TRIP REPORT- Weekend in Nashville, April 2006

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TRIP REPORT- Weekend in Nashville, April 2006

Trip Report- Nashville
April 8 & 9, 2006

Despite some Tornado disasters in both the Louisville area and Nashville on Friday, April 7th we decided to follow through with our plan to meet with Poverty Pete and visit some places he has picked out as “Roadfood Worthy”. We have learned to trust PP’s judgment concerning a lot of things, especially food-stops!
So Saturday morning we loaded up the dogs and a change of clothes and headed south. Nashville is roughly 3 hours south of Louisville on I-65 so it was an easy ride. A couple of truck-stops on the KY side of the state line have the cheapest fuel prices in both states, so we took a fuel break and dog-walk rest there ($2.51/gallon). That put us in Nashville just before noon. Traffic on the two interstates that bisect the city was pretty bad due to storm damage close to the freeways in several places. Lot’s of Lookie-Lous kept us at a crawl for several miles.

The plan originally called for a Cajun lunch at WILMA KAYES, but it was closed until the dinner period, so we shifted out emphasis to some Texas BBQ for the noon meal. Poverty Pete joined us and we headed to JUDGE BEANS at 123 12th Ave. North. The place had all the appearances of a Texas bar and restaurant. They obviously had a series of events coming-up that would be of interest to some Roadfooders .

I ordered the Sampler Plate- Brisket, Pork Ribs, Sausage slices, Chicken Wings, and a Tamale, with a stuffed Jalapeno and Cowboy Beans for side dishes. The Jalapeno’s were filled with cheese and shrimp and wrapped in Bacon. Janet had Brisket Wraps (3 to an order) and enjoyed them very much. Steve got a plate of Stuffed Jalapenos (bacon wrapped) with his order of Brisket Wraps. The main problem with all of this was that most of it was COLD when served. The Beans would have been good, but serving them barely lukewarm was a real negative. We had the same problem with the Wings and Tamale. The Wraps and the Jalapenos were fine. Over all the food was fair, but serving everything HOT (temperature) would have improved it quite a bit. Score a 6 on a 10 scale for this visit.
Here are the Stuffed Jalapenos

Brisket Wraps and Cowboy Beans and fries

The Sample Plate

After Lunch we did some plant shopping, then wandered around town walking the dogs in one of the city parks and checking out the rail lines for photo possibilities before taking a “Beer Break” at the YAZOO Microbrewery. We enjoyed an “R & R” with some tasty malt beverages and set the stage for dinner.

Then it was time to head back to WILMA KAYES for dinner. We decided to get another assortment sampler and share around the table. Oysters (great), Crab Cakes (salty), Fried Pie filled with shrimp and crab (very good) and small cups of Red Beans & Rice, Gumbo, and Etouffee (all quite good). The Fried Pie was really good. The pie stuffing had the tastes of the Cajun seafood.

That finished our day.

Sunday morning Poverty Pete wanted to ride his new Harley, so we followed him to the scene of what was to become an EXCELLENT Brunch at ELLENDALES RESTAURANT at 22739 Old Elm Hill Pike. A classic menu restaurant, it has a Sunday Brunch that ranks near the top of any we have enjoyed on our roadtrips. [url][/url]

Starting with fresh-squeezed Orange Juice, we then made the rounds to check out the various buffet tables. The place was really mellow with families coming in after church in what could be described as a calm atmosphere. The Omelet Chef was a master at his art.

The assortment of things to put into your omelets was huge. The finished product was about as good as an omelet can be. The Waffle Man was also cranking out superb-looking waffles with various items added to the batter to ‘customize’ them to taste. The buffet tables were loaded with the traditional Brunch item that all looked wonderful. There was a tureen of delicious Crab Chowder.

I selected Cheese Grits, Fresh Fruit and some breakfast meats to go with a cup of that Chowder and my shrimp and bacon filled Omelet.

Then a short trip to the dessert table was the Grand Finale-chocolate and strawberries!

Then it was time to bid our friend goodbye and head north. We enjoyed a beautiful sunny ride up to Louisville. Thanks to Poverty Pete for introducing us to these places in his (adopted) hometown.

P S The Hushpuppies we got with our Cajun Dinner really work! The dogs loved the few that made it to them!


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