pancake magic

Photo by Anne Jansen

The first time I drove by the Pancake Pantry in Nashville, there was a line out the door and nearly around the block. When I returned the next morning (at the bright and early time of 8:00am to ensure a short wait time), I was lucky to only have to wait a few minutes for a table…but then I had to choose which pancakes I wanted — not an easy task, with over 20 different kinds of pancakes on the menu! I settled on the Apricot-Lemon Delights. These pancakes had dried apricots, pecans, and lemon in them and were a light and refreshing way to start the day. While I was there, I couldn’t help but get a cup of hot chocolate. It was nothing special, but it was better than typical diner hot chocolate and was topped off with mini-marshmallows. I understand why the Pancake Pantry has been in business for 50 years now — it has great food for affordable prices, and the staff was friendly and warm despite the crazy-long line already forming outside the door.

 

Photo by Anne Jansen

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southwestern flavor, southern style

Photo by Anne Jansen

The Blackstone Brewery in Nashville is a quiet, clean restaurant with fantastic service and good food. The Santa Fe Pizza (pictured above) had a thin cornbread crust and a nice assortment of southwestern vegetables topping it off. It was surprisingly light and refreshing. When you combine the quality of the food with the quality of the service, the Blackstone Brewery is too good to pass up. Give it a whirl next time you’re in the area!
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big river, big food

Photo by Anne Jansen

The Big River Grille & Brewing Works in downtown Nashville is a pleasant enough place with an interesting menu selection. I ordered the bruschetta, which was actually quite good. The bread was crispy and thinly sliced, and the tomatoes were fresh and juicy. The herbs and onions only added to the taste, and made this a nice, light lunch for a hot day of walking around the city.
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diana’s travelling sweet show

Photo by Anne Jansen

Diana’s Sweet Shoppe is a beautiful old restaurant that Gibson Guitars has actually had dismantled and brought from its original home in Michigan to its new location in the heart of downtown Nashville. Their specialty is sweets, as exemplified by the unbelievably large cup (bowl?) of hot chocolate pictured above. Made from melted Hershey’s bars, this was a wonderful cup of hot cocoa. Of course, they also serve food.

Photo by Anne Jansen

While the soup was a bit on the thick-and-salty side, the grilled cheese with tomato was delicious and heated to perfection. The bread was nice and crispy, and the cheese was wonderfully melty. I think the best thing about Diana’s was the atmosphere — it’s a beautiful place to enjoy a meal away from the hustle and bustle of Broadway’s crowds and honky tonks.

Photo by Anne Jansen

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