I'll start my leg of the trip.....
I thought I would summarize my trip prior to our meet up at Doe's....and then simply add some photos for the weekend event without duplicating too much detail.... Wednesday February 11
Its predictable that something has to go wrong with my flight whenever I start or end a Roadfood trip. My direct flight to Nashville was supposed to leave TF Green in Providence at 3:45 PM, with a stop in Philly....I deliberately took half a day off of work that day. Of course when they announced due heavy traffic into Philly our flight won't leave until 5pm, I wasn't surprised.... This was the day of the midwest/mid south windstorm so perhaps that may have had something to do with it.
I arrived in Nashville an hour late at 8:30pm, so there went my plans to visit Bolton's Hot Chicken
, I called Poverty Pete to tell him that I will meet him there the next day at 11AM. I got my one day rental car and drove to my hotel, about 3 miles outside of downtown. Since it was a beautiful although somewhat windy night and I wasn't that hungry, I decided to do a 2 1/2 mile roundtrip walk to Bosco's Brewpub
. Bosco's is in the same neighborhood as Pancake Pantry
, in fact they're across the street from eachother. I ordered a Scottish Ale which was surprisingly good and malty and a grilled shrimp appetizer. I was tired and didn't want to order anything too heavy since I was walking back to my hotel. After relaxing with a good brew, I walked back to my hotel and called it a night. Thursday February 12
I walked to Fido's Coffee House
(located a few doors down from Pancake Pantry
) sat down and enjoyed a couple of big cups of dark roast over the local paper. Prior to walking back to my hotel, I had to call Buffetbuster
and "toy with him" by letting him know that I was standing right outside of Pancake Pantry
and didn't even bother to eat there.
I arrived at Bolton's
shortly before 11 AM.
As you can tell from the bars on the window, it's not exactly located in the greatest neighborhood.
Mr. Bolton was just opening up as I arrived and saw me taking photos, I explained I was on a Roadfood trip
and came all the way to Nashville to check out the restaurant. He knew all about Roadfood and smiled when I told him how I found out about the local specialty Hot Chicken. Poverty Pete
called and said he was on his way.
When Poverty Pete arrived, we walked in and looked at the menu
But I think we knew what we were both getting...
I ordered the The Hot Chicken- leg quarter
Less greasy than the Hot Chicken I had at Prince's
4 months earlier. It also didn't pack as much searing heat which I thought was a good thing. I learned from Poverty Pete that "medium" at Prince's is "hot" just about anywhere else.
The other thing I liked about Bolton's is that the heat permeated the entire interior of the leg quarter whereat Prince's it just scratched the surface "so to speak". My only regret is that I didn't order a breast quarter to compare.
Poverty Pete ordered the Hot Fish sandwich
It looked good- but I guess I'll have to let Poverty Pete
be the judge of how it tasted..
After my first lunch (yes you heard correctly) I will end up having two lunches I left Poverty Pete for the afternoon and
decided to visit The Hermitage
- the home of our 7th president, Andrew Jackson.
Inside the visitors center there is a small museum depicting the life of our former president
Here is a lifesized replica of Andrew Jackson
and his wife, Rachel
, right after the war of 1812. I'm wondering if Rachel
might have been an early Roadfooder
After enjoying the museum, I took a brief walk on a Path leading to the Jackson's actual home where a guided tour awaits. Unfortunately no photos are allowed inside the home. However I did see some livestock along the way.
After the guided tour, we were allowed to explore the grounds of the Plantation.
Here is the smokehouse
And the slaves quarters...
Here is where the Jacksons lives while the main house was being built
I can see why our former president chose this spot, it seems peaceful and ethereal with a brook nearby
The lovely garden is nicely landscaped and kept up after all these years.
The family plot is nearby
And this is where President and Ms. Jackson are entombed..
One former slave, who became a caretaker of the Hermitage wanted to be buried in the Jackson Family Plot and his wish was granted..
After leaving the Hermitage, I headed back towards the city for my second lunch More to come