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The 12 Best Breakfast Spots in Nashville

Published On 03/17/2015 Published On 03/17/2015
Brita Britnell/Thrillist

Breakfast is arguably the tastiest (and inarguably the most important) meal of the day. We already know that Nashville is on its game when it comes to great brunch spots, but what about the days that you’re craving a great pre-brunch? These 12 Nashville breakfast spots will satisfy pretty much any culinary craving that you might have...

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Biscuit Love

The Gulch
What you’re getting: The Princess
Biscuit Love is a delicious combination of 100% homemade biscuits and classic Southern food. And the Princess is a prime example: a good ol' piece of hot chicken sandwiched between a warm and buttery biscuit and drizzled with sweet honey. Another Biscuit Love must-try is its "Bonuts," which are part biscuit, part donut, and completely incredible.

Puckett's

Puckett's Grocery & Restaurant

Downtown
What you’re getting: The Southern Stack
What started out as a grocery store in the '50s is now one of Downtown Nashville’s best spots for a great morning meal. Puckett’s has some of the best pulled pork in all of Tennessee, so it’s just natural (natural to a Tennessean, at least) to pile it on top of sweet potato pancakes and fried apples. For breakfast.

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Bagel Face Bakery

East Nashville
What you’re getting: Porter Road Sausage, Egg, & Cheese on a salt bagel
Sometimes all you need in the morning is a fresh, warm bagel sandwich loaded with egg, cheese, and sausage (or a bunch of stuff from a really varied menu) handed to you by the friendliest bagel staff you ever did meet. This is precisely what Bagel Face provides.

Barista Parlor

Barista Parlor

East Nashville & the Gulch
What you’re getting: Pop's Tarts (flavor depends on season)
If you want a cup of coffee crafted with the same delicate care that you might expect to get from a heart surgeon, look no further. These guys take coffee & baked goods very, very seriously. Neighborhood locals will evangelize about their sausage biscuits, but you can’t go wrong with their fruit Pop's Tarts, either. And, as a cherry on top, you simply can’t beat the laid-back, comfortable atmosphere here either.

The Red Bicycle

The Red Bicycle

Germantown
What you’re getting: The Sunrise
Crêpes for breakfast? Um, yes. The Sunrise crêpe is its most popular breakfast crêpe as it’s a classic morning meal: eggs, cheese, and your choice of meat served inside a deliciously light and fluffy pancake. But don’t limit yourself. Its menu features a nice variety of both sweet and savory crêpes and even the option to "design your own."

The Southern Steak & Oyster

The Southern Steak & Oyster

Downtown
What you’re getting: The Highway
Sure, you knew the Southern was good for lunch and dinner, but the early bird gets way more than a worm here. You didn’t think we were going to give you a Nashville breakfast round-up and forget the chicken and waffles, did you?

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Frothy Monkey

Various locations
What you’re getting: The California
Avocado is the hot breakfast food right now (not literally... unless you add Sriracha, which, let's face it, you probably will) and Frothy Monkey has got you covered. The California satisfies all of your avo needs by adding two pieces of sourdough, fried eggs, salsa, and sprouts. And if you go to the Downtown location, you can even order a Bloody to wash it all down.

Provence Breads & Cafe

Provence Breads & Cafe

Various locations
What you’re getting: Croissant Sandwich
This Nashville original bakery is famous for its breads and pastries, but it makes a mean breakfast Croissant Sandwich, too. If you've never had one, you're missing out.

The Pfunky Griddle

The Pfunky Griddle

Berry Hill
What you’re getting: All-you-can-eat pancakes with pretty much any topping you can imagine
Wanna see your breakfast cooked right in front of you? Pfunky Griddle is the spot. Each table is equipped with a griddle in the middle where you can watch ingredients turn into food. And for just $5.99 (!) you can eat ALL of the fresh pancakes you want. And we highly encourage you to go a little crazy with the pancake toppings, considering that there are over 25 to choose from.

Marche Artisan Foods

Marche Artisan Foods

East Nashville
What you’re getting: The American Breakfast
If you’ve got a little time to sit down for a nice breakfast in the morning, this European-style eatery located right in 5 Points should be your go-to. It's tough to go wrong with the simple American Breakfast of scrambled eggs, cheddar grits, and smoked bacon (or, if you’re feeling more adventurous, they amazingly make Croissant French Toast).

Pancake Pantry

Pancake Pantry

Hillsboro Village
What you’re getting: Sweet Potato Pancakes
Don’t let the line out the door scare you away. Those people know exactly what they're doing, and these famous Nashville pancakes are worth waiting for. The Sweet Potato Pancakes are one of its most popular menu items (and for good reason), but there are 22 others beside them.

Sky Blue

Sky Blue Cafe

East Nashville
What you’re getting: Banana and Nutella Stuffed French Toast Pancakes
This breakfast spot may be rather small, but Sky Blue Cafe has a well-balanced breakfast menu (served ALL day) and a great coffee list. And with a breakfast like Banana and Nutella Stuffed French Toast Pancakes (yes, French toast AND pancakes), you’ve already eliminated one huge dilemma from your day. 

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1. The Red Bicycle 1200 5th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37208 (Germantown)

This Germantown cafe doubles as a full service crepe shop, serving options ranging from breakfast varieties with egg combos, to sweet and savory versions. While the space is long and spacious and outlined with sit-down boots, a casual cafe atmosphere permeates throughout, and you'll see as many diners catching up over a meal as students catching up on work.

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2. Biscuit Love 316 11th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203 (The Gulch)

The offshoot of a one-time food truck, the beloved Biscuit Love is a fast-casual breakfast mecca in the Gulch. The specialty is all in the name: biscuits are at the forefront of the menu, served just out of the oven with butter and honey, with fried chicken and gravy, as buns for a burger, as “Bonuts” (fried biscuit doughnuts), and more. Enjoy your flaky, buttery biscuit any way you want it, for breakfast or lunch, every day of the week.

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3. Puckett's Grocery & Restaurant 500 Church St, Nashville, TN 37219 (Downtown)

What started out as a grocery store in the '50s is now one of Downtown Nashville’s best restaurants. It is mostly well known for its breakfast, but you can also snag a quality lunch or dinner, with options ranging from steaks to chicken and waffles to burgers, salads, and more.

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4. Bagel Face Bakery 700 Main St, Nashville, TN 37206 (East Nashville)

Sometimes all you need in the morning is a fresh, warm bagel sandwich (and a good cup of coffee, of course!) handed to you by the friendliest bagel staff you ever did meet. Bagel Face in East Nashville has a great selection of bagels and schmears to satisfy pretty much any morning craving. If you're looking for something more hearty, try an egg and cheese bagel for a perfect start to your morning. Grab a coffee, a newspaper and enjoy your breakfast in their welcoming dining area, complete with a whimsical mural of the logo on the wall.

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5. Barista Parlor 519B Gallatin Ave, Nashville, TN 37206

Barista Parlor's always rocking beans from at least three different roasters from up-and-comers likes Minneapolis's Dogwood to nationally-renowned roasters like Intelligentsia and Stumptown.

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6. The Southern Steak & Oyster 150 3rd Ave S, Nashville, TN 37201 (Sobro)

The Southern Steak & Oyster is a downtown favorite, with a menu that offers a combination of down-home dishes like the Saffire Steak Biscuits and seafood delights like fried oysters, which are shucked in-house and served atop a mash of veggies, in a rustic-chic setting. And don't forget about their sweet shot-and-beer specials.

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7. Frothy Monkey 235 5th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37219 (Downtown)

One of numerous locations, this Downtown eatery has your breakfast, lunch, and coffee needs covered with numerous options including sammies, oatmeal, soups, salads, and its famed "California" dish, which is two fried eggs, avocado, and sprouts, atop sourdough toast with house-made salsa.

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8. The Pfunky Griddle 2800 Bransford Ave, Nashville, TN 37204 (Berry Hill)

Wanna see your breakfast cooked right in front of you? The Pfunky Griddle is the spot. Each table is equipped with a griddle in the middle where you can watch your food cooking. For less than $10, you can eat ALL of the fresh pancakes you want. And we highly encourage you to go a little crazy with the pancake toppings, seeing as there are over 25 to choose from.

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9. Marché Artisan Foods 1000 Main St, Nashville, TN 37206 (East Nashville)

Head to this cafe where you'll see a variety of different dishes for dinner (the menu changes monthly) and if you go in the morning, you'll see lines of hushed East Nashville residents wearing sunglasses (even when it’s cloudy) stretch out the door to get inside and sit down to a revitalizing brunch of inventive pastries, delicate crepes, or steak and eggs that will put a little lead back in your pencil. Thankfully, there’s also a wide variety of gourmet coffee drinks and international teas, plus wine and more.

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10. Pancake Pantry 1796 21st Ave S, Nashville, TN 37212 (West End)

This mom & pop shop’s formula for success includes a lot of family tradition, regular trips West into the Great Smokey Mountains for fresh-milled TN flour, and a secret recipe base that Robert Baldwin, the current owner’s father, concocted when he opened Pancake Pantry’s doors in 1961. And, despite a half-century of growth, you’re still going there for the pancakes. Not that you could forget that, since even the huge omelet or egg-combo orders (like the 8oz ribeye steak & eggs option) also come with buttermilk cakes.

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11. Sky Blue Cafe 700 Fatherland St, Nashville, TN 37206 (East Nashville)

This East Nashville eatery is a solid bet for a quality breakfast, with a myriad of options from the average bacon and eggs to more creative dishes like Stuffed French Toast Pancakes, not to mention a variety of coffees and more.

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