Ok so at this point my days and food has run together and I am WAY behind in posting my adventures. I hit the higlights on the Pie thread and the Burger highlights on the burger thread, but there was SOOOOOOOO much more to discover while in the Mid State. Gabby's Burgers & Fries -
The First of several stops here
The crowd 20 minutes after opening
This place is small, but with counter seats, table and outdoor seating it can handle quite the crowd, AND a lot fo the orders are for to go.
You know a place is going to be good when the owner has a sense of humor, here is Doug's (The Owner) collection of Mr Potato Heads
There is 250 lbs of potatoes stacked there (remember this number for later) Here is where the magic occurs, they crank out the food QUICKLY, and EVRYTHING is fresh made to order, not sitting around waiting for you to order it.
Not knowing how the rest of my day was going to be, as Ihad some 7 stops planned, I ordered light.
Here is the Seamus (Shay - Mus) Burger with fresh cut fries
5 oz grass fed ground beef
pepper jack cheese
OH WOW, the beef was tender and juicy and you could tell you were not eating ff crap on a bun. Oh yeah the buns, they are made fresh every day by a local bakery and delivered each morning. There is NO preservatives in them so they don't stay that long, and when they are out, THEY ARE OUT.
After that I needed something for dessert and wouldn't you know it just 5 minutes from Gabby's is The Loving Pie Company. http://www.thelovingpiecompany.com/
Doing my due diligence, I found out that TLPC has both sweet and savory pies, and I had only had lunch 10 minutes before so why not get something sweet and something savory.
I forgot to look at the special board when I came in, but a table that was sitting near me had just gotten their chicken pot pie and shepherd's pie. BOTH looked and smelled wonderful and by the ladies expressions (imagine "When Harry Met Sally" but not quite as loud) I knew I wanted to try both.
So I ordered:
1 Chicken Pot Pie
1 Shepherd's Pie
1 Diet IBC Rootbeer in bottle
1 Chess Pie
1 Red Velvet Chess Pie (House Specialty)
1 Chocolate Peanut Butter Chess Pie
I was texting my good friend CTD and BB with all the photos just trying to be the nice guy I am, and i think I was giving poor BB hunger pains.
Now here is where the story gets funny. The waitress asked if I was being joined by anyone, I told her no, but I am tormenting some good friends who couldnt be here today. She laughed and went to put my order in.
Out comes the ICE COLD Root Beer, and in from the kitchen I hear "But there is only 1 person sitting at that table" and from the corner of my eye I see the cook looking out wondering where the rest of the crew is.
So a few minutes goes by and the cook brings out my 3 pieces of sweet pie, but no sign of my savory ones. Ok so they take a few minutes to bake no problem.
I take my photos and I sitll see the cook looking out from the kitchen. I had waited long enough and the sweet pies were calling my name, so i dug in.
I love a good root beer
Red Velvet Chess
Chocolate Peanut Butter Chess
The crusts were flaky and tender, the fillings were not overly sweet, the pie was magic... IT DISAPPEARED!
The inside of The Loving Pie Company is brightly painted and Frank Sinatra was playing from the I-Pad.
After WOOFING down my pie, the cook came out and said " I knew you really didnt want anything else to eat, so I never made the other part of the order.
Needless to say the owner and I spoke, and the cook apologized. I did get a coupon for a free piece of quiche on my next visit.
I did grab a to go piece of Red Velvet Chess for my Dad's wife (she loves Red Velvet).
The next stop on my journey was aout 15 minutes from TLPC, Brown's Diner.
Brown's Diner http://www.brownsdiner.com/
Which was NOT a diner, but more of a neighborhood bar and grill. i was told by several that their burgers are really good, so I had to try it.
I was still full from Burgers and Pie already but I channeled my inner CTD and ordered a Cheeseburger & Hushpuppies
Now when a place asks you how you want your burger cooked, USUALLY the burger comes out the way you wanted it. Not here, I ordered Med Rare and it came out Blackened and Mooing.
It was tasty, but not the "Best In Nashville" and I knew my next stop was going to be hard to beat REALLY hard to beat.
Rotier's Restaurant http://www.rotiersrestaurant.com/
This place is iconic Nashville, right off of Vandy's campus (try finding a seat on a home game Saturday). It has been around for a very long time, and has the great standards to keep it around for many more yers to come.
Now I have been to Rotiers numerous times and one thing that I ALWAYS order is their Hash Brown Casserole. It is Hot & Gooey Filling.
House made Chocolate Shake - Thick and Creamy and wonderful
The subject of the day's adventures - Cheeseburger on French Bread
Not one but TWO servings of HBC
and to top it all off
Lemon Ice Box Pie
BY this point, my body was screaming "UNCLE" but my brain was on a mission, and the next stop didn't help my body to feel any better, because only 3 blocks from Rotiers (just down Elliston Place) is
Yep, you guessed it
Elliston Place Soda Shop https://www.facebook.com/sodashopnashville
I was over stuffed and could hardly focus, but when I saw the FRESH pan of Banana Puddin come straight from the oven, I KNEW what I was going to have.
But what to wash it down with???
By this point in time I was beyond full and I couldn't go on anymore, I had two more stops planned but there was NO WAY I could eat ANYTHING else.
So I drive around Broadway for a few minutes and got some shots of Broadway and the FAMOUS places along it.
Ryman Auditorium (Lynard Skynard was playing there the next night)
The new Country Music Hall of Fame and TPAC (TN Performing Arts Center)
Broadway Street (just up from Robert's Western World)
And finally for all of you fans out there
HOLY SCH-NIKEYS BATMAN
Afer this it was a quick 25 minute drive to Lebanon just in time for dinner
Sunset Family Restaurant
Fresh Brewed UN Sweet Tea and more of it
I came for the burger so here it is:
Sides of Green Beans - Ceamed Corn - Mac & Cheese
and for dessert:
Grandma's Chocolate Pie
I got home, laid back on the couch and promptly fell asleep (or lapsed into a food and pie coma)
This concludes 1 day in the life of "I wanna be like Greg or Cliff"