This month, we head to Nashville to chat with Jessica, the store manager of the Earthbound in Opry Mills, about all her favorite hot spots and things to do in Music City! She fills us in on the best places for Nashville staples like spiced chicken, Southern comfort food, and country music, as well as those a little more off the beaten path like indie movie houses and local (non-country) music spots. Read on for a great guide to visiting Nashville!
Q: Is there any cuisine your city is known for? Where’s the best place to get it?
A: Nashville is known for BBQ, spiced chicken, and the traditional Southern comfort food. You can pretty much stop at any small BBQ joint for some delicious smoked ribs, but Pepperfire in East Nashville is where you have to stop for spiced chicken! If it is the traditional Southern food you are craving, head to any Monell’s location for delicious food and be prepared to meet some new people! You sit at a table with other people and you are served family style.
Q: What’s the music scene like? Where do you go to catch a concert or go dancing?
A: Nashville is obviously known for country music and you can head down to Lower Broadway to catch a number of shows (and stop by our Nashville sister store on Broadway!) but we also have a great rock music scene as well! If you want to get your adrenaline pumping, head over to East Nashville and go to pretty much anywhere in Five Points to hear some great, local, non-country music!
Q: What’s something fun to do with children in your town?
Q: What museums, theatres, galleries or other cultural activities do you recommend?
A: The Frist is our main art gallery, but there are a number of other cool attractions for the art lovers as well!Cheekwood Gardens is a beautiful place to see, The Belcourt Theatre is really cool for the indie movie lover, and there is a small underground theater under Logue’s Black Raven Emporium that plays old cult classics on the weekends. It’s aptly named the Cult Fiction Underground.
Q: Where’s the best place to be after midnight in your city?
A: Lower Broadway is the most popular place to be after midnight; it is our own mini version of the Las Vegas Strip. It has a ton of shops, bars and restaurants and you can always just stand around and people watch for a good laugh!
Q: What’s the best time of year to visit? Why?
A: You can visit Nashville any time of the year and get a different, unique perspective of our city. Winter is quiet and pretty, Spring is cool and great for strolling around outside, Summer is crazy and a little crowded, and Autumn is great for finding a favorite park and reading a great book with a cup of coffee.
Q: What’s one unique thing about your city that a visitor absolutely should not miss?
A: The greatest thing about Nashville isn’t a place or a thing to do…it’s the people! Most everyone who lives here is from somewhere else and we love to chat and talk up our adoptive city. Nashvillians have a deep love of our home…and it is really nothing like the show!
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