nashville. We took the scenic way, traveling on US-31, as the bright green grass popped against the gray sky. We parked in one of the public lots, next to a Masarati because Marc thinks it’s the best way to ensure the safety of your own car. I had to take a picture, because Nashville and Franklin seemed to have a higher caliber of luxury cars for Marc to park next to.

It was a bit too hot for homemade soup from Chapman’s Pie Wagon II, so we continued walking toward Puckett’s Boathouse. We started with raw oysters with Tennessee chow chow (a southern-style relish) and for lunch, I ordered their shrimp and grits while Marc ordered their hot fish sandwich. The oysters hit the spot and the sweet tea was really refreshing.

The shrimp and grits were excellent. Perfectly cooked shrimp with smoky, not-too-sweet barbecue sauce over cheese grits. Marc liked his sandwich, too, but I was too enamored with my dish to try a bite of his. Our waitress was really friendly and we talked a little bit because the restaurant wasn’t very busy. She told us that Dotson’s across the street was a good restaurant to try. She said it doesn’t look like much from the outside, but she sees Brad Paisley in there all the time.

We walked through the quaint streets where doorways had been decorated for fall with mums and pumpkins. We sadly had a bit of a time crunch because we had to be back in Nashville at 5:15 for dinner reservations at City House. We hoped to have enough time to walk around Franklin and tour a historic home or two. We stopped in the Franklin visitor center and the two nicest women helped us out. One of the brochures I had picked up in our travels said that the Lotz House did a 90 minute civil war battle tour with Thomas Cartwright, a civil war expert. The ladies at the visitor center said that he usually does the tour on Thursdays, but they would happily call the Lotz House to see if he might be available. Someone at the Lotz House offered to call Thomas Cartwright and told us to call or stop by in an hour. We thanked our new friends at the visitor center and walked around Franklin for an hour.

Beautiful shops lined the streets and friendly shop owners and employees welcomed us warmly. I noticed beautiful contemporary and vintage glassware and silverware. The goods were probably a bit feminine for Marc, but there was enough variety to keep him interested.

I tried to get a slice of chess pie from Merridee’s Breakbasket, which came recommended, but they were all out. It did look like a cute lunch spot for sandwiches and little pastries. Instead we went to the frozen yogurt shop, Sweet Cece’s, our waitress recommended for something cool and sweet on a warm day. I’ve never seen so many toppings!

We called the Lotz House back and Thomas Cartwright was not available, but J.T. Thompson was there to guide us around the home. You can get a combined ticket to also visit the Carter House and the Carnton Plantation, but we didn’t have the time to do all three. J.T. kindly and seamlessly added us on a tour he was already conducting and enthusiastically told us the story of the Lotz family and the Battle of Franklin that came right to their doorstep. A few raindrops started to fall as the tour moved inside and thankfully they were the only raindrops we experienced.

The home has been many things including a sub sandwich shop and recently, a company wanted to turn the home into “Lotz of Tacos,” but thankfully someone stepped in to purchase and preserve the historic home. It was a fascinating tour and we enjoyed J.T.’s presentation. We had a few minutes to speak with Sue Thompson at the front desk, too. She was incredibly nice and gave us recommendations in the area. We left the Lotz house to find our car and head back to Nashville for dinner.

We pulled right up to City House for our early dinner reservation and were charmed by the old building and excited for dinner. Our waitress, Joselyn was really helpful and we appreciated all of her recommendations. She even left us with a list of Saturday brunch places to try. I saw large bunches of fresh arugula in the open kitchen and Joselyn said that if we ordered a pizza, any of them could be topped with arugula. I didn’t ask, but I imagine the arugula arrived fresh and was incorporated into the menu that day. I love that.

It was our last night in Nashville and we were ready to  have an incredible meal (like we hadn’t already indulged). We started with housecured bresaola with pears and goat’s milk ricotta salata. The flavors worked so well together and it was one of those unique combinations that I never would have thought of, but thoroughly enjoyed.

Joselyn, highly recommended the octopus and we were very happy with the crispy, yet tender octopus over field peas and clams in a red wine vinaigrette with garlic and oregano. For dinner, Marc chose thinly sliced medium rare tri tip with lightly-dressed arugula and shaved parmesan and I had roasted chicken over caramelized onion with stone-ground mustard and horseradish.

Everything we tried was fantastic. Our meals came with a side and Marc chose parmesan grits and I had a kale salad. We decided to go for it and ordered dessert, too. Panna cotta with pear jam and buttermilk cornmeal cookies which was light, sweet and refreshing. We also split the coffee cream soda cake that came with a tiny scoop of coffee caramel gelato and a sprinkle of sorghum graham cookies. The cake was like tiramisu in texture  with the winning flavor combination of caramel and coffee. Everything about City House was a treat. The atmosphere, the friendly staff and the food were all memorable.

After dinner it was still relatively early and we realized that we still hadn’t visited the Nashville Parthenon that we had heard so much about. The inside was closed and we weren’t able to see the full-scale replica of the Athena statue inside, but we were pretty impressed by the Parthenon’s exterior. It was originally built for Tennessee’s 1897 Centennial exposition.

The light seemed to cast a green hue, but up-close the lights looked bright white. In the background we heard classical music playing from a nearby outdoor concert which seemed fitting as we marveled at this impressive structure. After we were there a few minutes, bright exterior lights turned on to illuminate the exterior. We took another photo to capture the details.


On our last day in Nashville we wanted to have a last hurrah breakfast (Nashville eats while we could!) before driving back to Michigan. We looked at our breakfast and Saturday brunch options and decided on Fido, but after we arrived the line was long and the parking lot was full. Our backup plan was to go back to Tavern, the first restaurant we visited in Nashville, hoping we could get in right away because of its larger size. Our instincts were right and we were seated right away with their beautiful Saturday brunch menu.

I was intrigued by the “Kaya Toast” the last time we were at Tavern, a coconut jam filled Texas toast sandwich along with a fried egg drizzled with sweet soy and a dollop of spicy sriracha. Lindsay mentioned that it was delicious, despite sounding strange and my mind was made up. Our waitress recommended “The Nooner” to Marc, an egg dish with onions and bacon, fried oysters and their white trash hash. I loved my unique breakfast as it had a bit of sweet, savory and spicy going on. The coconut jam tasted like coconut cream pie filling, so good. Marc said my dish was “not for him,”  but that’s ok because it was definitely for me. I tried a bite of Marc’s breakfast and it was delicious, too.

We left Nashville will full bellies and lots of love for Nashville. We met the kindest  and warmest people and we felt at home in such a short amount of time. The entrepreneurial spirit is strong in Nashville with infectious local pride and a real sense of community. The shops, the restaurants and the events all left a great impression on us. I’ve never heard the term y’all said with such genuine kindness and it endeared the term to me.

When someone would ask what kind of music I liked, I’d usually say, “Pretty much anything other than country,” but now I won’t be so hard on country music. I love the musicality and story telling of the original country masters and appreciate what the genre has done to pave the way for the contemporary bands that we love. Nashville’s music scene is booming and isn’t only for country fans.

We felt like we picked the best week of the year to visit with all of the events and occasions happening at the same time, but I have a feeling that no matter what time you visit, Nashville will treat you right.

Thanks to Lindsay and Taylor for taking a long lunch on that beautiful afternoon to meet up with us and for your wonderful recommendations! Thanks to Maggie and Cort, too, for coordinating a night with us for dinner and ice cream!


Lightning 100 FM


Hutton Hotel 1808 West End Avenue Nashville, TN 37203


The Parthenon 2600 West End Avenue Nashville, TN 37203

Hatch Show Print 316 Broadway Nashville, TN 37201

Ernest Tubb’s Record Shop 417 Broadway Nashville, TN 37203

The District Downtown Nashville on Broadway from 2nd to 5th Avenue

Country Music Hall of Fame 222 5th Avenue South Nashville, TN 37203

RCA Studio B Tour 1611 Roy Acuff Place Nashville, TN 37246

Live on the Green Public Square Park 3rd Avenue North and Union Street Nashville, TN 37201

Imogene + Willie  2601 12th Avenue South Nashville, TN 37203

Third Man Records 623 7th Avenue South Nashville, TN 37203

Tweed Baby Outfitters 1200 Villa Place #110 Nashville, TN 37212

Parnassus Books 3900 Hillsboro Pike Nashville, TN 37215

Grand Ole Opry 2804 Opryland Drive Nashville, TN 37214


Pinkberry 2306 West End Avenue Nashville, TN 37203

Tavern 1904 Broadway Nashville, TN 37203

The Patterson House 1711 Division Street Nashville, TN 37203

Burger Up 2901 12 Avenue South Nashville, TN 37204

Las Paletas 2905 12th Avenue South Nashville, TN 37204

Whiskey Kitchen 118 12th Avenue South Nashville, TN 37203

City House 1222 4th Avenue North Nashville, TN 37208

Bolton’s Spicy Chicken and Fish 624 Main Street Nashville, TN 37206

Marché Artisan Foods 1000 Main Street Nashville, TN 37206

The Silly Goose 1888 Eastland Avenue Nashville, TN 37206

Jeni’s Ice Cream 1892 Eastland Avenue Nashville, TN 37206

Mas Tacos Por Favor 732 McFerrin Avenue Nashville, TN 37206

Moosehead Kettle Corn Available at The Grand Ole Opry, The Ryman and the Farmers Market

Food Trucks

Biscuit Love

Smoke Et Al

The Grilled Cheeserie

Riff’s Fine Street Food

Mas Tacos Por Favor

Nashville Food Bloggers

Love and Olive Oil

Eat Drink Smile

Food Loves Writing


Franklin Visitor Center 209 East Main Street Franklin, TN 37064

Lulu Franklin 345 Main Street Franklin, TN 37064

Landmark Booksellers 114 East Main Street Franklin, TN 37064

Lotz House 1111 Columbia Avenue Franklin, TN 37064

Puckett’s Boathouse 94 East Main Street Franklin, TN 37064

Sweet CeCe’s 500 West Main Street Franklin, TN 37064

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  1. Wow, that’s a seriously amazing recap! I so want to explore the south and I’d love to visit Nashville. Years before I met Cornelius he had been to Nashville on a solo road trip and he remembered a large free concert that he attended then too! I’m now putting Nashville on my must-go list!!

  2. OK. So first of all, how did I miss this post!? (looks like it posted while I was away for our first anniversary, but still?) Tim and I had lunch with Kasey and Matt from Turntable Kitchen today, as they’re visiting Nashville, and she mentioned your trip, and I was like, what? So here I am, reading your recommendations, thinking you hit some of my favorite spots! Love this!

    • Ha, Shanna! I hope you had so much fun at Mas Tacos! Well, how could you not? Good friends, good food, good times, right? We loved Nashville completely!

  3. So we decided to go to Nashville for 3 days and had to comment on the fact that I’m shocked they had KAYA TOAST!!!! That’s the same kaya I put in my Pandan Milk Bread! And equally interesting they have a SE Asian flavor in a southern state! Nice!

    • I really loved the kaya toast! I vaguely remember a conversation we had about it when you mentioned your pandan, the kaya toast is the only time I had ever had coconut jam or heard of it! So memorable and delicious! You’ll love Nashville!

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