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Like many of you bluegrassers out there, I was in Nashville the last week of September for IBMA’s World Of Bluegrass event. There are plenty of blogs about that. After several days of hotel food, and trying the tourist traps on Broadway (don’t get me wrong, Jack’s BBQ on Broadway is still fantastic–simple, tasty, and REAL barbecue with scrumptious southern sides and lots of cornbread), I was ready to find something special. Friday October 1st’s issue of USA Today, stuck under the hotel door, had a special food section where it recommended a restaurant from each state, and Tennessee’s was–you guessed it–Burger Up.

2901 12th Ave South
Nashville, TN 37204
(615) 297-3767

We got a bit lost in the Vanderbilt area before we found this little gem. It looks like the block has been revamped recently, there’s an ice cream shop and a salon, and this place, which looks like an old warehouse, but delightfully redone in blond woods and steel. There’s a bar, and rows of wooden tables with little wood seats, like a cafeteria, so you are sitting next to other visitors.  Bathroom was clean and comfy, with that little basket of good-smelling lotions. I ordered the Woodstock, apparently the favorite–it’s just a bacon cheeseburger with Jack Daniels maple ketchup, but it was so amazing–perfectly cooked, with a tiny, chewy little bun, and so much flavor. The beef is grown locally, along with most of everything on the menu–my partner had a fresh salad with a burger plopped on top that I ate quite a bit of as well. Hand cut fries came in a big can, I had the sweet potato fries; hot, squishy, and crunchy. There were other things I wanted to try on the menu–a po boy, a portabella sandwich. Oh, I almost forgot–I finished it up with a diet coke float made with organic ice cream. This meal made my week!

Later that night, we went out to 3rd and Lindsley to catch David Bromberg’s show. This wasn’t part of IBMA week, but I enjoyed it more than almost anything I encountered. They don’t make performers like this anymore. Joined by a sparse but hugely talented band,  Bromberg will draw you into his songs and not let you go until it’s all over.  It’s more than music, it’s a SHOW. The last show that grabbed me in this way was Arlo Guthrie’s.  It’s hard to find current folk, rock, or blues folks anywhere who can make you feel what they are feeling. 

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