I am sure that I have not seen the best part of Nashville. I can't have - I've only seen the gritty, tourist-trap ridden city center. While I spent most of my 3.5 days in the conference hotel I did venture out one night to see what the city had to offer. If you like country music, smoke-filled bars and restaurants, cheesy shops selling tourist tchotchkies, and lots of buskers and beggars then Nashville city center is the place for you! If I'd had more time I would have visited the Parthenon, the various art galleries and gardens, visited Vanderbilt University, and explored some of the fine dining that Nashville has to offer.
Nashvillians don't seem to know what vegetables are or how to cook them. Or maybe they just believe in breading and deep frying everything. The culinary highlight for me was the pulled pork BBQ sandwich and corn bread I had for lunch one day. The biggest surprise of the trip was learning that there is a wine industry in Tennessee - and the wine is pretty good!
Will I ever go back? I hope so - just so I can see the finer side of Nashville!