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Apr 28, 2008 07:42 PM

Nashville Bar B Que

I will be visiting Nashville, from the State of Washington (no good BBQ), hoping to eat some good pulled pork sandwiches and ribs. Any suggestions?

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  1. We can definitely help you with that. Three questions:

    1. Where will you be staying?
    2. Will you have a car?
    3. How far are you willing to drive?

    6 Replies
    1. re: jamiecarroll

      We are staying at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center. We are willing to cab ride up to 30 minutes away for good food. BBQ or any other regional specialties would be great. Thanks for your help.

      1. re: tstrum

        Okay. I think you will like Opryland very well. It's an incredible place. And incredibly large.

        For barbecue, though, you will need to get out of that area.

        I think the greatest barbecue places in Middle Tennessee are in the outlying towns, which are really too far away to reach by cab. But there are some really good places in the city you can try. My personal recommendation is that you take the "Wildhorse Shuttle" from Opryland to downtown Nashville. It costs about $15 per person round trip and departs hourly. This will drop you off on 2nd Avenue downtown, where you will be within easy walking distance of all of the attractions downtown has to offer. Plus, there is a barbecue restaurant nearby called Jack's. Jack's is kind of touristy, but it really does have great barbecue.

        If you want to branch out and try some places that are more off the beaten path, here are a few that I'd recommend: Hog Heaven, Neely's, Mary's...

        As far as non-barbecue "southern-style" cooking, my three favorites are Swett's, Arnold's, and Monell's.

        Monell's Dining & Catering
        1235 6th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37208

        Jack's Bar-B-Que
        416A Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203

        Mary's Old Fashion Barbeque
        1108 Jefferson St, Nashville, TN 37208

        Neely's Bar-B-Que Restaurant
        2292 Metrocenter Blvd, Nashville, TN

        Hog Heaven
        115 27th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37203

        Arnold's Country Kitchen
        605 8th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203

        Swett's Restaurant
        2725 Clifton Ave, Nashville, TN 37209

        1. re: jamiecarroll

          Be sure to try the white sauce if you go to Hog Heaven, it's the best!

          1. re: jamiecarroll

            ive been reading chowhound for a while, this is my first post. i live in spring hill tennessee, just south of nashville about 35-40 minutes. i would like to give credit to jamiecarrol recommendation on a previous thread about martins bbq in nolensville. we've been there a few times now and i think it might be the best i have personally had, its definitely the best ive had around nashville. martins is borderline on your 30 minute travel limit, give or take 5 minutes or so....but i would highly recommend it!! hog heaven is very good....especially the white sauce on the chicken sandwich. jacks on trinity is really good too. the others in my opinion are o.k. thanks again jamiecarrol.....looking forward to posting more here at chowhound.

            1. re: jamiecarroll

              Where you are is about 10 miles out of downtown, so Jack's via the shuttle is your best bet. We had Jack's about 3 weeks ago, and I have to confes it was very good. Hog Heaven is about 4 miles west, out West End avenue (easy by bus), Neely's is a couple of miles north out 8th avenue (not easy except by cab). Mary's was not good the last time I ate there. Really, Jack's is your easiest option. Is Judge Bean's still open at 12th and Porter, or whatever that corner is? It's Texas-style beef barbecue and on a good day, it's quite good.

              1. re: fluffernutter

                No, Judge Bean's is only at Greer Stadium now. They're open all year, not just during games, but still.....

        2. Another vote for Hog Heaven... Its not easy to get to, but it is located right across the street from Centennial Park. You can get your BBQ & enjoy it on the lawn.

          The White Sauce is yummy!

          1. My favorite bbq is Corky's in Brentwood. Didn't see where you are staying, but it's good stuff.