Fourth in the Central. First in your stomach.

Despite the recent on-ice woes, the Nashville Predators can at least take solace in that, hey, at least the food is good.

Nina Mandel at Food Republic has declared Bridgestone Arena as the NHL's Top Food and Drink Arena, lauding — of course — the prime location of the arena, a smart play made in a time when many other new arenas were moving away from downtowns.

Dubbed by the Predators' own staff as Nashville's biggest tailgate, there's barbecue and music for some pre-game fun, even if you don't make it to the game. Team reps also recommend Jack's Bar-B-Cue, which is next to the arena, and the ribs at Rippy's Bar and Grill. Looking to get rowdy? A variety of honky-tonks surround the stadium, including Tootsie's Orchid Lounge, Robert's Western World and The Stage Legend's—but those stops are more for the booze then the food.

Once inside the stadium, the options are limited to hot dogs, nachos, burgers and a deli spot. For higher class dining, there's the Patron Lounge, where you need reservations made before the game to get in (and a credit card to secure it.) There's also a “Fan Zone” where ticket-holders can get unlimited beer, wine, non-alcoholic drinks and a buffet complete with a carving station.

But it's the tailgating that earns Nashville the No. 1 spot on this list.

In other words, there's plenty of places to get shots before the game. Even if the team is having trouble getting them on the ice.

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Have people always confused

Have people always confused THEN and THAN, or is my sense that the confusion is one the rise correct?

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