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Now that it’s prime football season once again, Andy and I have upgraded our cable TV package, and so far we are enjoying every minute of it! I’ll probably be saying I can’t wait until we get rid of all this TV! come November, but for now, we’re catching up on some shows we like in addition to college football.
One of the shows we really like is Man vs. Food / Man vs. Food Nation. If you’re unfamiliar with the show, here’s a brief catch-up: The host, Adam Richan, travels the country and goes to about three local restaurants in each town. He takes viewers back to the kitchens to see how a particular dish at each establishment is made. Then we watch him eat it and drool on ourselves because we wish that was us. The climax of the show is when he (and now others) take on a ridiculous, legendary food challenge. Some dishes are extremely hot beyond words and others are enormous amounts of food that have to be eaten within a certain amount of time – none of which I will ever attempt.
This is probably old news to most of you Nashville-area readers, but within the past few months, he came to Nashville. In the episode, a country group called the LoCash Cowboys scored a good PR hit by being talked up on this show and attempting the challenge of a 72 oz. steak + all the extra fixings at Rooster’s BBQ. Ok, so being from the Nashville area, we should know who this country duo is, right? Well, we had no clue. I seriously bet no one else does either. I would have loved to see Keith and Nicole or the Paisleys take down that food challenge! At least someone we all know and love named Vince Gill showed up and redeemed the famous-people-sighting on MvF:Nashville to show that we actually do have well-known celebrity neighbors!
Besides all that, we thought the show represented Nashville pretty well, showing off our awesome skyline, the hyperactive lights and activity along Broadway, and the Grand Ole Opry. Oh, and the eateries, too, which was the main reason for visiting! Well, we had never heard of the aforementioned Rooster’s, but we will definitely be going there soon. The first place Adam went was Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack. I will definitely not be eating there because I like fried chicken non-hot so I can actually enjoy it. I’m sure Andy will make a trip there, though. He also went to Pancake Pantry in HillsboroVillage– how can you not love that place? They have 23 kinds of pancakes there, so since we’ve been there together once, we have to go back at least 22 more times. Anyone want to join?
It’s fun to see our little part of the world featured on fun shows like this. I’m always curious to know how all these food and travel shows pick the places they profile. I know a lot of it is PR and marketing stuff, but there’s gotta be more to it. Do fans bombard the host/producers with suggestions? If so, I will lobby for them to visit Franklin and Bell Buckle!
Where do you suggest the Man vs. Food Nation crew stop at on their next visit to Nashville? My picks off the top of my head are Mickey Roo’s BBQ, Oscar’s Taco Shop and Pied Piper Creamery.