I mentioned in my Menu Plan Monday post that C & I took a weekend trip to Nashville so I just had to give you all the gory details. We had a wonderful time in a beautiful city. Nashville, to me, is one of those places where I just can’t seem to see everything there is to see. We stayed downtown for the first time and were able to do a little sight-seeing that we hadn’t done before.
Before we get to that, I have to mention the little reason we actually went there for…WICKED: THE MUSICAL!!! I have the most wonderful husband ever! I told him he must love me a lot since he doesn’t seem to mind dressing up and going to Broadway musicals with me! The tickets were a birthday present, also from my wonderful hubby and we had enough hotel rewards points from our summer vacation to get a free night. Score!! We saw the show at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center which is a fabulous venue.
If you have a chance to see this show, DO NOT HESITATE!! It was incredible! I know I am using a lot of exclamation points, but they are well deserved in this case. The songs, the sets, the characters…there’s just too much detail to describe here. Go see it! There is one scene where Elphaba (future Wicked Witch of the West) is singing “Defying Gravity” and it looks like she is being lifted up on something but the theater is mostly dark except from her torso up. When she hits that last long note, all of the stage lights come on and she is hanging there like she is flying. Awesome, all I can say is, AWESOME! The actress in this touring company filled the theater with her voice and it literally brought me to tears and there wasn’t anything sad about it. It was just that good! By the way, you also need to read the book by Gregory Maguire. It makes the show that much more enjoyable to know a little more detail.
Anyway, I searched online for a local restaurant to try out while we were there and found 417 Union. It is located, not surprisingly, at 417 Union Street. It is a pretty little diner decorated 1940’s style.
They seem to be most know for their breakfast so I ordered the pancake platter with maple vanilla syrup and it did not disappoint. These pancakes had a delightful crunchy exterior and the fluffiest interior I have ever seen. So very good!
C had the burger and fries. He said he thought it was the best burger he had ever had and believe me, that is saying something because C loves his burgers! It was made out of ground sirloin so that might have something to do with it. C says that he is going to get me the grinder attachment for my Kitchenaid mixer so I can make them, too.
This is the only new restaurant we had the chance to try, but it was a huge success. We would definitely go back to 417 Union again. This is just part of our little trip though. Check back for the next edition of Thoughtful Thursday where some of the local ambience of Nashville will be featured.