Nashvillians have a hearty appetite for ideas, hospitality – and, perhaps most importantly, food. So, it shouldn't be a surprise to see long lines outside Nashville's best brunch spots on Saturdays and Sundays. To help you navigate the brunch scene during your visit, U.S. News asked local experts for recommendations. Here's what they had to say.
Sky Blue Cafe
Sky Blue Cafe, discreetly tucked away in Nashville's historic Edgefield neighborhood, is where in-the-know natives go for a laid-back brunch.
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"That's where you'll find all of the locals on the weekends," says Amanda Cramer, guest services agent at the Union Station Hotel, Autograph Collection. "I love Sky Blue because it just screams Nashville."
This charming eatery serves up hearty classics like three-egg omelets, breakfast burritos and plates piled with pancakes larger than the heads of most of its patrons. Also, if you're looking to indulge, the steak and eggs with a homemade biscuit is the way to go.
One thing to keep in mind is the waiting list tends to get long on the weekends, so your best bet is to get there early. But, if you're not in a hurry, grab a spot outside and enjoy the complimentary Drew's Brews coffee, which is hand-roasted in Nashville. Breakfast is served all day. Sky Blue Cafe is open daily from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
While Saint Añejo in the Gulch has only been open since 2013, it has already earned a reputation as one of the town's best places to brunch. Order the Omelet Dos, made with shrimp, lobster and a roasted red pepper cream sauce. You'll likely still be reminiscing about it even after you return home and unpack.
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Brunch is Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
"Biscuit Love is obviously amazing," Borton says. "Everybody talks about Biscuit Love. Their menu is so simple, but it's so good. And, I think that's almost partly what makes it so good."
Biscuit Love specializes in what you might expect: all things biscuits. Its East Nasty, a biscuit stuffed with a fried boneless chicken thigh, aged cheddar and gravy, was recognized by Bon Appétit as the best sandwich from a U.S. restaurant that opened in 2015. That's not bad for an eatery that started out as a lone food truck operated by a husband-and-wife team with big dreams.
Cramer likes to recommend Biscuit Love to people who may not be familiar with Southern cuisine because "it just embodies Southern cooking," she says. "It's very heavy and very hearty. You are very full at the end of the meal."
The full menu is available from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.
"At the top of the list, I personally think, is Tavern," says Andrew Atkins III, lead navigator and concierge at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel. "You've got great food, you've got a great atmosphere, and it's like the party never ended from the night before. Because they don't do reservations, I recommend that my guests get there at 9:30 [a.m.], before they open at 10."
This gastropub is situated near Vanderbilt University and downtown, making it a favorite for 20-somethings and young professionals looking to take a break from their studies and seriously unwind. And, Laura Cunningham, head concierge at the Hutton Hotel, agrees, saying, "Tavern is one of the best spots for brunch in town."
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Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with two-for-one brunch cocktail specials.
Butcher & Bee
Butcher & Bee is a relatively recent addition to East Nashville, but its meticulously planned menu has been attracting big crowds – and loads of attention. If you do have the pleasure of spending some time here, be sure to order the whipped feta, served with fermented honey, cracked black pepper and pita bread.
Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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