The combination of white bread, sliced bologna, mustard and mayo may remind you of your youth, but in Nashville, a fried version of the classic bologna sandwich has become a speciality at eateries around the city.
Whether it’s deep-fried or smoked, here are four places to get a bologna fix while visiting the vibrant Tennessee city.
It doesn’t matter which popular Martin’s location you head to (always expect a lineup, though), both will deliver a show-stopping fried bologna sandwich. A one-inch slice of house-made, smoked bologna gets flash-fried and placed into a billowy slider roll with a healthy drizzle of yellow mustard, onions and tart pickles. Add Martin’s homemade barbecue sauce to really kick up the flavour of this indulgent sandwich.
Stray two blocks north of the Ryman Auditorium, away from the action of Lower Broadway, and you’ll find Puckett’s, a former grocer that’s now a casual, family-friendly eatery. Its version of this classic is a smoked bologna sandwich, made with a thick, smoked bologna steak that’s been grilled before it’s sandwiched with lettuce, tomatoes and house-made pickles on sourdough bread.
Squeeze your way up to the bar at Robert’s Western World, one of the city’s most authentic (and popular) Honky Tonks, to order the “Recession Special.” This no-frills fried bologna sandwich is topped with lettuce and tomato slices and served with a bag of chips and a can of beer for just US$5. It’s a late-night guilty pleasure for locals and returning visitors alike.
Take a break from exploring the quirky boutiques and second-hand clothing shops in East Nashville and settle in for a meal at this casual pub. Tenn Sixteen’s version of the sandwich includes thick slices of fried bologna, piled on sourdough bread and served with crispy bacon, romaine, tomatoes, provolone and a house-made beer mustard. This is a big sandwich, so bring your appetite.
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