If breakfast is the most important meal of the day, then it can be eaten at any time of the day. If you woke up too late to grab the Chick-n-Minis at Chick-fil-A but still want some great breakfast food, we’ve got you covered. This week we asked our staff, “Where’s the best place in Nashville to get brunch?”
Sarah Maninger (Editor): Flora and Fauna
Alright y’all, I am about to sound like the cliché Californian I am here for a second, but Flora and Fauna in East Nashville has the best avocado toast in town. It revives me on exhausting mornings, and it pairs perfectly with their coffee, which they roast themselves! This place is a quick drive across the river from Belmont and is a great little spot hidden in Highland Yards. When I moved to East over the summer, I felt like I was discovering Nashville all over again because I can count on one hand the number of times I drove over here when I lived on campus. And though there are tons of amazing brunch spots in Nashville, Flora and Fauna has a special place in my heart. I recommend the avocado toast, but if that’s not your vibe, embrace the fall weather, get their pumpkin pancakes and pair it with my favorite, an iced Cuban coffee.
P.S: While I’m not a big yogurt fan, my roommate swears by the granola bowl.
David Pang (Managing Editor): Loveless Café
Have you lived in Nashville if you haven’t gone to Loveless? The answer is no. It’s about a 20-minute drive west, and the wait can get long, but I’d sit through anything for those biscuits and preserves. There's a reason Loveless is home to “Nashville’s biscuit since 1951.” It’s because the biscuits are rival to no other. I could go there and just eat the biscuits, but I’d feel bad because they’re complementary. Loveless has a similar model to Cracker Barrel with a restaurant and country store, but it’s a few steps above; it’s prettier, nicer and tastier. I recommend the breakfast bowl with ham and over-easy eggs, but if you’re looking to drop a few extra dollars, go for the fried pork chop and eggs. And don’t worry about sleeping in because unlike some of the competition, breakfast is served all day, just how I like it.
AJ Wuest (Sports Editor): Big Bad Breakfast
I’ve never been much of a breakfast or brunch guy, but the triple Bs nearly converted me into one. The name is no exaggeration – one of my main complaints about eating out is that portion sizes are entirely too small. That is not the case with Big Bad Breakfast. Located in West Nashville, Spring Hill and Franklin, Tennessee, Big Bad Breakfast has a colossal menu ranging from avocado toast and biscuits to burgers. When I first tasted the “Redneck” Benny, I immediately stood up and shouted, “Lard have mercy! This is a dang good breakfast!” Whether you are a breakfast or lunch person, Big Bad Breakfast will fill your belly with joy.
Chandler Maynard (Video Editor): Red Bicycle
The absolute best brunch place, hands down, has to be Red Bicycle. Their food and coffee are absolutely killer, and the vibes are great. It’s a nice, quiet place to work with an eccentric menu of sweet and savory crepes, which are my favorite. If you aren’t a crepes fan, don’t fret! Their breakfast burritos and sandwiches are also to die for. There are three Nashville locations, all within 15 minutes of campus. If you have a furry friend, Red Bicycle is also pet friendly, which makes your breakfast or brunch experience even better. The food at Red Bicycle will take you for a ride, and if you haven’t tried it, you absolutely should.
Lillie Burke (Social Media Editor): Falcon Coffee Bar
Not only does Falcon have incredible coffee, but their food is also unbelievable. This café is completely vegan — but for all of you non-vegans, don’t knock it ‘til you try it! From their incredible coffee and cashew milk to their literally unbeatable avocado toast, Falcon is a must-go stop for brunch. Covered in plants and terracotta, the coffee café is the perfect vibe for sitting and getting work done or chatting with friends in a cool outfit. For all my elders out there, in the evenings it turns into a dimly-lit, brightly-colored bar and lounge called Flamingo!
Isaac Wetzel (Photo Editor): Elliston Place Soda Shop
There is nothing that screams “NASHVILLE BRUNCH!” like hot chicken on a biscuit. If that wasn’t enough, throw on a fried egg, pepper gravy, and Tabasco. After that, double the order. I present to you: the No. 8 at Elliston Place Soda Shop. If fried chicken biscuits aren’t your speed, you can catch breakfast all day and lunch or dinner from 10:30 a.m. ‘til close. Pancakes, burgers, milkshakes or hot chicken biscuits: this place has it all.
PHOTO: Belmont Vision Multimedia. Lillie Burke/Belmont Vision