This past weekend Mike and I met two of my best girlfriends, Jessie and Dani, and their husbands in Nashville, Tennessee. Jessie, Dani and I are all expecting babies within a month of each other. Since we don’t get to see each other often, now that we all live in different cities, it was really important for us to find some time to get together, swap pregnancy stories, eat a lot of food, and see one another’s growing bumps. And, Nashville just happens to be the most central meeting point for all of us.
On Saturday afternoon, we met each other for lunch at a Nashville-style hot fried chicken place, Hattie B’s. It’s a popular spot and the line was well out the door and around the corner. Although it was pretty hot outside, the wait gave us some time to catch-up and figure out what we wanted to order. I went for the mild tenders (too much spice is dangerous for my non-stop heartburn), with a side of pimento mac n’ cheese and collard greens. For dessert we had Mike’s favorite, banana pudding. The food was well worth the wait and it was easy for us to understand why the long line never eased up.
After lunch, we were in search of an air-conditioned spot where we could sit a little longer and continue the conversation before heading back to our hotels for a bit. Right around the corner from Hattie B’s we found Tavern, a cool gastropub. And although we didn’t order any food, just drinks, I did take a peek at the menu—which is full of sharable, small plates and tacos.
After Tavern, we parted ways to freshen up for our next meal. Dinner that night was at Husk. I’d been to the Charleston location, but was surprised to find that the menu was completely different. Even the dish I ordered at both locations, shrimp and grits, was prepared very differently—the Charleston location had more of a tomato-based sauce, while the Nashville version was a little soupier and served with mushrooms. Dani, Jessie and I also ordered cheddar biscuits and I had a few bites of Mike’s s’more dessert. Similar to the Charleston location, Husk Nashville is housed in a historic mansion in the Rutledge Hill neighborhood.
After dinner we decided to call it a night. It had been a long day of travel…and eating. We left each other with plans to meet bright and early the next morning for breakfast. It turns out, we picked another popular spot, Biscuit Love. Luckily though, the long line moved pretty quickly. The highlights of the meal were the Bonuts, fried biscuit donuts topped with lemon mascarpone and a blueberry compote, and the Chronic Bacon, sweet, thick-cut and spicy. I also ordered eggs, grits and a biscuit, which I washed down with an iced coffee.
Before saying our goodbyes, we had to squeeze in a quick photoshoot, by the Whatliftsyou wings mural by Kelsey Montague. Her wing murals can be found in cities all over the US and these Nashville wings mark her largest work to date.
I was so sad to say goodbye to my sweet mama-to-be friends and our weekend together. I think it was partly because I realized that the next time we would see each other, life would be so different. And also because being with them to share all our pregnancy feels was just so nice, that I wasn’t quite ready for it to end yet. I’d love it if we lived closer and were able to spend more time together over these past eight months, but I’m so thankful we were able to find a few days, no matter how short, to see each other before our babies arrive.
I convinced Mike to make a few more photo-op stops, before getting on the road back to Charlotte. We drove through the 12 South neighborhood and found the “I Believe in Nashville” mural located right next to Reese Witherspoon’s store, Draper James, and among some of the cutest shops and restaurants along 12th Ave. S. Next time I’m in Nashville, I will definitely be heading back to that area to do more exploring.
See you next Friday! xx, Devon