The 10 Best Brunch and Breakfast Spots in Nashville

Lumberjack Breakfast | ©  Clemens v. Vogelsang / Flickr
Lumberjack Breakfast | © Clemens v. Vogelsang / Flickr
Photo of Leena Kollar
18 April 2017

True to Southern fashion, Nashville has some of the tastiest food around. From pancakes to biscuits to grits, Sunday brunch will be especially delicious if you dine at one of these breakfast spots.

Pancake Pantry

Restaurant, American, $$$
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Pancake Pantry Restaurant | © Kmo139 / Flickr

Since 1961, the infamous Pancake Pantry has been serving Nashville. On any given day, the restaurant has a line that winds out the front door and down the street. In addition to featuring traditional and specialty flavored pancakes, the menu (served all day) is also full of breakfast classics like eggs, waffles, French toast, and omelets. There are sandwiches, salads, and burgers available for lunch as well.


Diner, Restaurant, American, Dessert, $$$
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Monell's Restaurant
Monell's Restaurant | © Kim Unertl / Flickr

For a true Southern dining experience, there’s no better place to eat in Nashville than Monell’s. Every meal at the popular eatery comes with skillet fried chicken, along with other menu staples. For lunch and dinner, you get meats of the day, as well as hot Southern veggies, biscuits, and dessert. The breakfast menu includes country ham, fried apples, cheese grits, bacon, sausage, and corn pudding.

The Loveless Cafe

Cafe, Restaurant, American, Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten-free, Fast Food, Street Food, $$$
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Catfish and sides
Catfish and sides | © Kurman Communications / Flickr

Known for its made-from-scratch Southern cooking, Lon and Annie Loveless founded The Loveless Cafe in 1951. The couple began serving chicken and biscuits out of their front door, and eventually, the café was born. On the breakfast menu, you’ll find country ham, omelets, fresh fruit, and homemade granola. There are also options great for brunch, such as smoked turkey, soups, and sandwiches. Make sure you order the restaurant’s banana puddin’ for dessert.


Cafe, Coffee Shop, American, Coffee, $$$
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Coffee | © Heather / Flickr

One part coffeehouse and one part restaurant, Fido is a trendy place to grab breakfast or brunch in Hillsboro Village. The all-day menu features food options made using local produce, meats, and cheeses. From burgers to salads to whole grain pancakes, Fido offers daily specials in addition to its standard menu fare. You’ll also find variations of espresso drinks that will give you a boost of energy to start your day.

Nashville Biscuit House

Restaurant, American, Dessert
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You’ll find more than just biscuits at Nashville Biscuit House. The restaurant serves breakfast dishes like bacon, eggs, pancakes, plus biscuits and gravy. For brunch, enjoy an omelet, a biscuit sandwich, or Hawaiian meatloaf. Don’t forget to order cobbler or pie for dessert.


Restaurant, American, Soup, $$$
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Breakfast at Noshville 
Breakfast at Noshville | ©  Lindsey Turner / Flickr

Even though it calls Nashville home, Noshville is an authentic New York-style delicatessen. From Matzah ball soup to corned beef, there’s a little bit of New York in every menu item. However, this doesn’t take away from the classic Nashville atmosphere. The restaurant offers several healthy options that include potato pancakes, omelets, smoked fish, and granola. Specialty coffees and desserts are also on the menu.

Biscuit Love

Restaurant, Food Truck, Market, American, $$$
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Biscuits & gravy
Biscuits & gravy | © mccartyv / Pixabay

Whether you generally eat breakfast early in the morning or are looking to have an early afternoon brunch, there are plenty of choices at Biscuit Love. The full menu is served every day and offers traditional Southern dishes and classic American foods. As the name suggests, you can find biscuits on the menu, alongside spicy chicken, smoked sausage, oatmeal (served until 11 a.m.), yogurt, and hash.

The Pfunky Griddle

Restaurant, American, French, $$$
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Pancake breakfast
Pancake breakfast | © Peter / Flickr

With a family-friendly atmosphere and a unique way to enjoy breakfast, The Pfunky Griddle is one of Nashville’s most fun restaurants. At The Pfunky Griddle, you get to be the chef! All of the ingredients and a griddle are at your table. Choose from pancakes, French toast or grilled cheese, and top with goodies like chocolate chips, fruit slices or candy bits.

Sky Blue Cafe

Cafe, Coffee Shop, Diner, American, French, Coffee
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Omelet | © pacificbro / Flickr

Situated in the quirky area of East Nashville is the Sky Blue Cafe. Not surprisingly, you will find a variety of coffee and espresso drinks on the menu, as well as juices, milk, and tea. Breakfast and brunch choices include omelets (there’s a build-your-own option), breakfast burritos, sandwiches, and stuffed French toast pancakes. For children, there is a small selection of simple breakfast foods, each that comes with a drink.

Puffy Muffin

Bakery, Pastry Shop, American, French, Pastries, $$$
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Banana bread
Banana bread | © Sandip Bhattacharya / Flickr

On the menu at Puffy Muffin, you’ll find a mix of traditional breakfast foods, Southern-inspired dishes, and health-conscious offerings. Eggs benedict and French toast are two of the specialties, and there are several omelets from which to choose. If you’re in a hurry, grab something off the à la carte menu, such as a danish, a bagel or a slice of quiche. Complete your morning meal with a beverage such as orange juice, sweet tea, ginger tea or cappuccino.

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