Elliston Place Soda Shop: 2111
Elliston Place in the funky West End of Nashville near Vanderbilt
University, Music Row and the medical center. Open 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Mon-Sat. (615) 327-1090.
The decor (a creaky lunch counter with inoperative
jukeboxes at every booth) is 1950s, and the waitresses call you
"Darlin'." If a "Southern" cuisine dining experience can be called
"ethnic," then "meat and three"
would be at its Epicurean core. No better place to dive into this home
cooking (an entree and a choice of three side dishes from a long list,
cornbread or biscuits) than at Elliston's, a Nashville institution that
locals hope will never disappear.
Why did Al Gore choose Elliston's as the site for a
interview and impromptu press conference during the height of the
campaign? What better place to display his Southern roots than at one
his favorite hangouts from his youth? Besides, he was quoted to say,
milkshakes in the world." Other celebrities including country music
frequent Elliston's. Be prepared to circle the block a few times until
can claim one of the precious metered parking places on the street.
Hickory Blvd. Whites Creek, TN north of downtown off
US 24. Open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tue. - Sun. (615) 876-9002
What a clever way to get free visibility for your
restaurants web site - make your company's name a blatant URL. The
co-owners, singers Lorrie Morgan and Sammy Kershaw who seem to get a
lot of free publicity
themselves through their multiple torrid romances, are one of the
couples in Nashville. Now they serve some of the spiciest fried chicken
on the face of the earth.
Leveraging their recent marriage and her father's (the
late Opry star George Morgan) recipes, Lorrie and Sammy opened
HotChickens.com primarily for local clientele in a small strip mall
just off Interstate
24 north of downtown. Nothing fancy, but tastefully decorated by Lorrie
herself in country kitsch with autographed celebrity photos and gold
adorning the walls.
The 20 minute drive to HotChickens.com offers an escape from
the bustling city, a glimpse into life in rural Tennessee and the
opportunity to blow the top of your head off if you order too boldly
from the choices of Plain, Mild, Medium, Hot, Extra Hot. If you are
really adventurous, try the fried pickles a once in a lifetime
experience. Pass on the thick slice of fresh white bread served
underneath the fried chicken - tempting until you realize it is there
to serve as both a heat sink and a grease trap.
Nonetheless the food is all served with "a guarantee to put a smile on
face and some sweat on your brow." Lorrie drops in from time to time to
this principle is being followed.
Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie: Downtown
between 3rd and 4th Avenue off Church St. in historic Printers Alley.
Open 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. nightly. (615) 242-5837
During a business trip to Nashville a couple of years ago, a
colleague from New Zealand quickly confessed that he had no interest in
American country music as he broke off from our group that was headed
out for a night at
the honky tonks on lower Broadway. However, the next morning he boasted
about the wonderful music he found on his own.
The place he discovered was The Bourbon Street Blues and
Boogie Bar which offers a variety of live blues performances seven
nights a week in a New Orleans flavored surrounding. "Looziana"
"Nawlins Po Boys" are available off the "menyoux." The establishment
the Blues Club of the Year award in 2000 from the National Blues
The Hermitage: 4580 Rachels Lane, Hermitage, TN (Interstate 40, Exit 221).
Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, except Thanksgiving, Christmas and the
third week in January. (615) 889-2941
Numerous ante-bellum mansions and plantation houses are
scattered throughout the Nashville region. One could fill an entire
weekend exploring just a few of them. If there is only time to see one,
then it should be
The Hermitage, home of our nation's seventh president Andrew Jackson.
National Historic Landmark can be seen in about two hours.
Tours begin at the Visitors Center with a 15 minute film
the life of Andrew Jackson. The centerpiece of the tour is the mansion,
completely restored to its appearance during Jackson's retirement
Walking the grounds on the pebble covered path through the split rail
openings and under the ageless hickory trees takes you back in time and
the mood for the next phase of the visit. Historically costumed guides
you at the mansion door and invite you in for a spirited 30 minute tour
chronicles the life and times of Andrew Jackson. Also included in the
are a museum, Tulip Grove Mansion, Old Hermitage Church, the original
cabins, plantation tour, an original slave cabin, garden, and Jackson's
and family cemetery.
Nashville Parthenon: Centennial
Park, downtown. 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tues. - Sat. and 12:30 p.m. to
4:30 p.m. on Sundays April through September.
Many a global traveler has trudged up to the Acropolis
through the breath-taking smog of summertime Athens only to see the
plundered remains of the once glorious Parthenon of ancient Greece. The
guide urges you to
look beyond the rubble and imagine its splendor.
After doing so, one might want to visit the world's only
full-scale replica of an intact Parthenon which was originally
constructed to house
the art exhibition for the 1897 Tennessee Centennial Exposition. The
structure was intended to reflect Nashville's claim to be the "Athens
of the South" a nickname that can be traced back to the 1840s. The name
city's dedication to education with many of the area's earliest
focused on classical education.
This Nashville Parthenon continues to perform its original
mission today and displays works, all oils on canvas, dating 1765-1923
the Cowan Collection. The art museum also contains the largest piece of
indoor sculpture in the Western world, a 42 foot tall statue of Athena,
goddess of wisdom, warfare and the arts.
Nashville Cowboy Church: 2416 Music
Valley Drive across from the Opryland Hotel. (615) 859-1001
After a big Saturday night on the town enjoying all that
Nashville has to offer, you may be ready for some redemption. The place
to go is the Cowboy Church on Sundays at 10 a.m. in the Texas
Troubadour Theatre. The
theatre, used for musical productions during the week, hosts this
under the direction of Dr. Harry Yates accompanied by a full country
band, complete with backup singers, lights, curtains, and backdrops.
The fast moving interdenominational service features many old
time country music artists performing their favorite gospel songs.
the musical line-up is Joanne Cash Yates, sister of the legendary
Cash. The Cowboy Church has earned the reputation: "Nothing Else Feels
Like It!" Visitors from around the world are welcomed every Sunday and
away with a more literal appreciation for the phrase "pass the hat"
the offering is made cowboy style.
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