Friday, September 11, 2015

Jack's Bar-B-Que on Broadway Lends Its Flavor to Nashville

Jack's Bar-B-Que on Broadway
     Conveniently located on Broadway next to Tootsies, in front of Ryman Auditorium and across the street from Ernest Tubb's Record Shop, Jack's was one of our lunchtime picks during our visit to Nashville.  In addition to its location, it's a Nashville original (and now more of a tourist attraction) that has been serving its version of bar-b-que since 1989.  The first location was on Broadway at First Avenue, but that site is now a parking garage for the riverfront development.  However, this "new" spot has the appearance of being filled with history and worn to the point of an old leather shoe.  The interior was welcoming, but not a place to linger especially on a Saturday afternoon with the line forming along the street outside.  

Seating Amongst Relics
     Like many bar-b-que joints, this one takes orders at the counter along a cafeteria-like line.  The staff is friendly and helpful only if you encourage them.  After all, it's rough dealing with long lines of impatient, hungry people all day long and we all had plenty of time to think about our orders.  Before we looked for an existing table to sit down, there was one last stop—the sauce station for choosing our favorite regional topping.

Pulled Pork Dinner
     Between the six of us, we sampled the Tennessee Pork Shoulder, Texas Beef Brisket and Smoked Texas Sausage.  All of it was of good quality and flavor.  Most of us chose the Green Beans as one of our two sides and that was a wise choice.  The Mac & Cheese was very creamy, hitting 
Texas Beef Brisket
about halfway up on the scale for us.  Eric and I just had to try the Chess Pie.  This was one you can pass by.  All in all, it wasn't the best bar-b-que any of us have had, but it was perfect as a midday stop along our tour of Broadway.

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