Papa Turney’s  Rib Plate

Papa Turney’s Rib Plate

Once we got to Nashville I had a serious craving for BBQ so we went to top rated Papa Turney’s in Hermitage. These guys started out as a food truck but now they have two brick and mortar stores. The BBQ was off-the-hook good. The ribs were tender, pulled off the bone and melted in my mouth. The pulled pork was equally good and Kim really liked their smoked chicken. I will admit that this was a first for her because she doesn’t typically like smoked meat. Some barbeque just knocks you over with smoke or the meat rub but the amount of smoke flavor/smell was just right. Add their spicy barbeque sauce to the mix (oh yeah, nothing was drenched in sauce which was a plus!) and we were both cleaning off the plate. We read reviews about their smoked cabbage and thought there was no way that it could be any good, but we were wrong again. It was tender and tasted like it was marinated in a perfect minestrone soup broth.

Smoked Chicken

Smoked Chicken

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Grand Ole Opry

Grand Ole Opry

The next day we hung ran all over Nashville and did all the touristy things like the Country Music Hall of Fame, music row, and the Grand Ole Opry. And no trip to Nashville would be complete without visiting a honkey tonk or two, including the world famous Tootsie’s. It gets wall-to-wall packed at night so we dropped in around 3 O’clock. The afternoon band was good and really engaged the crowd. Like many bands, they play for tips and will do their best to play your requests. Tootsie’s, regardless of what time of the day you go, always seems to be packed.

Country Music Hall of Fame

Country Music Hall of Fame

We had some great Southern food at Monell’s and Loveless Café and craft cocktails at Patterson House & Holland House Bar & Refuge.

Music Row Nashville

Music Row Nashville

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