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Re: Biscuits, BBQ, Meat & 3, and Hot Chicken: The 2018 Nashville Crawl Trip Report 2018/05/05 01:59:07 (permalink)
Davidsanders, great start to the report!  So sorry that some of your early stops were a bit of a mixed bag.  I would love to grab a few of those pulled pork sandwiches with slaw and some BBQ spaghetti.  Nashville looks like it's shaping up quite nicely.  Wish I could have made it down there.  Looking forward to the rest of your report!
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Re: Biscuits, BBQ, Meat & 3, and Hot Chicken: The 2018 Nashville Crawl Trip Report 2018/05/05 02:29:26 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby joerogo 2018/05/05 07:02:33
Thursday, April 26th
 
The day started early today, with the first stop on the Spreadsheet at 6:45. I thought about skipping a couple, but persevered and went to all four breakfast stops. The first was at Fox’s Donut Den.

 
There was really nothing special about these donuts, although they certainly weren’t bad. I especially liked the chocolate donut holes.

 
Glazed.

 
The only chocolate cake donuts they had were the holes.

 
 
Fox's Donut Den
3900 Hillsboro Pike North
Nashville, TN
(615) 385-1021
https://www.yelp.com/biz/foxs-donut-den-nashville
 
 
The second breakfast stop was Biscuit Love.

 
There was an order of bonuts topped with lemon mascarpone for the table. I tried one and it was interesting.

 
I ordered my usual biscuit and bacon. It wasn’t bad, but he biscuit wasn’t a traditional biscuit by any means, and I really prefer the traditional biscuits. I think the others at the table enjoyed their dishes more than I did, but they ordered more interesting combinations.

 
 
Biscuit Love
2001 Belcourt Ave.
Nashville, TN
(615) 610-3336
http://biscuitlove.com/
 
 
The third breakfast stop was the Nashville legendary breakfast stop, the Pancake Pantry, in business for 50 years. 

 

 
I had blueberry pancakes, and they were very good.

 
I also had an order of bacon, which looked great, but was so chewy my jaw got tired.

 
We also shared some hash browns for the table. They had been highly recommended, but I don’t think anyone at the table thought they were anything special.

 
 
Pancake Pantry 
1796 21st Ave. S
Nashville, TN
615-383-9333
http://www.thepancakepantry.com
 
 
The fourth breakfast stop was The Proper Bagel. This was on the schedule for another day, but we were running ahead of schedule, so a few of us went over there. 

 
Unfortunately, this was a disappoint for me. While the lox actually looked very good, I decided just to have a sesame bagel toasted with butter. It wasn’t really toasted, more like heated, not warm enough, and it didn’t have much chew to it. It was more like a roll in the shape of a bagel, with sesame seeds attached somehow. 

 
 
The Proper Bagel
2011 Belmont Blvd
Nashville, TN
http://properbagel.com
 
 
It had taken a lot of work to try to arrange a reservation at Husk for our group. Both Jeff and I had been in touch with the restaurant many, many times to try to plan something that would work out for so many people, but they would only do a reservation for such a large group in a private room, with a set menu, which we didn’t want. In the end, Jeff came up with a “plan B”, and five of us each booked a reservation for four people, spread out over a thirty minute time frame. Since the lunch and dinner menus at Husk are completely different, we had a new experience waiting for us this afternoon.

 
Another view of the building.

 
The lunch menu.

 
Lunch began with Parker House rolls, just like dinner.

 
We ordered the smoked trout deviled eggs for the table. They were excellent, although a little fishy for my taste.

 
We ordered two of the cheeseburgers entrées for the table. This burger is rated as one of the best in the country, and I loved it. The potato wedges were great, but a number of us had been wishing they would have been the same fries from the ribeye special the night before.

 
Fantastic.

 
We also ordered the cornmeal crusted catfish, which was also excellent, served with sides of mac and cheese and cucumber and onion salad.

 
Our fourth dish was the Husk fried chicken, with secret spices. We didn’t realize it was going to be a hot chicken dish, and it was a bit too spicy for me.

 
We ordered one piece of chocolate pie with maple ice cream and split it four ways. It was also excellent.

 

 
Not much left.

 
 
 
 
Our next stop was the only non-eating stop of the Crawl. There had been one scheduled earlier for outdoors, but it had been raining most of the day, so it was canceled. We headed to the Lane Motor Museum, a fascinating look at antique and incredibly unusual autos.

 

 

 

 
I was really curious about this one. Two drivers? Different directions?

 

 

 
 
Lane Motor Museum
702 Murfeesboro Pike
Nashville, TN
https://www.lanemotormuseum.org/collection/cars
 
 
 
Our next stop was the first of the hot chicken restaurants that were scheduled.

 

 
A real Roadfood dive.

 

 
This sign speaks for itself.

 
I had a quarter dark meat (they didn’t have any white meat) non-spicy. The chicken was pretty good, and I enjoyed it. 

 
A number of the group got chicken tenders. A couple got fish. Most got mild or medium. Danny, on the other hand, had the extra-spicy, and Ralph tried some of it as well. Danny seemed to be okay at first but it seemed to continue getting hotter and hotter after they had finished eating it. He said later in the evening that it was still burning his throat. 

 
Click the four links for Danny’s experience with extra-spicy Bolton’s chicken.
 
https://youtu.be/g2Qkzy8VEnY
 
https://youtu.be/E0yUNVfLkIQ
 
https://youtu.be/4xuAelARb2c
 
https://youtu.be/sru69DjMTmo
 
 
Danny the conqueror.

 
 
Bolton's Spicy Chicken and Fish
624 Main Street
Nashville
(615) 254-8015
https://www.boltonsspicy.com
 
 
 
Our dinner stop was Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint. There was a little bit of a line, so we had to wait a while to order, but it was worth it. I think most people were very happy with what they had ordered. The lighting was pretty bad, so my pictures didn’t come out very well.

 
 Click the link to see the video of the Martin's sign.
 https://youtu.be/XNG8_A1EqpE
 
 

 

 
It’s a huge space, with many long tables, perfect for big groups. There’s also a live music space upstairs.

 
One of the combo platters that was shared among several of our group.

 
The nachos, also for sharing.

 
Danny’s brisket sandwich with mac and cheese.

 
My excellent pulled pork sandwich, with slaw, very good beans, way too many hush puppies, which were pretty good.

 

 
 
Martin's BBQ
410 4th Ave. South
Nashville, TN
(615) 288-0880
http://www.martinsbbqjoint.com
 
 
We walked from Martin’s after dinner to Mike’s Ice Cream. 

 
My excellent Mr. Goodbar and strawberry ice cream.

 
 
Mike's Ice Cream and Coffee Bar
129 2nd Ave. North
Nashville, TN
(615) 742-6453
http://mikesicecream.com/
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Re: Biscuits, BBQ, Meat & 3, and Hot Chicken: The 2018 Nashville Crawl Trip Report 2018/05/05 03:17:10 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby MetroplexJim 2018/05/05 10:27:01
Friday, April 27th
 
 
Today began with two early morning breakfast stops, about 45 minutes from Nashville, that I didn’t go to, Marcy Jo’s Mealhouse and Stan’s Restaurant. I just couldn’t get up that early after everything the day before. The reports on it were sensational, and I wish I had made more of an effort. Instead, I went to two bakeries that were on the schedule for another time. The first was Dozen Bakery. 

 
There certainly was plenty to choose from.

 

 

 

 
Chocolate peanut butter pie. I unfortunately didn’t have a slice. 

 
I had the Orange Kouign Amann. It looked great, but was a bit dry. 

 

 
And the cornmeal cherry scone. This was okay, but I just didn’t like it much. The dried cherries were good.

 
 
Dozen Bakery
516 Hagan St., Suite 1, Suite 103
Nashville
(615) 712-8150
http://www.dozen-nashville.com
 
 
 
My second stop, Five Daughters Bakery, was a different story. It was really wonderful. They are a highfalutin donut shop, with very expensive donuts, famous for their hundred layer donuts. 

 

 
Many fancy donuts!

 

 

 

 

 
I loved the Quinn. Fluffy inside with a somewhat caramelized outside.

 

 
I also had the parent trap, a bit like cookies and cream, with peanut butter infused inside.

 

 
The lemon blueberry was infused with a lemon cream. All three pastries were great. They were also quite large, and I brought them to the next stop and gave quite a bit away.

 

 
 
 
Five Daughters Bakery
1110 Caruthers Ave
Nashville, TN
(615) 490-6554
http://www.fivedaughtersbakery.com/seller-locations/
 
 
Our first lunch stop of the day was at Arnold’s Country Kitchen, one of Nashville’s best known meat and three restaurants. The food is served cafeteria style, with many choices of sides, and a main course selection that changes daily.

 

 

 
One of the specials today was pork ribs.

 
Roast Beef.

 
Danny and I shared the roast beef, mac and cheese, greens and mashed potatoes, with a roll and slice of sugar cream pie. It was really excellent. 

 

 

 
I was sitting with Cliff, Mariton, Gregg, Danny and Joe.

 
 
Arnold's Country Kitchen
605 8th Ave.
Nashville, TN
(615) 256-4455
http://www.arnoldscountrykitchen.com
 
 
 
Our second lunch stop was another Nashville icon, the Loveless Café. 

 

 

 
Making the biscuits.

 
Click the links for the videos of making the biscuits.
 
https://youtu.be/v9KMWCkTbA8
 
https://youtu.be/olpdUewpKSM
 
 

 
Our crowd arriving.

 
Our table is full.

 
Trying to decide.

 

 

 
The platter of biscuits arrives. I must say that I was disappointed in the biscuits. I prefer the ones I’ve been having in the Carolinas and Savannah. 

 
A couple of the dishes ordered.

 

 
My lunch. I had the quarter white meat fried chicken with four sides. The chicken was pretty good.

 
Greens in pot licker which I liked a lot, even though they were pretty salty.

 
Good mashed potatoes.

 
Cucumber and onion salad, which was really non-descript.

 
Hash brown casserole, which didn’t seem to be much like hash browns at all. 

 
 
Loveless Café 
8400 Highway 100
Nashville, TN
(615) 646-9700
https://www.lovelesscafe.com
 
 
After Loveless, there was a trip to Franklin, about 25 minutes away, with stops at Puckett’s Grocery and Meridee’s Breadbasket. I decided not to go, and once again, the reports on Meridee’s were such that I was really sorry I didn’t. That evening there were several groups doing several different things, including the Grand Ole Opry and the Nashville Predators Hockey game. I went to Peg Leg Porker with Gary and Chris.

 

 

 
I had the pork sandwich with slaw, fries and beans. 

 
The meat on the sandwich was pretty good, nice and moist with good flavor, but the bun was too thick, the slaw had too much mayonnaise, and the beans and fries were very ordinary.

 
We also split a half slab of ribs between the three of us. I didn’t realize that they came with the dry rub. If I had known I would have asked them to leave it off. It was nearly impossible to separate the ribs because the meat just came right off the bone while I was trying to cut through it. What is it with Tennessee ribs?

 
The best part of the meal were the fried pies we got for dessert. We split the three flavors, apple, peach (which I didn’t try) and chocolate. They were really good, and the pastry was light and full of flavor. 

 
 
Peg Leg Porker
903 Gleaves St.
Nashville, TN
(615) 829-6023
http://peglegporker.com
 
 
For the last stop there was supposed to have been a return visit to Bobbie’s Dairy Dip, but they had already closed, so Gary and I went to the Elliston Place Soda Shop, which was on the schedule for the next day.

 

 
Gary with his root beer float. 

 
My terrific chocolate malt. They really did this the old fashioned way, taking about 10 minutes to make the malt.

 

 
 
Elliston Place Soda Shop
2111 Elliston Place
Nashville, TN
(615) 327-1090
http://www.ellistonplacesodashop.com/soda-fountain-menu/
http://www.ellistonplacesodashop.com
 
 
 
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Re: Biscuits, BBQ, Meat & 3, and Hot Chicken: The 2018 Nashville Crawl Trip Report 2018/05/05 03:39:04 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby MetroplexJim 2018/05/05 10:28:37
 Saturday, April 28th
 
 
The first breakfast stop of the day was at Fido. I couldn’t figure out why we were going to a place for dogs, or maybe the place had just gone to the dogs. This was not a particularly good spot for me. I had seen bagels on the menu and asked if they made them in house. The lovely counter person said no, that they got them at a local bakery. When I asked which one, she didn’t know.

 
I had a sesame bagel, toasted with butter, and bacon. The bacon was fair, but the bagel wasn’t even that good. I’m sure other things on the menu were much better.

 
 
Fido
1812 21st Ave. South
Nashville, TN
(615) 777-3436
http://www.bongojava.com/fido-cafe/about/
 
 
 
The second stop was much better. Yeast was chosen as the best bakery in Nashville in 2016 in a readers’ poll. 

 
Very popular, we were lucky to be able to squeeze a few tables together.

 
It was so crowded I couldn’t stand far enough away to get a full shot of the menu board.

 
Once again there were numerous choices.

 

 

 

 
Our table got many of the choices to share.

 
I tried some of the cherry and blueberry.

 
They also specialize in breakfast tacos. I had a small bite, but it was already cold and not particularly good. The taco shell was rather stiff.

 

 
I got their special (maybe of the day?) the Tiffany, cherry, cream cheese and Reese’s peanut butter cups. It was pretty good, but I liked the cherry the best.

 
 
Yeast Nashville
805 Woodlawn St.
Nashville, TN
(615) 678-4592
http://www.yeastnashville.com
 
 
Our third breakfast stop of the morning was at the Nashville Farmers Market. Because the Nashville Marathon was going on at that time, and the route of the race was directly outside the Farmers Market, we had to wait for a little break between the runners to get by. We were having our own marathon, and wouldn’t let a pesky thing like 10,000 runners stop us. When we did get in, we found, unsurprisingly, that there was a very small crowd, and many of the vendors either hadn’t opened yet, or just weren’t going to bother that day.

 
There were a few interesting vendors, although I didn’t partake of much of anything.

 

 
There was one vendor who had some biscuit sandwiches, and I got just a plain biscuit, which was actually very good, the best biscuit I had in Nashville, other than the cheddar biscuits at Husk. Lynn (will_work_4_bbq) had gotten an order of beignets and shared them with me. It was very good (even though I didn’t take a picture).

 
 
Nashville Farmers Market
Market House Restaurants and Shops
900 Rosa L. Parks Blvd.
Nashville, TN
http://nashvillefarmersmarket.org/merchants/market_house
 
 
 
After those three exhausting breakfast stops it was time for a snack, so we walked about six blocks from the Farmers Market to Sweet Creations Pie Bakery, a lovely little shop.

 
I got a mini apple, pecan and cherry. I just had a couple of bites of each at the standup counter inside the very warm shop, and took the rest with me. The fillings were good, but I didn’t love the crusts. Maybe it would be better in full size slices.

 
 
Sweet Creations Pie Bakery
942 Jefferson St.
Nashville
(615) 255-5519
https://www.sweetcreationsllc.net
 
 
 
Our next stop was at another well-known Nashville meat and three. Swett’s has been in business since 1954. 

 

 
Danny and I shared this lunch. The fried chicken was very good.

 
The mashed potatoes were decent.

 
The greens were not bad.

 
I didn’t like the mac and cheese.

 
Danny really liked the fried okra, so I let him have most of it.

 
There was a choice of plain, sweet or fried bread. I didn’t know what to expect but I chose fried. I think this was supposed to be a hoe cake, but it was horrible. And cold. I went back and asked if it was supposed to be warm. She gave me another one and it was barely lukewarm. 

 
 
Swett's Restaurant
2725 Clifton Ave.
Nashville, TN
(615) 329-4418
http://swettsrestaurant.com/
 
 
The next stop was Elliston Place Soda Shop where I had gone the night before. I decided to skip it, and wound up skipping another hot chicken place as well. Our dinner was at Coco’s Italian Market, and we were getting there at around 4:15 or so, so we would be able to get our entire group seated, since they don’t take reservations. While we were eating they seated one large prom party, and I noticed another large prom party waiting in the market area to be seated, so it was lucky we got there when we did. 

 

 

 
Once again, a number of dishes were ordered for the table, and I was able to try some fried ravioli, burrata, antipasto, bruschetta and pizza, in addition to the fettuccini Bolognese and salad I had ordered. It wasn’t a great Italian restaurant, although most seemed to enjoy it. There were some who said it tasted like it came from a can.

 

 
 
Coco's Italian Market
411 51st Ave. North and Charlotte Pk
Nashville, TN
(615) 783-0114
http://www.italianmarket.biz/index.html
 
 
After dinner we went around the corner to Bobbie’s Dairy Dip, where we had had malts on the first day. I got their version of a blizzard, but I liked the malt better. There were two additional stops scheduled as possibilities tonight, including Prince’s Hot Chicken, and Monell’s, where we were scheduled for our last lunch tomorrow, for their midnight to 3 a.m. breakfast. Nobody I talked to admitted going to either one.
 
 
 
 
 
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Re: Biscuits, BBQ, Meat & 3, and Hot Chicken: The 2018 Nashville Crawl Trip Report 2018/05/05 03:54:11 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby MetroplexJim 2018/05/05 10:29:52
Sunday, April 29th
 
 
On the original schedule for breakfast this morning before our 11 a.m. lunch was Yeast, where we had already been, and Dozen Bakery, where I had been earlier and didn’t particularly like. Yeast was canceled, and along with Dozen, Five Daughters Bakery was added. I had been there as well, but I went back, because it was so good.

 

 
They didn’t have the Quinn, which I had enjoyed so much and was looking forward to again, so I got another lemon blueberry, and a plain (non-filled) glazed with vanilla frosting. 

 

 
I wasn’t as thrilled with this one as I had been the others, but it was still quite good. 

 
 
Our final lunch was at another Nashville institution, Monell’s Café. It was a very good choice for a last gathering, and certainly one of the highlights of the trip. It’s a very beautiful setting, which is a good thing, because the waits are very long. We went to the original location, which had been recommended by Dale, who unfortunately couldn’t be with us on this trip. This original location was built in 1905, but did not become the restaurant until 1995. They serve breakfast until 11 a.m. and begin lunch at 11 a.m., and take no reservations. However, Keith arrived at around 10, put our group of 20 on the list in the number one spot, and as we all arrived, we were able to enjoy the beautiful setting of this elegant building and its gardens.

 

 

 

 

 
While we were waiting we were able to get someone waiting to take a group photo.

 

 
Today’s menu.

 
They don’t fool around.

 
We finally were led to our table (we were divided into tables of 12 and 8) at around 11:20. The first thing we saw at the table was dessert. I believe this was a sugar cream pie, but I never tried it because I was just too full by the end of the meal.

 
There was immediately coleslaw and broccoli salad to be passed around. I made the mistake of putting the coleslaw on my regular plate, not noticing the small plates on the lazy susan in the middle of the table. I asked the waiter if I could have another large plate and he said no! One large plate to a customer. Surprising, to say the least.

 

 
The “real” food started arriving pretty quickly, and we were informed that we had to pass everything from left to right. The biscuits were very good. There were bowls of fresh peach preserves on the table to have with them.

 
Then came the fried chicken.

 
Then the rest of the dishes starting coming out in earnest. Roast beef and gravy.

 
Barbecue pork ribs.

 
Cajun grilled catfish.

 
Mashed potatoes.

 
Green beans.

 
Corn pudding.

 
Mac and cheese. There was also sweet potato casserole, but it looks like I didn’t get a photo of it. 

 
 
After a little while they brought out some more biscuits and offered to bring out more of anything we wanted. I’m not sure, but I don’t think anyone asked for anything more. Needless to say, everyone was stuffed at the end of this meal, and I think it was a great way to end the Crawl. Most people, including myself, started leaving for home directly from the restaurant once the meal was finished.
 
 
Monell's Café
1235 6th Ave. North
Nashville, TN
(615) 248-4747
https://monellstn.com
 
 
 
I am so happy when I can end a trip with Skyline Chili. Some find that sacrilege, but I love it, and I enjoyed it immensely.

 
My four way with onions.

 
My coney with everything.

 
 
I had a wonderful time on this trip, my second Roadfood Crawl. I was sorry that some of the people who were on the Kansas City Crawl weren’t able to attend this year, including Jim (JRPfeff) and Bobbi (Pie Diva) Pfefferle, and Dale (Wandering Jew). And I was very happy to meet new people, including Cliff (Buffetbuster) and Mariton, Keith (Chickenplucker) and Linda (Mrs. Chicken) and Lynn (will_work_4_bbq), and see Irisarbor (Elaine) and Frank again, whom I had met during the year at Gene and Georgetti’s.
 
 
 
Here is my summary, such that it is.
 
 
My favorites:
Payne’s Bar-B-Q
Helen’s Bar-B-Que
Husk (for lunch)
Husk (for dinner)
Skyline Chili
 
Runners up:
The Pie Folks
Five Daughters Bakery
Mike’s Ice Cream
Elliston Place Soda Shop
Monell’s Café
 
Very Good:
Arnold’s Country Kitchen
Germantown Commissary Barbecue
Muddy’s Bake Shop
Leonard’s BBQ
Cupboard Restaurant
Cozy Corner
Bryant’s Breakfast
Colt’s Chocolates
Bobbie’s Dairy Dip
Pancake Pantry
Martin’s Barbecue
Yeast
Sweet Creations Pie Shop
 
Good:
A&R Barbecue
La Baguette
Uncle Lou’s Fried Chicken
Arcade
Barksdale
Frost Bake Shop
BBQ Shop
Gabby’s Burgers and Fries
Fox’s Donut Den
Biscuit Love
The Proper Bagel
Bolton’s Spicy Chicken and Fish
Dozen Bakery
Loveless Café
Peg Leg Porker
Nashville Farmers Market
Swett’s
Coco’s Italian Market
 
A disappointment:
Gibson’s Donuts
Pied Piper Creamery
Fido
 
 
Thanks for reading!
 
 
 
 
 
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Re: Biscuits, BBQ, Meat & 3, and Hot Chicken: The 2018 Nashville Crawl Trip Report 2018/05/05 05:56:11 (permalink)
Wonderful report David thanks very much.
 
 
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Re: Biscuits, BBQ, Meat & 3, and Hot Chicken: The 2018 Nashville Crawl Trip Report 2018/05/05 08:42:00 (permalink)
David - Great job on the report....please give Danny a few lessons...he's is posting our Louisville portion and we all all still waiting.  Enjoyed spending time with you!  
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Re: Biscuits, BBQ, Meat & 3, and Hot Chicken: The 2018 Nashville Crawl Trip Report 2018/05/05 08:42:00 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby ChiBears15 2018/05/05 08:46:55
David - Great job on the report....please give Danny a few lessons...he's is posting our Louisville portion and we all all still waiting.  Enjoyed spending time with you!  
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Re: Biscuits, BBQ, Meat & 3, and Hot Chicken: The 2018 Nashville Crawl Trip Report 2018/05/05 08:47:32 (permalink)
Skyline made the favorites list?!
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Re: Biscuits, BBQ, Meat & 3, and Hot Chicken: The 2018 Nashville Crawl Trip Report 2018/05/05 09:39:17 (permalink)
Awesome reports so far!  Nice to relive and remember so many stops!
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Re: Biscuits, BBQ, Meat & 3, and Hot Chicken: The 2018 Nashville Crawl Trip Report 2018/05/05 10:26:44 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby ChiBears15 2018/05/05 10:55:26
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Husk was really good!  At first, I was ascared......I thought it was going to be a typical hipster joint......you know, a place that WJ would go for coffee.  They lived up to their hype! The food was fantastic, and the waitress would describe every item in such detail, right down to where the plant was grown or the animal was killed.  But, I was a little taken aback when they described the burger meat as gently fondled.


I guess we had different servers. 😀 There was no talk of fondling with ours.

I think she was looking at Danny. 
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Re: Biscuits, BBQ, Meat & 3, and Hot Chicken: The 2018 Nashville Crawl Trip Report 2018/05/05 11:02:26 (permalink)
Davidsanders, WOW!
 
"WOW" nearly says it all, but I especially enjoyed your candor in regard to some 'less than satisfactory dishes'.  Tepid anything is 'ugh'.
 
And, thank you so much for the exterior and interior shots of the various eateries; ambiance is definitely part of any meal.
 
BTW, did you try any of those wonderful BBQ sandwiches without slaw?  I like slaw - (only 'good slaw'), of course but, with the exception of Reubens, Primanti's, and brats I always order it on the side 'just to see', i.e., "trust, but verify". 
 
Bad slaw can ruin a great BBQ sandwich and, to me, that's a mortal sin.
 
Again, thank you for your awesome report. 
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Re: Biscuits, BBQ, Meat & 3, and Hot Chicken: The 2018 Nashville Crawl Trip Report 2018/05/05 11:22:59 (permalink)
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Skyline made the favorites list?!


Thanks Danny!
I knew I would get that reaction! It's hard for me not to rate Skyline very high, because I like it so much, even though for some it's just nothing special. I also know that there are probably quite a few on my list that only made "good" when others were probably much more impressed, and maybe I underrated them. It's so subjective. I especially had a hard time with where to put Loveless and A & R. Both probably could have gone up a notch.
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Re: Biscuits, BBQ, Meat & 3, and Hot Chicken: The 2018 Nashville Crawl Trip Report 2018/05/05 11:26:16 (permalink)
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Davidsanders, WOW!
 
"WOW" nearly says it all, but I especially enjoyed your candor in regard to some 'less than satisfactory dishes'.  Tepid anything is 'ugh'.
 
And, thank you so much for the exterior and interior shots of the various eateries; ambiance is definitely part of any meal.
 
BTW, did you try any of those wonderful BBQ sandwiches without slaw?  I like slaw - (only 'good slaw'), of course but, with the exception of Reubens, Primanti's, and brats I always order it on the side 'just to see', i.e., "trust, but verify". 
 
Bad slaw can ruin a great BBQ sandwich and, to me, that's a mortal sin.
 
Again, thank you for your awesome report. 


Thanks MetroplexJim!
No, it actually never occurred to me to try one of the bbq sandwiches without slaw. I know many of the places do ask if you want it on the side, but it just seems to work so well for me.
 
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Re: Biscuits, BBQ, Meat & 3, and Hot Chicken: The 2018 Nashville Crawl Trip Report 2018/05/05 11:28:51 (permalink)
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David - Great job on the report....please give Danny a few lessons...he's is posting our Louisville portion and we all all still waiting.  Enjoyed spending time with you!  


Thanks Gregg!
The crawl would have been so much less without you and the spreadsheet! 
 
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Re: Biscuits, BBQ, Meat & 3, and Hot Chicken: The 2018 Nashville Crawl Trip Report 2018/05/05 11:29:40 (permalink)
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Wonderful report David thanks very much.
 
 


Thanks Ivyhouse!
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Re: Biscuits, BBQ, Meat & 3, and Hot Chicken: The 2018 Nashville Crawl Trip Report 2018/05/05 11:43:59 (permalink)
Thanks Davidsanders  for the detailed and excellent report.  I really wish I could have been there with everyone but between our 3 1/2 week trip that we'll be taking in the fall and the fact that I really needed to re-visit a region of the country I hadn't seen in a decade, it just wasn't possible, but your description and commentary made it seem like I was there with you.
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Re: Biscuits, BBQ, Meat & 3, and Hot Chicken: The 2018 Nashville Crawl Trip Report 2018/05/05 17:01:46 (permalink)
This was a wonderful report. It's a part of the world I've never been to, but, when I go there, I will be prepared. I have to say that I had to go out and buy some ribs to cook for dinner after reading this earlier!
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Re: Biscuits, BBQ, Meat & 3, and Hot Chicken: The 2018 Nashville Crawl Trip Report 2018/05/05 17:17:26 (permalink)
Superb work, David!  You really chronicled well.  Did you happen to notice if the pork tenderloin biscuit at Bryant's is a BPT variation?
 
Danny's going to have to add a lot of new customers to his paper route to pay for his trip, especially if a lot of those restaurants didn't have a kids' menu!
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Re: Biscuits, BBQ, Meat & 3, and Hot Chicken: The 2018 Nashville Crawl Trip Report 2018/05/05 23:59:13 (permalink)
OUTSTANDING! 
 
First... thank you, Buddy for the piece on The Husk.
 
What wonderful reports and group of Roadfooders!  It was nice to be able to put faces with ID's and names.
 
I definitely travel with the wrong people.
 
BRAVO!
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Re: Biscuits, BBQ, Meat & 3, and Hot Chicken: The 2018 Nashville Crawl Trip Report 2018/05/06 01:00:31 (permalink)
Thanks Billyboy. Sometimes it's good to have something that doesn't meet your expectations to remind you how much you enjoy other things.
 
Thanks annepr. I hope your ribs were good tonight. 
 
Thanks ScreamingChicken. I didn't see anyone order the pork tenderloin biscuit at Bryant's so I don't know if it is a BPT variation. 
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Re: Biscuits, BBQ, Meat & 3, and Hot Chicken: The 2018 Nashville Crawl Trip Report 2018/05/06 08:10:58 (permalink)
Super report. Thanks so much. Would love Monell's!
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Re: Biscuits, BBQ, Meat & 3, and Hot Chicken: The 2018 Nashville Crawl Trip Report 2018/05/06 11:56:42 (permalink)
David summed up Nashville perfectly but I am going to add a few more photos. I appreciate the crew welcoming Linda and I so warmly. I had met several before but this was her 1st time. A health issue keeps me away from most of the sweet stops but the main meals were just right for me. Starting with The Pancake Pantry.
Grill Cook's Medley and pancakes. 


Blueberry Waffle

The Husk Cheeseburger is incredible.

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Re: Biscuits, BBQ, Meat & 3, and Hot Chicken: The 2018 Nashville Crawl Trip Report 2018/05/06 12:04:01 (permalink)
Arnold's has done a much needed enlargement of the dining room and actually are still working on it as you can tell. This is a spot that we will hit on every visit to Nashville.


Meat loaf,corn,green beans

Roast beef,mashed potatoes,turnip greens

One of the best things I ate all weekend. A perfect blend of spicy and sweet.


 
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Re: Biscuits, BBQ, Meat & 3, and Hot Chicken: The 2018 Nashville Crawl Trip Report 2018/05/06 12:08:01 (permalink)
The wonderful jams,jellies,and preserves at The Loveless Cafe.


We had a good time at The Grand Ole Opry.

 
 
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Re: Biscuits, BBQ, Meat & 3, and Hot Chicken: The 2018 Nashville Crawl Trip Report 2018/05/06 12:16:35 (permalink)
I chose not to fight the race congestion downtown and visited the East Nashville location of Edley's BBQ. 
Pulled Pork Tacos were very good.

The Tuck was voted best sandwich in Nashville and I can't argue that fact. Brisket,house made pimento cheese,and a runny yolk fried egg was a great combo. 

 
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Re: Biscuits, BBQ, Meat & 3, and Hot Chicken: The 2018 Nashville Crawl Trip Report 2018/05/06 12:30:23 (permalink)
David, as the others have said: Great report and excellent photos!
 
Don't listen to anyone else about Skyline! I've lived in Cincinnati for a long time and I still think they're a cut above the other Cinci chili spots. Hopefully it will work its way up I-65.
 
 
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Re: Biscuits, BBQ, Meat & 3, and Hot Chicken: The 2018 Nashville Crawl Trip Report 2018/05/06 13:30:03 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby nagle 2018/05/06 17:41:43
I've been kind of kicking myself for not doing a report on Kansas City. I kept telling myself I'd get to it and before I knew it two months had passed and the details began escaping me.
 
So here goes...
 
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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25 - OUT OF CINCINNATI
 
My Roadfood weekend started while I was still on the clock.
 
I’m an assistant manager at Jungle Jim’s Eastgate these days – the location the Crawl descended upon in 2014 – and on the opening Wednesday of the Crawl our Canadian friends met up with us there.
 
After clocking out and exploring the store with them, our first stop of the Canadians Do The South Roadfood Trip 2018 was Red Sesame, a Korean/Mexican fusion place that went from food truck to dine-in establishment inside the Jungle.
 
I got the burrito, which is cabbage, protein (I chose pork), rice, shredded cheese and the signature sauce. Cathy got the tacos, which come with cabbage and that sauce.
 
The sauce is sort of a sweet chili with a little kick and is extremely tasty.
 
We’d been there before, and our friends obviously had not, but all of us really enjoyed it. If there’s a knock on Red Sesame it’s that all of the items are based on the house sauce, so they taste pretty similar.
 
We were out of practice and forgot to take photos.
 
From there we stopped at our house and then it was off to Nashville.
 
We had the 6:30 Husk reservation and the four of us sat next to the pro table.
 
We also did the crab rice, the Johnny cakes and the pimento cheese and split the ribeye. All were excellent, and the fries that accompanied the ribeye were amazing. 
 

 
 From there we drove downtown to Mike's Ice Cream and were stunned at the parking situation. The first spot we saw in a lot was $35 for two hours. No thanks.
 
Full and somewhat tired from working a six-hour shift starting at 5:30 a.m., we nixed the dessert stop and headed back to the hotel.
 
Besides, we had this waiting for us:
 

 
THURSDAY, APRIL 26 - DU HUSK MICH
 
Since no one was able to dial up a perfect weather weekend for us, we headed out into the rain for Biscuit Love.
 
I'm not a huge breakfast person but this place could help conform me.
 
The menu
 

 
Cathy's blueberry Johnnycake concoction
 

 
The Nasty Princess (left) and Bonuts
 

 
All were winners. Then across the street to the Pancake Pantry, although I was already pretty full.
 
I had a bite of this...
 

 
...and it was very good. 
 
Wasn't sure what the obsession with the hash browns. They were good but not noteworthy.
 
With time to kill, we headed to the arena district to check out the hoopla with the Predators-Jets series slated to start the next night.
 
So they had just beaten the Avalanche and had smashed a car into oblivion for some reason, and now were preparing to do the same to a jet. Because they were playing the Jets. Get it? Me either. But the rink is amazing.
 

 

 

Then back to Husk for lunch. We had Danny's reservation, so they were preparing to seat us between the bathrooms and the dumpster, but then we explained that we weren't actually him and they moved us into the front room.
 
Lunch was just as amazing as dinner the previous night and for a fraction of the price. No regrets over doing Husk twice but if we went back we would just do the lunch.
 

 

 



As Cathy put it, lunches #2 and 3 were replaced by nap #1. Wednesday was a long day and we were up and on the street by 6:30 on Thursday.
 
Then on to Martin's BBQ. We figured out the parking situation somewhat, finding a $15 lot by Martin's on the outskirts of downtown, but parking in Nashville proper would be an issue all weekend.
 
This was the one place on the Crawl that I had visited previously, so I was recommending the smoked sausage to anyone who would listen.
 
Then I felt like a chumpstain when we got to the counter and found they were out.
 
The brisket is still delightful here, and the surprise of the night was Nagle's fried bologna sandwich. The lighting wasn't great here, and they were committing some kind of dancing upstairs, but the food was excellent, the service was fast despite the line being out the door and they had the Pens-Capitals game on upstairs. 
 
The Pens won, 3-2.
 

 

The dry-rubbed wings


One day later, we walked to Mike's Ice Cream.

After 12,000 calories, I snuck down to Corner Pub by our hotel for a late-night beverage.
 
Funny what a small world it is. I ended up at the bar talking to an ex-pat from the UK, and he struck up a conversation with me because of my Miami University hockey shirt.
 
Turns out he's a rep who has the territory of southwestern Ohio and Kentucky, and he was just in Blue Ash -- 20 minutes from my house -- that day.
 
Gets strange: He grew up a town over from where I spent two years as an Air Force brat in England.
 
Gets really strange: He went to Wright State University, same as myself, and we were just a year apart in age. After figuring out our class schedules we decided we had to have attended classes together. 
 
Anyway, after I told him why we were in Nashville and our itinerary, he had two pieces of advice: 1) At Five Daughters you were going to pay about $5 for a doughnut but it would be enormous and one of the best pastries on the planet, and 2) with the marathon running on Saturday and us planning downtown activities, "you're f----d".
 
Dead right on both.
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Re: Biscuits, BBQ, Meat & 3, and Hot Chicken: The 2018 Nashville Crawl Trip Report 2018/05/06 13:33:40 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby nagle 2018/05/06 20:04:09
FRIDAY, APRIL 27 - COUNTRY CORONARY
 
There was talk of a half dozen breakfast stops before dawn, and we opted for the hotel lobby's free spread. The sausage was pretty good, I liked the quinoa-kale thing and the price and proximity were clinchers.
 
Besides, we had Arnold's and Loveless back-to-back at 10:30.
 
We headed out with the Canadians and arrived at Arnold's before 10. Food wasn't served until 10:30 but we got it line at 10. Good thing we did -- it was packed by the time we left.
 
While Husk was exceptional as a high-end restaurant, Arnold's was the type of place I came to the south for. Homemade, hearty dishes and delectable desserts were passed all around our tables, and the concept of pacing was out the window.
 
I never would've guessed I would've liked fried green tomatoes, but Big_G let me try his and I was hooked. Turnip greens were an unknown that I took a serious liking to.
 
I got the chicken and dumplings and it was everything I expected and more. 
 

 


 
We made a quick stop at a nearby candy shop and it was off to Loveless Cafe. Fortunately it was a long drive because we needed time to digest.
 
I've never seen the middle of nowhere on a map but I'm pretty sure Loveless is close to it.
 






For some reason I'm looking down in most of the photos taken this weekend.


Stuffed beyond belief, we headed to small-town Franklin which for some reason rivaled Chicago in terms of traffic. We didn't eat anything here but fortunately found a former warehouse converted to a small mall on the outskirts of town that had a Five Daughters Bakery as well as a cool little butcher shop.
 
The doughnuts were mostly gone at this point so we kept that as an option for the next morning. I'm glad we did.
 
We broke off from the Canadians at the hotel after that. They planned on hanging around by the Arena and trying to snag cheap tickets for Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals.
 
Our plan was to check out the Nashville Sounds Triple-A baseball team and their beautiful new stadium.
 
But while we were at the hotel, prices for lower-bowl seats to the hockey game started plummeting as sellers began to panic. 
 
We (read here: Mrs. Bonk) decided to snag a pair when the price of two had dropped more than 70 percent, so off we went. Traffic was awful on the way down due to a highway closure, and there was a glitch logging in to get the tickets, so we didn't get into the rink until eight minutes before faceoff.
 

Not the outcome the locals were hoping for.

 
Back to the pub for a couple brews and off to bed.
 
SATURDAY, APRIL 28 - DON'T LISTEN TO PETULA CLARK
 
Within minutes of picking up the phone to read GroupMe, it was obvious the downtown market was a no-go. The Music City Marathon folks apparently didn't get the memo that our group was in for the weekend and streets were blocked everywhere. 
 
Plus half of the vendors bailed, which is a shame because the past two years the markets in Pittsburgh and Kansas City, respectively, had been a huge hit.
 
Seeing the writing on the phone, we audibled and returned to Franklin with Nagle (wawa opted to sleep in). There was a Five Daughters and a couple other cool places in that makeshift mall, and that was all I needed for breakfast.
 
Was I in for a surprise. The parking lot was taken over by a local market, and as we turned the corner I saw a food truck that said "Jay's Chicago..." and couldn't see the last words. Could there be a bad ending to that phrase for someone who had not been back to Chicago in five years?
 

 
Five Daughters making doughnuts
 

 

And then back to that elusive food truck.
 
There was a bright light leading to the truck, and as I got closer, I saw it: The yellow 'V' with tongs through it that Chicagoans know as the Vienna Beef logo. 
 
But it was 7:55 a.m. Were they really going to have Chicago lunch and dinner fare at that point?
 
Food was five minutes from being ready, as it turned out.
 
I got a hot dog and a beef sandwich, the latter was the best of its kind I've ever had outside of the Chicago area.
 
During a weekend of meat and twos, threes, etc., as Nagle put it, I had the two meat and none for breakfast.
 
Damn that was good.
 
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I thought we had a photo of me eating but I must've killed it too fast.
 
Back at the hotel we enjoyed these treats from Five Daughters:
 

 
The rest of the morning was a blur, and I guess there's this photo out there so it's hard to deny I was there. At least I expressed my displeasure.
 

 
We rejoined the group at Swett's, happy at the productive morning we had but sad for those who ventured downtown with disastrous results.
 
Swett's was good but for a cafeteria style it wasn't as good as Arnold's.
 
I liked the mac and cheese and the pork chop (gravy or no gravy? Why ask that question ever?). 
 

 
400 Degrees was next, and I was really looking forward to getting into the hot chicken game.
 
Apparently some were turned off by a taste bud-incinerating experience the day before and also thought the Husk style was a hot chicken, but 400 Degrees was our first true experience. 
 
The place was in transition, so there was a food truck blocking an entrance and parking was nearly non-existent. And the neighborhood wasn't the greatest.
 
But the proprietor couldn't have been nicer and she loaded us up on food. 
 
Her scale was 0 degrees, 100, etc., to 400. My experience with hot chicken is to order one level below what you normally would, so we went with tenders that were a mix of 100 and 0. 
 
I think I liked this stop more than anyone, although I'm convinced now that bone-in is the way to go if you want to truly experience hot chicken. It was windy, we were sharing and it also gets messy, thus the easily-shareable tenders.
 
The beans were good and the cole slaw (I don't like any cole slaws) drew solid reviews.
 

 


 
With way too much time to spare, we headed toward CoCo's, our dinner spot which also had an Italian market.
 
Hattie B's -- another hot chicken place -- was right down the street, so Ralph Melton and I made the walk to get some tenders for the group (thanks again Ralph!). Again the mild and the non-heat and about 15 forks.
 
I liked Hattie's as well, and it got a better reception from the group overall. While 400 Degrees was definitely a single location, Hattie's is a small chain in Nashville.
 
Then dinner.
 
I've come to enjoy the system of going in with other couples/singles on several entrees and then sharing everything, and that worked out well here.
 
A lot of people were disappointed with this dinner, but I thought the pizza and one of the pasta dishes was very good and the ravioli were also solid.
 
Cathy started drinking wine here so she got snappy with her phone.
 

 

I enjoyed the above caprese as well.

 
Rogo et al got this:
 

While Mrs. Bonk and others drank this:
 


 

 
The best pasta dish IMO was the one below:
 

 
xx
 
This looked really good but lacked flavor:
 


 
The group went to Bobby's for ice cream after this and I tagged along but didn't eat. I was on sweets overload for the weekend.
 
It was back to Corner Pub to watch hockey and then to the hotel to watch my eyelids.
 
SUNDAY, APRIL 29 - THE WAITING (AND GOOD-BYES) IS THE HARDEST PART
 
We snuck back to Five Daughters in Franklin for more of those addictive doughnuts. It wasn't the cheapest stop of the trip by any stretch but it was one of the best bakeries I've ever been to.
 
I'd be broke and would weigh 500 pounds if I lived near one.
 
Check out and on to Monell's, our final stop. 
 
Backtracking for a second: Having felt bad about the sausage-less BBQ experience at Martin's, I snagged some after Friday's hockey game since we parked right next to it, so I split five links 22 ways to give a taste to everyone on the tour.
 
Even refrigerated and 36 hours old, it was as good as I remember. I distributed the bags at Monell's and many used them as a pre-lunch snack. 
 
We wanted to get on the road, and we initially thought our reservation was 10:30 but it was actually 11. Then 11 passed, then 11:15. We were also losing an hour as we're in the Eastern time zone.
 
Finally we were seated, and the food started coming immediately. First the filler, then the biscuits, then the good stuff. And it was all good. 
 
The cajun catfish surprised me the most. I'm not a fish fan but we tried Nagle's at Husk and liked it, and here it was one of the best items on the menu.
 
The chicken was also incredible here.
 

 

 
Then we said our good-byes, which gets tougher every year. 
 
Words can't express how much we enjoyed this trip, especially because of all the wonderful people we've met.
 
MONDAY, APRIL 30 - THE PORK PROLOGUE 
 
At the butcher shop in Franklin, Mrs. Bonk had bought a couple of thick, already-cooked pork chops called Kasslers that we threw on the grill Monday.
 
I put a good seer on them and dinner was served.
 
They were some of the best chops I've ever had. Smoky, extremely juicy and a little fatty on the edges. There's a photo on GroupMe for those who attended.
 
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Re: Biscuits, BBQ, Meat & 3, and Hot Chicken: The 2018 Nashville Crawl Trip Report 2018/05/06 18:09:09 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby nagle 2018/05/06 20:04:56
My top 10
1) Husk - two meals, every item was exceptional, great building, great service.
2) Five Daughters - so good we went twice despite the price. One of my favorite bakeries ever.
3) Arnold's - exactly what I'd hoped for in a Southern restaurant, and I even discovered I like two Southern staples here.
4) Loveless Cafe - extremely tough call between here and Arnold's and the service and pricing were both exceptional. 
5) Martin's - does BBQ right across the board, from brisket to sides.
6) Monell's - every bit as good as Arnold's and Loveless but the price was much higher.
7) Jay's Chicago - my favorite Italian beef outside of Chicago found completely by accident, and the dog was solid too.
8) Biscuit Love - the Bonuts and Nasty Princess were both memorable, and it's tough to impress me with breakfast.
9) Swett's - a definite tier behind the big three Southern-country stops but still very good, especially the cobbler.
10) Hattie B's - Slightly better than 400 Degrees but really liked both, just wished I'd/we'd been able to give more hot chicken places a fair shot.
 
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