I’m the guy you want to ask about burgers, trust me, and there are a few good places in Nashville. There’s Whiskey Kitchen’s burger—it’s one of my go-tos—but I love, love the burger at The Southern. That thing is intense! And the service at The Southern, they have been so good and consistently welcoming ever time I’ve gone.
You could probably interview 20 of my friends and ask them what my favorite dish is, and they’d all tell you one thing: the Whiskey Kitchen hot chicken. They might as well have a booth with my name on it. I can call and give them my order, and they know who it is.
We made quite a few trips to Nashville to check out Fan Fair (now CMA Music Festival) when we were still living in Louisiana, and we always went to Jack’s Bar-B-Que. Even now when I go downtown, I feel guilty if I don’t stop in Jack’s. That was our tradition: We did not come to Nashville and not go to Jack’s for at least one meal. There are a lot of restaurants I haven’t been to, as well: I’m a big Italian fan so I’d love to check out some of the newer Italian places in town, like Rolf and Daughters. And I still haven’t been to Husk.
I’ve been to The Palm a couple times with all my music biz friends, and they are on it with their name-remembering skills. It’s remarkable how well they remember me considering how little as I’ve been there. If I’m going to go on a date, I want to go somewhere where it looks like I’ve been there a lot, and it looks cool when you go to The Palm and everyone knows your name. Every once and awhile I’ll splurge and go there.