You know I like my steak fried, too…

When I was in Nashville, before I headed down to the Grand Ole Opry, I stopped by Logan’s Roadhouse, which is kinda like Montana’s…if Montana’s was actually American. But man, these prices are on point–you can get an app, a main and a beer for less than the price of a rack of ribs in Toronto, bro!

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Of course, you’re not gonna find country-fried steak north of the border. This hunka-hunka burning beef is breaded and deep-fried to perfection, with country gravy on top! Then you’ve got mashed potatoes, with more country gravy, and a skewer of mushrooms. But the deep-fried goodness don’t stop there, bro!!!!

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They call these Roadhouse Shrooms and they’ve got me trippin’ balls in Flavourtown, bro! These crispy, breaded mushrooms are straight outta deep-fryer, and they’re still so hot they burned my hand, not to mention my face! And yes, I know I already had an order of mushrooms on the side, but there’s no such thing as too much mushrooms, broseph!!!!!

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NASHVILLE MUSEUM MUNCHIES: Johnny Cash chili dog vs George Jones tritip dip

While the Country Music Hall of Fame might be the biggest attraction in Nashville, it ain’t the only museum in town. Two of the greatest country singers of all time also have their own hallowed halls–three if you count the Patsy Cline Museum upstairs from Johnny’s. (It’s a separate admission, though.)

JOHNNY CASH’S CHILI DOG

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Now, right down by the gift shop and the main entrance, there’s a little cafe serving up coffee, tea, sammies and what they call Johnny Cash’s chili. Not sure what the tie-in is, but if you put it on a hotdog with chips and a drink, all for less than 10 bucks, it’s hard for me NOT to shove it down my piehole:

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Now, first of all, this dog is pretty legit. It’s thick, juicy with a nice snap to it. The chili itself was OK, not too spicy, with some nice beans…but it coulda been alittle more beefy. Oh, and I paid 25 cents extra to add onions, cuz you can’t have a hot dog without onions, bro!

GEORGE JONES TRITIP DIP

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The George Jones on 2nd Ave is basically a sports/music bar with a museum on top. This place has got all kinds of Tennessee Whiskey, and even smokes its own BBQ–like this in-house special, the tritip dip sandwich:

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This was actually one of the best beef dips I’ve had in a while. The beef was nice n tender, the horseradish cheddar cheese is on point, and the au jus tastes like it’s supposed to. Did I mention it comes with a side of waffle fries?

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These spuds are pretty solid, son! Thick and crispy, nice n salty, tastes good with or without ketchup… I could eat these all day!

THE VERDICT: Johnny Cash would even tell ya that George Jones was his favourite country singer–and he’s got the better restaurant, too.

NASHVILLE HOEDOWN SHOWDOWN: Tootsies Orchid Lounge vs Robert’s Western World

Now, you can’t throw a horseshoe on Broadway without hitting a country music venue, but if you want the best, you gotta go up the street a bit to the corner of Broadway and 5th. Both Tootsies and Roberts have been around forever, and they’re bound to put a honky in your tonk, son! So, let’s break it down:

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TOOTSIES ORCHID LOUNGE: For my Toronto bros, if the Bovine was a country bar, it would be Tootsies. This little hole in the wall can fit maybe 200 people, and they sure pack ’em in! The stage is right in the window, and has barely enough space for a five-piece band–who on this evening peppered their George Jones and Merle Haggard covers with modern hits by Eric Church, Zach Brown, Cole Swindell and Chris Stapleton. (Of course, there were country classic singalongs like “Country Road” and “The Gambler” thrown in there too.)

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Beer is mostly of the cheap, domestic variety–although it’s not cheap, with a bottle of Blue Moon for seven bucks. You can actually get better beers at the Bovine, bro!!!

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ROBERT’S WESTERN WORLD: Now, Robert’s is at least twice, if not three times the size of Tootsies–it even has a second floor! In fact, the place is so big, you can’t really see the stage when you’re sitting at the bar. However, the beer selection is much better, and much cheaper, than Tootsies. For 4.75 I got a locally brewed, Belgian-style wheat beer called Southern Wit:

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Speaking of southern wit, the band on stage told us off the top they wouldn’t play anything after 1980–then started their set with a ripping rendition of “Folsom Prison Blues,” complete with stand-up bass solo! They covered a lotta classic country tunes by Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, Buck Owens and Johnny Paycheck, as well as a couple classic rock tunes like “Pretty Woman” and “Take a Load Off Fanny” before busting out a killer instrumental of “Ghost Riders in the Sky.” Yeah, they sold a few CDs that night…

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BOTTOM LINE: Robert’s has got the bigger space, better beers, cheaper prices…and they’re even serving up burgers and chicken fingers with a flattop and a deep-fryer behind the bar. I even liked their band better–but if you’re more into new country, you’d probably be better off at Tootsies.

NASHVILLE NOSH: Mind your own biscuits and life will be gravy!

So, we’re hanging out at The Southern Steak & Oyster, this real-deal funky joint that’s serving up some funkalicious breakfast, bro! Now, I coulda gone for the chicken ‘n waffles or the meatatarian omelette, but I heard they’re serving up some of the best biscuits in town, so I had to see for myself:

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Now, these little nuggets of love come two to an order, but you’ll probably wish you had more. Equal parts flaky and crunchy, they taste great on their own, or with butter ‘n jelly. But you can only get gravy on the weekends–they serve it with brunch, not breakfast!

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But the biscuits are just the beginning, bro! You’ve also got eggs, your choice of grits or potatoes, and your choice of meat–and all for just 10 bucks! Of course, when I saw the jalapeño bacon, I knew this was a match made in Flavourtown:

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Now I don’t know how they do it, but they sure do it good! This stuff is chewy and tender like beef jerky, and even though you don’t see any hot peppers here, it definitely packs a punch! Man, I could probably polish off a whole plateful of jalapeño bacon…and still have room for a jalapeño bacon sundae for dessert!!!

NASHVILLE NOSH: Catch us up a little catfish dinner!

So, we’re hanging out at Acme Feed & Seed, this big ol’ honky-tonk right at the bottom of Broadway–which makes it the perfect place to kick off a night on the town. This place has got at least three floors, and there’s like a sushi bar or something, but the ground floor is where it’s at, with live bands and real-deal southern cooking, like this winner, winner catfish dinner:

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Now, this dish is too legit to quit, bro! The fish is nice and flaky, with a crispy batter that tastes great with or without tartar sauce. Sides of fries and slaw, but what makes it are the hush puppies:

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These crispy deep-fried balls of cornbread are like great balls of fire in Flavourtown! And you know, since I’m in the Music City, I gotta start my night with a Music City Light:

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Now, for a beer with Light in it, this is pretty dadgum tasty! It’s got enough of a wheaty, citrusy finish that you don’t feel like you’re drinking just water. I think I’m about to crush seven of these, bro!!!

NASHVILLE NOSH: I had a BBQ stain on my white t-shirt…

So, we’re hanging out at Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint, this real-deal smokehouse just three blocks and the truth from the Country Music Hall of Fame. This place is a local legend, with three floors of brews ‘n cues, and they’re serving it up from the smoker all day and all of the night!

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They call this the Big Brother Platter, and you KNOW he’s watching you, bro! You’ve got beef brisket, you’ve got dry-rubbed spare ribs, and your choice of two sides–in this case coleslaw and a cornbread pancake. The brisket is nice ‘n fatty, the ribs are super smoky, and the pancake is breakfast for lunch, but what makes it is the white sauce, son!

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This creamy, garlicky goodness goes great with brisket, it works with ribs…you could even put it in a jug, and I’d pop-a-top and chug-a-lug it all day! It will totally leave a stain on yer t-shirt, though…

NASHVILLE NOSH: You know I like my chicken fried, cold beer on a Friday night…

Just got back from Nashville, and boy, is my mouth tired! We’ll be sharing some of Music City’s funkiest eats over the next two weeks–starting with this local taste sensation, son!

So, we’re hanging out at Party Fowl, the official hot chicken joint of the Tennessee Titans. And this place is funking it up with hot chicken poutine, hot chicken nachos, and this delicious pairing, the Chicken B&B:

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So, they take a boneless chicken breast, do it up hot chicken style, and pair it with three sugary pillows of deep-fried goodness–I’m talkin’ bout beignets, bro!

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Now, the thing with hot chicken is that it’s not an overpowering kick–more like a slow burn. The first couple bites are no problemo, but then the heat builds as you go along. I only got the mild, which was still plenty spicy–I can’t imagine what the Poultrygeist tastes like!

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At least these beignets took a bit off the heat off. These warm dough pockets were smothered in powdered sugar and drizzled with a bourbon glaze for just a bit of a kick. I could definitely eat these all day, dude!!!

 

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Now The Stillery on 2nd Ave does have a hot chicken sandwich, but they’re also kicking it up a notch with this hot chicken pizza. Man, it may not be in the original recipe, but I’m a big believer that putting bacon on everything makes it taste better…and you can’t go wrong with the amount of bacon on this here pie, bro!

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And of course, if you’re eating hot chicken, you’ll wanna cool it down with an ice cold beer. And what better beerski than Chicken Scratch, a refreshing pilsner from local brew house Little Harpeth. Why did the chicken cross the road? To head straight down my beerhole, broski!!!!!