Now that I've got a 4.9 lb. airport-enabled machine with which to log on, I'm becoming more attuned to finding the free wireless hotspot. Nashville isn't exactly saturated with them (or paid ones, for that matter,) so whenever I locate one, I'll blog about it.
Today, I just wanted to get out of the office for lunch, so I went to Alpine Bagels over by Vanderbilt. I'm kind of surpised that I've lived here for seven years and never been in this restaurant, because I pass by it pretty frequently. Sort of a cross between a mall restaurant and a coffee shop, there's a pretty wide variety of options for lunch. I had the "Hoss Cartwright." The juxtaposition of bacon, cream cheese and sesame seeds was pretty incredibly good. Other items of note: they have Terra Chips for the same price as regular old Ruffles, and their coffee is Bongo Java... so you can get all of the flavor of Bongo Java or Fido without having to deal with the coffee house crowd!
Their wireless internet is provided by MacAuthority, our local Apple Reseller, so all I had to do was wake up the iBook and here I am. There aren't a lot of good private places to sit though... only two where prying eyes can't see what you're surfing, so I wouldn't plan on doing sensitive work or personal things here. The lunch crowd is very light, probably because people think of bagels as "morning food." Parking is a bit tough too in the garage behind, but it is free. Depending on the crowd at the surrounding restaurants, you may have to circle a bit. That's the only reason I'm giving it four out of five stars.
Update: after sitting inside for 30 minutes, I'm freeeeeezing. Luckily, they have outdoor seating too... and it's shady enough to see my iBook.