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by Wildcat Dianne
October 1, 2013
Pam, Laura, and I had an awards ceremony to go to that night we went to Jack Daniel's and we were all dressed up in our monkey suits, black suits and white blouses. We were seated immediately upon arriving at Jack Daniels, but service after that was all downhill from there. Our drinks arrived in mason jars a la Duck Dynasty, and we were able to order fast since we had to be at the awards ceremony within a couple of hours. Pam and Laura ordered steaks while I went with the BBQ ribs. In the meantime, I checked out the baseball scores on TV at the bar and chatted with a guy there about the latest sports news. Eventually our food showed up, and Pam wasn't happy that it was served on plastic dishes made to look like plates from a mining town. Our waitress and the bus boy that was helping her serve both had attitudes and served us with scowls on our face. Nice! Both Pam and Laura's steak had too much gristle and fat on their portions, and they messed up Laura's side dish orders. My BBQ ribs were tender and I was able to cut them with just my fork and barely needed my knife. The cole slaw was good, but my enjoying my good meal was dimmed by the fact that Pam and Laura had horrible dinners, and we had cranky servers. One of them kept coming to our table and clearing our dishes barely after we finished, and we were just happy to get our checks which seemed to take forever to get to our table.
Needless to say, we did not leave any tips for our servers and our meals cost us between $25-$40. It was not worth that amount of money for louzy food and service. So if you are ever staying at the Gaylord Opryland Resort, avoid the Jack Daniel's for dinner. As Uncle Si from Duck Dynasty might say if he ate there and got bad service and food, "You don't know Jack!" Close
From journal Nashville Nibbles and Nods
by Traveling Jen
East Bridgewater, Massachusetts
September 30, 2008
From journal Y'all Going to Nashville?
December 27, 2006
From journal Noteworthy in (and around) Nashville
Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom
November 6, 2006
Led by a guide in costume, you see the Tennessee whisky making process from beginning to end with the expert help of characterful guides. (Randy is fabulous!!!)
Not for people with mobility problems as this involves a lot of climbing stairs, you will see how the maple chips are made, how the sour mash bubbles in vats and even where the ladies add the labels to the finished bottles.
In the foyer there is an exhibition of some fantastic old photographs of days gone by at the distillery and you get a glass of chilled homemade lemonade after the tour.
A group photo is taken and will appear on line on the Jack Daniels website a few days later for you to download - a great souvenir.
Afterwards, pop into Lynchburg village and buy some Jack Daniels souvenirs - if it has the JD logo on it, you can buy it here!
A fab day out, terrific fun. If you can try to go on a day when they are having a Tennessee barbecue. You have to pay but they are brilliant! Held up at the pavilion on top of the hill you will get great food accompanied by a lone steel guitar player. Perfect!
From journal Downtown Nashville
August 20, 2005
There is a guide who will walk you through the entire process of making whiskey. Even if you are a teetotaler, I believe you'll have an appreciation of the exacting process that goes into making Jack Daniel's whiskey.
At the end of the tour, there will be (nonalcoholic) lemonade awaiting you. You will also be able to buy special commemorative bottles of Jack Daniels at very competitive prices.
I did the Grayline tour from Fairfield. The price was $35. If you go on your own, there is no admission fee. It is a long day, around 7 hours, which includes about 2 hours in downtown Lynchburg for shopping and lunch (see my separate journal entry on that experience).
From journal Nashville in a Day (or two)