By 6:30 am on this overcast Wednesday we are in the car headed south-east. We’ve decided to take an Illinois highway rather than the tollway for the first 180 miles, it is more relaxing and gives us an opportunity to see some of the small towns and farms of Illinois. After a late breakfast in a country cafe (the other patrons all appear to be farmers) we scoot over to the Interstate System which takes us into Nashville.
There are plenty of dining options near out hotel in the West End, and we walk four or five blocks to The Row, a restaurant/music scene. BBQ seems to be the thing to do, so we order up a large combo plate with beef brisket, pulled pork and pork belly. Mmmm. There’s a live singer in the front room and the music drifts our way. After dinner we check out one of the local brewery bars.
Our lunch spot is six blocks away, next to the Tennessee Sounds Minor League Baseball stadium. Von Elrod’s Beer Hall & Kitchen offers the right kind of appetizers for a light lunch. We’re very happy with our selections of deviled eggs and smoked chicken wings. It’s a fun place with some interesting murals on the wall depicting Nashville places and people of interest.