Nashville June 23, 2017
10 Things Longtime Nashvillians Wish They Could Tell Newcomers
Nashville is growing. With over 100 people per day moving to our fair Music City, it recently became the most populous city in the state (sorry, Memphis)! Of course, we’re more than happy to have more people who can fall in love with our city and state. After all, here in the South, we pride ourselves on being hospitable. That being said, here are a few things that those of us who have been here a while wish that we could tell all of the newcomers.
1. We LOVE our Predators.
The Predators really are our team. This year's trip to the Stanley Cup brought us national attention, but we all follow the team year after year. Don't miss the opportunity to see a game at Bridgestone Arena!
2. We can't drive in weather.
Transplants complain about how bad Nashvillians are at the weather, and let's be honest, they're right. Rain, sleet, snow, clouds, no clouds -- we just aren't great at it.
3. Lower Broadway is off-limits.
Those of us that have been here a while know that Lower Broadway was sacrificed to the tourists and bachelorettes about ten years ago, which is practically a century in Nashville years.
4. Know your tacos.
San Antonio Taco Company is not where you need to be going for your tacos. Nothing against SATCO, but it's a rite of passage (especially for Vanderbilt and Belmont students) to find Local Taco or Mas Tacos and never go back to SATCO again.
5. You need some hot chicken in your life.
You really do need to try hot chicken. Feel free to try out the hipper spots like Hattie B's, but you're not a true Nashvillian until you've tried Prince's.
6. Avoid I-24 at all costs.
Avoid I-24 at all costs during rush hour. The stretch of highway from I-40 down to Smyrna is absolutely terrible in traffic. For the sake of your sanity, just don't do it. You'll thank us.
7. Don't wear cowboy boots.
You can tell which people in any given neighborhood are tourists by looking at their shoes. Cowboy Boots = tourists. Everything else is at least up in the air. The moral of the story is don't wear Cowboy Boots if you don't want to be mistaken for a tourist.
8. How to pronounce Demonbreun.
Demonbreun is pronounced De-MUNN-bree-uhn. Not Demon-Bruin. Say it with us.
9. Know your neighborhoods.
Yes, we have heard of the hip, up-and-coming neighborhood of Germantown. And Sylvan Park. And East Nashville.
10. Nashville is a coffee town.
You'll forget about Starbucks as soon as you get in to the Nashville coffee scene. With great places like Crema, Barista Parlor, and Steadfast (just to name a few!), you'll quickly gain a taste for "snobby coffee," even if your wallet doesn’t.
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