SO THEN I wonder….do you care? Do you want to hear about the experience anyways?
I’m going with yes today. Indulge me.
This is the story of Cascades, a Gaylord-owned restaurant in Nashville, housed inside Gaylord Opryland.
For those of you that don’t know, the Gaylord hotels are resort/conference center type places that are mainly just big. Really big. They have glass atria that hold – walkways and plants with rooms overlooking the atrium in each hotel, and wings for conference centers and event spaces. They’re huge. Capitalism at it’s finest.
They also each have several restaurants, usually themed around the city in which the hotel resides. I’ve been to several for work, and to the Nashville location 4 times. I heart it, and it’s always sad when I have a trip to Nashville that doesn’t include the Gaylord. I’m just a sucker – what can ya do?
So Cascades. It’s kind of the more “standard” of the Opryland restaurants – American fare, breakfast, lunch, dinner, resort prices.
Listen, this isn’t a dig on the hotel. It’s a thing. Hotel restaurants and bars are pricey. You know why? Because hotels aren’t nonprofits and their owners know we’ll pay for it. If you don’t want to pay for it, fine. If you do, accept it. A regular burger tastes better when it costs $18, right?
Cascades is right in the center of the Opryland atrium, and most of the seating is “outside,” on patio-like structures. I’ve eaten lunch and dinner there, and I can honestly say that I’ve never been disappointed. The flavors are always good, and I enjoy places that have slightly out of the box foods like Lobster Pot Pie.
I like the atmosphere – kind of hustly and bustly and exciting-feeling since lots of people DO go to Gaylord properties for vacation – people are usually in a good mood, like at Disneyland! Because of the location in the center of the property, this is also a good place to stop in between meetings or activities for an appetizer and a drink. There was a smoked trout dip the last time I ate there that my bff Heather and I basically devoured.
So. A consistently good restaurant in a consistently good hotel, IMO. Eat there if you’d like. Let me know how the new menu is!