I was in Nashville this past weekend with friends for a little vacation. This summer, roomie and I made a list of all the places we wanted to visit in our lifetime. Nashville was on it. I assumed I would visit for a race or something but when our friend Maggie mentioned she was going for fun two weeks ago we decided to book a last minute flight and tag along.
Based on our research, I was nervous I was going to have literally no option but to eat fried chicken at some of the places my travel companions wanted to visit. Prince’s Chicken was our first stop and the WORST experience. The menu literally was just fried chicken. That was it. Sides included cole slaw, mac and cheese, fries and pickles. I knew we were going somewhere afterwards for a beer and I knew they would have more options. Little did I know it takes an hour and 15 minutes to fry a piece of chicken! Do not go to this place whatever you do, despite the food network and travel recommendations. Hatty B’s next to our hotel was 1 million times better. This place is 20 minutes outside the city in a terrible area. About to flip out after learning our numbers were skipped for a half hour, I saw a peanut M&M machine. I put in my quarter, turned the knob and out came ONE SINGLE PEANUT M&M. I had some pickles while my guests ate their Hot Chicken. Ninety minutes later, we were on our way to 12 South Tap Room. We didn’t realize it, but our second stop was in a hipster area of Nashville, THANK GOD. They had quinoa tabbouli, brussels sprouts and grilled veggies which I put together for a $10 vegetarian lunch. Everything was delicious. I tried a fun beer which I can’t remember the name but basically drunk after it since I was so hungry. One of my favorite things to do when I travel is to check out other local coffee shops. I spotted the frothy monkey on the way to 12th Street and requested we stop.
I have never seen so many Bachelorette parties out and about. We left Tootsies and visited a bunch of the other Broadway bars. All were a good time, but I liked the music at Tootsies the best. There are so many bars very close together and all of them are packed! It was crazy to me. We waited in a few lines that moved really quick and never paid a cover. People were so friendly as well and drinks were fairly easy to get.
Saturday morning, I wanted to go to Barry’s Bootcamp in Nashville but woke up with a cold and minor hangover. I was not a happy camper. Instead, roomie and I went for a 30 minute run to the Parthenon and back. It was snowing out but the snow never stuck to the ground. The Parthenon in Nashville is a full size replica of the one in Greece. It was pretty cool. We didn’t go inside but were glad we got to see it up close. Afterward we headed to Brunch at The Southern Steak and Oyster.