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Food Envy- Tennessee Edition

It is no secret that I love to eat! The two cities I visited in Tennessee were filled with tasty experiences!

At the very beginning of my trip, I went to Nashville and stayed with my friend Tyler.  He knew some really great (and well known) places to eat!  On my first full day we ate at Loveless Cafe!  The Loveless has been The Loveless since 1951, when they originally only served fried chicken on picnic tables, but it was the next owners that expanded the business into the “Hams and Jams” mailing service as well.  This cafe is a staple to all people (celebrities, travelers and locals) driving down Highway 100.


Tyler and I in the cafe, ready to devour some biscuits!


I had the biscuit sampler, hash brown casserole and of course had to sample every flavor of jam!


Tyler had the pit-cooked pork barbecue and eggs

As there’s always a line, be sure to pop into all the different stores!  There are biscuit mixes, jams, hams, and fun trinkets for every age (if you’re in to that sort of thing).

Loveless had a really fun atmosphere, amazingly delicious food and was a really great time with Tyler.  It’s worth every second of the wait!



My other envy-inducing dining experience in Nashville was Pancake Pantry!  This restaurant is still serving up some mighty tasty breakfast foods after over 50 years!  There was a line into this Nashville treasure, as well, but it was THE BEST plate of pancakes I’ve ever had!  Tyler enjoyed the French Toast and I savored every bite of the Georgia Peach Pancakes which are three pancakes with peach compote rolled inside and topping each one.  Then you add the powdered sugar and whipped cream and it’s just the greatest peach-experience I’ve ever had!



When Stacey and I were in Memphis, we had really, really great Couchsurfing hosts! (It was super exciting because we were their first surfers!) Anyway, back to the food, these great hosts took us to dinner at Central BBQ. We had decided we needed BBQ while we were in Memphis, and this was a good place to have it! I had the pulled pork sandwich, and mac n cheese!  It was so good! I will always have a place in my heart for bbq and this sandwich did not disappoint!  (Stacey ordered the exact same thing… We have a tendency to do that! Ha!)



The other restaurant that our hosts recommended was Gus’s Fried Chicken!  It’s apparently world famous, and supposedly only five people know the secret recipe, but I’m personally glad someone knows it, because this chicken was pretty delicious.  Stacey and I split an order of chicken tenders (see above) and it was the perfect size for the two of us.  The chicken itself was moist and cooked to perfection.  The batter had the perfect balance of saltiness and spice- being a tender-tongued person, I dipped my chicken in ranch to tame the spice… I’m that much of a spice-wuss!


Tennessee was good to my friends and me in many ways, but these restaurants left me full, satisfied and craving them every time I think about them… 

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    May 3, 2014 at 6:48 am

    Food looks amazing especially the french toast and pancakes. Might start making pancakes right now…..

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      May 6, 2014 at 7:56 am

      Haha! It tasted even better! I hope you enjoyed your pancakes 😉

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