Sunday, February 27, 2011

The local Sports Grill

I always meet Sara Jo at El Palenque in Green Hills, I always meet Brooke at Las Palmas, for Mike it's Buffalo Wild Wings, and before Sanctuary it's Pei Wei with some of my favorites.  For Tim & Jessica, it's Cracker Barrel on Sunday evening. With Bryan, it's always Jonathan's Grille in Cool Springs.

Do you have those people in your life you always meet at the same place each time you get together.  I figure it's because there is such a comfort and it just becomes "your thing."  I'm cool with that.  Matter of fact, I'm very cool with that and don't like shaking up good chemistry.

A few weeks ago Bryan and I got together to go to Jonathan's, but honestly I wasn't too excited about this trip to Jonathan's with Bryan.  I did not want to go. Even with our good friend Kendall joining, I just didn't want to go.

Bryan is as good as gold. Literally.  He truly is one of the best friends I have in my life.  He's a "good 'ol boy" from Arkansas who hunts, fishes, drives a truck and is more loyal to his friends than most people you will ever meet in your life.  Bryan has witnessed the ugly side of my life, and was just as good of a friend on those days as when he saw me at my kindest and best.  I'm not sure he has a judgmental bone in his body, and he totally has a servants heart.  He has heard me go on and on and on about stuff happening in my life without flinching or making me feel like I have over stayed my welcome.  When my boat was broken down, he came to help.  He has always made himself available when needed.  He let me cheer for Georgia when he was cheering for Arkansas.  True friends, long lasting friends like Bryan are very hard to come across.  I first met Bryan in college and have had an incredible friend in him ever since.  We've roomed together, traveled together, and lived in the same town together.  And we always eat at Jonathan's Grille.

Jonathan's is a good place for two single guys to hang out.  The food is always good and they have a rather wide menu selection - typical sports bar kind of food, but they also have one of the best Ribeye's in Cool Springs.  They have TV's at every angle, making it a spectacular place to watch games.  They have cute servers who show class.  In recent years, it's even upgraded its feel to seem like a somewhat "upper class joint."  Their pizzas are fantastic, Cheeseburgers are impressive and their wings are pretty dang good.  Several years ago I actually went to a Titans game in Cincinnati with a group they put together. ....but that's a whole other experience to share!

So why didn't I want to go to Jonathan's this last time with Bryan?  It was a "going away" dinner for Bryan.  Bryan had decided to move back home to Arkansas and this was our last meal together with him living in Nashville.  To say the least, he'll be missed.  I'm not losing a friend, just losing a local friend.  I hated to see him go - and I simply didn't want to go to Jonathan's to say "goodbye."

I miss you Bryan, and wish you all the luck and Godspeed possible!!  When you're back in town, let's head to Jonathan's!

Jonathan's Grille in Cool Springs

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