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My Favorite Nashville Brunch Locations

September 3, 2020

Brunch is Life. If you don’t agree I’m not sure we can be friends. I was so excited to move to Nashville and check out all the amazing places for brunch. I had researched reviews and menus (I’m kind of a mimosa snob) and had a list ready. And then COVID happened. And restaurants closed. […]

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Brunch is Life.

If you don’t agree I’m not sure we can be friends.

I was so excited to move to Nashville and check out all the amazing places for brunch. I had researched reviews and menus (I’m kind of a mimosa snob) and had a list ready.

And then COVID happened.

And restaurants closed.

FOR. WEEKS. ON. END.

And I had to make mimosas and chaffles at home (more on chaffles later).

Now that restaurants have re-opened I’ve had the chance to savor and drool at some favorite hot-spots.

So, next time you find yourself in Nashville, here are my favorites:

Make Ready

Make Ready is the quaintest restaurant situated on the lower level of the Noelle Hotel in Downtown Nashville. They offer a seasonal approach to American tavern cuisine. We popped in for brunch and they have a designated menu for this which made me swoon.

The location backs up to the historic “Printer’s Alley” which was home to the thriving publishing industry in the early 20th century. The area was home to two large newspapers, ten print shops, and thirteen publishers.

The interior of the restaurant is appointed like a print shop – in blacks, whites and neutrals. I fell in love with the long wall of strung portrait silhouettes, created by Bryce McCloud as it had my reminiscing about making profile portraits in pre-school.

My meal recommendation:

When I visited Make Ready I hadn’t planned on writing a review so my meal choice was simple and predictable…avocado toast, home fries, coffee, and, my favorite, Veuve-Clicquot.

The meal did not disappoint. House-made sourdough is the foundation of this mouthwatering toast topped with mixed greens and preserved tomato vinaigrette. I chose to top it with an egg, sunnyside up because egg yolk and sourdough are a heavenly combination.

Dr. A chose an omelet (no surprise there) and added every ingredient including the kitchen sink and he ate every last bite. The home fries, topped with smoked gouda, piquillo peppers and a fried egg was over the top scrumptious.

Make Ready is a must visit and, while I haven’t dined there for dinner, I am sure every menu item is award winning.

Capitol Grille

If you love historic locations like I do then this is a must. Situated in the lower level of the Hermitage Hotel. Nashville’s first “million-dollar hotel” opened in 1910 with classical Italian and French Renaissance features. Guest rooms were paneled in mahogany and offered running ice water, a telephone, and a private bath. It quickly became THE place to be seen by politicians and celebrities alike.

If the walls of the Men’s Room could talk I would be the first in line to hear the stories from a century ago. Today it is a functioning restroom but also one of the most popular photo-ops in Nashville. Women are allowed to enter but be sure to ask the host/hostess to check to see if it is vacant!

Best Brunch Spots in Nashville
Capitol Grille Nashville

My meal recommendation:

We have dined here twice since COVID restrictions were lifted – one for brunch and one for lunch. We started with the Fried Green Tomatoes as they are supposed to be amazing and they did not disappoint although I did scrape the pimento cheese off them because, uhm.. yuck.

I will admit that, upon first glance, I was worried about finding an entree I would enjoy. But then my eyes settled on the Tennessee “Jack” Egg Sandwich – fried egg, braised beef, tomato gravy, roasted potato, Jack Daniel’s maple syrup. I am a sucker for maple syrup but combined with Jack Daniels? And paired with our go-to Veuve Clicquot, my taste buds thought they died and went to heaven.

Dr. A is more predictable than I am and had …… wait for it … an omelet so I don’t even need to offer an accounting of his meal. 😉

We did split dessert and were told that the Chocolate Dream Sundae was well worth the calories. The presentation was artful and the server poured the warm chocolate fudge over the chocolate cake and double chocolate ice cream tableside. Chocolate marshmallows, toasted pecans and toffee bits were served on the side and I did find the marshmallows to be a tad overcooked or stale but they softened quickly once dipped in the fudge.

The experience was relaxing, comfortably paced and non-intrusive. It’s the perfect spot for a quiet date as the staff was attentive but not overbearing. Be sure to grab a pic on the staircase before you leave!

Biscuit Love

They sure do love their biscuits in the South! And if imbibing in all that flaky goodness hits the spot for you then this is going to be your favorite place.

But before I tease you with all things biscuits I would be remiss if I didn’t address my love – the Bonuts. Biscuits aren’t really my thing but fry that dough and roll it in sugar and I’m yours forever. Add some lemon mascarpone and berry compote and I may do cartwheels over you to get to them. You will want to eat the entire order of five yourself so you may want to two orders.

Bonuts at Biscuit Love
Biscuit Love

My meal recommendation:

But back to the business of biscuits. The “Princess” caught my eye because it sounds a lot like a Chick-Fil-A sandwich and I could literally eat that every day. And I figure you can’t go wrong with that choice.

My tastebuds really wanted the cinnamon rolls on the appetizer menu but I figured I’d already enjoyed more than my share of bonuts so I should try to eat something from another food group. It was good but it wasn’t what I wanted so I felt unsatisfied. But that was no fault of theirs.

Also, be sure to try and get a photo with the Nashville sign which is highly popular with tourists!

xo

Kristin

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