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Because a drayage load can mean a few different things, confusion among carriers is common. Many carriers link drayage with going into a port, but that isn't always true. While all drayage loads typically originate from a port of entry, there are often several legs of a drayage journey before a container turns up at its final stop. Legs of a drayage load may include:

Why Are Drayage Companies in Nashville, TN So Important?

You may be thinking, what's so important about drayage? It's such a small step in the container storage transport process. In reality, it's an integral piece needed in the logistics industry and a crucial part of U.S. supply chain management.

To truly understand the importance of drayage, let's use flowers as an example. Most cut flower shipments enter the market from areas in South America until they end up at Dutch auction houses. Once there, wholesalers purchase flowers in bulk and send those products to retail outlets worldwide. Because flowers are perishable, they typically need to be refrigerated and are often shipped in reefer containers. These refrigerated vessels must maintain a certain temp to prevent loss.

Drayage companies like RelyEx allow flower shippers to send their products from Argentinian ports to airports in the Netherlands with peace of mind because their products are protected. The only way to accomplish this feat is with the help of swift, meticulous port drayage services. Drayage companies allow flower shippers to send their products from Argentinian ports to airports in the Netherlands with peace of mind, because their products are protected. The only way to accomplish this feat is with the help of swift, meticulous port drayage services.

If port drayage is compromised, it can cause delays and even fines. You know the packages you get delivered to your front door from apps like Amazon? Without drayage and drayage brokers, one or two-day shipping times wouldn't even be possible.

As a multi-billion-dollar industry in the U.S. alone, it seems like drayage shipping issues shouldn't exist. But the fact is inefficiencies and congestion are still major problems at ports. Whether it's a lack of carriers, absent chassis, or overburdened terminals, delays lead to missed deadlines, lost revenue, and worse.

But anytime challenges exist, so too do innovative solutions.

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RelyEx Solves Problems

At RelyEx, we like to consider ourselves problem solvers. The nature of the container drayage industry presents new challenges every day, but we're firm believers that there's a solution to every hurdle we encounter. And while some drayage businesses implement a reactive approach, RelyEx customers choose us for our proactive mindset. We take pride in solving your company's drayage challenges to help you avoid frustrating fees, missed expectations, and delayed shipments. We strive to make every transaction successful and streamlined by partnering with shippers who prioritize transparent, prompt, and accurate communication.

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RelyEx Has a Unique Vantage Point

RelyEx approaches your business from the customer's perspective - a unique approach that helps us provide high-quality, effective drayage services. We've been in the customers' shoes, know their pain points, and because of that, provide first-hand solutions to stressful supply chain issues. With over 30 years of collective knowledge, our team excels in:

  • Inventory Management
  • Logistics
  • Purchasing
  • Finance

Our varied, high-level drayage shipping experience helps us achieve our overarching goal: expertly managing your freight movement needs. That way, you can direct your time and focus on growing the core aspects of your business while we handle the heavy lifting. Throw in proactive planning to avoid bottleneck situations and strong communication for transparent customer relations, and you can see why so many companies trust RelyEx.

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RelyEx Nurtures Strong Carrier Relationships

When it comes to shipping logistics, it only takes one mistake by a mediocre worker to disrupt your business. That's why, at RelyEx, we pride ourselves on forming and nurturing relationships with carriers who match our standards of care. Our founding partner started his career transporting freight for companies as an on-demand carrier. He uses that knowledge to maximize the resources of our carriers so that our customer's expectations aren't just met - they're exceeded.

Based in the port city of Nashville, RelyEx has a keen understanding of the challenges of managing the inbound and outbound flow of containers. Our team of container drayage experts provides your business with unique solutions to nuanced shipping problems, minimizing demurrage and ensuring the successful delivery of your freight.

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Customers choose RelyEx because:

  • We are a reliable drayage logistics partner that manages your freight from beginning to end
  • We have a rare industry vantage point with 30+ years of client-side experience
  • We foster and fortify the strongest vendor relations
  • We take a proactive approach to problem-solving, not a reactive approach
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Your Drayage Shipments Managed from Start to Finish

Some drayage brokers don't care how customers feel about their service as long as they sign a contract and get paid. As a solutions-oriented team, RelyEx takes the opposite approach. We're motivated by the opportunity to overachieve for our customers and to provide them with the best logistics experience possible. With professional experience as carriers and shippers ourselves, we know the roadblocks and challenges you're facing. We excel at mapping out the best plans of action to solve those problems. But that's just the start.

Our tracking experts monitor and manage every aspect of your drayage shipment from booking to delivery, 24/7. Once booked, we look for the availability of your containers hourly once they're at port. When they arrive, our team acts quickly to access your storage containers when they're available.

Plus, RelyEx ensures your company's requirements are met by the carrier during loading and delivery and provide necessary documentation as fast as possible. With real-time tracking updates and access to our customer service professionals, your team has complete visibility throughout the shipping process.

We Source Top-Notch Operators at the Best Prices

Over the years, RelyEx has built a strong network of drayage carriers, transloading locations, and container storage spaces to provide you with the best possible options to match your drayage service needs. We know that searching for quality service presents an added layer of complexity and stress to our customers. That's why we work hard to take that off your plate by connecting you with our reliable shipping partners.

With a background moving freight as an on-demand carrier, our founding partner understands how to maximize the resources and equipment of our carriers to match your needs.

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We Make Transparent, Timely Communication a Priority

Like other industries, the global logistics space is complex. Mistakes will be made, and problems will happen. With those truths in mind, RelyEx has built its reputation as problem solvers. Unlike other drayage companies, we don't shy away from this industry's complexities because we take pride in solving problems. Even better, we aim to do what's needed to avoid those problems altogether.

As your logistics partner, we will provide your company with accurate, transparent, and prompt communication. If there are unexpected issues, we'll notify you immediately and will provide several options to remedy the problem. We even offer custom reporting for large clients who need at-the-moment updates and quick access to shipment documentation.

We Have Robust Project Management Experience

Why let the unpredictability of your industry dictate your success? With a background working in manufacturing, our founders are familiar with the demands of managing production schedules and sales orders. That experience makes it abundantly clear to us that every business and industry is different. If you struggle with seasonal surges or other factors, our team supports your business with a mapped-out plan and schedule, so you stay ahead of the game.

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Paperwork Errors

Typically, shippers need four specific documents to clear shipments through customs: A Bill of Lading (or BOL), a commercial invoice, a packing list, and an arrival notice. Seasoned drayage brokers like RelyEx are used to preparing these documents, but new shippers tend to miss this step due to inexperience.

Payment Delays

If a shipper only pays for part of their shipment, a vessel operator may refuse to release their freight until their bill is fully paid. Payment delays lead to cargo detention at the port of entry, which triggers demurrage charges.


Documents Received Too Late

Paperwork is needed when you're shipping goods with a drayage company. When documents like the Certificate of Origin or Bill of Lading arrive at their destination late, you can expect demurrage fees. RelyEx avoids this situation entirely by being proactive when submitting paperwork.

Additional causes for demurrage fees can include:

  • Damaged Container Storage
  • Custom Released Containers
  • Storage Containers Are Too Heavy

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The Supply Chain Partner You Can Count On

At RelyEx, we know first-hand how stressful supply chain problems can be for business owners. Though drayage shipping might seem minor on the surface, it affects every stage of your shipping process. And when inevitable hurdles manifest, RelyEx propels you over the proverbial roadblocks with a proactive mindset and a passion for challenging projects. We believe that all problems have a solution, and our unique vantage point allows us to provide first-hand solutions to customers in a wide array of industries.

When it comes to your business, don't settle for anything less than RelyEx. Contact our office today to learn more about how we make your shipping experience streamlined and stress-free.


Latest News in Nashville, TN

Garth Brooks' Black Friday honky-tonk grand opening will be a Prime Video broadcast

On Oct. 10, Garth Brooks announced another in a series of his "Dive Bar" "concert series events scheduled for the grand opening of his new Nashville bar and honky-tonk Friends in Low Places on Black...

On Oct. 10, Garth Brooks announced another in a series of his "Dive Bar" "concert series events scheduled for the grand opening of his new Nashville bar and honky-tonk Friends in Low Places on Black Friday, Nov. 24 at 7 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. CT. Today, Brooks has added that Amazon Music, his longtime partner for his streaming musical releases, will air the event as a Black Friday Amazon Music Live (AML) special.

The concert will air after Amazon's exclusive Prime Video broadcast of the National Football League's first-ever Black Friday game featuring the Miami Dolphins vs. The New York Jets live on Prime Video.

Prime Video will provide free access to Brooks' concert, even to those without a Prime membership or an Amazon account.

A press statement released by Brooks and Amazon Music notes that the Nashville event is sold out after having already earned over three million ticket requests from fans who have attempted to earn tickets via listening to the "The Dance" vocalist's new The BIG 615 TuneIn Radio station where Brooks stated he would award tickets to station listeners.

"Amazon Music Live and Garth Brooks are coming together for Black Friday after the game to livestream a special 'Dive Bar' concert from the grand opening of the Friends In Low Places Bar and Honky-Tonk in Nashville," said Brooks.

The statement notes that the concert will also air on Amazon's Prime Video and Twitch's Amazon Music channel, featuring Brooks debuting brand-new music from his forthcoming 14th studio album "Time Traveler," plus chart-topping hits, fan favorites and deep cuts.

A preshow for Brooks' concert event will be hosted by Amazon Music's Country Heat Weekly podcast hosts Kelly Sutton and Amber Anderson. The preshow broadcast will feature interviews and special guests and will air on Twitch's Amazon Music channel starting at 6 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. CT.

In a news release, Brooks said, "How do you open a Friends in Low Places bar??? With a Garth concert! This is going to be off the chain. Black Friday, brand new bar, in the home of Country Music...Hollywood couldn't write a better script. I can NOT wait!"

Brooks has played a series of Dive Bar concerts inspired by his 2020 single with Blake Shelton, "Dive Bar." Past stops for Dive Bar concerts included Joe's on Weed Street in Chicago and Buck Owens' Crystal Palace in Bakersfield, California.

Previous episodes of Amazon Music Live have featured a diverse set of top-selling artists, including Latto, Lil Durk, Metro Boomin, Peso Pluma and Ed Sheeran.

Damage Reported West Of Nashville As Tornadoes Carve Path Of Destruction In Tennessee, Kentucky

Tornadoes tore across Tennessee and into Kentucky on Saturday, leaving a path of destruction and extensive damage in Clarksville, Tennessee, about 40 miles northwest of Nashville.0 seconds of 37 secondsVolume 90%Sign up for the Morning Brief email newsletter to get weekday updates from The Weather Channel and our meteorologists.Tornadoes and severe weather a...

Tornadoes tore across Tennessee and into Kentucky on Saturday, leaving a path of destruction and extensive damage in Clarksville, Tennessee, about 40 miles northwest of Nashville.

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Tornadoes and severe weather are carving a path of destruction across parts of Tennessee and Kentucky, leaving behind wrecked homes and injured people.

T​he sheriff's office in Dickson County, Tennessee, about 20 miles west of Nashville, is reporting damage in several areas in the northern part of the county.

"We have trees down, lines down, and roads blocked," the agency said in a social media post at about 5:45 p.m. EST. "Please stay home and off the roads while emergency personnel are out working."

A​ dispatcher there told in a phone call around 6:20 p.m. EST that there is "a lot" of damage and the call center was extremely busy.

P​olice in Clarksville, Tennessee, say they are responding to numerous locations due to extensive damage from a tornado that touched down around 1:30 p.m. EST.

T​here was no immediate on any potential injuries or deaths.

R​esidents are being asked to stay home and off the roadways. Plans were underway to open an elementary school as a shelter, but those had to be scuttled due to a power outage. About 21,000 homes and businesses were without electricity as of 5:30 p.m. EST, according to

C​larksville is the largest city near the U.S. Army's Fort Campbell, home of the 101st Airborne Division. The town of about 175,000 people sits in Montgomery County, about 40 miles northwest of Nashville.

"First Responders and Emergency Services have staged in the area and are assessing the damage and the safety of the residents," the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office said in a Facebook post. "Due to potential dangers from the weather, downed power lines, and debris, we (ask) that the community shelter in place and stay off the roadway."

Downed trees and power lines, as well as some damage to homes, were also reported across the state line in Todd County, Kentucky.

E​arlier, a tornado hit Weakley County, Tennessee, about 110 miles northwest of Nashville.

"​We have several injuries at this time," Ray Wiggington, emergency management director for Weakley County, told in a phone call around 2:15 p.m. EST.

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W​eakley County includes the towns of Sharon and Dresden.

It wasn't immediately known if any of the injuries were serious.

W​iggington said at least several houses were damaged, and there were reports that the local National Guard armory was also hit.

R​adar showed a debris signature shortly before 11 a.m. EST near Sharon. The National Weather Service warned of a "large and extremely dangerous tornado."

The same tornado also caused damage about 25 miles to the southwest in Gibson County, which includes the towns of Rutherford and Trenton.

“We’ve got quite a bit of damage in the north part of the county," a 911 dispatcher there told in a phone call around 1:30 p.m. EST.

The dispatcher said t​here were no immediate reports of injuries.

Photos shared to social media showed downed trees and power lines and at least one building, possibly a fire station, damaged.

A​ local utility provider said the storms caused about 4,500 power outages in north Gibson County as well as neighboring Obion and Dyer counties.

The weather is part of a cross-country system expected to bring severe thunderstorms, high wind and tornadoes to the South through the weekend. Read the full forecast here.

T​he first storms popped up in Oklahoma and Arkansas Friday night, but only produced limited wind damage.

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Nashville area under a tornado watch; tornado warning issued north of Clarksville

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado warning for areas in north middle Tennessee, and a tornado watch for most of middle Tennessee, including the Nashville area, effective through 7 p.m. CT on Saturday.Areas are under a tornado warning until 3:00 p.m. CT are Huntingdon, Bruceton, and Hollow Rock, TN, all west of Nashville.A tornado watch means that conditions are such that tornado formations are possible. A to...

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado warning for areas in north middle Tennessee, and a tornado watch for most of middle Tennessee, including the Nashville area, effective through 7 p.m. CT on Saturday.

Areas are under a tornado warning until 3:00 p.m. CT are Huntingdon, Bruceton, and Hollow Rock, TN, all west of Nashville.

A tornado watch means that conditions are such that tornado formations are possible. A tornado warning means that a tornado is happening or imminent.

Tornadoes are likely within the watch area, with isolated hail up to quarter size possible, and gusts of up to 70 miles per hour, NWS said.

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Severe storms are possible Saturday afternoon and evening across Middle Tennessee and in the Nashville area, bringing large hail and damaging winds, according to NWS.

Nashville Electric Service crews are stocking trucks with equipment to prepare for anticipated outages caused by strong winds, the agency shared in a social media post Saturday afternoon.

Weather today is expected to be mostly cloudy through the morning, with showers and a chance of thunderstorms beginning at noon and moving into the evening. The high is 67 degrees, with a low of 38 degrees.

Strong to severe thunderstorms are possible across Middle Tennessee between 1 p.m. and 11 p.m., according to the National Weather Service, bringing strong to damaging winds and a possibility of large hail. Storms have the potential of becoming "prolific damaging wind producers," causing tree damage and power outages, according to NWS. Large hail could cause minor roof damage and car damage.

Frequent cloud to ground lightning is expected. Storms are expected to bring between 1 and 2 inches of rainfall in Middle Tennessee.

There is a very low chance of tornado formation, primarily south of the I-40 corridor.

Storms to hit Tennessee this weekend. Here's what to know

Severe weather is expected in Davidson, Williamson and Rutherford Counties between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m., according to NWS.

Weather officials advise to keep multiple ways to receive warnings, and have a plan in place for where to go in case severe weather develops.

Vivian Jones covers state government and politics for The Tennessean. Reach her at

Grace Bowers is the teenage guitar phenom who plays dive bars at night

NASHVILLE - Guitar virtuoso Grace Bowers is a typical 17-year-old who loves kicking around Nashville in her Jeep with her Goldendoodles Lenny and George on pretty days. Her freckles and innocent giggles in no way signal what happens when Bowers picks up a guitar.Her demeanor changes. She's overcome by an impenetrable focus and confidence. She ages by nearly a generation while she noodles on her '61 Gibson ...

NASHVILLE - Guitar virtuoso Grace Bowers is a typical 17-year-old who loves kicking around Nashville in her Jeep with her Goldendoodles Lenny and George on pretty days. Her freckles and innocent giggles in no way signal what happens when Bowers picks up a guitar.

Her demeanor changes. She's overcome by an impenetrable focus and confidence. She ages by nearly a generation while she noodles on her '61 Gibson SG with the proficiency of someone who has been doing it for 25 years. Nancy Wilson of the band Heart recently commented on one of Bowers' Instagram posts "I HAIL YOU" flanked by flame emojis.

Devon Allman recently asked her to play with the Allman Betts Family Revival at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. She's joining Lainey Wilson for Nashville's New Year's Eve bash, and photos on her Instagram show her hanging out with everyone from Billie Eilish and Wynonna Judd to Dave Mustaine from Megadeth.

Grace the guitar player embodies a focus and a command that isn't present when she's just Grace the bubbly teenager. She can dish about '60s and '70s blues guitarists with the same ease and detail she could about what she ate for breakfast.

Sucked in by hair metal. Groomed by the blues.

Bowers first picked up a guitar at age 9 after she watched the music video for "Welcome to the Jungle" by Guns N' Roses "and saw Slash playing his Les Paul" on YouTube. She got really into "cheesy hair metal" from Winger and Ratt to Motley Crue before accidentally discovering the blues.

"I listen to lots of funk and soul, and I obviously have a huge rock influence," Bowers told The Tennessean from her publicist's office in East Nashville. "I listen to a lot of older stuff, but that's not to say I don't like newer stuff. I just got super duper into Buddy Miles, Curtis Mayfield and Jimi Hendrix, obviously."

Her favorite guitar player of all time? Leslie West, the co-founder and guitar player for the '70s rock band Mountain.

So how, exactly does a then 12-year-old get turned on to music from 50 years ago?

"I honestly do not know. No one showed it to me," she said. "One day I was sitting in the car while my mom was running errands and I was flipping through channels and I forgot what station it was, but it was playing B.B. King and that was the first time I ever heard blues. I was probably like 12 or 13. I didn’t even know that you could like, do that with a guitar. I had only heard hair metal before. So hearing that was what really made me want to really dive deeper into guitar playing. From there I got super into the blues and moved to more classic rock stuff."

You wanna learn what?

Bowers is for the most part self-taught. She initially signed up to take lessons, but the church-based guitar teacher wouldn't teach her to play "Hells Bells" or "TNT" by AC/DC — the songs she wanted to learn — because of the lyrics.

"So because of that, I went home and 'TNT' was the first song that I ever learned how to play that I taught myself from watching the video," Bowers says.

It wasn't until she and her family relocated to Nashville from the Bay Area during the pandemic that she got serious about learning and playing. She says she didn't know the pentatonic scale until a few years ago.

"Guitar players will understand that," she says. "It was absolutely crazy that I had been playing guitar that long and nobody showed that to me."

It was during a complete pandemic lockdown that Bowers began recording herself playing and posting to YouTube. Those posts evolved into livestreaming her practice sessions.

"People started watching," she says. "I'd get like 20,000 people watching me at a time, which was crazy. That kind of jump-started me posting on social media, which has been really helpful for me."

Her mom, Lisa Bowers, says her daughter tried everything from ballet to soccer and even football, but nothing stuck.

"You just want your kid to find their passion," Lisa Bowers says. "She asked for a guitar, so we went and got her one. She will tell you she was awful in the beginning, but I disagree. There was something. People who saw her would tell us she’s got something."

Not-so-typical day in the life

A "typical" day in the life of Grace Bowers includes running her younger brothers to school in the mornings, catching a quick nap and doing online school. Then Bowers picks up her guitar to practice. And then most nights, she heads to a dive bar she isn't even old enough to get into.

"She struggled in school," Lisa Bowers says. "She had a lot of anxiety. She really struggled, and guitar has saved her. It completely changed the person she is. The community that she has found playing guitar has lifted her up and supported her and given her a place where she belongs. She never had that before."

Bowers says she spends most nights jamming at gigs.

"Honestly, most of the venues out here have been very welcoming," she says. "It's not like I walk in there and do anything stupid. We've built up a trust with the venues here. They've been great."

After the Covenant school shooting, Bowers felt deeply compelled to do something to help.

"I have two little brothers. They are 16 and 13, and the day it happened I had just dropped one of them off at school," she says. "I got a text saying there had been a shooting, but it didn’t say what school it was at. It was such a horrible feeling —even if it’s just for a few seconds — before we knew what school it was at."

She said the shooting made her "mad, sad and frustrated at the same time." In an effort to do whatever she could to help, she organized a show with some fellow local artists. The event raised more than $20,000.

New year, new music

After a show with Lainey Wilson as part of New Year's Eve Live: Nashville's Big Bash, Bowers is slated to go into the studio in February with John Osborne of the Brothers Osborne to record her first EP with her band Grace Bowers and the Hodge Podge.

Osborne says by email that Bowers was in the market for someone to produce her first project and several people mentioned his name to her.

"I’m glad they did because I was already a fan," he says. "To get to make a guitar record with a musician like her will be a dream. She has such a natural ability, but what I love more is her fire and heart. You can’t learn that. She reminds me a lot of myself at her age. Only way better."

Bowers and her bandmates Brandon Combs (drums), Joshua Blaylock (keys), Esther Okai-Tetteh (vocals) and Eric Fortaleza (bass) have been trying to write the record with everyone in the room to elicit a more organic sound.

"We want to get a really live feel on it," she says. "It's not going to be very polished. We are kind of going for like Santana's first album that starts out instrumental and the guitar doesn't even come in for like three minutes, which I think is so cool. We will have a mixture of jams and songs."

Old soul? Maybe. Wise beyond her years? Definitely.

Bowers has been hailed for being so good at such a young age and being, well, a girl; she sees both of those qualities as both advantages and disadvantages. For example, at a recent show, the sound guy approached Bowers and offered to show her how to plug her guitar into the amp.

"Stuff like that happens all the time," she says. "I feel like if I were a dude and I was older, it would never happen. But at the same time it is something that definitely makes me stand out, and it’s a cool thing. Being able to advocate for people like me who are going through the same thing is also very cool."

And did that sound guy see her play? "Oh, he did. I think he was embarrassed," she says.

Having achieved so much at such a young age, what does future success look like for Bowers?

"To be happy," she says, confidently. "And probably touring. I don't care who I am touring with as long as we are having fun and making good music."

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Eating Nashville: Our writers' dream list for the city's dining scene in 2024

Mackensy wants a fast, healthy breakfast place and better Asian food, while Brad pines for delis and diners ― and a great spot in Bellevue.Brad SchmittNashville Tennessean0:000:58ADNashville's food scene has plenty to recommend in it, and it's growing rapidly. At first blush, we might even seem to have it all. Want to eat your weight in beef at one of ...

Mackensy wants a fast, healthy breakfast place and better Asian food, while Brad pines for delis and diners ― and a great spot in Bellevue.

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Nashville Tennessean

Nashville's food scene has plenty to recommend in it, and it's growing rapidly. At first blush, we might even seem to have it all. Want to eat your weight in beef at one of our many steakhouses? We have plenty. Looking for barbecue? We've got that, too. We also have lots of food trucks, Italian eateries and tacos galore.

But the real question is, what are we missing? Oh, quite a bit friends. Read on to see what we're pining for most, whether it's now-shuttered restaurants or entire food genres.

Bring back Arnold's!

Brad: Yes, there are for sure some great meat-and-three restaurants with long histories in Nashville. I'm lookin' at you, Silver Sands Cafe (937 Locklayer St.). But some of the other storied meat-and-three spots have closed or haven't held up over the years.

So let's bring back Arnold's Country Kitchen (605 8th Ave S.), which had a vibe, man. Few other spots in town brought working-class folks together with country stars and political leaders like Arnold's did. And that carved roast beef, the fried chicken, the desserts — downright, down-home delicious.

Mack: Well, that seems to be the plan. Kahlil Arnold has confirmed that his restaurant, on three contiguous parcels his family owns, will reopen temporarily starting Jan. 8, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. However long the restaurant could stay open is anyone's guess, he said, as the property is still for sale after an earlier deal fell through.

“It could be a few weeks. It could be three months," he said. "It could be six months or two. Our property is still for sale, I've had people interested in it, but I’ll open up Arnold's until (we sell)."

Arnold told The Tennessean in November, in advance of some wildly popular Thanksgiving week pop-ups, that he's looking to reopen a version of Arnold's elsewhere in the future.

"When we first closed, that felt like the last goodbye," he said on Dec. 20. "The difference between now and then is that ... now it’s not 'Goodbye,' it's see you again in the next chapter for sure.”

Let's get better Asian food, please

Mack: I'm calling dibs on this category. While we have some good Thai and Vietnamese places, and great Japanese comfort food and plenty of ramen, we're missing some things. First, there's the matter of Chinese food. Lucky Bamboo (5855 Charlotte Pike Ste B.) is fine if you venture off the Chinese-American menu. But for a metropolitan area of 2 million people? There should be more Asian restaurants that are better than passably good. The sushi selection save for some outliers needs work, as does our inventory of Indian food. We're waiting.

Brad: You're calling dibs? Oh c'mon, man, you just got here! I've been suffering with mediocre Chinese food here for 33 years! I love how much the restaurant scene here has grown. But when I'm lucky enough to have dim sum in Boston, New York or even Las Vegas, I want to cry when I think of the dearth of great Chinese food back in Nashville.

Can we get some better Bellevue bites?

Brad: Look, downtown, Germantown and East Nashville are silly with sensational spots. Antioch and South Nashville boast the city's best global food. Midtown, West Nashville and the Nations can each boast one or two exceptional restaurants. Crieve Hall has its own awesome bagel shop. The scene is even getting better in Donelson/Hermitage, though it could use a little help.

And then there's Bellevue, exploding with business and residential growth. But the restaurant scene there? Meh. I mean, I dig the biscuits and barbecue at Loveless Cafe (8400 TN-100), I like the peanut butter-banana pudding at HoneyFire BBQ, and there's a charmer of a neighborhood bar out there that serves great tater tots.

But for the love of God, Bellevue needs a locally-owned upscale restaurant spot real bad. These fine folks deserve a delightful dining destination!

Bring me a fast, healthy breakfast

Mack: Biscuits. That's something we have plenty of. They're even on the breakfast bar at the East Nashville location of Turnip Truck (701 Woodland St.). Listen, I can't believe I'm admitting this in print, but I just don't love a bellyful of biscuit in the morning. I know, I know. Can I still live in the South? Thanks.

Places like Hearts, Cafe Roze (1115 Porter Rd.) and Two Hands (606 8th Ave S Store 400) serve exactly the type of breakfast I love, but that's not something I can grab quickly on the way to work.

On most days, I'd love a healthy breakfast bowl. Maybe some chia pudding? No, we don't do that so much in Nashville? Yeah, I know. That's why I make my breakfast, coffee and juice at home every day, which has probably saved me enough money for a mortgage payment or two, so there's that.

I miss diners

Brad: Speaking of breakfast, can we please get an honest-to-God, open-all-night diner here? I'm talking, HUGE cakes/pies case in the front, tons of breakfast items, regular ol' drip coffee, open-face sandwiches, onion rings and gravy, lots of gravy. I'm sorry, but downtown's The Diner (200 3rd Ave S) isn't really a diner (but I do love their desserts case). New York and New Jersey natives, please band together and make this happen. Thanking you in advance, Brad.

Mack: The lack of late-night eats in general has driven me to eat all kinds of things I'm not proud to admit, including a Checker's Baconzilla burger that nearly gave me hypertension on the spot. But more and more late-night options are popping up, including Sweeza Super Quesadilla at The Wash (1101 McKennie Ave.). I also recently had a late-night meal of fantastic gumbo (get the potato salad on the side), boudin balls and fried catfish at Spicy Boys (924 Mcferrin Ave.) I was hungry! However all-night diners they are not.

Nashville, where delis go to die

Brad: Kids, once upon a time, Noshville deli had THREE locations in Nashville. (The main Midtown location closed in 2015.) And there was an East Nashville spot called Shep's Delicatessen. (Closed last year.) There was Goldie's Deli in the Belle Meade Plaza. (Closed in 2006.)


Whadya gotta do around here to get a good matzah ball soup or a hot pastrami on rye or, God forbid, a knish? (They're de-lish!) Well, I guess you can go to the surviving Noshville deli in Green Hills (4014 Hillsboro Cir). But I'd love more choices, and ones open late at night. And maybe even ones that'll slice and sell ya a pound of corned beef to take home.

Mack: You're in luck because I happen to love a good pastrami on rye, and Flat Tire Diner (4700 Old Hickory Blvd.), Mitchell's Deli (1306 McGavock Pike) and Bare Bones Butcher (906 51st Ave. N) all make killer versions. I know, I know, it's not the same. But if it's excellent sandwiches you're after, they got plenty ― and also get yourself over to Bill's Sandwich Palace (311 N 16th St.) posthaste.

Now I want a sandwich.

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