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Brew and Que

honky tonk central sign

On our trip back to the north we chose to wet our appetite for summer with a stop in  Nashville TN. What a place to kick off the Tally’s Dockside summer season, “Music City USA” – with choices galore for Que, Craft Beer and Live music.

Leaving our Alabama hotel at 5 am (wanted a full day of Que, brew and music)  we Rolled into Nashville at lunchtime checked into our hotel and immediately smelled the smoke rolling from across the street, “where there’s smoke, there’s que”.  Plopped down at the bar for a mouth watering experience of ribs, brisket and beer. The enthusiasm of the bar tender led us to believe that we would receive nothing but a fantastic meal and a thirst quenching local craft beer.

Dry rubbed ribs smoked “slow and low”, like the way we do it with sides of slaw and potato salad. The house made sauces were served on the side, of course the best way to experience the flavors of the meats and  to add touches of hot sweet and spice to every bite. Nothing but smiles from us as we enjoyed the meal.

With bellies full (thank you Martin’s BBQ Joint) off to walk Broadway, bopping into the honky tonks to catch the sounds of Nashville on Easter Sunday.  Nudies Honky Tonk, Tequila Cowboy, Dierks Bentley Whiskey Row, Wildhorse Saloon and of course BB Kings Blues Cafe. We watched a group of song writers perform, all impromptu and requests, very talented musicians. BB Kings Blues Cafe did not disappoint with a fantastic trio, drummer, base and a very unique style of guitar play and the great authentic sound of the Blues. And of course it was time to try a signature appetizer of tater tots, pulled pork, queso and sour cream (definitely worth it) and of course more local craft beer. Finished the night at Tequila Cowboy’s with a fantastic lead female vocalist and a lead guitarist with an amazing rendition of “Highway to Hell”.

As we approach Minnesota it does not feel like Spring. Driving in snow and below freezing is not conducive to thinking about the open water. I️ guess we need to add a little heat and start up our smoker for our mouth watering ribs. By the end of April, smoke will be bellowing from the smoke stack of CG Hooks BBQ Smokehouse bringing that southern flavor of “slow and low” smoked pulled pork; beef brisket, chicken and Ribs, and I️t wont be long until Tally’s Dockside brings the music scene back to the waterfront; “Music By The Water” 18th season.  We even will be showcasing a little Nashville sound this June.