Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint – Nolensville, TN

6 10 2009
  • 7215 Nolensville Road
  • Nolensville, TN 37135
  • (615) 776-1856
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Martins Bar-B-Que in Nolensville, TN

Martin's Bar-B-Que in Nolensville, TN

One more chance for BBQ before leaving Tennessee.  J and I got up just before lunch time in Nashville.  Our next stop was four hours away in Indianapolis where we were going to spend the night before going apartment hunting in Kalamazoo.  It seemed like a good stopping point. 

One of my “must see” stops was a BBQ joint in Nolensville, TN.  I thought it was north of Nashville but it actually ended up being a half hour south.  I was ready to just skip it, but J talked me into it.  We were in no hurry to get to Indy, so why not get one more good meal before heading home.

Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint is one of Nashville’s best.  It’s on Nolensville Road just outside of Nolensville, TN.  I actually heard about this place from the same Bon Apetit article that raved about Slow’s and Zingerman’s Roadhouse. 

I’m not sure what I was expecting, but what I found was not it.  For some odd reason, I was under the impression this was going to be more of a sit down restaurant.  What we found was a small, neighborhood BBQ joint. Read the rest of this entry »

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Wildhorse Saloon – Nashville, TN

6 10 2009
  • 120 2nd Avenue
  • Nashville, TN 37201
  • (615) 256-9453
  • Website
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The Wildhorse Saloon on 2nd Street in Nashville, TN

The Wildhorse Saloon on 2nd Street in Nashville, TN

While BBQ may have been the thing I was most looking forward to on our trip, line dancing at the world famous Wild Horse Saloon may have been J’s. 

We weren’t planning on being in Nashville long.  We did our trip to the Opry, checked into the hotel, relaxed a little bit,  then headed downtown for dinner and dancing.

The Wildhorse Saloon is on 2nd Street in downtown Nashville.  It’s an old warehouse that has been converted into a three story bar.  The tree lined street that runs in front of it is sort of narrow, but there is street parking on either side.  The first time we drove by, we missed it.  The trees must have been covering the sign.  As we were driving around the block, we found the back service entrance, made a note of which businesses were around it, then drove back around to 2nd Street to try again. 

Once we spotted the building, we started looking for parking.  I didn’t see any garages, but I got lucky and found street parking right across the street.  The meters were off, so we didn’t have to pay to park in downtown Nashville. 

The Wildhorse doubles as a bar/restaurant and an entertainment venue.  There’s a gift shop with a separate entrance then the restaurant entrance.  There’s a ticket window inside the first set of double doors.  There was a cover the night we were there, but it was only $2, so I didn’t balk.  I was expecting it to be more. Read the rest of this entry »





Grand Ole Opry – Nashville, TN

6 10 2009
  • 2802 Opryland Drive
  • Nashville, TN 37214
  • (615) 871-6779
  • Website
The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN

The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN

I don’t know when it happened, but at one point when I was living in Peoria, I started listening to country music.  Growing up, I hated the stuff.  Only the “hicks” at my school of 400 listened to country music and I wanted to be cool, so I listened to hip hop.  Thankfully, I grew out of that phase, but I was left in radio limbo.  What do I listen to?  I tried to be interested in classic rock, but no luck.  The radio station I worked at in school was a Top 40, so that’s what I ended up listening to. 

Since my job in Peoria involved me being ina car most of the day, I just tuned in the Top 40 station.  After hearing the same Jessica Simpson song eight times in one day, I started scanning the radio.  I ended up on a country station from Galesburg, IL which is about 35 west of Peoria.  I just started listening and eventually, the music grew on me. 

Now, J and I are big country music fans.  We’ve seen almost every major star in concert and used to religiously watch CMT’s Top 20 Countdown.  When we decided to go to Tennessee for our honeymoon, there had to be a stop in Nashville.

After eating lunch at Neely’s Bar-B-Que, we headed across town to check out the major country music attraction in Nashville.  The Grand Ole Opry. Read the rest of this entry »