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October 28, 2007

Nashville: 2nd Ave North

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On my last night in Nashville I got away from Music Row, the main area of Broadway and headed out to 2nd Avenue North. Whereas Music Row is full of small, gaudy Honky Tonks, some authentic, some not, 2nd Avenue North has no authenticity whatsoever. It starts with a Hard Rock Cafe and ends with Hooters. In between it's more or less the same sort of thing. Now, I usually avoid this sort of thing, but given the choice of Honky Tonk or nearly anything else, I have to seriously consider my options. The lesser of two evils actually turned out to be a fair amount of fun, despite my snobbery.

I even managed to see some live music in Music City. A co-worker and I ate at BB King's and watched Cissy Crutcher, a soul singer and her band play. The show was really entertaining. The fried chicken pretty good too. After that we avoided some of the early Halloween revelry and hung out at one of the less crowded bars on this strip.

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Nashville: Jack's Bar-B-Que

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I knew I was in for a much better Tennessee barbecue experience than at Rippy's as soon as I walked into Jack's Bar-b-que. Besides the excess of anthropomorphic pigs that Guy advised me to look out for at the finest of establishments use for decoration, there was also the smell. Wood smoke permeated the entire space.

Another clear indicator was evident when I paid. It was the cheapest barbecue I've ever had. The large pork sandwich, served on a kaiser roll, as opposed to the small's hamburger bun, along with mac n cheese and a bottle of Shiner Bock set me back a whole $10. That's roughly half the price of any such combo available in NYC that I know of.

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Nasville: Yazoo ESB

Apparently the folks at Yazoo took the name Extra Special Bitter literally. This ESB is much more like a light bodied IPA than a british style bitter. I pity the Englishman who orders this in hopes of a taste of home. It's definitely not a session beer, but it's a good hopped out beer, when that's what you're looking for. It's got dark, golden coloring.

I never made it out to the Yazoo Brewery yesterday. It turned out to be further than I thought, after walking halfway there, I discovered it was still another mile away.

October 27, 2007

Graffiti in Nashville


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This is the only notable graffiti I found in the entire downtown area of Nashville. Robot guy, I salute you.
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October 26, 2007

Nasville: Viva NashVegas


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This afternoon, after I checked in, I walked down the Broadway strip, past some of the 'Honky Tonks" that made this town famous and, presumably a bunch of others that jumped on after the fact. It seemed a little surreal to me. Odd, because I've never seen a honky tonk before, much less a dozen within a couple blocks, yet the scene seemed familiar.

So much of the street appeared to be commercialized and contrived to sell to tourists. Crazier to me was that the sign above was proudly proclaims that this strip is becoming a little Las Vegas.

It made me a little sad, even though I don't have any allegiance to the music or its history. A little scared too... I imagine The Bronx in 40 years made into an amusement park for hip-hop, complete with stores selling fake gold chains and 50 Cent or Kanye West blaring over the PA system on every corner.

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Nashville Observations


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So far, I've only seen the area around the convention center on Broadway, but this is what I've noticed so far...

They have country music piped out on the sidewalk near the convention center.

Every bar/restaurant I've passed on Broadway has live music advertised. Some of them were already performing. At 11:30am.

Apparently attendance is low for the Nashville Predators, the local Hockey team. The restaurant across the street from the stadium, Rippy's, has a campaign to help increase ticket sales so the team doesn't leave town.

The weather here is not any warmer than home. In fact it's exactly the same.

CMT, the Country Music channel is based here.

Nasville: Yazoo Pale Ale


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Yazoo Pale Ale is a locally brewed pale with fairly typical flavors for an American pale ale. It's not bad, but I'm having a hard time finding much distinctive about it.

Given that I'm drinking it at a place with 10 generic, mass-marketed brews, including 3 different Miller offerings, I'm pretty happy that a beer like this is available, but it's hardly memorable.

It does make me wonder what beer selections I'll have to look forward to elsewhere in this town...
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[Update: It turns out that the Yazoo Brewery is not terribly far from here. I'll have to go check it out htis evening after we wrap up.

October 25, 2007

Nasville: Rippy's


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Rippy's Smokin' Bar + Grill sprawls. The ground floor space takes up two extended store front, each with it's own bar, one with an eating space, the other with pool tables. Upstairs is third bar and a patio, which I'm sure would be a lot more pleasant on a warmer day.

The service isn't so great, think 40 minutes and still no food. But then a million people - myself included - just dropped in a block away for a conference that they hadn't expected, so they were totally slammed. It happens.

The important thing is the food.

And by that criterion, it's a total disappointment.

A list of offenses after the jump...

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October 3, 2007

Heading Down to Country Town


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Even though I'll be missing out on Barcelona, I do have a couple trips in the next month or so. In fact, I just heard that I'm going down to Nashville in a few weeks. I've heard that the bbq isn't nearly what it is in Memphis, but I'll see what I can find.

If anyone has suggestions, let me know.


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