(or how I ate an exorbitant amount of food in 36 hours)
Friday we headed off to Nashville ( and Franklin) to visit our friends who moved there from Charlottesville. We had such a blast seeing their new house, new city, and eating a lot of good food!
We loved what they've done with their house. It was so cozy! They just moved to Franklin a few months ago and have really made it their home. Here is our guest room...
Complete with a Welcome Basket! I'm a sucker for these :)
After we got a tour of their house, we headed out to the town of Franklin for dinner. This is the Franklin Factory tower, where the weekend Farmer's Market is held
We started off our night at Puckett's Boat House for dinner. It was absolutely gorgeous outside, so we enjoyed sitting on their spacious patio for dinner.
We started off with the shrimp & crawfish nachos. Those were da bomb.
Then Connor & I split the Music City Oysters, with TN Chow Chow & fresh horseradish. These were also da bomb.
Being oyster fans, we also ordered a basket of them fried. They were pretty good. Served with cocktail sauce, so I asked for a remoulade or something and that came out about 20 minutes later. Cold fried oysters are not ideal!
We hit up JJ's Wine Bar that had one of those automatic wine dispensers. I had a Sauvignon Blanc and then a Barbera D'Asti. Yum!
We headed back to their house and stayed up pretty late drinking some wine from Veritas and watching the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleading camp. It was hilarious.
Saturday we got up and headed to the Farmer's Market in Franklin. They had a lot of awesome produce, meat, and craft items.
We sat down and listened to some tunes while we ate breakfast. This guy played really well, some covers and some of his own stuff!
Then we also miiiight have gotten Cheerwine & Vanilla Ice Cream floats from another food stand. It was warm out, don't hate!
We walked around the inside stores of the warehouse, and found a huge chair. Perfect for photo ops!
We also popped in to an antique store. It was huge and had a lot of awesome things! It had a great selection of estate jewelry, books, fabulous furniture, and more! I picked up a gaudy mink stole that I have been searching for high & low forever. It's kinda a "love it or hate it" piece, and I LOOOOVE it.
In between hunting for the perfect pair, we ate a ton of food.
We got some fried gator at a great little sports bar with good beer in Franklin...
And then headed to Martin's BBQ Joint for some real TN grub. This place was YUMMY and smoky. Loved it!
Connor and I split the sampler, with Brisket (literally the BEST I've ever had), chopped pork butt, and ribs. We got beans and "cornbread" (i.e. the pancake thing at the top right of the platter). It was so delicious!
After some great food, we needed a little rest. We got ready for the night and then headed into Nashville for the evening.
First stop: Yazoo Brewery! It was really nice to be at a brewery that felt like one in Charlottesville (home). The selection was really great!
After the brewery, we parked and walked around looking for boots on the main strip. Unsuccessful adventure, unfortunately.
We then decided to start Honky Tonk-hopping! We started at Layla's for some great music and drinks...
It was still pretty early (7:00) so we had seats upstairs: front row!
After Tootsie's, we walked around some more. This city is just so much fun! There were a zillion people out and about playing music, walking around, and getting into trouble. Loved it!
We walked to Printer's Alley for dinner, stopping in a highly rated pub
After our big night out, we packed up and headed to a great diner in Franklin for breakfast, Dotson's.
More food? Sure! Eggs, bacon, biscuits, & potato casserole. Chomp.
We then hopped on a plane and flew home an hour later. It was such a fabulous trip! I would highly recommend heading to Nashville if you get the chance!