ok....on with the show
before I move on to Wednesday, the sign for this barber shop which is located in the same strip mall as Prince's really caught my attention.
Wednesday October 8
It was still raining this morning, quite hard too...
I decided to head to another Buffetbuster
The Pancake Pantry is located in a cool trendy neighborhood near Vandebuilt University.
I opted for the Smokey Mountain buckwheat Cakes.
even though these cakes are dark, they were actually light tasting, they come with warm syrup or honey, the waitress suggested the honey, I doused a little syrup on half of of the pancakes and some honey on the other half, I thought the honey better suited the pancakes. Even the coffee was surprisingly strong and good. Again, a good meal, but not a life altering experience. Since it was still raining, After breakfast, I actually stopped at another coffee house a block away called Fido's, sat down, relaxed and read the paper over a strong cup of joe.
As I headed back towards downtown, the rain stopped and it seemed that the Sun was trying to peak out.
One dissapointment about my trip to Nashville was that I didn't get to meet up with Poverty Pete
I know Poverty was enjoying himself on a Greek Cruise
, but one thing I didn't understand- Why would Mr. Poverty go to Greece
, when he has Greece
right in his own back yard??? ??
I drove to Centennial Park and took a tour of Nashville's reconstruction of the Parthenon. Apparently this structure was built for a large fair back in the early 1900's and was eventually turned into a permanent structure.
Inside the structure you will find a large statue of the Greek Goddess Athena along with other interesting statues, artifacts and tidbits..
Isn't she hot?
I then took a stroll around the park itself
which offered some interesting displays as well..
It was now time for lunch...
Across the street from the park I found Hog Heaven BBQ
, a shack with a couple of picnic tables..
I ordered the pulled pork/pulled chicken combo which came with pancake style cornbread and I chose beans and slaw as my sides.
Sauce is served on the side.
The Q was ok, the pork was smokey enough but was uninspiring, it reminded me of the Q at the now defunct Hays Smoke House which I had been to three years prior which I also thought was ok. The beans on the other hand were spicy and sweet, but somehow this combination couldn't pull it off and it had an "odd" taste.
After lunch, I drove to Franklin Tennessee, about 15 miles south of Nashville. Franklin offers a quaint main street with a town square.
I did stop at Puckett's Grocery and Restaurant
for a chocolate chess pie, it wasn't bad, I realized at that point that maybe I'm not a huge fan of chess pie- it seemed somewhat "blah"
Unfortunately I didn't get any photos. I continued to walk the quaint main street but encountered some non quaint establishments like starbucks and ben and jerry's.
Unfortunately I didn't have time to stop at the local musueum
After my stroll around Main Street Franklin, I really wanted to check out the Hermitage, the former home of our 7th president, Andrew Jackson, leaflet I had indicates I need to allow 2 hours to see the place, it was now 2:30 pm and they close at 5, and of course I encountered another one of those 3 mile long freight trains that actually came to a dead stop right at the railroad crossing.
After a while I turned around and found another way to get back onto the interstate, but I realized I would never make it to the Hermitage on time.
I decided to check out the Belle Meade Plantation instead. When I took the exit for the plantation, I saw the signs for the Battle of Nashville, I followed the signs, but all it took me to was a small museum/information center, when I got there I was told that there wasn't a specific battlefield but that the battle took place over several miles and was given a map. Unfortunately I just didn't have any time, so I headed off to the Belle Meade Plantation.
The plantation house itself involved a guided tour, but you can view the grounds via a self guided tour.
The tourguide dressed in period clothing was extremely knowlegable and enthusiastic, I learned quite a bit about the history behind the plantation which after the civil war was a breeding ground for ancestors of the several horses which ran in the Kentucky Derby.
After the tour, I headed to my final meal stop in Nashville Joe's BBQ and Fish
I didn't realize it was a take out only place until I got there. Of course I ordered the hot fish sandwich
with a side of white beans n cornbread
The hot fish, was really good, although the mustard was a little off putting, however the only thing is it wasn't that hot at all, it wasn't until I returned home and talked to buffet buster that I found out that hot sauce is what makes the fish hot- I didn't have any hot sauce, I was thinking even with the hot sauce, it probably would have tasted weird with the mustard, I thought tartar sauce would have been a more appropriate condiment.
The Steamy Hot n soft cornbread was the best yet, and the white beans served under some thick slices of onion were delicious.
Later that evening I returned downtown and strolled from one honkey tonk to another, I even tried a local beer called Yazoo.
I returned to my hotel and called it a night afterwards
The final chapter...sometime this weekend...