Sunny Side Up! The 7 Best Places to Enjoy a Hearty Nashville Breakfast
Don't skip the most important meal of the day on your next trip to Nashville. Embrace it with these excellent area restaurants.
Start your day off right with some of the best breakfast restaurants in Nashville! Music City is famous for its culture and its heritage, but it is also one of the best places in the South to enjoy delicious breakfasts. No matter which part of town you might be staying in, chances are you will be close to at least one of the great restaurants that serve up a hearty, tasty breakfast with a side of Southern hospitality every day. Just pick your favorite, and get ready to enjoy your morning meal!
Located in the swanky east side of Nashville, Barista Parlor is a coffee shop in an old car repair garage that has a ton of character. Everything in this quirky little coffee house comes from local artists, from the aprons to the bow ties to all the art on the walls. Jellies and preserves are made in-house, and meats and veggies are sourced from local farmers. This is definitely the place to grab a cup of coffee when you want to see and be seen amongst Nashville’s hip in-crowd.
Of course, with this kind of coffee shop, the coffee is really what you’re visiting for. Any of the coffees served by the cup or espressos served in craft beverages are sure to taste excellent no matter when you drop by. The baristas at Barista Parlor are all trained to prepare drinks perfectly every time, with no exceptions, so you’re in for a treat with any of the coffee drinks on the menu. Try the bourbon barrel vanilla latte, hot or iced and paired with a sausage biscuit, for a perfectly Tennessee experience!
Barista Parlor is located at 519 Gallatin Avenue in Nashville.
Sky Blue Café
As one of Nashville’s newest breakfast installments, Sky Blue Café is already making a steady name for itself with the locals. This restaurant is located in the Edgefield district, a historic part of town with a lot of charm and character. Breakfast is served all day here, so it’s a great place to visit if you’re getting a later start to your day or just want to enjoy a delicious brunch. Although Sky Blue Café is a relatively small restaurant, it has a lot of variety on its menu, so you and the whole family are sure to leave happy and full when you stop in!
Try the Lo’s Bowl, made with home fries (sometimes known as breakfast potatoes) topped with sautéed onions, peppers, mushrooms, tomato, and spinach, as well as avocado, parmesan cheese, and two fried eggs. For something a little more unique, order the salmon benedict, which is a toasted English muffin topped with smoked salmon, poached eggs, goat cheese, capers, and Hollandaise sauce. Of course, the peanut butter and jelly stuffed French toast pancakes are also an excellent choice for those in your crew with a sweet tooth!
Sky Blue Café is located at 700 Fatherland Street in Nashville.
The Red Bicycle
One of Nashville’s popular hipster restaurants, The Red Bicycle, provides an excellent opportunity to enjoy unique breakfasts with a twist in the heart of the city. The restaurant focuses on serving quality coffees and foods prepared with only the best, freshest ingredients available. The draw of this place is the wide variety of crepes on its menu. This is one of the only places in Nashville where you can get a crepe, especially for breakfast, so be sure to check it out!
There are tons of crepes available at The Red Bicycle, and they all have their merits. Try the Florentine crepe filled with eggs, mushrooms, spinach, and cheese, and enjoy a traditional and simple but very delicious breakfast offering. For something a little spicier, try the Mexi crepe, made with manchego cheese, eggs, chorizo, sour cream, and salsa. Of course, if sweet crepes are more your style, you can always go for the Cinnamon Roll crepe, made with brown sugar, cream cheese, and buttery cinnamon sauce. There are plenty of add-ons available as well, such as fruit, nuts, sauces, and even a side of vanilla ice cream to make your crepe exactly what you want it to be!
The Red Bicycle is located at 1200 5th Avenue North in Nashville.
Frothy Monkey is a relatively new addition to Nashville’s breakfast scene, having only been open since the early 2000s. Even so, it is already very popular with locals and tourists alike. This restaurant takes an active part in the community where it is located, and whenever possible, it uses locally sourced ingredients for a farm-to-table style of dining that keeps things green and sustainable. The popularity of the original location has already led to three other area locations with limited menus, as well as to Frothy Monkey’s own coffee roasting company.
Stop by Frothy Monkey to enjoy one of the best coffee shops Nashville has to offer. With a stylish but laid-back atmosphere that makes you feel like you’ve just stepped into your own comfortable home every time you visit, this restaurant is sure to be a welcome stop during your travels. Try the Julie, which is a bagel sandwich topped with fried farm-fresh eggs, basil, tomato, and feta cheese, or go for the Architect, an omelet made of two large eggs with your choice of one meat, one cheese, and two vegetables. While visiting Frothy Monkey, be sure to sample some of the company’s delicious coffee. Try one of the different flavors like the rosemary honey latte for a truly unique sipping experience!
Frothy Monkey is located at 235 5th Avenue North in Nashville.
Don’t be fooled by the name of this restaurant. It’s actually an old grocery store turned restaurant that serves excellent Southern style home cooking every morning. Back in the 1950s, the grocery was known as a local gathering place with a down-home vibe, and the restaurant prides itself of still retaining that atmosphere even to this day. During dinner, live musicians pop up on stage most nights to perform classics as well as new favorites, all while guests chow down on delicious Southern food. Although you probably won’t see any musicians performing in the mornings, Puckett’s is an excellent place to get a traditional Tennessee breakfast during your visit to Nashville.
Start your morning off with an order of The King’s French toast, with two slices of brioche filled with peanut butter and bananas, deep fried. This Elvis-inspired favorite is sure to please adults and kids both! For something a little less sweet, try the Southern stack. This dish is made up of sweet potato pancakes topped with pulled pork barbecue, fried apples, and a fried egg. Nothing says Tennessee breakfast like a pancake topped with barbecue! Puckett’s also serves omelets and biscuits, for those who prefer something a little less bizarre for their morning meals. Pretty much everything on the menu is delicious, so you can’t go wrong no matter what you choose.
Puckett’s Grocery is located at 500 Church Street in Nashville.
The Southern Steak & Oyster
The Southern Steak & Oyster may not sound like a breakfast restaurant by name alone, but this excellent dining venue provides an upscale breakfast experience to match the style and luxury of its dinner offerings. At dinner, guests can enjoy the local flavor of Southern cooking combined with a modern twist, and the same is true of breakfast at this classic downtown Nashville restaurant. Best of all, many ingredients are locally sourced and cooked using greener methods, so guests can enjoy knowing they’re dining on a sustainable meal.
On weekday mornings before 11am, sit down to an elegant breakfast and try the Southern omelet, which includes local eggs, caramelized onions, braised pork, black-eyed peas, collard greens, and cheddar cheese with a side of stone ground grits. For something a little lighter, try the house-made granola with locally sourced honey and Greek yogurt. If you prefer something even heartier than the omelet, however, go for the T for Tennessee, which is a 12oz strip steak served with three local eggs and biscuits. This is a true Southern breakfast you’re sure to enjoy!
The Southern Steak & Oyster is located at 150 Third Avenue South in Nashville.
The Pancake Pantry
Ask any Tennessee resident where their favorite place to get breakfast is, and chances are they’ll tell you it’s the Pancake Pantry. This restaurant’s popularity is responsible for the massive line out the front door and down the street on any given morning, but don’t let the crowd scare you away. Just arrive early and give yourself plenty of time to stand in line and wait. Anyone else in the line will promise you that it’s well worth your time to get a seat at this incredible breakfast eatery! This is one of two Pancake Pantry locations in Tennessee, with the other in Gatlinburg at the base of the Smoky Mountains, and both locations are wildly popular with residents and tourists alike. You definitely don't want to miss your chance to dine at the best breakfast restaurant in the state.
The Pancake Pantry is well known for its award-winning sweet potato pancakes, topped with powdered sugar and cinnamon. These are a great option if you’ve never been to this restaurant before, but there are plenty of other varieties of pancake available to satisfy any craving you might be having! Try the Caribbean pancakes, topped with pecans, banana, coconut, and powdered sugar, or go for the unique water-ground cornmeal pancakes, made in the traditional old Southern style and served with butter and honey on top. For the kids, the Bears in the Snow pancakes are a cute way to enjoy a few silver dollar flapjacks with plenty of powdered sugar and some chocolate chips too. No matter your age, don't waste your appetite on eggs or sausage here. The pancakes are by far the best selection at the Pancake Pantry!
The Pancake Pantry is located at 1796 21st Avenue South in Nashville.
Make the most of your morning at any one of these excellent Nashville breakfast restaurants. Be sure to plan enough time to visit at least one of them during your next trip to this beautiful city. If time permits, try them all!
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