Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and Nashville is chock-full of amazing breakfast restaurants. This is the Nashville Guru guide to the best breakfast in town. If you’re looking for brunch spots, check out our Brunch Guide.
NASHVILLE BREAKFAST GUIDE
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. In 2017, they opened a second location in Hillsboro Village. Now, 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.
- Daily: 7:00am to 3:00pm
Neighborhood: Belmont Blvd
Proper Bagel is an adorable New York-style bagel joint and market located on Belmont Blvd. They serve Barista Parlor coffee, some of the best bagels in town, sandwiches, and salads. Proper Bagel also has a grab-n-go market with options like one-of-a-kind smoked fish flown in directly from Brooklyn, New York. The space is impeccably designed and welcoming, albeit, small, so get there early! This place is known to have a line out the door on busy mornings.
- Monday – Friday: 7:30am – 4:00pm
- Saturday & Sunday: 8:00am – 4:00pm
Sun Diner is located in the SoBro / Downtown area, and pays homepage to Sun Records’ legendary artists. The 24-hour diner offers a variety of breakfast classics, burgers, and sides. Menu items include options like the Hangover Flatbread, breakfast tacos, “Feelin’ Good” breakfast burger, and Bananas Foster’s Pancakes. Whether you want breakfast at 3:00am after honky tonkin’ or want a great business meeting spot, Sun Diner has you covered.
- Daily: 24 hours
Pinewood Social is another great option for weekday breakfast in Nashville. With breakfast items like the The Graceland, Egg in a Jar, and Short Rib Hash, you’ll leave with a full belly. Although they only serve breakfast from 7:00am until 11:00am on the weekdays, you should also check out the weekend brunch on Saturdays and Sundays.
- Monday – Friday: 7:00am – 11:00am
Brunch Weekend Hours:
- Saturday & Sunday: 9:00am – 3:00pm
Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant
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:
- Friday – Sunday: 8:00am – 1:00pm
The Southern may not be the first place you think of in Nashville for breakfast, but they should be! Served Monday through Friday from 7:30am until 10:45am, 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 fresh 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 semi-private booths. It’s a perfect business meeting spot.
- Monday – Friday: 7:30am – 10:45am
Brunch Weekend Hours:
- Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am – 3:00pm
Sky Blue Café
Neighborhood: East Nashville
Sky Blue Café is a quaint, hidden treasure of East Nashville. The tables are draped with mismatched 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.
- Daily: 7:00am – 4:00pm
Nashville Biscuit House
Neighborhood: 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 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
Neighborhood: Hillsboro Village
Get to Hillsboro Village early and wear comfortable shoes. The line at Pancake Pantry can be intimidating at first sight, but the delicious food and wonderful service keeps people coming back. It’s always worth the wait.
- Monday – Friday: 6:00am – 3:00pm
- Saturday & Sunday: 6:00am – 4:00pm
Frothy Monkey is a well-known coffee shop with multiple locations in Nashville, but they also have an amazing food menu. What’s great about this breakfast option in Nashville is they serve the breakfast and brunch menu until 5:00pm daily. With easily accessible locations in 12 South and downtown Nashville, you should consider Frothy Monkey a go-to for your A.M. or P.M. coffee and breakfast needs.
- Monday – Saturday: 7:00am – 5:00pm (breakfast and brunch menu served until 5pm daily)
- Sunday: 8:00am – 5:00pm (breakfast and brunch menu served until 5pm daily)
Neighborhood: Green Hills
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. This is a wonderful place to sit and enjoy eggs, bacon, bagels, and coffee. There’s plenty of parking, too!
- Monday – Friday: 6:30am – 2:30pm
- Saturday & Sunday: 7:30am – 3:00pm
Athens Family Restaurant
You may have seen these tight quarters on Diners, Drive-ins, & Dives. Athens Family Restaurant 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 try the Gyro omelet and take your taste buds on a quick flight to Athens.
- Monday – Saturday: 7:00am – 10:00pm
- Sunday: 7:00am – 9:00pm
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 Hours (served all day):
- Sunday & Monday: 7:00am – 3:00pm
- Tuesday – Saturday: 7:00am – 9:00pm
Come hungry when you head to Monell’s for their “Weekend Country Breakfast.” Though best known for their skillet fried 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.
- Monday – Friday: 8:00am – 11:00am
- Saturday: 8:00am – 1:00pm | Midnight – 3:00am
- Sunday: 8:00am -11:00am
Neighborhood: 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
The Loveless Café
Photo Credit: Loveless Cafè
Neighborhood: Bellevue area
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.
- Daily: 7:00am – 9:00pm