Nashville: Finger Licking Good!

Lauren, here!

When I was in college, I spent a semester at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. I met a woman, Amira, who became a friend for life. She was a Nashville native and she always told me that there was no way I could leave the city after my semester there was over without eating some Nashville BBQ. BBQ is big in Nashville.  A lot of these establishments offer the best in down home, country BBQ meats and sides, so if you ever decide to travel there, you won't have to go far to get a good meal. The friendliness and hospitality of these eateries, as well as the Nashville natives I met, gives me great memories of my time in Nashville and at Vanderbilt.

Jack's Bar-B-Que

Jack's is not only a restaurant, but a store as well. You can order smoked turkey, smoked sausage, BBQ pulled pork, or beef brisket by the sandwich or plate with sides like macaroni & cheese, cinnamon apples, potato salad, or corn slaw. But what everyone comes to Jack's for (as recommended by my girl, Amira) are the smoked St. Louis style ribs. Order them for your meal, and then get a slab to take back with you to your Nashville vacation home. Along with that, get a couple of bottles of the sauces and spices as well. For souvenirs, purchase Jack's t-shirts, travel mugs, baseball caps, and coffee mugs, which I did and send them back to my relatives in Sweden. The owner, Mr. J (as everyone calls him), got the restaurant from his father. The thing is that he was headed to CA for a job and wasn’t interested in running a rib joint. But he knew that he couldn’t just let the restaurant close, so he gave up his prestigious job in CA and stayed in Nashville to continue Jack’s Bar-B- Que.

Jim 'N Nick's Bar-B-Q

I have never had cole slaw, or even heard of it, until I came to Nashville. Then when I did have it, I couldn’t stop eating it…lol. It became my “crack.” Every place in Nashville I ate at, I had to have cole slaw, and since that is another staple here, my fix was fed. One of my fav spots to eat cole slaw was at Jim ‘ Nick’s Bar-B-Q. Pair it up with some hot links, ribs, or hickory-smoked turkey, ham, beef brisket, or chicken, and I felt like I died and went to heaven. Jim and Nick are brothers and after spending time in NYC at jobs that drained them mentally and physically, they decided to go back home to Nashville and open Jim ‘ Nick Bar-B-Q.