Guest Post: What’s Cooking at ESX?

John Cerasuolo by John Cerasuolo | 06.17.2014

John Cerasuolo is President and CEO of ADS Security.

ADS Security is excited to have ESX back in Nashville again this year at the fabulous Music City Center.  In addition to the great southern hospitality you can always expect in Nashville, we are also home to a long list of wonderful restaurants.  Here is my list of favorites that I invite you to try during your visit.


When you’re at ESX, treat yourself to some great local food.

Peg Leg Porker – Nashville was recently named by Travel + Leisure magazine as the #1 city in the country for barbecue.  Trust me, it was not easy displacing Memphis, now ranked #2.  For the best barbecue in town, check out Peg Leg Porker.  Say hello to Mr. Peg Leg himself, Carey Bringle, while you are there.  You might also pick up a bottle of Peg Leg Porker’s Tennessee Bourbon Whisky on your way out.  This could just be the highlight of your trip to Nashville.

Etch – Just a short walk from the convention center, Etch has become my favorite dining experience in town.  It has a fabulous environment, the friendliest bartender in town and an absolutely amazing menu from one of Nashville’s culinary stars, Deb Paquette.  Don’t leave without trying the Roasted Cauliflower.  That would normally be the last thing on a menu I would select, but it is just out of this world. 

Hattie B’s – What would a trip to Nashville be without some Hot Chicken? My new go-to lunch place is Hattie B’s where you will usually find customers lining up for the best hot chicken in town.   Be careful what you order. I got my chicken hot one time…now I order medium.  I don’t know how anyone can survive the Damn Hot!

Midtown Café – My friend Randy Rayburn owns three fabulous restaurants in Nashville and this is my favorite.  Located near Music Row, it is a great location for casual fine dining.  Try the Scallops with Lobster Brie Mac and Cheese.  They also offer a free shuttle service from downtown hotels.

Sole MioThe best Italian food in Nashville is at Sole Mio, and with a name like Cerasuolo you know that is coming from someone who knows good Italian food! For 18 years GianCarlo and Debra have prepared the freshest Northern Italian food just a short walk from Broadway. Be sure to save room for the Tiramisu!