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The Kernel from Nadeen’s Hermitage Haven.
Nadeen’s Hermitage Haven

Where to Score the Best Breakfasts in Nashville

Top destinations for cheesy omelettes, pillowy pancakes, and of course hot chicken biscuits

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The Kernel from Nadeen’s Hermitage Haven.
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Breakfast can be both a unifying and polarizing meal, with some arguing its importance and others preferring to skip it altogether. Despite deep-rooted beliefs one way or another, there is something to be said for a substantial order of perfectly prepared eggs, sizzling bacon, and a stack of pillowy pancakes.

Everyone knows about the wildly popular Nashville first-meal fixtures Biscuit Love, Loveless Cafe, and Pancake Pantry, but a few others are added in for some variety when that savage morning hunger hits.

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1. Nadeen's Hermitage Haven

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3410 Lebanon Pike
Hermitage, TN 37076
(615) 873-1184
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Opened since 2017 in Hermitage, Nadeen’s opens for breakfast Wednesday through Sunday, and the chicken and waffles, huevos rancheros, and “the kernel” (open-faced biscuit crowned with sausage gravy and cheesey scrambled eggs) — all coupled with craft cocktails — make this quirky former pizza joint a worthy destination for those outside the Hermitage area.

2. Big Al's Deli

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1828 4th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37208
(615) 242-8118
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Tucked away in the Salemtown neighborhood, Big Al’s Deli opens at 7 a.m. during the week and 9 a.m. on Saturday (closed Sunday and Monday) serving up classic breakfast items such as pancakes, French toast, and biscuit sandwiches to hungry commuters and next door neighbors alike. Big Al, aka Alfonso Anderson, has become a local legend and Nashville ambassador.

3. The Nashville Biscuit House

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805 Gallatin Ave
Nashville, TN 37206
(615) 228-4504
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Don’t let outside appearances fool you — Nashville Biscuit House has one of the best breakfast biscuits in town. This little East Nashville restaurant opens at 6:30 a.m. during the week (closed Tuesday/Wednesday) and has a drive thru, making it easy to grab a quick bite before work. Besides (obviously) the biscuits, NBH serves plenty of pancakes, French toast, omelettes, and more.

4. Monell's Dining and Catering

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1235 6th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37208
(615) 248-4747
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Long a Germantown staple, Monell’s serves country breakfast family-style, seven days a week starting at 8 a.m.. Breakfast includes sausage, bacon, biscuits and gravy, country ham, pancakes, eggs, grits, fried chicken, and more. 

5. Joyland Restaurant

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901 Woodland St
Nashville, TN 37206
(615) 922-4934
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Of course, people flock to Sean Brock’s casual homage to the fast food of yesteryear for bang-up burgers and buckets of fried chicken, but it’s also a solid spot to grab breakfast on the go. Brock’s fluffy Joyland biscuits — topped with everything from sack sausage to bacon to fried chicken — are easily some of the best in Nashville. Check Joyland’s Instagram to check for days with breakfast hours, as they change frequently, but are usually Saturday and Sunday mornings.

bacon, egg, and cheese biscuit in center of photo, close up, on Joyland printed paper
Joyland’s bacon, egg, and cheese biscuit.
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6. Yeast Nashville

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805 Woodland St #300
Nashville, TN 37206
(615) 678-4592
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When there’s no time for a leisurely breakfast or a long pancake line, visit Yeast in East Nashville. It’s one of the only places in town to find Czech-style sweet-filled kolaches or savory klobasneks — simple to grab and eat on the ride in to the office.

Kolaches from Yeast.
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7. Sky Blue Cafe

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700 Fatherland St
Nashville, TN 37206
(615) 770-7097
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Open Thursday through Monday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (with limited sidewalk tables), Sky Blue is an East side favorite. Long waits on the weekends are not unusual, so a weekday trip is a good game plan to try the stuffed French toast pancakes, hot chicken biscuits, or three egg omelets with signature home fries.

8. Silver Sands Café

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937 Locklayer St
Nashville, TN 37208
(615) 780-9900
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Nashville soul food staple Silver Sands Cafe is well known as a lunch time meat-and-three, but also for owner Sophia Vaughn’s time-tested homestyle breakfast recipes. Starting at 6 a.m. Tuesday through Sunday, the third generation owner of Silver Sands serves up crowd-pleasing pancake stacks, country ham, and biscuit sandwiches.

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9. Pinewood Social

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33 Peabody St
Nashville, TN 37210
(615) 751-8111
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Not every pretty place serves good food, but Pinewood does. The fun vibes and comfortable booths create a solid place for a “working breakfast” during the week. Be it challah French toast, bruleed grapefruit, or a smoked pork chop with red eye gravy — wash it all down with some Crema coffee, overlooking the six reclaimed wood lanes from the old Indiana Bowl O’ Rama.

10. Biscuit Love Gulch

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316 11th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 490-9584
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Since it first opened its doors in 2015, Biscuit Love quickly became one of the most popular breakfast restaurants in town. The restaurant has since added two additional locations which have helped alleviate some of the traffic to the original location in The Gulch. The best way to avoid the crowds is to stop in during the week and get your bonut or ‘East Nasty’ biscuit sandwich fix.

Biscuit and sausage gravy.
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11. Wendell Smith's Restaurant

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407 53rd Ave N
Nashville, TN 37209
(615) 383-7114
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When Wendell Lee Smith opened his Sylvan park restaurant in 1952, there was certainly no interstate in the skyline behind it. The restaurant is now in its eighth decade serving breakfast and lunch to the masses — morning favorites include western omelets, biscuits and gravy, and the big ole country breakfast.

12. Pancake Pantry

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1796 21st Ave S
Nashville, TN 37212
(615) 383-9333
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Yes, this Hillsboro Village staple is chock-full of tourists at most all hours. But pancake lovers from all around make the pilgrimage to this Nashville breakfast icon, in operation since 1961. A visit for breakfast during the week will hopefully help save you from the seemingly endless long lines snaking around the block on weekends.

 A general view of atmosphere of Pancake Pantry on December 12, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee.
Pancake Pantry in 2013.
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13. Anzie Blue

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2111 Belcourt Ave
Nashville, TN 37212
(615) 866-9545
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Now in its newer, larger digs in Hillsboro Village, Anzie Blue is an ideal daytime destination, with warm and welcoming interior that instantly soothes (the cocktails and CBD help). A modern but satisfying breakfast menu features chorizo breakfast tacos, lox-topped bagels, an acai bowl, and steak and eggs, but there are also breakfast boards for two — chicken or sausage, and chock-full of components. Open at 8 a.m.

14. Fido

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1812 21st Ave S
Nashville, TN 37212
(615) 777-3436
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A breakfast go-to since opening in 1996, Fido starts serving at 7 a.m. seven days a week and offers breakfast all day long, including a reliable selection of scrambles, bagel sandwiches, pancakes, and French toast.

15. Proper Bagel

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2011 Belmont Blvd
Nashville, TN 37212
(615) 928-7276
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Ever since Proper Bagel opened in 2016, patrons have flocked to the Belmont restaurant to get their fix of fresh bagels, bagel sandwiches, salads, baked goods, and more. Prepare for lines, but it’s one of the few instances it is likely to be worth the wait.

Proper Bagel in 2016.
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16. Ladybird Taco

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2229 10th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37204
(615) 678-8049
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Now a few years old, this Texas-inspired breakfast taco destination (featuring Crema coffee) is takeout only — with just a couple patio tables available for self service dining. Order online or just walk up. Co-owned by Nashville local music industry vet Gabe Scott alongside longtime friends Andrew Wiseheart and Ben Edgerton, Ladybird is inspired by Scott’s time spent in Texas taco joints.

a tray holds three salsas and 3 breakfast tacos filled with egg and meat and cheese Katelyn Brown Photo / Ladybird Taco

17. The Nashville Jam Co.

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2806 Columbine Pl
Nashville, TN 37204
(615) 942-6465
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The Nashville Jam Co.’s traditional southern menu is available daily for breakfast at 8 a.m. A few local morning favorites include the pimento cheese, bacon, and tomato jam chicken biscuit, fried green tomato wrap, and on the sweet side, the bronuts (fried cheesecake stuffed biscuits topped with blueberry compote).

18. Loveless Cafe

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8400 TN-100
Nashville, TN 37221
(615) 646-9700
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Open every day except Tuesday at 8 a.m., people travel from far and wide to enjoy local stalwart Loveless Cafe’s famous biscuits and country cooking. In operation for over 65 years, a trip to this icon is just as much, if not more so, about the destination than it is about what’s on the plate.

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1. Nadeen's Hermitage Haven

3410 Lebanon Pike, Hermitage, TN 37076

Opened since 2017 in Hermitage, Nadeen’s opens for breakfast Wednesday through Sunday, and the chicken and waffles, huevos rancheros, and “the kernel” (open-faced biscuit crowned with sausage gravy and cheesey scrambled eggs) — all coupled with craft cocktails — make this quirky former pizza joint a worthy destination for those outside the Hermitage area.

3410 Lebanon Pike
Hermitage, TN 37076

2. Big Al's Deli

1828 4th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37208

Tucked away in the Salemtown neighborhood, Big Al’s Deli opens at 7 a.m. during the week and 9 a.m. on Saturday (closed Sunday and Monday) serving up classic breakfast items such as pancakes, French toast, and biscuit sandwiches to hungry commuters and next door neighbors alike. Big Al, aka Alfonso Anderson, has become a local legend and Nashville ambassador.

1828 4th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37208

3. The Nashville Biscuit House

805 Gallatin Ave, Nashville, TN 37206

Don’t let outside appearances fool you — Nashville Biscuit House has one of the best breakfast biscuits in town. This little East Nashville restaurant opens at 6:30 a.m. during the week (closed Tuesday/Wednesday) and has a drive thru, making it easy to grab a quick bite before work. Besides (obviously) the biscuits, NBH serves plenty of pancakes, French toast, omelettes, and more.

805 Gallatin Ave
Nashville, TN 37206

4. Monell's Dining and Catering

1235 6th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37208

Long a Germantown staple, Monell’s serves country breakfast family-style, seven days a week starting at 8 a.m.. Breakfast includes sausage, bacon, biscuits and gravy, country ham, pancakes, eggs, grits, fried chicken, and more. 

1235 6th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37208

5. Joyland Restaurant

901 Woodland St, Nashville, TN 37206
bacon, egg, and cheese biscuit in center of photo, close up, on Joyland printed paper
Joyland’s bacon, egg, and cheese biscuit.
Jeff Scott/Joyland

Of course, people flock to Sean Brock’s casual homage to the fast food of yesteryear for bang-up burgers and buckets of fried chicken, but it’s also a solid spot to grab breakfast on the go. Brock’s fluffy Joyland biscuits — topped with everything from sack sausage to bacon to fried chicken — are easily some of the best in Nashville. Check Joyland’s Instagram to check for days with breakfast hours, as they change frequently, but are usually Saturday and Sunday mornings.

901 Woodland St
Nashville, TN 37206

6. Yeast Nashville

805 Woodland St #300, Nashville, TN 37206
Kolaches from Yeast.
Yeast Nashville

When there’s no time for a leisurely breakfast or a long pancake line, visit Yeast in East Nashville. It’s one of the only places in town to find Czech-style sweet-filled kolaches or savory klobasneks — simple to grab and eat on the ride in to the office.

805 Woodland St #300
Nashville, TN 37206

7. Sky Blue Cafe

700 Fatherland St, Nashville, TN 37206

Open Thursday through Monday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (with limited sidewalk tables), Sky Blue is an East side favorite. Long waits on the weekends are not unusual, so a weekday trip is a good game plan to try the stuffed French toast pancakes, hot chicken biscuits, or three egg omelets with signature home fries.

700 Fatherland St
Nashville, TN 37206

8. Silver Sands Café

937 Locklayer St, Nashville, TN 37208
Delia Jo Ramsey/Eater Nashville

Nashville soul food staple Silver Sands Cafe is well known as a lunch time meat-and-three, but also for owner Sophia Vaughn’s time-tested homestyle breakfast recipes. Starting at 6 a.m. Tuesday through Sunday, the third generation owner of Silver Sands serves up crowd-pleasing pancake stacks, country ham, and biscuit sandwiches.

937 Locklayer St
Nashville, TN 37208

9. Pinewood Social

33 Peabody St, Nashville, TN 37210

Not every pretty place serves good food, but Pinewood does. The fun vibes and comfortable booths create a solid place for a “working breakfast” during the week. Be it challah French toast, bruleed grapefruit, or a smoked pork chop with red eye gravy — wash it all down with some Crema coffee, overlooking the six reclaimed wood lanes from the old Indiana Bowl O’ Rama.

33 Peabody St
Nashville, TN 37210

10. Biscuit Love Gulch

316 11th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203
Biscuit and sausage gravy.
Biscuit Love Gulch

Since it first opened its doors in 2015, Biscuit Love quickly became one of the most popular breakfast restaurants in town. The restaurant has since added two additional locations which have helped alleviate some of the traffic to the original location in The Gulch. The best way to avoid the crowds is to stop in during the week and get your bonut or ‘East Nasty’ biscuit sandwich fix.

316 11th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37203

11. Wendell Smith's Restaurant

407 53rd Ave N, Nashville, TN 37209

When Wendell Lee Smith opened his Sylvan park restaurant in 1952, there was certainly no interstate in the skyline behind it. The restaurant is now in its eighth decade serving breakfast and lunch to the masses — morning favorites include western omelets, biscuits and gravy, and the big ole country breakfast.

407 53rd Ave N
Nashville, TN 37209

12. Pancake Pantry

1796 21st Ave S, Nashville, TN 37212
 A general view of atmosphere of Pancake Pantry on December 12, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee.
Pancake Pantry in 2013.
Terry Wyatt/Getty Images for American Media

Yes, this Hillsboro Village staple is chock-full of tourists at most all hours. But pancake lovers from all around make the pilgrimage to this Nashville breakfast icon, in operation since 1961. A visit for breakfast during the week will hopefully help save you from the seemingly endless long lines snaking around the block on weekends.

1796 21st Ave S
Nashville, TN 37212

13. Anzie Blue

2111 Belcourt Ave, Nashville, TN 37212

Now in its newer, larger digs in Hillsboro Village, Anzie Blue is an ideal daytime destination, with warm and welcoming interior that instantly soothes (the cocktails and CBD help). A modern but satisfying breakfast menu features chorizo breakfast tacos, lox-topped bagels, an acai bowl, and steak and eggs, but there are also breakfast boards for two — chicken or sausage, and chock-full of components. Open at 8 a.m.

2111 Belcourt Ave
Nashville, TN 37212

14. Fido

1812 21st Ave S, Nashville, TN 37212

A breakfast go-to since opening in 1996, Fido starts serving at 7 a.m. seven days a week and offers breakfast all day long, including a reliable selection of scrambles, bagel sandwiches, pancakes, and French toast.

1812 21st Ave S
Nashville, TN 37212

15. Proper Bagel

2011 Belmont Blvd, Nashville, TN 37212
Proper Bagel in 2016.
Justin Chesney/Eater Nashville

Ever since Proper Bagel opened in 2016, patrons have flocked to the Belmont restaurant to get their fix of fresh bagels, bagel sandwiches, salads, baked goods, and more. Prepare for lines, but it’s one of the few instances it is likely to be worth the wait.

2011 Belmont Blvd
Nashville, TN 37212

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16. Ladybird Taco

2229 10th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37204
a tray holds three salsas and 3 breakfast tacos filled with egg and meat and cheese Katelyn Brown Photo / Ladybird Taco

Now a few years old, this Texas-inspired breakfast taco destination (featuring Crema coffee) is takeout only — with just a couple patio tables available for self service dining. Order online or just walk up. Co-owned by Nashville local music industry vet Gabe Scott alongside longtime friends Andrew Wiseheart and Ben Edgerton, Ladybird is inspired by Scott’s time spent in Texas taco joints.

2229 10th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37204

17. The Nashville Jam Co.

2806 Columbine Pl, Nashville, TN 37204

The Nashville Jam Co.’s traditional southern menu is available daily for breakfast at 8 a.m. A few local morning favorites include the pimento cheese, bacon, and tomato jam chicken biscuit, fried green tomato wrap, and on the sweet side, the bronuts (fried cheesecake stuffed biscuits topped with blueberry compote).

2806 Columbine Pl
Nashville, TN 37204

18. Loveless Cafe

8400 TN-100, Nashville, TN 37221
Loveless Cafe/Official Photo

Open every day except Tuesday at 8 a.m., people travel from far and wide to enjoy local stalwart Loveless Cafe’s famous biscuits and country cooking. In operation for over 65 years, a trip to this icon is just as much, if not more so, about the destination than it is about what’s on the plate.

8400 TN-100
Nashville, TN 37221

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