Saturday October 13, 2007
We were both quite happy to get up early, since we knew what was waiting for us at the other end of a short drive....PANCAKE PANTRY!!!
I consider this the best breakfast place in the country and both of us put it in our all-time top 10.
You can tell the Pancake Pantry just opened because it doesn't have a long line:
Johnny had the sweet potato pancakes, like he did on his previous visit, while I went for the sugar & spice pancakes, pictured here:
I can't even begin to tell you how good both those pancakes were, other than they were perfect. The warm maple syrup just added to it.
Speaking of perfect, I ordered the country ham and this was the best country ham I have ever had. Chewy and complex, it is a flavor explosion in your mouth:
We also split a side of hash browns and bacon. While we were thrilled at the greatness of the meal we just enjoyed, we knew that it was going to be tough to top for the rest of the trip. We will see if any other restaurant can come through!
Back to the hotel to shower and check-out. But before leaving the Nashville area, we stopped in Franklin to buy some pastries at Merridee's Breadbasket for the road.
Unfortunately, Meridee's was mobbed...there was barely room to move around.
After standing in line for a while, I find out they won't make the cheese pimiento sandwich in the morning. Disappointed, we still bought some other bakery items to go and Johnny especially enjoyed his slice of pumpkin cheesecake.
One of my strange hobbies is I like to visit college campuses and buy a t-shirt or sweatshirt from their bookstore. So our next stop was Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro. But, when we got there, the bookstore was closed due to Fall break.
With some time to kill, we headed for Shelbyville and Pope's Cafe. Since we weren't particularly hungry, I thought we would just get a couple slices of pie. But, following the pattern of the day, Pope's was closed. I did see something interesting in the window, though. I remember someone reporting that Pope's bought the equipment from the late great Vandyland in Nashville.
Much more to follow....
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