Thanks to Chowhound Steve, the Nashville leg of our trip was a most memorable one. When we arrived, along with the threatened tornado, we had lunch at a great little Greek restaurant in the downtown Arcade -The Greek Touch. It was terrific. Got a chance to speak with the owner and his wife - nice people.
Chowhound Steve, a musician in the Nashville Symphony, took the time to give us a long list of restaurants he thought we'd like. He, too, was a former NY'er. Tops on his list of "musts" was a place called Zola. Well, on a Monday night, with heavy rains, we went to Zola. The place was packed so I knew this place was going to be good. Good? It was the best restaurant meal I can ever remember eating and that includes some great places. The food was unbelievable. The palce was rated Best in Nasheville and Best Chef, too. Both, well deserved.
And, the most amazing thing was at the chef owner, Debra, was not even there! She was in Des Moines being honored by the Iowa Pork Producers for one of her recipes. If any of you ever get the opportunity to visit Nashville, go to this restaurant. We spoke at length with her husband and co-owner, Ernie.
We also had a very good lunch at a place called Mambu that the staff at Zola recommended. Never got to the Pancake Pantry and found out the Loveless Cafe was sold and had not reopened yet. We loved Nashville. Saw a great show at The Grand Old Opry and took a bus tour of Williamson County. Saw some amazing homes in one of this county's most wealthy communities.