Located in Midtown (obviously), this New American eatery and cafe features a slew of tasty dishes for lunch and dinner, as well as a solid list of desserts (the homemade bread pudding is a must), not to mention a wine list that runs three pages deep.
Already home to one of Nashville’s best “Power Breakfasts,” weekends are a little more festive thanks to more tourists and fewer attorneys in the crowd. The menu is the same, though, and it’s excellent. Elevated egg plates and omelets lead the fare, and pay special attention to the fork-tender short ribs basted in Coca-Cola barbecue sauce. They make an exemplary buttermilk biscuit at Midtown, too, whether served with sausage gravy or stuffed with breakfast meats.
While people throw around the oxymoronic term “casual fine dining” way too often, at Midtown Cafe, that descriptive term really fits. They’re used to catering to tourists, politicians, actors, and music stars on a daily basis, and the experienced staff treats all their patrons like the most important customer in the room. National food magazines have begged for the secret recipe to their lemon artichoke soup for years, but they ain’t getting it. You, however, should definitely get it as a starter to kick off a meal of approachable elevated cuisine.