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The 13 best brunch spots in Nashville

Published On 12/10/2014 Published On 12/10/2014

Mankind has been pondering the same questions since time immemorial: why are we here? What does the future hold? And where are the absolute best brunches in Nashville? Well, helping you out with some rock-solid answers to at least two of those questions, here are the finest bruncheries in Music City...

Husk

Husk

SoBro
Husk is best known for inventive takes on classic Southern dishes made with heritage ingredients. It also has an incredible selection of spirits in the cozy bar downstairs. Combine these two factors and you have a perfect recipe for a transcendent Southern breakfast. Think eggs Benedict with fried bologna and red-eye Hollandaise. Better yet, eat it.

Tavern

Tavern

Midtown
Part of the MStreet group, Tavern features creative Bloody Marys, mimosas, and sangria that flows like a river through the dining room as patrons feast on a menu divided into “Yolks” and “Griddled”. Their hearty Tavern Burger is also available for more substantial fare.

blvd

blvd Nashville

Music Row/Vanderbilt/Belmont
There’s no need to roll out of the rack early for a Sunday brunch at this Belmont Blvd fave, since they thankfully serve the menu of breakfast burgers, sandwiches, omelets, and waffles until 5pm. As a bonus, bottles of wine are half price all day!

The Southern Steak & Oyster

The Southern Steak & Oyster

SoBro
​Even though The Southern is located on the ground floor of a huge Downtown office tower, it’s not all business on weekends. Add a shot of Whisper Creek Tennessee Sipping Cream to your coffee and enjoy the eclectic brunch menu ranging from traditional egg and waffle dishes to Linguini with Brown Butter Sauce or a spicy Hot Chicken Salad. There are also a few clever salad dishes on the brunch menu, but really, did you schlep all the way Downtown for salad?

Blue Moon Waterfront Grille

Blue Moon Waterfront Grille

West Nashville
Hidden away in Rock Harbor Marina on the Cumberland River, Blue Moon Waterfront Grille is an excellent choice to al fresco brunching while you watch novice standup paddleboard enthusiasts attempt to stay upright and pretend that one of those staggeringly large yachts docked nearby is actually yours. Don’t worry, the shrimp served in the shrimp and grits dish didn’t come from the Cumberland.

Marché Artisan Foods

Marché Artisan Foods

East Nashville
Chef Margot McCormack’s two eateries in East Nashville are both quite popular for weekend brunch. Lines of hushed East Nash residents wearing sunglasses (even, in fact especially, when it’s cloudy) stretch out the door of Marché to get inside and sit down to a revitalizing meal of inventive pastries, delicate crepes, or steak and eggs. Thankfully, there’s also a wide variety of coffees, vinos, and sparklers to help you rehydrate, too.

Margot Café & Bar

Margot Café & Bar

East Nashville
Around the corner at Marché’s older sister, Margot Café & Bar, Chef McCormack changes her brunch menu on the fly, based around whatever leftovers remain from last night’s dinner service. Considering the quality of ingredients that she utilizes in her kitchen, that hash and eggs dish you’re enjoying for $8 might just be made with a $40 ribeye. Take advantage of her largesse!

Loveless Cafe

Loveless Cafe

West Nashville
Yeah, the Loveless is way the hell out in West Egypt, and it has a reputation as a tourist destination, but those biscuits and fried chicken are definitely the real deal. The next time an out-of-town visitor demands that you drive them all the way to Loveless, just enjoy the trip and know that you’re about to experience a remarkable and authentic Southern breakfast. And you can secretly revel in the knowledge that they do serve booze with breakfast if you ask.

Guantanamera Restaurant

Guantanamera Restaurant

Berry Hill
A couple with Cuban and Venezuelan heritage operates this multi-ethnic eatery near the Nashville Zoo, and they bring the best of both cultures to the table as part of an excellent brunch menu. Try the arepas with scrambled eggs and queso fresco with a bracing cup of Cuban coffee. Or order anything with roast pork, because at Guantanamera, they apparently brine their pigs in opiates. It’s that good.

The Stone Fox

The Stone Fox

West Nashville
A rockin’ club by night and creative eatery by day, The Fox serves inventive cocktails and craft beers all the time. But during the popular weekend brunch, they know exactly what you need. Perhaps the most brilliant item on the menu is the opportunity to enjoy donuts from Fox Donut Den without having to fight the blue-haired church-going Cadillac-driving crowds in Green Hills. Finish off brunch with a plate of chicken and waffles and you’re pretty much done for the day.

Jackson's

Jackson's Bar & Bistro

Music Row/Vanderbilt/Belmont
In addition to strong Bloody Marys and a creative menu of huge omelet dishes, Jackson’s offers some tremendous people-watching opportunities during weekend brunches from their dog-friendly patio; first, you can enjoy a Screwdriver while you watch the same tourists move forward about 10 spaces in line across the street at the Pancake Pantry where Garth Brooks did indeed eat breakfast once. Secondly, the walk of shame shuffles of Belmont and Vandy students making their way home wearing clothes that they didn’t leave the house with last night is always entertaining.

Silo

Silo

Germantown
In the short time since it opened a couple years ago, Silo and its brunch have become a Germantown neighborhood institution. The chef-driven menu features elevated versions of Southern classic breakfast dishes like eggs Benedict topped with pulled pork and a croque-madame torqued up with house-made ham and pimento cheese mornay sauce. It's also famous for house-baked cinnamon rolls, whose sweet aroma fills the street and acts like an olfactory alarm clock for residents of the surrounding swarm of condos.

Fido

Fido

Music Row/Vanderbilt/Belmont
Yes, vegetarians & vegans get hangovers, too. And at Fido, they are standing by to soothe your weekend morning aches and pains with a selection of meat-free breakfast dishes like the Bubba Scramble with scrambled eggs, poblano peppers, red onion, jack & cheddar cheese, salsa, sour cream, hash browns & toast; as well as juevos served both ranchero and Cubano-style.

Carnivores need not feel left out thanks to plenty of excellent sausage and bacon dishes and the epic Local Burger made with ground beef and lamb, Tennessee white cheddar, caramelized fennel + fig aioli, crispy onion, pickle, and lettuce on a bun. Add any of their long line of coffee and espresso drinks and survival seems likely, no matter how you felt when you arrived.

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1. Husk 37 Rutledge St, Nashville, TN 37210 (Sobro)

This SoBro spot focuses on dishes from the dirt, changing its menu twice a day according to what produce and protein goods are freshest that day. Self-described as “a celebration of Southern ingredients,” most of the courses here use local ingredients (including herbs for a backyard garden), and diners are encouraged to pair courses like shrimp and grits and hot fish sandwich with a pick from the lauded drink menu of over 60 bourbons. And while the dress code is casual, the meals are all served in a historic mansion setting, turning your comfort food into regal fare.

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2. Tavern 1904 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203

This hip Midtown eatery is the place to be seen on weekend mornings, so you’d better have changed clothes since last night. Creative Bloody Marys, mimosas, and sangria flows like a river through the dining room as patrons feast on a menu divided into “Yolks” and “Griddled”. Their hearty Tavern Burger is also available for more substantial fare.

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3. blvd Nashville 2013 Belmont Blvd, Nashville, TN 37212 (Music Row)

This Music Row bistro and bar serves a variety of American eats all day, but people flock here for the tasty brunch, which boasts burgers, sandwiches, omelets, and waffles until 5pm. And as a bonus, bottles of wine are half price all day!

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4. 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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5. Blue Moon Waterfront Grille 525 Basswood Avenue, Nashville, 37209

Hidden away in a marina on the Cumberland River, Blue Moon is an excellent choice to grab tasty seafood and a delicious al fresco brunch while overlooking the water. Try their famous grit cakes, tasty coconut shrimp, or a host of other options for brunch or any meal of the day.

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6. 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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7. Margot Café & Bar 1017 Woodland St, Nashville, TN 37206 (East Nashville)

This East Nashville eatery features meals rooted in French and Italian styles with a menu that changes daily based on the season, so don't expect menu items to stick around for long. It serves up a quality brunch that's usually based around whatever leftovers remain from last night’s dinner service, which is way better and more interesting than what you might think. It's located in an old gas station from the 30s and has an outdoor dining area surrounded by a flower garden.

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8. Loveless Cafe 8400 Highway 100, Nashville, TN 37221

This legendary Highway 100 diner sets the standard for Southern homestyle fare, with loads of tantalizing standards like country ham, chicken biscuits, catfish, and pork chops. The restaurant has seen several different owners since it first opened in the 1950s, however, the top-secret biscuit recipe has stayed the same. Breakfast is the meal Loveless is most known for, but if you go for lunch or dinner, you can justify a pie tasting as the final course (we won't judge, though, should you order pie before noon). Visiting on a Saturday or Sunday? Prepare for a long wait; the best time to go is late morning during the week to avoid the weekend warriors, though you can always kill time in the general store.

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9. Guantanamera Restaurant 3744 Nolensville Pike, Nashville, TN 37211 (Berry Hill)

A couple with Cuban and Venezuelan heritage operate this multi-ethnic eatery near the Nashville Zoo, and they bring the best of both cultures to the table as part of an outrageous menu. If you're there for brunch, try the arepas with scrambled eggs and queso fresco with a bracing cup of Cuban coffee. Or order anything with roast pork.

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10. The Stone Fox 712 51st Ave N, Nashville, TN 37209

A rockin’ club by night and creative eatery by day, The Fox serves creative cocktails and craft beers all the time. But during the popular weekend brunch, they know exactly what you need, from chicken and waffles to donuts!

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11. Jackson's Bar & Bistro 1800 21st Ave S., Nashville, TN 37212 (Music Row)

In addition to strong Bloody Marys and a creative menu of huge omelet dishes, Jackson’s offers some tremendous people-watching opportunities during weekend brunches from their dog-friendly patio in Belmont.

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12. Silo 1121 5th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37208 (Germantown)

This trendy eatery is a Germantown destination, beloved by locals for its chef-driven menu of Southern comfort food. Robust entrées like the seared pork chop are only more delectable when topped with blueberry, charred apples, and a beet-potato salad, and small plates like the three-way deviled eggs continue to be a fan favorite. Silo also boasts one of the most extensive whiskey lists in the city, particularly with respect to bourbon -- devout enthusiasts will swoon over the Buffalo Trace Experimental Series and imported selections like the Balvenie Sherry Cask 15 year, amongst others.

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13. Fido 1812 21st Ave S, Nashville, TN 37212

This breezy café located smack dab in the middle of Hillsboro Village is a favorite among Vanderbilt students, and with good reason: the specialty coffee drinks and all-day breakfast plates. Although the lines look long the space is large, and the food arrives quickly (you'll order at the counter and a server will deliver your meal). The chef whips up one of the best, underrated beef and lamb burgers in town, and the daily specials are always on point.

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