I have never been to Nashville….or Memphis…..or Austin. 3 heinous crimes for a person who likes music as much as I do. So I have to say I was a little excited about knowing we’d hit 2 of the 3 on this trip. As we crossed the Cumberland River I knew it was going to be all right. As has happened before on this trip we arrived in town right when we were able to check in at the hotel…so we did. A little nap and we were ready for some ‘Q and the visit with our cousin, Meg.
We drove past Vanderbuilt University (yes, where Jay Cutler attended) and visited with meg for a few before we ventured out on a pleasant half hour ride through rolling countryside on our way to the evening’s BBQ joint, Martin’s (Martin’s BBQ Joint!). We drove through some pretty ritzy areas…in S by SE Nashville. Huge homes…all new. Meg came to Nashville to work as a radio/music engineer and spent time in Reba McIntyre’s studio. Her friend is the personal assistant of Kimberly Williams…Brad Paisley’s wife. Alas, our closest touch with fame in Nashville.
Martin’s was out in Nolensville…and an odd little place it was. We walked in and certainly didn’t know how it works…no one said a word..no greeter, no host/ess. Kinda busy even though we were there at 7:40p. We waited till we felt awkward and while Meg and I found a table, Rog (of course) ventured up to the “window” to inquire how we get served. It turns out you look uo at the menu on the wall, make your choice…tell them behind the counter…go sit down and they bring it to you. So we did that…covering the menu with our choices.
Meg chose the unusual item…Beef Brisket Redneck Taco…and it was pretty awesome. It looked like it was beef brisket on top of a cornbread “pancake” with cole slaw on top. She said it was delicious. Rog had the “Big Un” pulled pork and I had the beef brisket. Of course we had a half slab of ribs to share.
…and of course no trip to Nolensville would be complete without a bathroom poster to post:
All in all we agreed Martin’s BBQ Joint was one of the best we had been to….so far.
And now, for the evening’s entertainment…off to, “NashVegas”…as Meg called it. It’s “The Strip” in Nashville, Broadway St. I’ll say this…we were in Nashville on a Thursday night and Broadway was jumpin’!
We made our way down Broadway to the river…where Meg told us about the nasty flood they had there 2 years ago. It was amazing to hear just how high the flood waters made it to. Along the way we managed to stop at Michael’s for ice cream where this charming sign was near the cash register:
Meg told us about the famous honky tonk, Tootsie’s, and how packed it was and that we would have just as good a time at Robert’s, so off to Robert’s we went:
We stayed for 2 songs (hey….now, now)…by a band doing covers and they ended with a 10 minutue version of the Allman Bros’, “Ramblin’ Man”. I was quite happy! Good choice, Meg!!
That pretty much concluded (except for parking right in front of the Ryman Auditorium!) our tour and I’m very grateful we had a local guide. Thank you so much Meg!
Seems like we avoided huge crowds everywhere we went…e.g., the Nashville Predators are in the 2nd round of the NHL playoffs and they were out of town that night. Luck us.
On to Memphis….