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VOL. 38 | NO. 40 | Friday, October 3, 2014

Where should I take my Nashville visitors?

By Ellen Margulies

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Getting into the short-term rental game also means being a tour guide for Music City.

Guests will want to know where to find Nashville’s hidden gems, those can’t-miss places every visitor should be lucky enough to experience.

Most Nashville residents have such a list. Our very unscientific poll pulls together a few things for your next visitors to check out.

What they want: Great live music

Where they go: Honky-tonkin’ down Lower Broad (which, admittedly, is a thing you must do), dancing with the tourist-locals mix on the walk-in closet sized dance floor at Robert’s Western Wear or signing their names on the wall at Tootsie’s. Also the Grand Ole Opry. And, surely, hoping against hope to see a “Nashville” (as in the TV show) celeb at Bluebird Cafe.

What they should try: Fontanel, 4225 Whites Creek Pike. The former home of country music legend Barbara Mandrell is open for tours, has an Italian restaurant on site and boasts one of the city’s best outdoor music venues.

What they want: Hot chicken

Where they go: Prince’s, featured in the likes of The New York Times. Relative newcomer Hattie B’s, which has lines forming outside the door and down the sidewalk at both locations. Both joints offer excellent, amazing, inner-cheek charring versions of spicy bird.

What they should try: Longtime East Nashville purveyor Bolton’s, 624 Main St. The low-slung concrete building is, for the moment, outside the dotted line of hipster-ville but still serves up very respectable versions of hot chicken and hot fish sandwiches.

What they want: Insider Nashville

Where they go: Bluebird Cafe again, officially now this city’s worst-kept secret.

What they should try: Troubadour’s Karaoke, 423 Broadway. Yes, you DO hear a better class of karaoke singers in Music City! And while you’re at it, hang a left on 4th Avenue and walk up to the historic Arcade, full of shops, restaurants & art galleries. It doesn’t get any more insider than that.

What they want: Celebrities

Where they go: Music Row. Yeah, you can sometimes spot someone who looks maybe kinda familiar walking down the sidewalk, but let’s face it: Famous people don’t go through the front door.

What they should try: Grocery stores, farmers’ markets, Starbucks, you name it. But, OK, seriously, you will always see someone well-known at The Palm, 140 5th Ave S., and BrickTop’s, 3000 West End Ave.

What they want: Life-altering biscuits

They are not your typical biscuits, but they qualify as “life-altering.” The “Wash Park” biscuit includes a Bear Creek beef burger topped with pimento cheese and bacon jam.

-- Photo Courtesy Of The Biscuit Love Truck And Becca Wildsmith

Where they go: The Loveless Cafe, where the biscuits really are amazing, especially since they bring a bowl free to the table along with housemade strawberry, peach and blackberry jams. But theirs is not the only biscuit game in town...

What they should try: The Biscuit Love Truck, on Twitter @biscuitluvtruck. It’s a very different biscuit from the Loveless, but equally worthy, with toppings ranging from local artisan chocolate to more of that hot Nashville chicken.

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