Looking for a delicious start to your day in the Music City? Here are the 10 best Nashville breakfast restaurants.
It’s known as the music capital of the world, but Nashville has much more to offer than just great music. The city is quickly becoming known as a food mecca, with renowned chefs offering everything from exotic fare to local cuisine.
While lists abound about where to cap off a busy day, there’s just as many excellent places to start the day. Below is our pick for 10 of the best restaurants for breakfast.
Named after the owner’s great-great-grandmother, Ellendale’s has developed a reputation as a must-eat restaurant for fine dining and live music every night. But their Sunday brunch buffet, with everything from sweet to savory to fresh fruit and a personalized omelet station, with more than a dozen options, is unmatched. Top off the brunch with an unforgettable Bloody Mary.
9. Loveless Cafe
It’s worth the drive to the outskirts of Nashville just for the famous Loveless Cafe biscuits, served with every meal. But since the historic restaurant, opened in 1951 from the front door of Lon and Annie Loveless home, serves breakfast all day, every day, it’s a must for locals and tourists. Try their Loveless Country Ham or Loveless Sausage, along with Cinnamon Raisin French Toast or a BBQ Pork Omelet, and then stop by their country store on the way out for their homemade jam or freshly-baked pie … but be warned. You won’t be hungry for a while.
8. Pancake Pantry
It’s one of Nashville’s most well-known restaurants, and with good reason. Opened since 1961, the Pancake Pantry, open only for breakfast and lunch, is known for their more than 20 kinds of pancakes, along with french toast, waffles, large omelets and a full lunch menu as well. Try the Swedish pancakes with lingonberry preserves, or the Georgia Peach pancakes, topped with sweet Georgia compote. Can’t decide? Ask for a half-order of two of your favorites, at no additional cost. But be warned: as the go-to place for breakfast, the line on weekend mornings often extends around the block. And keep your eyes open — chances are good that Vince Gill, Marty Stuart or any other local celebs are digging in as well.
Marche Artistan Foods, known locally as Marche’s, is the perfect blend of casual and cuisine. While the east Nashville restaurant is a bit eclectic, the patrons range from early 20-somethings, most likely still up from the night before, to families with children and the older generation who grew up on the streets outside the restaurant. But regardless of what you’re in the mood for, it’s pretty much a guarantee that Marche’s will have it. Their breakfast menu includes an exotic fruit tartine, Croissant French Toast, grilled cheese and even a Market Salad, complete with mixed greens, apples, pecans and gorgonzola. Do yourself a favor and order the bread basket, filled with plenty of homemade breads to stave off the hunger until your food arrives.
6. Pfunky Griddle
It’s as much for the experience as the food, but neither will leave you disappointed. Griddles in the middle of the table allow guests to cook their own all-you-can-eat pancakes, with a variety of toppings, including mangoes, peach preserves, M&Ms and Nutella. Pancakes not your thing? They have plenty of other options including french toast, eggs, and grilled cheese that can be cooked on the griddle. Or skip the do-it-yourself and order the Strawberry and Feta salad or the Veggie Delight Wrap. Open for breakfast and lunch only.
Located near both Music Row and Vanderbilt University, Noshville is as authentic a New York deli that can be found anywhere in the South. Go for the Lox platter or Salami and Eggs, served pancake-style. And don’t be afraid to nosh on one of the gigantic pickles, served on your table, while waiting for your food, or to sample one of the bakery items while you wait. And keep your eyes open — some of country music’s biggest stars might be sitting in the booth next to yours.
4. Sky Blue Cafe
The Sky Blue Cafe might be one of east Nashville’s best-kept secrets, but not for much longer. The small restaurant boasts big flavors, including Brie French Toast or the Breakfast Burrito, with homemade chili, peppers, onions and home fries. Don’t worry if you have to wait for your food — there’s Trivial Pursuit questions on each table to keep you occupied. Open for breakfast and lunch, with breakfast served all day.
3. Frothy Monkey
Whether it’s a working breakfast or a much-needed get-together with a close friend, Frothy Monkey is the place to be. Try the whole grain buckwheat waffle, or eggs topped with avocado, sprouts and salsa. But save room for coffee. Frothy Monkey’s extensive drink menu includes responsibly-sourced coffee, any way you want it, hand-crafted and always served with a smile and a personal touch. Breakfast served until 5:00.
2. The Southern
One of the most eclectic menus in Nashville, The Southern offers something for everyone, and is one of the few restaurants in the neighborhood that offers sit-down dining in the morning. Try the My Way, a brown butter linguine dish topped with pine nuts, goat cheese, bacon and eggs, or the Southern Omelet, with braised pork, carmelized onions, collars, black-eyed peas and cheddar cheese.
1. Puffy Muffin
Head a little bit south of town to visit Puffy Muffin in Brentwood. Their homemade quiche is a necessity, as is their decadent — and filling — french toast, topped with fresh berries. But the real reason for visiting the restaurant is their large selection of bakery items, made fresh each day. Take home a blackberry danish or cinnamon roll, or an entire Boston Cream pie or Red Velvet cake. Open for breakfast and lunch. Closed Sundays.