Dining in Nashville means having your cardiologist on speed dial. A look at the local food and drink of the Music City and Charm City:
Country ham and red-eye gravy Get this: The gravy starts with the drippings in a pan in which slices of ham were fried. So it's ham gravy on ham. Served with a nice ham salad?
Pork barbecue In case you didn't get enough ham.
MoonPie Graham-cracker cookies, marshmallow filling, chocolate dip. Who needs a bathroom scale, anyway?
Stack cake Sugar, eggs, molasses, buttermilk, flour ... you can feel your arteries hardening.
Jack Daniel's Sit down and have a snort as the wail of the ambulance grows louder.
Blue crabs Undisputed king of Chesapeake Bay delicacies. Steam, shake on the Old Bay - you died and went to heaven.
Silver Queen corn Sweet white corn that melts in your mouth. Pair it with crabs - you're in heaven's VIP lounge.
Pit beef Pile it on a kaiser roll. Smother with horseradish. Stop, you're killing me.
Smith Island Cake If you're clogging your arteries, at least do it in style, with a rich 10-layer cake the size of a footstool.
Natty Boh Because it's good. Well, OK. And because Baltimoreans eschew the hard stuff, preferring to remain clearheaded and alert at all times.