Breakfast/Brunch in Nashville, TN
Breakfast isn't always the most sophisticated meal of the day. If you're looking for something more elegant than the typical eggs and bacon, head to Marche. At this French-style cafe, you can nibble on brioche, smoked salmon, crepes, quiche or apple-and-brie croissant french toast. These breakfasts are rich and indulgent, made flavorful with seasonal ingredients and fresh herbs. Mimosas or champagne will complement your meal perfectly. This is one of the city's most popular brunch spots, so avoid peak hours or prepare to wait.
Visitors to this Germantown restaurant come away raving about the charm and friendliness of the staff--you'll likely be greeted at the door by the owners. And their elegant but unpretentious renovated house, decorated with works by local artists, is the perfect place to enjoy a relaxed brunch. The food is just as memorable-- like bananas foster pancakes, fish and grits, blackened catfish and eggs benedict. Frequent seasonal specials include pumpkin pancakes (fall) and red velvet pancakes (Valentine's Day). They also have an array of omelettes and healthy salads, as well as mimosas and sangria. Only open Friday through Sunday; the house is small, so make a reservation if your party has more than two people.
The morning meal is most enjoyable when you can linger over it. It's easy to make a meal last at this interactive eatery, where you control the griddle while you converse. Order pancakes, and you'll be served a bowl of batter (five-grain and gluten-free options are available); fry up as many pancakes as you like right at your table. Make your meal interesting by ordering extras like fruit, nuts and candy to mix with the batter. You can also cook your own french toast, hash browns, and more; or order a conventionally cooked dish if you don't feel like doing all the work.
Nashville's closest equivalent to an authentic New York deli experience, this eatery is a great place for lox and bagels, pastrami or matzoh ball soup. They're also one of the best and most stress-free) breakfast places on town. They serve the full range of favorites, from eggs and bacon combos to dozens of types of omelettes to smoked fish platters, as well as french toast, pancakes and waffles. All are lovingly made, appealing and cooked to perfection. In their diner style interior, you can usually get a booth without waiting. And they have a full bar, with some of the tastiest Bloody Marys in town.
If you're looking for an unpretentious down-home meal, forget the faux-folksy chains and check out this local gem. Nashville Biscuit House is open until 2 p.m. daily, and have a breakfast menu that's as biscuit-intensive as you'd expect, Their tender, flaky homestyle biscuits are served with white country gravy. With menu options like “the ultimate platter” (a full plate of biscuits layered with sausage, bacon, cheese, gravy and eggs), you're sure to come away satisfied no matter how big your appetite or hangover. They have breakfast sandwiches, burgers, omelettes and more. And best of all, there's a drive-through window.