Star Spotting At The CMA Awards

Star Spotting At The CMA Awards

All eyes are on the red carpet as eager fans camp out for a sight of their favorite country singer ahead of the CMA Awards, but if you want to really meet that celebrity and do it on a full belly, we have the places for you.
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - All eyes are on the red carpet as eager fans camp out for a sight of their favorite country singer ahead of the CMA Awards, but if you want to really meet that celebrity and do it on a full belly, we have the places for you.

The kitchen at the Pancake Pantry in Nashville's Hillsboro Village stays just about as busy as the celebrities it attract.

“The line started in the 70s and they haven't stopped since,” owner David Baldwin said.

A community staple since 1961, David Baldwin bought the bustling business from his dad in the 80's.

The restaurant doesn't advertise. The menu and waitresses rarely change.

“We really got busy when Garth Brooks fell in love with one of my waitresses and my food,” Baldwin said.

In his prime, Garth Brooks was one of the Pantry's most frequent guests.

“Garth has three kids and the middle kid I think it was…” Baldwin said. “His wife's water broke right here, in that booth over there.”

Vince Gill, Kevin Costner, Brad and Kimberley Paisley. Any day of the week, the made from scratch syrups and locally grown produce, draws in the biggest names in town.

“The newest one who's taken off like rockets is Taylor Swift. She loves the sweet potato pancakes,” Baldwin said.
If breakfast isn't your thing, how about celebrity spotting while chowing down on the best burger in town?

“Fresh meat everyday. We put a little seasoning on it. I don't know why its such a big thing,” Jim Love of Brown’s Diner said.

But the burger at Brown's Diner draws in everybody.

“We have some of the wealthiest people in Nashville sitting next to song writers who are not doing so well,” Love said.

The old trolley car opened in 1927. It boasts the oldest beer license in music city and attracts famous clientele.

“Vince gill, Garth Brooks, Sam Cook…a lot of good song writers,” Love said.

Half the time, owner Jim Love doesn't even know who's at his bar.

“One of my waitresses said you'll never believe who's out there, I said who?
She said Stevie Wonder. I said who's that?” Love said.

Even if the owners don’t recognize them you might. So go ahead and say hello. But don't ask for autographs over eggs.

If you are on a celebrity hunt, focus your efforts on off hours of the day. Celebrities like to avoid public appearances during high traffic times of the day.

Plus most musicians work all night and sleep during the day. So the best times to spot them tend to be during the late afternoon and evening.
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