Bethune-Cookman and Tennessee State at the John Merritt Classic in Nashville

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On the Sunday before Labor Day, I decided to drive up to Nashville to see Bethune-Cookman University take on Tennessee State in the annual John Merritt Classic at LP Field. The game is held each year in honor of John Merritt, who for many years was the head football coach at Tennessee A & I/Tennessee State. The weather was perfect for a football game, and the battle between the two bands was definitely worth the drive. I was amazed at Bethune-Cookman’s snare line, all of whom had tambourines and cowbells attached to their snare drums, which was unusual. FOr some reason, the traditional “Fifth Quarter” battle between the bands was limited to 10 minutes per band. After the game, I had intended to go to M. L. Rose Burgers, but although they stay open until 2 AM, I learned that they don’t sell burgers after 1 AM, so I ended up having to go to The Slider House in Midtown Nashville near the Vanderbilt campus, since they stay open until 3 AM every night. Then, after stopping by Cafe Coco for a latte, I hit the road back to Memphis.

Trying the New M. L. Rose (@_mlrose) Craft Beer and Burgers in West Nashville

Restaurant Reviews

Frankly, the last time I was in Nashville, I considered eating at M. L. Rose, and then when I saw how far out it was on Franklin Pike, I changed my mind and ate at Burger Up instead. So on my snowy Friday trip to Charlotte for the CIAA tournament weekend, I was thrilled to discover that there is now an M. L. Rose West location on Charlotte Avenue, and that it’s right off of Interstate 40. Nothing could be more convenient. And I was impressed with M. L. Rose. The decor is unusual and attractive, with a number of ordinary found objects like hubcaps arranged artistically. The food menu is fairly large, but of course burgers are the stars of the show, and they possess true star quality. My cheese and bacon burger was perfectly cooked to order, and amazingly tasty, accompanied by waffle fries. I’m not a beer drinker, so I can’t speak to the quality of the beer, but there’s a whole beer menu, and many different brands are offered. At noon on a Friday, the place was packed to the rafters, and deservedly so, as M. L. Rose makes a wonderful shelter from an icy, rainy afternoon. Visit them at either of their two locations in Nashville, or at