The city of Nashville is the capital of the U.S. state of Tennessee and the county seat of Davidson County. It is located on the Cumberland River in the north-central part of the state. The city is a center for the music, health care, publishing, banking and transportation industries, and is home to a large number of colleges and universities. Reflecting the city’s position in state government, Nashville is home to the Tennessee Supreme Court’s courthouse for Middle Tennessee. It is most notably known as a center of the music industry, earning it the nickname “Music City”. Downtown Nashville provides local history mixed with first-class hotels and historical landmarks, good eats and great views, honky tonks and symphony halls, major pro sports and fine art museums.
Loveless Motel and Cafe for more than 50 years has had , Vanderbilt University students, downtown office workers, and thousands of other Nashville residents and visitors have made the trek south down Highway 100 to the Loveless for some of the best scratch biscuits and crispiest fried chicken in Tennessee. The Patterson House, while out-of-towners hit the Broadway honky-tonks, Nashville locals belly up to this speakeasy hangout on Division Street. The 30-stool bar retains a hush-hush, Gatsby-and-Governor sophistication, and savvy bartenders stir and shake in Capone-era getups. Try the Juliet and Romeo for slow sipping underneath the vintage chandeliers. Arnold’s Country Kitchen, owners Jack and Rose Arnold have been serving country music stars, downtown workers, and ordinary folks in their little red meat ‘n’ three since 1982. You’ll find some of the state’s best fried chicken, fried green tomatoes (cooked with apple juice and hot sauce), and the creamiest banana pudding this side of heaven. Even the James Beard Award foodies have taken notice, bestowing a prestigious “American Classics” nod in 2009. I Dream of Weenie Sandwiched between art galleries in the up-and-coming East Nashville neighborhood, this alfresco “weenery” sells chargrilled dogs out of a vintage yellow Volkswagen bus. There are no tables here, but the staff hands out picnic blankets as readily as extra napkins. Signature dogs include the Rebel Yelp, served with jalapeños, mustard, red onions, and spicy Tennessee chowchow, and the equally hot Flamin’ Frank, which substitutes chili and salsa for the chowchow.