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To be abundantly clear: I am in no way a breakfast person. There’s an exchange that happens in “Parks and Recreation” between Leslie and Ron; Leslie asks, in a shocked voice, “Why would anybody ever eat anything besides breakfast food?” to which Ron replies, “People are idiots, Leslie.” By their standards, I fall in that …

Photo by Tayhlor Stephenson / MTSU Sidelines Its no secret that new restaurants and shops are taking over Murfreesboro, but few offer such a unique fare as The Soda Bar, which celebrated its ribbon cutting Wednesday night. Tucked inside the city’s hottest date night go-to at the Fountains at Gateway, located on Medical Center Parkway, guests are …

Photo by Connor Burnard / MTSU Sidelines Widely seen as one of the most defining characteristics of Nashville, hot chicken restaurants are a frequently debated hot topic in Middle Tennessee, and they represent a popular destination for both tourists and locals. Hot chicken was created by Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack, and intense discussions pit Prince’s …

Photo by Connor Burnard / Assistant Lifestyles Editor The ubiquity and convenience of sub shops can make sandwiches a frequent meal for many people. They’re inexpensive and offer quick delivery by large chains like Jimmy John’s, which makes them hard to avoid; however, despite being a self-identified sandwich fanatic, the combination of bread, meat, cheese, …

Photo and story by Tayhlor Stephenson / Lifestyles Editor It’s not like Murfreesboro needed another burger joint, but that’s exactly what we got last Saturday when Burger Republic officially opened for business. But hey, nobody’s complaining. Since dining at Burger Republic’s original location in Nolensville, I’ve been anxiously awaiting the Murfreesboro opening, which follows openings …

Photo by Connor Burnard / MTSU Sidelines Affordable, convenient and fast Italian food is not elusive, but in my experience it isn’t usually authentic, either. When I think of Italian food that I can get quickly without going out of my way or hurting my wallet, the only thing that comes to mind is pizza, …