“The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” – Aristotle
Aristotle is right about a lot of things, and this is no exception. We all know plenty of dynamic duos – Hall & Oates, Laverne & Shirley, Kenan & Kel, Lucy & Ethel, Han & Chewy, Frodo & Sam, Tina & Amy. The list goes on! But the pinnacle of two wonderful things brought together: breakfast and lunch. BRUNCH, y’all. If it was an Olympic sport, Nashville would win the gold medal. Wanna spice up that brunch life? Check out these 5 spots!missing or outdated ad config
Get Your Beignet On
The lovely food-and-drink heavy part of Germantown off 5th.
WHAT TO ORDER:
There are so many great things on this menu, it’s going to take you a minute to decide. Lucky for you, you’ll have some assistance: before you order, the table is gifted with some melt-in-your-mouth, cinnamon-covered, first-day-of-the-rest-of-your-life beignets. Eat up. Our favorite brunch menu items are usually the specials, so make sure you listen up when your waiter gives you the low-down. The chef’s strata is always a winner! If you want to go for a dish that you know will always be there, try the crab cakes benedict or the sweet potato hash. You’ll never look back.
This place is open for all Nashvillians who love the finer things. The crowd is typically not bustling with a ton of kids…bring your fellow food sophisticates! Crosspoint Church is nearby, so lots of 20 to 30 something groups find their after-church brunch hang best suited for Germantown. The vibe is pretty laid-back and caters to good conversation and some solid fellowship over sweet potato hash and pepper grits. We’re not complaining.
Answer The Age-Old Question: “Tell Me What’s Your Flava?”
An old building in East Nashville on Woodland Street!
WHAT TO ORDER:
M-I-M-O-S-A-S. Peach. Pomegranate. Pineapple. Mango, White Grape. And we aren’t even getting started, y’all. This 2-4-1 mimosa deal is arguably the best one in town! Their generous servings are almost too good to be true. Pace yourself, Ace, because you’re getting a lot of alcohol for 6 bucks. That’s not all they do though! We’re a BIG fan of The BIG Don – anytime there’s bacon and cheese stuffed into tuscan bread, it’s our kind of party. Also, a Quiche of the Day keeps the doctor away (maybe not, but their quiche is so so good and you should totally get it).
The crowd at Mad Donna’s is a mixed bag, and that’s kind of why we love it. When we went, we saw kids, frat bros, moms with cute haircuts, dudes with dreads wearing overalls…a crowd as unique as the part of town they’re in! You should definitely go within the next few weeks, because they decorated for Halloween with wild enthusiasm. Make your way up the steps to the second floor and fight past the cobwebs. Oh, and by the way, they have 80’s night and Drag Queen Bingo during the week soooo you’re gonna wanna check that out.
Order Something Unique
Midtown, right across the street from Chuy’s! Parking is kind of the worst, so make sure your shoes aren’t crazy uncomfortable – you might have a bit of a walk.
WHAT TO ORDER:
For the food, The Nooner is absolutely delicious. Eggs, fried oysters on top…swoon! For those with a sweet tooth, the red velvet pancakes are wildly popular (with good reason). Any of the eggs benedict (there are three different versions) are always a great pick, too. Tavern probably has the most unique brunch menu in town – if you know a picky eater, they will always find something on the Tavern menu that suits their taste! The red sangria here is straight up the nectar of the gods. When you order a drink on a weekend mornin’, you’ll get a little wooden token for your second one. It’s like an adult Chuck E. Cheese that also has red velvet pancakes, and if that doesn’t sound like the American Dream we don’t know what does.
REBA. It’s true y’all – we have spotted that red-haired, countrified goddess in this fine establishment. Anything endorsed by Reba is a total win. The crowd is typically pretty hip – the interior design is super fashionable as well. You will probably get the feeling that the brunchers had a wild Saturday night and could use some decadent breakfast food. Lots of just-graduated-from-college folks watching the big game on the big screen!
Feel Like You Never, Ever Want To Leave
The Stone Fox
An adorable house in an out-of-the-way part of West Nashville.
WHAT TO ORDER:
They’ve got CHICKEN AND WAFFLES. It gives us hope for the world. Not only that, but if you go a little bit early you can order a box of donuts from The Donut Den for the table! They have a really solid vegetarian option, too – tons of color on your plate, and extremely flavorful. For the drinkin’ crowd, The Kate is a cocktail fit for a queen (or king). Light and breezy as the atmosphere, y’all.
So, we would explain the magic if we could, but it is somewhat experiential. We went there one Sunday mid-morning, and we walked in to a dream. There was a light breeze coming through, natural light that seemed to make everyone look like a fresh-faced Dawson’s Creek character, and the aroma of chicken and waffles sweeping us off of our feet. Every experience is different, but we were walking on air. The crowd is hip, but not insufferably hip. West Nashville is generally a family-friendly area, and it seems like the hipsters that can afford the area come out of the woodwork and all head to Stone Fox. They have great music here on the weekends, so lots of artistic types call this place home.
Eat Pizza For Breakfast In A Socially Acceptable Way
A cool lookin’ building near the Lyle and Division St. intersection.
WHAT TO ORDER:
Those three little words that everyone longs to hear: Breakfast. Quiche. Pizza. Eggs, onions, chives, and general breakfast food ingredients all on a pizza? Heaven on earth. You can also check out the 2 for 1 Bloody Mary deal (applies to mimosas as well) and $3 Jackalope beer. This place speaks our language. They just get us.
Everyone loves pizza. That being said, the kids will love this pizza factory a lot. Bring the fam or a big group and head to the patio! “The big game” (whatever it may be that day) will be playing, the breeze will be blowing, and everyone will leave satisfied (and probably heading home to change into their fat pants – no judgement).
So remember Nashville: those that brunch together, stay together. And if you don’t, at least you said your goodbyes after sharing the most important meal of the day, and probably eating eggs in a bunch of different ways. As always, grab the free Wannado app to stay in the loop!