Big Shake’s, Franklin, TN

In my pursuit for fantastic local joints, I stopped at Big Shake’s, Franklin, Tennessee.

imageThis is a small joint, several tables and a counter, as you can see in the photo below:

imageThey have some darn spicy chicken for sure, but I like the flavor of chicken just as it is. Nonetheless, I tried the regular and the “cry baby” which is a mild hot version.

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The cry baby heat comes as a sort of after taste, just enough to tickle those receptors. As for the regular fried chicken, it was juicy and good. Next time, I’ll move up the heat ladder; see what happens. Enjoy every meal.

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Creative Cocktails

There’s a myriad of cocktails out there, some of which are off the charts good. While traveling the world, it’s interesting to try what the local bars conjur up. Here’s one that caught my eye, the Anythm Spirit at Gray’s in Franklin, Tennessee, USA.

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Now that you know what’s in the drink, here’s a look at the finished product.

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Quite tasty that was, in fact, it tasted like several more, enjoyed in a casual, friendly atmosphere, with some great music on stage, too. Note that Gray’s states they serve, “cocktails, spirits, tonics, remedies,” they are serious.

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Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint

Rolled into Nolensville, Tennessee, USA on a mission for some quality BBQ. Martin’s is right there on the main road, easy to find with lots of parking.

imageOutside I spot this mobile smoker, which can easily accommodate an entire hog. Surely a sign of quality on the way.

imageInside there’s plenty of seating with the scent of juicy meats in the air.

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And here’s a look at the brisket platter with two sides.

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Tasty, with a unique sauce amping up the flavor, Martin’s delivers. Check it out when you’re in the area.

Published in: on April 22, 2016 at 12:32 pm  Comments (1)  
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Walter Trout, guitar wizard

Had the pleasure of seeing Walter Trout and his band perform at Music City Roots, broadcast live from Franklin, TN. What a set! That’s him on the left of the photo below.

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He began and ended the set with an incredible amount of energy, which is amazing for a guy who nearly died a couple of years ago. His skill with the guitar is impressive and creative. If you like the blues and guitar wizardry in general, be sure to check him out.