Six days in Nashville for the music convention and five nights of chowing down. Here's the result:
Weds. Got in and didn't feel like driving so we walked to Amerigo. Solid Italian - nothing really spectacular. I've been here before and they do things competently.
Thurs. My co-worker has never had the "true" Southern experience so we drove out to the Loveless Cafe and were not disappointed. The first potential coronary moment came when we walked up and saw that the place was completely non-smoking! What a nice surprise and totally unexpected. I had the fried chicken plate with green beans (cooked with bacon of course) and french fries. Chicken was tasty and moist - delicious. She had the fried ham plate, outstanding, with black eyed peas and green beans. A plate of 8 biscuits and a bowl of gravy arrived before the meals. Various preserves on the table were delicious as well as the sorghum, which was a new experience for me.
Friday. Restaurante Zola. I'll add my voice to those singing the praises of this wonderful place. Flavors and combinations that are truly original and work well. My halibut with ancho-peach sauce was incredible.
Saturday. Walked from the hotel to Hog Heaven for "Q." Although not on the menu, they made me up a combo pulled chicken/pulled pork plate. I wanted to try both the red & white sauces and was not disappointed. Best part, the meat was tasty enough to stand on its own without sauce. White beans on the side were also pretty good. There are 2 picnic tables in front of the pick-up windows but we just hauled everything across to the park and had a nice dinner on the grass.
Sunday. Tearing down the exhibit booth is a pain and being tired we just wanted to eat & drink. Stopped at the Blackstone Brew Pub. Food is standard pub fare not particularly done well. My yellow-tail sandwich was over cooked - not really unexpected. But I liked the beer. My porter was full bodied, rich and full of taste.