Nashville, Tennessee is an iconic city in the United States. It’s known for live country music playing every night at the Honky Tonks on lower Broadway. While you are in music city, you will definitely want to check out the best Nashville breakfast spots in the area. Luckily when it comes to the most important meal of the day, Nashville has a lot more to offer than your typical Cracker Barrel type restaurant. In fact, they have some of the best places not far from downtown. Here are 8 of our recommendations for the best breakfast in Nashville.
Milk and Honey
Milk and Honey is a popular brunch spot in the Gulch area of Nashville. If you go here on a weekend morning, you can expect a long wait. In fact, when Andie and I went here recently it took us twenty minutes to wait in line to put our name on the list to then be told that the wait would be another 2 and 1/2 hours. That is how amazing this breakfast spot is! Suffice it to say: you should arrive early!
Once you get seated in the lovely dining room you will find that the menu here is quite ambitious. There are plenty of healthy and fresh options like avocado toast and protein breakfast bowls. It is not all your typical bacon and egg type choices. There is also a full service bar so you will want to compliment your meal with a bloody mary or mimosa. This would be a great breakfast spot for groups like a girls weekend or shower as well.
If waiting 2 1/2 hours is not your thing, you can always order a quick pastry from the pastry counter. I recommend the giant cinnamon roll slathered in cream cheese icing!
Nashville Biscuit House
Nashville Biscuit House is a perfect spot for a morning meal if you are in East Nashville. It doesn’t look like much from the outside but it prides itself on home cooking and offers a full menu of traditional choices. Some menu items that you are going to want to try include three- egg omelets, biscuits and gravy, and country ham. You really can’t go wrong with any of these southern cooking staples.
Next up: The Frothy Monkey is located in downtown Nashville and is a great spot to stop at for a quick bite to eat and a cup of coffee. It has a “Starbucks” like vibe but has a bit more to offer when it comes to menu items.
Andie and I recently stayed at the Sheraton in downtown Nashville and the Frothy Monkey was right around the corner. It was a great place to stop in for a breakfast sandwich or avocado toast and some fresh fruit.
Pfunky Griddle is a unique breakfast joint. The best thing is there are grill tops right in the center of your table and you literally cook your own food! I’m not kidding! They will provide you with pancake batter and add- ons like chocolate chips, strawberries, or M+M’s and you cook your pancakes right at your own table.
This would be a fun place to bring the kids (Just watch their little fingers so they don’t burn themselves.) If you are staying downtown, it will be a 15 minute drive south on I-65 to get to this kid friendly restaurant. For a unique experience, Pfunky Griddle definitely belongs on the list for the best breakfast in Nashville.
The Pancake Pantry is a top choice for breakfast and is in the Hillsboro village neighborhood and has the most delicious food. Although they have a full breakfast menu, they are best known for their made -from -scratch pancakes. This restaurant is so popular that there is always a long line out the front. Just know that because the dining room is large inside, the line moves fast. And the food is absolutely worth the wait for a restaurant that is often touted as the best breakfast in Nashville.
The banana bread pancakes I ordered simply melted in my mouth. Also, the country ham was spectacular and the hashbrowns were incredible! Andie ordered the Apple pancakes and although they were good, she said the banana bread pancakes were better.
They also had this incredible vanilla sauce that I just drowned my pancakes in. I seriously couldn’t get enough. Luckily they sell it in a jar on your way out so make sure to grab one or two!!
Monell’s is an award winning restaurant that offers a delicious breakfast served family style. There are a few locations but the original is located in Germantown.
Monell’s always makes the top of the best restaurant lists and for good reason. This is the place to come for the best brunch. First of all, their incredible skillet chicken is served with every meal. As if that wasn’t enough, for breakfast you will also receive sausage, bacon, biscuits and gravy, country ham, fried apples, panckes, scrambled eggs, hash browns, and corn pudding. If it sounds like a lot of food, that’s because it is!! Make sure to come hungry!
With all these fabulous places for breakfast in Nashville, the top of our list goes to Biscuit Love . This restaurant is in the Gulch area but also has a second location in the Hillsboro neighborhood.
It is hard to find a better place for breakfast simply because the biscuits here are quite literally to die for. When you arrive, there will be a long line out the front and for good reason too. Everyone can’t wait for those melt-in-your-mouth incredible biscuits. When you enter for the first time you will be greeted by the most incredible aromas of the made-from- scratch biscuits baking in the oven.
When Andie and I dined here recently we started with their signature “bonuts”. These little biscuit balls are dredged in flour, fluffy on the inside, topped with lemon mascarpone and sit in an incredible blueberry compote. I could not get enough of them.
For my meal, I indulged in the “Southern Benny” that consisted of an open faced buttermilk biscuits topped with shaved country ham, 2 over-easy fried eggs, and sausage gravy. I could have licked my plate and ate every last morsel despite being completely full. To top it all off, I opted for a fabulous breakfast mimosa. In my opinion, Biscuit Love really is the best breakfast in Nashville.
While you are at Biscuit Love in the Gulch area, make sure to go check out the “What lifts You” mural just a couple blocks away. It is both whimsical and inspiring at the same time and is worth it to go snap a picture while your group members wait in line to get into Biscuit Love.
Last but certainly not least on our list is the Loveless Cafe. The name comes from the proprietor’s last name. And not because there is no love here. ;). Quite the opposite actually as everyone loves the Loveless Cafe. This local favorite is one of the most popular places for breakfast in Nashville. It is known as a good southern breakfast with biscuit sandwiches including their famous chicken biscuit. Their breakfast is so popular that it is served all day, every day. They even offer a food truck for private events. For the best breakfast in Nashville, it is hard to beat the Loveless Cafe.
The next time you are in the Nashville area you are going to want to indulge in a good breakfast. Don’t forget to refer back to our list of top 8 spots for the best breakfast in Nashville!
Have you been to Nashville? Which of our recommendations have you done? Which of our recommendations are you going to try? Do you disagree with any of our suggestions? What are we missing? Join the conversation and share any tips, questions or additional thoughts in the comments!
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