What brought you to Nashville?
I am originally from Cleveland Heights Ohio. I came to Nashville to attend Fisk University. I stayed because of the weather and it what I knew other than Cleveland. Let’s be honest, the weather is much better in Nashville.
Any similarities between Nashville and where you moved from?
There are not a lot of similarities. Cleveland is a lot colder, lots of snow and, gray. Nashville has a lot more sunny and warm days.
The most surprising revelation about the area?
Nashville is growing but it still has a small-town feel. There is a lot more to do in Nashville since I first arrived in 1994.
Favorite restaurant…and why?
Mockingbird, I love their brunch…I am a big brunch person. J Alexander’s, their food is always enjoyable. I love that you get the same quality at each of their restaurants. Jack Brown Burger Joint, they have the best burgers. Sedona in Germantown has a wonderful happy hour. Sushi Yobe on Demonbreun. I’ve been going there for 10+ years. They have the best fusion sushi, and the owners treat me like family!
A must “to-do” for visitors from your perspective?
Foodwise, I recommend Mockingbird, J Alexander’s, Jack Brown Burger Joint, and Sushi Yobe. You must ask a local where to eat. People in Nashville are so friendly. They will tell you where to go to not have to deal with tourist lines.
How has the Covid-19 pandemic changed how you live life in Nashville?
The pandemic changed my life like so many others. I don’t get out as much, but I’m glad I can still get out to get my great food!
Why I love Nashville
I love that I can go out and enjoy great food, music, and events. I also love that I can stay in and things are so quiet and peaceful. I can do as much or as little as I want in this town. Nashvillian are some of the friendliest residents, the majority of which come with big smiles and warm hello’s.
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