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my family and i will be spending a weekend in nashville at the end of the month... anybody from nashville? favorite places to eat? things to do ? (we have 2 small kids, 1 teenager)....


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more info: we are staying in a small town outside of nashville

will have rental car

travelling with two 4 year olds and a 15 year old

whenever we travel we really like to try the "local" food favorites - hopefully not the tourist restaurants

will probably have only one afternoon and evening in nashville proper..

thanks
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Grand Ole Opry

Hermitage (Andrew Jackson's home)
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I live in Nashville. What sort of things are you interested in? We have a world class symphony, some good jazz spots, and a some nice art museums. But we also have a lot of country music and honky-tonks. :-)

What type of food are you looking for? "Southern" cuisine? Ethnic food? Gourmet? A wide variety available here.

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Go see Dave Ramsey do his talk show he is great.
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Opryland Hotel is actually really cool to visit :D
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But don't park at the Opryland Hotel. Instead take advantage of free parking at the large shopping mall next to the hotel and park there and walk five minutes to the hotel. Hotel charges $16 just to park in their lots. :annoyed
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rec7 wrote:Go see Dave Ramsey do his talk show he is great.
I want to go visit Nashville and do a 1 year after debt free update on how much one can accumulate living within their means.
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Don't carry much cash with you - the TN cops have been seizing it from innocent non-residents under flimsy-but-legal grounds. This guy lost over $20k and didn't get it back til the media got involved.

http://www.newschannel5.com/story/18241 ... rofit-case

Others have had to "settle" for giving up a few thousand in extortion payments, er, settlement fees to recover their own property.
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xerty24 wrote:Don't carry much cash with you - the TN cops have been seizing it from innocent non-residents under flimsy-but-legal grounds. This guy lost over $20k and didn't get it back til the media got involved.

http://www.newschannel5.com/story/18241 ... rofit-case

Others have had to "settle" for giving up a few thousand in extortion payments, er, settlement fees to recover their own property.
Unbelievable!
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TN/Nashville has high sale tax.

Second recommendation about parking fee's.

Lots of tour programs in area.
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You and your family may enjoy a visit The Parthenon.

A wonderful place to have breakfast or brunch is the Pancake Pantry. It's a bit pricey compared to your basic greasy spoon, but the food is very good. Be prepared to wait in line on the weekends, though - especially in the 8-11AM range.

And if you visit downtown and are in the mood, Jack's Bar-B-Que is always a popular spot for such fare.


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HardKnocker wrote:
xerty24 wrote:Don't carry much cash with you - the TN cops have been seizing it from innocent non-residents under flimsy-but-legal grounds. This guy lost over $20k and didn't get it back til the media got involved.

http://www.newschannel5.com/story/18241 ... rofit-case

Others have had to "settle" for giving up a few thousand in extortion payments, er, settlement fees to recover their own property.
Unbelievable!
Not right, but not unbelieveable. In many states, carrying much less than that carries with it a presumption of illegal drug activity.

OP, let us know what kind of things you'd like to do and we can give you some suggestions.

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[quote="xerty24"]Don't carry much cash with you - the TN cops have been seizing it from innocent non-residents under flimsy-but-legal grounds. This guy lost over $20k and didn't get it back til the media got involved.

http://www.newschannel5.com/story/18241 ... rofit-case

Others have had to "settle" for giving up a few thousand in extortion payments, er, settlement fees to recover their own property.[/quote]

I have heard this happening is some other states too. I guess if the police budget is low and your wallet is fat that is not a good combo.
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billw wrote:TN/Nashville has high sale tax.

Second recommendation about parking fee's.

Lots of tour programs in area.
But we don't have an income tax.
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Sanfran2012,

Where are you staying, will you have an automobile to tour the area, what are your tastes and budget in food, etc.? We could give you some better ideas as mentioned by JupiterJones if we had more information.
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Loveless cafe, very busy on weekend but well worth the wait.

Be sure and visit the store and buy some ham and bacon to take home.
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If you travel in Tennessee with a large credit line do they confiscate your credit cards until you make a payoff?

"Son, you can have your Amex card back for a $2,000 fee, charged to your card of course."
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thanks for the advice

more info: we are staying in a small town outside of nashville

will have rental car

travelling with two 4 year olds and a 15 year old

whenever we travel we really like to try the "local" food favorites - hopefully not the tourist restaurants

will probably have only one afternoon and evening in nashville proper..

thanks
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sanfran2012 wrote:whenever we travel we really like to try the "local" food favorites - hopefully not the tourist restaurants
This may not qualify as "local" food, but when I happened to stay overnight near Nashville a couple of years ago, I stumbled upon a Bosnian restaurant near my motel: the Cafe Bosna, on Old Hickory Blvd. just north of Exit 221 on I-40, east of downtown. It's tucked in a little shopping center at the corner of Old Hickory and Central Pike.
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sanfran2012 wrote: whenever we travel we really like to try the "local" food favorites - hopefully not the tourist restaurants
Well, Pancake Pantry and the Loveless are going to be chock-full-o-tourists. The food's good, but prepare for lines.

Other suggestions...

Monell's -- I prefer the Germantown location. Great southern food for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. So it's a perfect substititue (or addition) to Loveless or Pancake Pantry. You sit at a big table with complete strangers and pass bowls of food around. I'm full just thinking about the place.

The Pfunky Griddle -- The tables have griddles built into the middle of them. They bring out batter and toppings, and you make your own pancakes. If I were a four-year-old, I'd think this was the best place ever. :D

Fido's -- Right down from the Pancake Pantry, so it's a good "plan B" if the line for pancakes is too long. (The food is arguably better too.) Really, the whole Hillsboro Village area is worth a look-see. Neat little shops, restaurants, and even a historic movie theater. Plus a nearby park with a dragon!

Prince's Hot Chicken -- I've never had Nashville's famous "hot chicken" (I'm a vegetarian), but it's one of those local food things that the adults and teenager are probably going to want to try (too hot for the young'uns). There are several places to get it, but Prince's is one of the first and most authentic. The neighborhood can be sketchy, and the wait might be long, but that's all part of the experience.

Bobbie's Dairy Dip -- An old-school, 50s drive-in type of place. Some of the best soft-serve ice cream you'll ever have. Burgers and that sort of thing too.

There tons of what we call "meat-and-threes" in Nashville that you can try to get some of the local food vibe. Arnold's is probably the best, but it gets crowded. You could also hit Swett's, Sylvan Park, or the Pie Wagon, to name a few.

That should get you started. Enjoy your visit!

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I second many of JJ's recommendations. Other local stops are:

Loveless Cafe
Rotier's
Brown's Diner
Elliston Place Soda Shop
Margot's Cafe
The Patterson House (drinks for Mom and Dad, although I understand they have a restaurant now, too. I'd check ahead to see if kids would be allowed in the restaurant)
Mad Platters
Germantown Cafe
If you try Jack's Barbacue, I understand the Hermitage location is the one to go to.

Other things to do:

Bicentennial Mall and Farmer's Market

The Parthenon is good, but seasonal. Call ahead to see if it's open.

The Frist

Country Music Hall of Fame

There's a bunch of things I'm sure we've all forgotten, but this gives you a good place to start investigating.

Good luck,

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