Barbecue chefs identify themselves by the signature flavors of their sauces, which they brush onto slabs of meat and hand to police officers during routine traffic stops. Sample handcrafted piquancy with today's Groupon: for $12, you get $25 worth of barbecue fare at Nashville Palace.
Johnny Cash, Alan Jackson, and myriad other stars have popped into Nashville Palace's well-traveled digs to perform or sample a menu of time-tested barbecue that fuels toe tapping to live country music seven nights a week. While humming along with familiar tunes, diners can blend in with stylish groups of bib models by grabbing full racks of hickory-smoked ribs ($18.99). Bright stage lights illuminate sirloin steaks ($12.99), which line dance alongside Southern-style breaded catfish fillets ($11.99). Patrons juggle plates of sauce-slathered barbecue chicken ($10.99), or tear through a cadre of sides including such finger-licking selections as fried okra, baked beans, coleslaw, and regulation-size baked potatoes.
Every day at Nashville Palace, a packed calendar sends country crooners to take the stage to belt out old and new tunes alike beneath wagon wheels and winking neon signs. After wetting their whistles at one of the eatery’s multiple bars, patrons can join in two-stepping sessions or assign unique names to each of the hanging guitars that festoon the walls.
The Nashville Palace
In the early 1980s, when Randy Travis was a line cook and singer struggling to find his place in the country-music business, he recorded an independent album called Live at the Nashville Palace. The recording secured him a deal with Warner Bros. Records, and Travis went on to become one of the biggest stars in modern country music. Nashville Palace owner Jesse Lee Jones continues to honor this venue's storied history with the concert calendar, which he keeps packed with nightly performances from local, regional, and national artists. As audiences take in shows, they can nosh on grilled fare such as Angus-beef burgers, fried catfish, and chicken wings. Those seeking a more traditional dining experience can relax in the parlor room and enjoy a classic home-cooked dinner and show.