Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so why limit yourself to eating it between the hours of 5am and 11am? Whether you want breakfast for breakfast, breakfast for lunch, or breakfast for dinner, one of these Nashville breakfast spots has your hash brown cravings covered (and smothered) — and Waffle House isn’t one of them.
Breakfast for Breakfast
Come hungry and ready to meet some interesting people. Though best known for their skillet fried country chicken, Monell’s in Germantown is also one of the best weekend breakfast places in Nashville. You sit down with other diners in family-style fashion, passing dishes and stories. The food is as Southern as it gets, and you get plenty of it. The breakfast is complete with eggs, grits, pancakes, bacon, sausage, biscuits, and more.
- Saturday: 8:30am – 1:00pm
- Sunday: 8:30am – 11:00am
Biscuit Love started out as a food truck in 2012, founded by Karl and Sarah Worley. After a couple years of food trucking and building a strong following, they decided it was time to solidify things with a brick-and-mortar location in the thriving Gulch neighborhood. As of January 2015, Nashville can enjoy Biscuit Love’s southern-focused, locally-sourced cuisine any day of the week (without tracking down the food truck). You’ve got to try the “East Nasty” or “Southern Benny” menu items.
- Monday through Sunday, Everyday! (7:00am to 3:00pm)
Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant (Downtown)
Although they are known for their BBQ, Puckett’s sweet potato pancakes won’t go uneaten. The breakfast platters are hard to chose from, and on the weekends, choosing isn’t necessary because they have a breakfast buffet. This is not fancy, delicate food — this is Southern food. So if you’re in the mood for country ham and thick gravy over biscuits, this is your place!
- Daily: 7:00am – 11:00am
Breakfast Buffet Hours
- Saturday and Sunday: 8:00am – 1:00pm
The Southern (SoBro)
The Southern may not be the first place you think of in Nashville for breakfast, but they should be! Served every day from 7am to 11am, they serve up a delicious first meal of the day. Just like the menu they serve at lunch and dinner, all breakfast items are made from scratch with delicious ingredients that turn out to be a delicious dish with a southern spin. One of our favorite things about eating breakfast at The Southern is the free wifi and parking as well as the private feeling booths — it’s a perfect business meeting spot.
- Monday thru Friday: 7:30am – 11:00am
Brunch Weekend Hours:
- Saturday and Sunday: 10:00am – 3:00pm
Sky Blue Café (East Nashville)
Sky Blue Café is a quaint, hidden treasure of East Nashville. The tables are draped with mix-matched table clothes, and topped with an eclectic collection of salt and pepper shakers. The breakfast menu is hard to beat with items like Nutella and banana-stuffed French toast pancakes, 3-egg omelets, and homemade chocolate milk.
Sunday & Monday: 7:00am – 3:00pm
Tuesday – Saturday: 7:00am – 10:00pm
Breakfast for Lunch
Nashville Biscuit House (East Nashville)
Casual and a little rough around the edges, the Nashville Biscuit House gets loud and crazy. Waitresses race by with eggs and coffee in their hands as the line of anxious patrons builds. The food is good and cheap, and there’s plenty to go around. If you come solely for the scrumptious, doughy biscuits, order extra, because only one comes with most meals.
- Monday – Saturday: 6:30am – 2:00pm
- Sunday: 7:30am – 2:00pm
Pfunky Griddle (Berry Hill)
If you’re in a restaurant rut or sick of dining out, this is the place to turn it all around. Be prepared to use a spatula and Pam Spray, because at the Pfunky Griddle, you are the cook! Each table has a built-in griddle in the center, and you’re equipped with the raw ingredients (batter, eggs, bread, etc.) to whip up a creation. Pfunky Griddle is a house turned restaurant, so it’s cute, quirky, and adorably designed. Parking may be a challenge due to its location and popularity, but it is worth it once inside!
- Monday: Closed
- Tuesday: 8:00am – 2:00pm
- Wednesday: 8:00am – 2:00pm
- Thursday: 8:00am – 2:00pm
- Friday: 7:00am – 2:00pm
- Saturday: 7:00am – 3:00pm
- Sunday: 7:00am – 3:00pm
Pancake Pantry (Hillsboro Village)
Get to Hillsboro Village early and wear comfortable shoes. The line at Pancake Pantry can be intimidating at first sight., but something keeps people coming back. Maybe it’s the menu, the environment, the guest history, or just the size of the pancakes. Whatever it is, it’s always worth the wait for chocolate chip pancakes.
- Monday – Friday: 6:00am – 3:00pm
- Saturday and Sunday: 6:00am – 4:00pm
The Garden Brunch Cafe (Germantown)
The Banana Foster Pancakes are a must at the Garden Brunch Café. The “at home feel” and their reasonable prices makes this place well-loved by many. Ginger iced tea and fruit teas are two favorites, if you’re in need of a refresher. Parking can be a challenge when the café is busy, and they are only open on the weekends. If you can make it in, give it a try!
- Friday – Sunday: 9:00am – 2:00pm
Simple and without frills, this 1950s-themed diner is laid-back and inviting. Noshville has every kind of omelet you need plus unique hash brown/potato rounds. Sweet, juicy pickles are complementary with everything. So pick up a local paper at the front door, and watch the Midtown hustle as you sit and enjoy eggs, bacon, bagels, and coffee.
Breakfast Hours (Midtown)
- Monday: 6:30am – 2:30pm
- Tuesday: 6:30am – 8:30pm
- Wednesday: 6:30am – 8:30pm
- Thursday: 6:30am – 8:30pm
- Friday: 6:30am – 9:30pm
- Saturday: 7:30am – 9:30pm
- Sunday: 7:30am – 8:30pm
Breakfast for Dinner
The Loveless Café (West Nashville)
Get out of the city and discover a piece of Nashville history at the intimate, one-of-a-kind Loveless Cafe. Their country-style breakfast will make you feel right at home, with warm biscuits and thick chocolate milk served in mason jars. The breakfast platters will overwhelm you, but not as much as the southern hospitality and charm. The waitresses are the sweetest, and the gift shop next door cannot go unvisited.
Breakfast Served All Day, Every Day!
Daily: 7:00am – 9:00pm
Athens Family Restaurant (8th South)
You may have seen these tight quarters on Diners, Drive-ins, & Dives. Athens Family Restaurant isn’t roomy, but it holds a lot of character, both in the décor and the food. If you want a small taste of Greece in your breakfast, this is where to get it. Eggs, bacon, and toast are pretty universal, but add a bougatsa or lamb-filled Gyro omelet, and take your taste buds on a quick flight to Athens! And with their around-the-clock weekend hours, it may be the perfect late-night hangout.
Breakfast Served All Day!
- Monday – Thursday: 7:00am – 10:00pm
- Friday: Open all hours starting at 7:00am
- Saturday: Open 24 hours
- Sunday: Open all hours until 9:00pm
417 Union (Downtown)
Come for food and a dish of history when you visit 417 Union in Downtown Nashville. As you walk in the front door, you step back to the World War II era. Keep traveling to the dining room upstairs, and you’ll find yourself in the Civil War. The food, however, is what you will remember most. Enjoy mountains of caramelized pancakes and thick bacon while you soak up the past at 417 Union.
Breakfast Served All Day, Every Day!
- Sunday – Wednesday: 7:00am – 3:00pm
- Thursday – Saturday: 7:00am – 8:00pm