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Re:GLEE CLUB MEET & EAT, FEB. 18&19. NASHVILLE Fri, 02/24/12 11:46 PM (permalink)
I had previously mentioned that I had finally met some good friends that I had never met.  I was specifically talking about Michael Hoffman and lleechef (Lisa, of TwinPeaks fame...).  Online, emails, and phone conversations had been our contact for years, but I considered them both true friends.  It was wonderful to finally meet them both in person.
Sometimes, though, you meet people you have never encountered in any way, and you immediately like them, because you sense that they are just good people. Such was the case with the three people below (Ralph, Lori, and Lynn).  I truly hope the Nashville trip won't be the last time I'll get to be with them.
(Oh, and I must mention that I had never met Ellen, Mrs. pogophiles, and she immediately captured my heart.)
Anyway, good friends, good times, good feelings.
Ralph and Lori Melton.

From Sunday brunch at Ellendale's, we have will_work_4_bbq


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    Re:GLEE CLUB MEET & EAT, FEB. 18&19. NASHVILLE Sat, 02/25/12 12:12 AM (permalink)
    Bushie -- I really enjoyed meeting you, too! :-)
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      Re:GLEE CLUB MEET & EAT, FEB. 18&19. NASHVILLE Sat, 02/25/12 12:30 AM (permalink)
      Bushie, my visits with you in austin were a road food highlight. Still hope to return with my wife sometime.I have really enjoyed this thread

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        Re:GLEE CLUB MEET & EAT, FEB. 18&19. NASHVILLE Sat, 02/25/12 7:37 AM (permalink)
        Loved meeting you too, Bushie!  It was a great weekend!

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          Re:GLEE CLUB MEET & EAT, FEB. 18&19. NASHVILLE Sat, 02/25/12 11:49 AM (permalink)
          Bushie, you must admit that you got more hugs and kisses from me than from Michael!  We are still talking about what a great time we had with everybody.
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            Re:GLEE CLUB MEET & EAT, FEB. 18&19. NASHVILLE Sat, 02/25/12 12:01 PM (permalink)
            Damn Straight! He didn't get any hugs or kisses from me. I sure enjoyed meeting Bushie, but I don't hug or kiss guys who wear Hawaiian shirts.
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              Re:GLEE CLUB MEET & EAT, FEB. 18&19. NASHVILLE Sat, 02/25/12 12:28 PM (permalink)
              Is Hawaiian shirt really the key word?! 
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                Re:GLEE CLUB MEET & EAT, FEB. 18&19. NASHVILLE Sat, 02/25/12 12:42 PM (permalink)
                It'll do till I need another.
                  Ralph Melton

                  Re:GLEE CLUB MEET & EAT, FEB. 18&19. NASHVILLE Sat, 02/25/12 3:26 PM (permalink)
                  Bushie, I feel enormously complimented by your remarks. Thank you very much.

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                    Re:GLEE CLUB MEET & EAT, FEB. 18&19. NASHVILLE Sat, 02/25/12 10:43 PM (permalink)
                    mr chips

                    Bushie, my visits with you in austin were a road food highlight. Still hope to return with my wife sometime.I have really enjoyed this thread

                    In response to all the comments above, I sincerely meant everything I said.
                    And chips, I've been waiting for a return trip from you for a couple of years now!    I look forward to that happening.

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                      Re:GLEE CLUB MEET & EAT, FEB. 18&19. NASHVILLE Sun, 02/26/12 4:55 PM (permalink)
                      Bushie, looks like you have a fan club going on here! 

                        Re:GLEE CLUB MEET & EAT, FEB. 18&19. NASHVILLE Tue, 02/28/12 1:15 PM (permalink)
                        Yeah, I know this is real late, but I finally, FINALLY, was able to download (and then upload) my photos to add them onto this thread.  Since I took over 600 photos while in Nashville, just going to post some of my favorites.  Not enough time to go into every detail.  Any questions, ask away.
                        After landing in Nashville Wednesday afternoon, ChiTownDiner and I made Ed's Fish & Pizza House our first stop.  The owner was on the quiet side, but still loved our enthusiasm for his hot fish and Nashville food in general.  He even comped our food and refused to let me leave him a big tip.  One of the customers also spent quite a bit of time chatting with us.  Since he was a Vandy football star and former Miami Dolphin,

                        we had our photo taken with him.
                        Next stop was the excellent cafeteria meat & three, Swett's.  Just about everything here was well above average, but the standout was CTD's meatloaf,

                        which came in a tangy tomato sauce.
                        After checking into the hotel, we met CajunKing for one of the most fun meals of the trip at Rotier's.  I have always thought of Rotier's as a burger joint and they do make a good burger,

                        which typically comes on french bread.  But they also have a fine meat and three menu, which we seemed to sample most of.  In fact, the three of us ordered so much food, the waitress brought over another table to hold it all!  Lots of good food, but we seemed to agree that the pimento cheese sandwich

                        was the standout.  Good food, great company!  Our waitress, who was originally from Louisiana, took great care of us and she snapped a photo of us

                        before we left.
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                          Re:GLEE CLUB MEET & EAT, FEB. 18&19. NASHVILLE Tue, 02/28/12 1:53 PM (permalink)
                          On Thursday, CTD and I took on the ambitious schedule of seemingly trying to hit every restaurant south of Nashville, east of Memphis and west of Chattanooga.  Or did it just seem that way.
                          First stop was Dotson's in Franklin, which according to the hours they have listed on Facebook, should have been closed.  But, when we drove by, they had an open sign lit up.  Right now, The Travelin Man is thinking, this happens to me all the time!  The food was decent, though nothing special and I can see why they aren't listed in the newer Roadfood books.  What caught my eye is that they allow customers to write directly onto their menus,

                          which is something I had never seen before.
                          After a stop at Merridee's Breadbasket for some desserts followed next.  We got most of this to go, but half of a pimento cheese sandwich disappeared while I was in the men's room.
                          We got back in the car, programmed the GPS for a visit to the Franklin location of Puckett's Grocery and were surprised when the it said we were only 100 feet away.  So, I looked a few doors down the block and there it was.  Knowing what lay ahead of us, we decided to just stop in and grab a slice of pie each to go.  While chatting with the young lady working the register, we told her about our love of pie and about our previous visit to Puckett's.  Once again, our food was comped.  She told us she liked our attitude towards having pie in the morning for breakfast.  She even came outside and posed with CTD and one of his homemade pie signs.

                          Continuing south, we next stopped at Marcy Jo's Mealhouse in the small town of Pottsville.  Like most of us, this building could use a new coat of paint,

                          but that seems to be the look they are going for.  Marcy Jo's is owned by a woman named Marcy Jo, her brother Rory and his wife Joey.  Rory and Joey are also a country music duo and had a hit song a few years back called "Cheater, Cheater."  CTD ordered a dish called Rory's Overall (Rory is almost always wearing overalls),

                          which was biscuits and gravy, along with cheese and some fantastic bacon.  The gravy also contained more sausage than either of us had ever seen before.  This was his favorite dish of the trip and Marcy Jo's was his favorite restaurant of the trip.  Desserts of excellent peach cobbler and overly gooey Coca-Cola cake

                          followed.  Before we left, CTD had his photo taken with Rory,

                          who apparently is also a very successful country song writer, too.
                          Since we were driving by, we made a quick stop at Stan's Country Store and Restaurant, checked out the 72 year old ham, bought a couple of waters and moved on.
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                            The Travelin Man

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                            Re:GLEE CLUB MEET & EAT, FEB. 18&19. NASHVILLE Tue, 02/28/12 2:27 PM (permalink)
                            I don't think I've ever heard that song.

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                              Re:GLEE CLUB MEET & EAT, FEB. 18&19. NASHVILLE Tue, 02/28/12 2:42 PM (permalink)
                              Ohhhhh Coke cake, I didnt find any on the menus while I was there.
                              Dad says (since he now lives inthe Nville area) EVERYONE in the Nville area is a song writer, singer, works in the bidness
                              Rotiers was a good meal, but the companionship was what made the meal truly great.

                                Re:GLEE CLUB MEET & EAT, FEB. 18&19. NASHVILLE Tue, 02/28/12 3:12 PM (permalink)
                                The reason we had to keep moving to a tight schedule is because we had reservations at Miss Mary Bobo's Boarding House in Lynchburg at 1:00PM.  And they ask you to be there to check in 15 minutes ahead of time.
                                We barely had enough time to make one more stop before our big lunch and we drove well out into the country to visit Shaffer Farms Texas Barbecue in Summertown.  We had no more than ten minutes here to pick out our food and get back on the road, so we split a sausage plate with sides of potato salad and baked beans.  The sausage was very hot and I think it had jalapeno peppers in it.
                                Miss Mary Bobo's was up next.  Instead of talking about it here, it is worthy of a much longer post, all on its own.  So, I will skip over it for now.
                                After our big meal at Miss Mary Bobo's, we were full beyond belief.  But, in the name of Roadfood research, we didn't let that stop us from one more restaurant visit before our return to Nashville.  Pope's Cafe in Shelbyville was a staple of older Roadfood books until it closed down a few years back.  The classic small town cafe, located right on the square in the heart of town, they reopened about a year ago under new management.  There was no room for a full meal, so we both got a slice of pie.  One slice of chocolate meringue left and I was all over it.  This slice was so big,

                                it was more like two slices and despite how wonderfully homemade it is, I couldn't finish it.  CTD's coconut pie was equally as attractive and delicious.
                                After this, we went back to the hotel for a much deserved long nap.  Cousin Johnny was due in early evening and once we collected him, our first stop was Brown's Diner, famous for their burgers.  We did try their chomemade chili, vegetable beef soup and chili pie, but the excellent burger

                                was clearly the best thing on the table.
                                There aren't too many places open late in Nashville that we hadn't already hit, so our options were limited.  Our next stop was a local burger chain called Fat Mo's.  With appetite again running low, we just decided to split one burger among the three of us, but each one of us got a shake.  The burger was nothing special, but the shakes were actually quite good.
                                Final stop for the day was the famous Prince's Hot Chicken.  I have learned from previous visits that the chicken here is indeed extremely hot and that anything above mild was going to be painful.  While Johnny could have eaten a medium or maybe a hot, he agreed with us about the mild and the three of us again split one order of a half chicken. 

                                We took it back to the hotel and ate it in the lobby.  All the heat was in the skin as there was no heat in the meat at all.  We probably could have done a medium after all.  But, even without the heat, this is very tasty chicken.
                                After that, we called it a night as we were having another early start the next day. 

                                  Re:GLEE CLUB MEET & EAT, FEB. 18&19. NASHVILLE Tue, 02/28/12 3:14 PM (permalink)

                                  Ohhhhh Coke cake, I didnt find any on the menus while I was there.

                                  I think I have only been to one other restaurant that for sure makes Coca-Cola cake and that is Jestine's Kitchen in Charleston.  But, on my one visit, they were out of it that day.  BTW, Marcy Jo's also had Sun Drop cake!

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                                    Re:GLEE CLUB MEET & EAT, FEB. 18&19. NASHVILLE Tue, 02/28/12 3:38 PM (permalink)
                                    Wonderful report.  But now I am convinced that bb and his band of muskateers are ALL martians!

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                                      Re:GLEE CLUB MEET & EAT, FEB. 18&19. NASHVILLE Tue, 02/28/12 3:59 PM (permalink)
                                      I almost went to FAT MO's after leaving eastside fish, but decided not to do it. 
                                      A mistake I intend to rectify when I am back in Nashville
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                                        Re:GLEE CLUB MEET & EAT, FEB. 18&19. NASHVILLE Tue, 02/28/12 5:26 PM (permalink)
                                        BB, CTD, and C K- You guys are setting a new standard for Roadfood participation. WJ is not far behind, but he spreads his many visits over a longer period of time. There was a time when I might have been able to keep pace with you for awhile, but no longer. I enjoy sitting at the head of the table listening (and viewing) the history of your adventures.
                                        Please keep the reports coming.
                                        A side note- I loved the Ham at the Loveless Cafe so much that I ordered a WHOLE COUNTRY HAM from Benton's SmokeHouse over in Madisonville, TN. I have enjoyed slices, and bits n pieces from Allan Benton's shop, and did the tour of the place several times, but this will be my first ever Whole 16 lb Ham. Looking forward to thousands of Ham and Biscuit treats coming up !! It will arrive via UPS tomorrow according to the Tracking service.

                                          Re:GLEE CLUB MEET & EAT, FEB. 18&19. NASHVILLE Tue, 02/28/12 5:40 PM (permalink)
                                          Al: Too bad you don't have one of those fancy deli slicers.  He makes his Prosciutto from his hams that are the oldest.  Yours would work just fine.  I do know it has to be sliced very thin.  Perhaps you have a butcher friend who could assist you with that?
                                          You will have to practice how you cook the ham slices.  Too long and they turn into jerky. 
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                                            Re:GLEE CLUB MEET & EAT, FEB. 18&19. NASHVILLE Tue, 02/28/12 6:24 PM (permalink)
                                            The Travelin Man

                                            I don't think I've ever heard that song.

                                            Rory and Joey who?

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                                              Re:GLEE CLUB MEET & EAT, FEB. 18&19. NASHVILLE Tue, 02/28/12 6:36 PM (permalink)


                                                Re:GLEE CLUB MEET & EAT, FEB. 18&19. NASHVILLE Tue, 02/28/12 7:09 PM (permalink)
                                                Joe, thanks for posting that video.  I hadn't seen it before and it really does sum up the friendly atmosphere at Marcy Jo's.

                                                  Re:GLEE CLUB MEET & EAT, FEB. 18&19. NASHVILLE Tue, 02/28/12 8:44 PM (permalink)

                                                  That does sum things up...thanks Joe!

                                                  If u enjoyed the previous clip, check out Cheater, Cheater!

                                                  Buffetbuster...i do believe your are the devil on my shoulder when it comesto visiting Roadfood restaurants!
                                                    Ralph Melton

                                                    Re:GLEE CLUB MEET & EAT, FEB. 18&19. NASHVILLE Tue, 02/28/12 10:53 PM (permalink)
                                                    I finally managed to write up our trip. It's redundant with things that people have already said, but c'est la vie.

                                                    Friday, February 17

                                                    I've been rereading some of my trip reports, and I found myself really noticing that my trip reports are strongly dependent on my state at the time. It's as if my trip reports are a picture taken through a window, and they show my own reflection as much as they show what's past the window. This was something of a worrisome thought for this trip, because we definitely started the weekend off badly.
                                                    To begin with, we were both sick; I'd gotten a cold in the week before, and Lori's had a low-grade sickness since Thanksgiving that had gotten bad enough that she wasn't sure whether she'd be able to go to Nashville at all.

                                                    But then matters got worse once we got to the airport. We got to the airport with plenty of time, even enough time to get barbecue on the way. But although we were at our gate with plenty of time, our plane was not. Our itinerary was to fly from Pittsburgh at 6:24, arrive in Newark at 8:05, and depart Newark at 8:39. But at 6:24, there was no plane at the gate. The plane didn't arrive until 6:37, and no gate crew arrived until 6:45; we were extremely doubtful about our ability to make the connection. We tried to get the gate clerk to put us on a 7:05 flight through Charlotte that could connect to Nashville, but the gate clerk pondered the situation until after 7:05, at which point it became irrelevant. We didn't want to spend the night in Newark, but it seemed pretty clear that our only chance of getting to Nashville without buying a whole new ticket was to go to Newark and hope that our connecting flight was delayed as well.

                                                    We managed to make the connection through a combination of luck and mercy. At 8:55, the wheels hit the tarmac in Newark and we were told that we could use our cell phones. I checked the flight to Nashville: it was delayed until 9:10, and the departing gate was A27A, right next to our arriving gate A28. So we had a chance... but we still had to get to the gate, and we had to retrieve the bags we'd had to gate-check. So Lori dashed to the gate as soon as the door was opened to implore them to wait for us, while I retrieved our bags. As I grabbed our bags, someone called down the jetway, "Who's going to Nashville?" I called out a response and hustled out, and a gate clerk met me with my boarding pass; I was the last one to board the plane. We barely made our connection - but that's a lot better than almost making it.

                                                    But our travel troubles weren't over. We got the rental car without trouble and got to the Best Western at 12:15am. The desk clerk took our name and our reservation number and frowned. He then told us that our card had been declined when they had tried to run it, they had tried to call us once but received no answer (probably because we were in the air), and they had no more rooms available. We do understand why the card was declined; we'd had to change card numbers after our card was used for some unauthorized purchases. But that doesn't change the essential point: it was after midnight and we did not have a hotel room after all.

                                                    We did have an internet connection through our iPads, but travel sites won't let you book a hotel room for the evening of February 17 once it's after the midnight beginning February 18. But we handled this better than we did when we'd encountered this problem in LA: we found a likely-looking hotel online, then telephoned the hotel to ask whether they had rooms available. They did. I started driving while Lori finished making the reservation. By 1am, we were lodged in the Hilton Garden Inn, at a price lower than the Best Western's.

                                                    Even though everything had worked out, I was feeling very grouchy about the snafus. I concluded that waking up in time to drive an hour and meet people for breakfast at 7:30 would make me too grouchy to enjoy anything, and even a 9:30 stop was chancy. I posted an apology and we went to bed, hoping that my grouchiness wouldn't sour the whole trip.

                                                    Saturday, February 18

                                                    We got off to a late start with no hopes of intercepting folks at Knockum Hill. That gave us hope of making a stop on our own at Pancake Pantry, where'd we'd had a splendid breakfast in 2004. The line was very long, so Lori went shopping while I waited in line. 

                                                    After she'd exhausted the possibilities of the nearby shops, I followed ChiTownDiner's recommendation for Provence, the French Bakery across the street. We split the slice of apricot-pecan ring (good, but a touch dry) and saved the handmade chocolate-covered marshmallow for later.

                                                    Lori was phoning somebody when I noticed someone enter the line carrying a rose and I heard something about "free". I walked down to investigate that and saw that I A Village Of Flowers had buckets of roses and tulips with a sign saying "free flowers!" I brought Lori back a rose, which really delighted her even though it was slightly bedraggled. It was a particular surprise, because I wouldn't have bought her flowers when we had no way to keep them for any length of time. 

                                                    We finally managed to enter the Pancake Pantry, and got to skip several larger groups because we were a couple.

                                                    One of the particular reasons that I like the Pancake Pantry is that I feel I know something special about enjoying it as a Roadfooder that isn't obvious from the menu or the reviews. Here's my secret: they do half orders. (Generous half orders that are about 70% of what I want from a pancake order, but half the price of normal orders.) So we each ordered two half orders.

                                                    My pecan pancakes (served with pecan maple syrup) were splendid, with a lovely rich, nutty flavor.

                                                    The Santa Fe Cornmeal Pancakes (including cheddar, bacon, and green chiles) were not so wonderful. I felt that despite the nice savory ingredients, the whole was somehow less than the sum of its parts.

                                                    Lori's peach pancakes were a big winner with lots of peach compote and whipped cream. 

                                                    She was even more pleased with her sugar and spice pancakes, which were nicely cinnamon-flavored and served with cinnamon cream.

                                                    We also shared some rugged country ham, because I get country ham whenever I can.

                                                    We had to make a detour to an Apple store in a super-crowded mall to correct for bad packing on my part. This ate up an unfortunate amount of our Nashville time—but this was the only time we encountered traffic jams in Nashville. We managed to make phone contact with Mayor Al and buffetbuster, but neither of them were out and about, so we were still on our own until evening.

                                                    One of my major goals for our Nashville visit was to sample the Nashville specialty of hot chicken (a dish which legend claims was created as an act of revenge). Lori was apprehensive, because she can't handle food of any noticeable heat. I convinced her that a trip like this was the perfect time to try it out, because even if there was nothing for her to eat, she was at no risk of starving between the Pancake Pantry and the Loveless Cafe. So we went to Prince's Hot Chicken.

                                                    We saw a long line in Prince's and thought that it was a wait to order. We were wrong; ordering was unimpeded, but there was a long wait for our chicken. We were number 74, but they were calling out numbers in the mid-thirties—I thought for a moment that they were taking orders from two different pads. In the late fifties, a table opened up for us. Since there were four chairs at the table, we invited another couple to sit with us. That ended up being a great choice; we had a great conversation with Jamie and Toon. They have both sampled other hot chicken places such as Bolton's and 400 Degrees, and felt certain that Prince's was the best—this was clearly a biased sample, but it was still nice to hear. We asked what they recommended we see in Nashville, and we were tickled by their answer: "honky-tonks and hot chicken, that's about it."

                                                    Number 74 was finally called, and we received a bag of chicken. (The major choice to make was the level of heat: mild, medium, hot, or extra hot. I like heat, but it's possible to exceed my heat tolerance, so I decided to play it safe with medium heat.) Merely opening up the package got red-orange cayenne-flecked grease on my fingertips. 

                                                    The heat was intense, even at the medium level. I had to start very carefully, because it was very hot in temperature as well as spice—but even so, I was weeping from the heat in short order, and was trying to be very careful to keep from wiping my eyes. It was a very rugged flavor; I sometimes try to describe food in terms of music, and it might have been fitting geographically for hot chicken to have a country twang—but this was a flavor full of snarling guitars and growling bass. I liked it a lot, but I think I made the right decision by not getting hot or extra hot.
                                                    We found that by nibbling at the driest corner of the piece of white bread farthest from the chicken, Lori could get a taste of the flavor without quite getting overwhelmed by the heat.

                                                    From there, we went down to our first gathering with other people of the weekend at the Loveless Cafe. The Loveless Cafe is one of the famous Roadfood joints, but the one time we had visited before, I had felt that it was a little too conscious of its fame. But I didn't feel that at all on this visit, perhaps because I was enjoying our group's conversation too much.

                                                    The Loveless takes great pride in their biscuits, and they certainly are good, but just a tad denser than my own biscuit ideal.

                                                    With a group that large, a large family-style dinner was an excellent choice. For some reason, my photos came out really poorly, but the food was much better than the pictures. I think that my favorites were the greens, the country ham, and the hash brown casserole.

                                                    Crowd photo:

                                                    Buffetbuster receiving the prize he shared with wanderingjew for the best trip reports of 2011. (I'd have gotten pictures of Dale, too, but he was at the other end of the long table.)

                                                    CajunKing ordered a selection of desserts to share with the crowd: from top to bottom, blackberry cobbler, banana pudding, chocolate pie, and not in this picture, key lime pie. My favorite was the excellent banana pudding. I am a big fan of cobbler, even moreso than pie, but I am enormously picky about cobbler, and I wanted this color to have a thicker filling.

                                                    Pogophiles shared with me another new gastronomic experience: he had a mason jar of moonshine in his trunk. I'm not very familiar with liquor; I don't feel that I would be able to reliably distinguish it from vodka. There was a touch of a slightly brash note in the aftertaste—or perhaps I'm looking for things so strongly that I'm seeing things that aren't really there.

                                                    Sunday, February 19

                                                    Sunday morning's weather began with precipitation that precisely straddled the line between snow and rain. I took Lori to church and packed us up with the slapdash approach justified by knowing that we had no need to keep any clothes clean.

                                                    Our first stop was Ellendale's for a brunch buffet. The group was much less raucous than they had been at the Loveless the previous night, but a fair bit of that was that we got a room all to ourselves. The food was good, but it's hard to get good photos from a buffet. The most distinctive item was a macaroni salad that turned out to be very spicy.

                                                    From there, we joined the crew sampling restaurant after restaurant, because I would have felt that I was missing something if we didn't do some of that on this trip. Our first destination: Sands Soul Food. Sands Soul Food was once named Silver Sands (according to the evidence of , which includes pictures that convince me). I don't know whether there was a change in management and ownership to match the change in name.

                                                    It is still a short cafeteria line:

                                                    We ordered the smothered pork chop, fried cabbage, mac and cheese, and the hot water cornbread. Of these, I think the clear winner was the fried cabbage; nothing else was good enough to finish when I was trying to conserve appetite.

                                                    Next stop: Cupcake Collection, in a neighborhood that showed signs of having been up and down the socioeconomic ladder.

                                                    Six of us shared six cupcakes, and we hardly finished any of them. From back to front: sweet potato (tasted a lot like carrot cake), caramel, red velvet, wedding cake, strawberry, and marble. I liked the strawberry a lot, because it had a very clear strawberry flavor. Lori's favorite was the wedding cake.

                                                    Ron's BBQ and Fish was chosen as our last stop because of it's proximity to the airport. The couplet on their sign deserves special attention:
                                                    "The food that brings your feet on high…
                                                    and make your mouth say my, my, my!"

                                                    My smoked chicken was dry and unpleasant, but the green beans were spectacular, with rich, silky, soulful flavor. This served as evidence that that I wasn't finding only the tastes that I was expecting to find, because I really don't believe that I was expecting to find one of the best foods of the trip as a side item at the last stop we made.

                                                    In the Memphis airport, we stopped for barbecue at John Neely's Interstate Barbecue. I liked the barbecue spaghetti, but the ribs disappointed me; they were soft and flavorless under the sauce, as if they had been boiled. I would avoid them in the future.


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                                                      Re:GLEE CLUB MEET & EAT, FEB. 18&19. NASHVILLE Tue, 02/28/12 11:25 PM (permalink)
                                                      Good report, Ralph.  I hope your trip to Nashville was worth all the aggravation of getting there.  Sorry to have missed you at Knockum Hill to get reacquainted.  I was fighting a cold, too, that day, so Lori would have been in good company.  (I'm just now getting over mine.)

                                                        Re:GLEE CLUB MEET & EAT, FEB. 18&19. NASHVILLE Wed, 02/29/12 8:06 AM (permalink)
                                                        Ralph -
                                                        Nice wrap...I enjoyed all my options at Ron's especially the bbq spagehtti!
                                                        I think you would have loved the menu selection at the German bakery...I pictured you eyeing the choices while we were ordering!

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                                                          Re:GLEE CLUB MEET & EAT, FEB. 18&19. NASHVILLE Wed, 02/29/12 8:45 AM (permalink)
                                                          Ralph, have you made a Roadfood trip where you haven't had some sort of travel snafu?

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                                                            Re:GLEE CLUB MEET & EAT, FEB. 18&19. NASHVILLE Wed, 02/29/12 9:45 AM (permalink)
                                                            We really had fun giving Cliff and Dale those trophies, it was like Roadfood Oscar Night.  We had envelopes and all......And the Nominees are.......And the winner's a tie!
                                                            Trivia Question:  Who wrote the first trip report? 
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