Eating and Drinking My Way Through Nashville
New Years Eve isn't my thing. Even when I try to plan super low key NYE's, something always goes wrong. This year, I decided I would have fun no matter what... so I booked a trip to Nashville! I have so many close friends in the Music City and I knew they would show me a good time.
I arrived to BNA around 8AM and was promptly picked up by my sweet friend Shelby. We then headed over for a much needed coffee at Edgehill Cafe.
If you ever find yourself at Edgehill Cafe, you absolutely must grab The Lovely: Smoked cheddar grits, Andouille sausage, onion, tomatoes, spinach, cheddar, fried egg. SO GOOD!
Later in the day, we met up with my BFF Sarah, who then took me to the cutest place on earth, Southernaire Market. Basically, it's the coolest corner store/bodega you could ever imagine. I fell in love with these old fashioned glasses.
Kings of Leon and Chris Stapleton were holding down the party outside on Broadway. A huge fan of both, I was glad I got to see their sets from the warmth of the party inside.
Since my sweet friends were the ones throwing the massive NYE celebration at Acme, they let me shoot off a confetti cannon at midnight! THE DREAM! LOOK AT EVERYONE'S FACES! THEY ARE SO FULL OF JOY! CONFETTI!!!!
New Years Day calls for a little hair of the dog so Sarah and I ventured all over Nashville in search of the perfect Bloody Mary. We found it at Double Dogs. It was not only the most tasty thing ever with extra bacon but it only cost $3.95! You can't find those prices in LA! Sign me up!
For lunch, we met up with Sarah's wonderful husband Travis as well as a few friends at PM. The sign said "Burgers. Sushi." which seemed a little suspect to me but the burger I got there was legit so massive and tasty. They also serve curry ranch. SO GOOD. Highly recommend. Would go back.
After lunch and riding around Nashville a bit, we stopped into The Crying Wolf. If I lived in Nashville, I would live at this bar. The owners are the nicest and also probably the prettiest people I have ever met.
Later that night, Sarah took me on a hot date at Butcher & Bee for a quick bite. With locations in Charleston and Nashville, Butcher & Bee is one of those restaurants where you will want to order everything on the menu. Lucky for us, the menu is set up for sharing. If you find yourself able to visit one of their locations, grab some friends and go to town.
I wanted the "full Nashville experience" and even though I liken Broadway to Hollywood & Highland in Los Angeles (a ton of tourists hoping to find celebs and never finding them), we ventured that way anyway. *Big shout out to Sarah for putting up with me. Love you!*
We tried a few of the more legit honky tonk's on the strip but they were all packed so we settled on Legends (which if you live in Raleigh you will understand why I was confused and amused by this). After one whiskey ginger, a cover band playing an Alabama song, and telling some guy fake names, we headed across the street to Paradise Park Trailer Resort.
This place had everything we needed. Whiskey gingers, a cover band, an old rusty race car that people were dancing on (do I need a tetanus shot to get in this or nah?), skeeball, photos of mullets lining the walls, and our personal favorite - a photo booth!
The meal we had was incredible. We rolled like true VIP's when the chefs sent us out a few dishes to try on the house. Every single thing was amazing. If I could live at this adorable restaurant, I absolutely would. Also, highly recommend ordering an Adele's Milk Punch. You're welcome.
Sarah and Travis were nice enough to drop me off at the Johnny Cash Museum to fan girl a little bit before I had to head to the airport. When I was in Nashville for their wedding a few years ago, I tried to go by but it was closed. Finally! I would walk the halls of the museum and weep openly over one of my favorite musicians of all time!
Admission is only $17 and you get to see just about any item that Johnny Cash ever touched, thought about touching or even looked at from afar. I was under the impression that the museum was curated by "House of Cash" but it's actually all done by a fan! So insane! Being a "holiday" weekend, the museum was a little packed with slow readers so I didn't get to see as much as I wanted but it was still really great.
I took approx 5,000 photos but didn't want to bore everyone by posting them here. I absolutely loved that they had Johnny's day planner on display. STARS! THEIR JUST LIKE US!
My final stop in Nashville was the Goo Goo Shop. I have been a psycho fan of Goo Goo Clusters ever since I was a little kid so a whole store dedicated to this wonderful gift from God was MAGICAL. Dear Mr Goo Goo sir, can I move in?
And with that, I was back to the West Coast with a happy heart, full belly, and a slightly more spotted liver.