There is such a vibrant food scene on this street, and in the year I’ve covered it things have only gotten better, brighter, more interesting. Hell, even the chain restaurants are stepping up their game — lookin’ good Captain D! — which makes me think there are only wonderful things in the neighborhood’s future. With each new wave of immigrants — and it should be noted, the more recent influx of the young and hip — the neighborhood gets a new coat of paint and a broader palette, and I’m envious of the folks that will be right in the thick of that transformation. That said, my in-laws are still here, so you can expect to find me cruising the strip for new spots around all the major holidays. You can take the boy off The Road, but that doesn’t mean he won’t be making pilgrimages back.
And with that I would like to thank all of you, the readers, for taking the journey down Nolensville Pike with me, for all your comments, criticisms and dining tips. I know that I generally skewed towards positivity in this column, and that didn’t always sit well with folks, but I want you to understand that the positivity is solely rooted in my love for other cultures and the independent business folks who toil long and hard to keep us fed. If I had decided to review nothing but corporate chains I would have been a seething ball of hatred at every turn, and frankly, that’s no fun. (Well, it is for a little while, but ... ) Needless to say, the very premise of the column made me very happy, and I apologize if folks wanted more hard-hitting reviews.
I’d also like to thank my editors for supporting this wacky plan and my wife for letting me drag her into parts unknown every week. But if you enjoy my writing, you’ll still be able to find me over in the music section — music is more telecommuter friendly, food not so much. All in all though, this has been a wonderful experience and I really appreciate all the opportunities that the town, this neighborhood and this blog have afforded me over the years. And now if you could all say a little prayer for me in hopes that I can actually find a decent pupusa in Massachusetts.