On the sixth episode of CBS Local’s Hot Spots, country singer/songwriter Jake Owen recalls Nashville’s growth in recent years: “When I first moved to Nashville, it was a lot different… now, there’s a lot of high rises and apartment buildings, a lot of people have moved to Nashville. I encourage people to move to Nashville.” Among the reasons he recommends moving to (or at least visiting) Music City: a bar called the Tin Roof, the Station Inn (a music venue) and Arnold’s Country Chicken, which features a “meat and three,” i.e. you choose your meat and three side dishes.
Meanwhile, Dutch EDM superstar Tiesto recommends Los Angeles. The first thing he loves about L.A.? “The weather!” His favorite spots include the London Hotel, but to see the best DJs the city has to offer, check out Create.
On episode five of CBS Local’s Hot Spots, Martina McBride beams about her adopted hometown of Nashville. “There’s a huge creative community of songwriters.” But if you’re not a country superstar, there’s still reason to go to Music City: you don’t need platinum albums to visit the Country Music Hall of Fame or go see a show at the Ryman Auditorium. Nor do you need be a famous singer to stop into Bobbie’s Dairy Dip for cheeseburgers, fries and shakes (but note that it’s only open in the summer). For a somewhat fancier dinner, she recommends Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse.
Angels pitcher C.J. Wilson talks about Los Angeles, and you get the impression that he’s happy that his home games are played there. “It has everything,” he says. “You have the beach, you have the sports, you have the culture. I really like the energy of Hollywood.” His favorite restaurants: Matsuhisa (“for high priced sushi”) and Ajisai. He also shouts out Griffith Park (which you may have seen in films as diverse as Rebel Without a Cause and The Terminator. “I don’t think there’s anyplace else I could live,” he concludes.
On the fourth episode of CBS Local’s Hot Spots, Chris Daughtry enthuses about Nashville and some of his favorite haunts there. Topping his list: Robert’s Western World, which not only has great music, they also have great grub: he recommends the “killer” fried baloney sandwich. Also killer? Jack’s Bar-B-Que.
Atlanta Falcons linebacker Sean Weatherspoon also has meat on his mind: “I love me a nice, big, ol’ rib-eye,” he says. And the best place to get it in Atlanta? Ocean Prime. “When I go there, I really indulge,” and he recommends that you do the same.
On episode three of CBS Local’s Hot Spots, Kristian Bush of country superstars Sugarland takes to Atlanta. “It’s bigger than I can get my head around… and small enough that I can find a friend,” is the way he describes the city. That dichotomy is reflected in his taste in music venues: he says he likes the small intimate venues as well as the largest stages Atlanta has to offer, name dropping Eddie’s Attic, the Variety Playhouse, the Fox Theatre, and on the other end of the spectrum, the Verizon Wireless Ampitheatre and Bobby Dodd Stadium. It’s not only about seeing live music, a guy’s gotta eat. On that tip, Kristian recommends H. Harper Station.
EDM legend Paul Oakenfold takes us to L.A., noting “Los Angeles has been very good to me.” When he recommends a restaurant, he doesn’t do it lightly: “I’m a foodie. I trained as a chef for years.” And his recommendation? Inaka Natural Foods Restaurant. He says that he also enjoys hanging at the Chateau Marmont hotel.
On CBS Local’s Hot Spots episode two, we travel to Los Angeles and Nashville, courtesy of L.A. native Michael Fitzpatrick, aka “Fitz” of Fitz and the Tantrums, and southern rockers the Cadillac Three.
“I love L.A. because of the creativity,” says Fitz, who self-identifies as “a total east sider.” He spends much of his time in Los Feliz, Echo Park and Silver Lake, noting, “It’s hard to get me west of there!” One of his favorite concert venues in town is the Wiltern, where his band performed last summer. His favorite restaurant Osteria Mozza, specifically the mozzarella bar there.
Cadillac Three are excited about a big show this summer: they’re playing the legendary Grand Ole Opry for the first time in July. We don’t know if they’ll have Mexican food before that gig, but if you’re looking for Mexican cuisine in Nashville, the Three recommend Las Palmas, as well as the Yellow Porch. For hot chicken, they recommend Hattie B’s.
On the first episode of CBS Local Hot Spots, Chicago Cubs pitcher Jason Hammel gives some of his recommendations for great places to eat in Seattle. You can pick up food at the Pike Place Market, or check out Ivar’s Acres of Clams. As for sightseeing? “When you go to Seattle, look for the Space Needle.”
We also spoke to EDM superstar Steve Aoki, who was happy to talk about Los Angeles. “All the groundbreaking moments of my career, all stem from Los Angeles and the culture that gave me the tools to do what I was doing.”
His L.A. recommendations? Café Gratitude and Kitchen 24, as well as two of the restaurants that he owns: Eveleigh and Goldies. For live entertainment, he goes to the Echo, a club where he used to spin in his early days as a DJ.