What other word in the English language conjures such sensations of satisfaction and glee? Brunch is that glorious blend of breakfast and lunch that is always the right choice, at any time of the day. It can be hearty as a protein-packed platter of steak and eggs, or airy as a confection of heavenly French toast. Brunch is like a pep-talk from a best friend, a skip in your step, a fist-pump to the day.
We knew there would never be a way to narrow down Nashville’s plethora of brunch offerings to only a few gems, but we had to draw the line somewhere. (Yes, we left out legendary spots like Pancake Pantry and Loveless Café, but we hope you’ve dined at both already. If you haven’t, stop reading this and take care of that first!)
Whew. You’re back. In honor of a carton of eggs, here are a dozen other spots for a fantastic brunch in Nashville.
daily, 7:00 am – 3:00 pm
Getting its start as a food truck a few years ago, Biscuit Love has since set up shop in the Gulch and Hillsboro Village, with plans to expand into Franklin soon. Everything on their menu is made from scratch, and ingredients are sourced from local vendors. We recommend the East Nasty (a savory biscuit sandwich filled with fried boneless chicken thigh, sausage gravy, and aged cheddar), and the Bonuts (a sharable delight of fried biscuit dough, lemon mascarpone, and blueberry compote.) Word to the wise: it’s worth waking up early for this one–it’s not uncommon to wait more than an hour to get inside.
Sat-Sun, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Located in Germantown, Butchertown Hall brilliantly fuses the Spanish, German, and Czech influences of chef Terry Raley’s Texas Hill Country roots with the neighborhood’s own history of Czech and German butcher shops. The high ceilings, natural light, and white tile and brick lend a sense of openness and warmth to the restaurant’s modern aesthetic, and the food is absolutely on point. The Tex-Mex-inspired dishes include the Cowboy Breakfast (brisket or sausage, two eggs, potato latke, and tortillas or Texas toast), classic breakfast tacos, and a sweets menu worth uncinching your belt for.
Sunday, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Created by Chopped judge Maneet Chauhan, this downtown Indian-Southern fusion restaurant is drawing rave reviews from those who explore its inventive, flavorful menu. While it only serves brunch for a few hours on Sunday, it’s worth marking your calendar for such concoctions as tandoori shrimp and grits, vindaloo chiliquillies, and a breakfast parantha taco. Don’t miss their house Bloody Mary infused with vindaloo curry or spiced candied bacon either.
Sunday, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
This Green Hills eatery has a spacious, stylish ambiance; as well as dishes with a penchant for subtle, surprising flavors and an eye for presentation. Their Sunday brunch menu delights with items such as the pork belly stuffed biscuit (complete with an egg, pickled sesame & cucumber slaw, honey black bean butter, and hoisin sauce), and the butternut squash waffle (topped with tomatillo jam, agave syrup, candied pepitas, and mango chile butter.)
Fri-Sun, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Only open from Friday through Sunday, The Garden Brunch Café features all the classics, including a variety of omelettes, pancakes, French toast, Eggs Benedict, and fish and grits. Plus, their turkey bacon and turkey sausage are so good, you’ll forget the menu is pork-free. So kick back with a pineapple mimosa in the art-filled digs and enjoy brunch done the right way.
daily, 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
For over 20 years, Monell’s has served all-you-can-eat brunch every day of the week, setting the bar high for how southern comfort food taste. (Their secret? Not skimping on the butter, bacon, or syrup.) The distinct family-style seating means you’ll always leave with more friends than you came in with, if you can indeed leave your chair after enjoying endless helpings of scrambled eggs, smoked sausage, bacon, biscuits and gravy, pancakes, country ham, fried apples, hash browns cheese grits, skillet fried chicken, corn pudding, and more.
Sat-Sun, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Party Fowl puts a truly Nashville spin on brunch: specializing in hot chicken, they operate out of a building in the Gulch that combines the rockin’ aesthetic of a sports bar and live music venue. One crowd favorite is the chicken hash with fried egg, which features diced sweet potato, sautéed vidalia onions, green onion butter, and smoked gouda. Or, if you and a friend are feeling particularly adventurous (or partially insane), try the “Brunch for Two,” which consists of 55 oz. Bloody Mary topped with scotch eggs, fried okra, fried avocado and two whole Cornish Game Hens.
Sat-Sun, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Pinewood Social’s industrial-chic vibe, Sobro location by the banks of the Cumberland River, and retro bowling alley aren’t the only reasons it’s an always-buzzing hangout. Their food is also consistently creative and packed with flavor. Their weekend brunch menu runs the gamut from oysters with a peppercorn and shallot mignonette; to ricotta pancakes with lemon, macerated fruit, and whipped cream; to the Reuben benedict, featuring corned beef tongue and sauerkraut. For a sweet-and-salty treat, try the Graceland (a waffle topped with peanut butter mousse, crispy bacon, and sliced banana.)
Mon-Fri, 7:30 – 4:00 pm; Sat-Sun 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Proper Bagel makes all their New York-style bagels and bialys from scratch and bakes them in-house, and serves them from a space with a minimalist, modern black-and-white interior in Green Hills. They’ve perfected the art of breakfast bagel sandwiches, such as the New York Leo (filled with scrambled farm eggs, sautéed lox and onions, and scallion dill cream cheese), and the Gouda & Egg (filled with a fried farm egg, smoked gouda, spicy maple ketchup, and your choice of Applewood bacon or local sage sausage.)
daily, 7:00 am – 3:00 pm
This colorful, casual café in East Nashville brings the historic Edgefield neighborhood together for tasty food in a relaxed environment. A couple brunch favorites are The Tuscan 2.0 (French toast topped with two eggs over easy, pesto, tomatoes, garlic, chiles, and melted parmesan cheese), and the Brie French Toast (French bread stuffed with gooey brie cheese and drizzled with local honey.) They also offer a handful of omelettes, eggs benedict, and breakfast burritos.
Right next to the Johnny Cash Museum, this vibrant downtown diner pays serious homage to Memphis’s historic Sun Studio. It also serves up generous portions of tasty southern brunch food all day, every day, all week long. Kick the morning blues with food that packs flavor and punch, such as their popular Hangover Flatbread (a Lavosh crust with cage-free scrambled eggs, mixed cheeses, kettle chips, bacon, sour cream, and scallions) or the heart-stopping Donut Breakfast Sandwich (a reasonable enough name for a fried egg, homemade sausage patty, and cheddar cheese between two glazed donuts.)
Sat-Sun, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Every Saturday and Sunday, The Sutler Saloon offers “Bluegrass Brunch,” a time to enjoy a delicious southern brunch and the sounds of some of Nashville’s finest bluegrass pickers and players. As the frenetic banjo and piercing fiddle wash over you, chow down on sweet potato pancakes smothered with cinnamon-caramel sauce, cinnamon-bourbon syrup, butter, and candied pecans; or the smoked brisket hash, complete with sweet potatoes, peppers, onions, braised collards, and a fried egg. Don’t neglect the bottomless mimosas, either.
So get out there, and get brunching!