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Nashville's Most Iconic Greasy Spoons

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Let's face it, here in the South, greasy spoons are a way of life. From beloved meat and threes that work to fill hungry bellies from all walks of life day in and day out, to the diners and cafes that help soak up whatever the previous night's poison might be, they always seem to have the cure for what ails you . So here now, a list of the most iconic greasy spoons in Nashville.

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Listed in geographical order, north to south.

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1. Arnold's Country Kitchen

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605 8th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 256-4455
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No trip is complete without a pilgrimage to this pioneering meat and three. Serving lines of hungry Nashvillians and tourists alike for over three decades, this James Beard America's Classic award winner is the gold standard by which all others are judged. And now with a second location in Green Hills, diners have twice the opportunity to get their fill.

2. Brown's Diner

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2102 Blair Blvd
Nashville, TN 37212
(615) 269-5509
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A local institution since 1927, this Hillsboro Village watering hole, boasting "Nashville's oldest beer license," draws patrons from all walks of life. Go for the cheeseburger, but don't be afraid to try the Frito chili pie.

3. Dino's Bar & Grill

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411 Gallatin Ave
Nashville, TN
(615) 227-8998
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Dino's changed ownership in late 2014, but it retained it's classic charm, along with the cheap food and drink. Stop in for a cold brew and one of the best burgers in town.

4. Elliston Place Soda Shop

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2111 Elliston Place
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 327-1090
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In continuous operation in its current location for almost 75 years, walking into Elliston Place Soda Shop is like going back in time. While they serve a fine breakfast, meat and three fare and the other requisite diner staples, the sweet stuff, particularly the milkshakes, are what you really want here.

5. Hermitage Cafe

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71 Hermitage Ave
Nashville, TN 37210
(615) 254-8871
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This downtown palace of grease caters to the late night/early morning crowds, opening at 10 p.m. and closing at 1:30 p.m. the following day. You'll find an eclectic crowd in the wee hours, from drunk food aficionados to cooks just getting done with their evening shifts (plus the occasional star sighting). Order eggs with biscuits and gravy if you are in the mood for breakfast, or the hamburger or patty melt with fries if you need to "grease load."

6. Loveless Cafe

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8400 Highway 100
Nashville, TN 37221
(615) 646-9700
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Admittedly, the crush of tourists here can sometimes be a little overwhelming, but for anyone with an appreciation of country cooking, the Loveless Cafe is an essential stop. Obviously you come here for the famous biscuits, but don't skip out on the fried chicken and their selection of homemade pies.
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  • 7. McCabe Pub

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    4410 Murphy Rd
    Nashville, TN 37209
    (615) 269-9406
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    Meat and three. Sports bar. Neighborhood watering hole. McCabe Pub is many things to many different people. Considered by some to be Nashville's answer to "Cheers," this Sylvan Park staple, founded in 1982, serves up an eclectic menu of traditional Southern cooking, along with more contemporary dishes and rotating daily specials. Order the pork chop sandwich with a side of crispy fries.

    8. Monell's Dining & Catering

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    1235 6th Ave N
    Nashville, TN 37208
    (615) 248-4747
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    It doesn't get much more Southern than Monell's. Housed in a 19th century Victorian in historic Germantown, classic dishes are passed around the table family-style. Head there on the weekend for their legendary country breakfast, or drop by on a weekday for their skillet fried chicken with all the fixins.

    9. Rotier's Restaurant

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    2413 Elliston Pl
    Nashville, TN 37203
    (615) 327-9892
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    This West End gem has been satisfying customers since 1945 with its traditional diner and meat and three fare. Sandwiches are the star here, and the cheeseburger on French bread in particular. Be sure to save room for what many consider the best milkshakes in Nashville.

    10. Silver Sands Cafe

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    937 Locklayer Street
    Nashville, TN 37208
    (615) 780-9900
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    It's nothing but the down-home Southern classics at this downtown establishment, and that's not a bad thing. Formerly known as Sands Soul Food Diner, it's hard to go wrong when ordering, but make sure you end with a slice (or two) of fried pie.

    11. Swett's

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    2725 Clifton Ave
    Nashville, TN 37209
    (615) 329-4418
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    Swett's has been making customers feel at home with their classic family recipes since 1954. Order the pig's feet if you are feeling a little more adventurous. Otherwise, try some offerings from their smokehouse, such as the beef brisket.

    12. Wendell Smith's Restaurant

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    407 53rd Ave
    Nashville, TN 37209
    (615) 383-7114
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    This landmark meat and three on Charlotte Pike has been in operation since 1952. Redecorated in the 1970s, it's apparent that not much has changed since then. While there is not one particular "go-to" dish, the hot fried chicken specials are always a popular choice.

    13. Dandgure's Classic Southern Cooking

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    538 Lafayette St
    Nashville, TN 37203
    (615) 256-8501
    Dandgure's Classic Southern Cooking has been serving up the goods cafeteria-style since 1991. Located just south of downtown Nashville, this restaurant serves up some of the best fried chicken you'll ever have.

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    1. Arnold's Country Kitchen

    605 8th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203
    No trip is complete without a pilgrimage to this pioneering meat and three. Serving lines of hungry Nashvillians and tourists alike for over three decades, this James Beard America's Classic award winner is the gold standard by which all others are judged. And now with a second location in Green Hills, diners have twice the opportunity to get their fill.
    605 8th Ave S
    Nashville, TN 37203

    2. Brown's Diner

    2102 Blair Blvd, Nashville, TN 37212
    A local institution since 1927, this Hillsboro Village watering hole, boasting "Nashville's oldest beer license," draws patrons from all walks of life. Go for the cheeseburger, but don't be afraid to try the Frito chili pie.
    2102 Blair Blvd
    Nashville, TN 37212

    3. Dino's Bar & Grill

    411 Gallatin Ave, Nashville, TN
    Dino's changed ownership in late 2014, but it retained it's classic charm, along with the cheap food and drink. Stop in for a cold brew and one of the best burgers in town.
    411 Gallatin Ave
    Nashville, TN

    4. Elliston Place Soda Shop

    2111 Elliston Place, Nashville, TN 37203
    In continuous operation in its current location for almost 75 years, walking into Elliston Place Soda Shop is like going back in time. While they serve a fine breakfast, meat and three fare and the other requisite diner staples, the sweet stuff, particularly the milkshakes, are what you really want here.
    2111 Elliston Place
    Nashville, TN 37203

    5. Hermitage Cafe

    71 Hermitage Ave, Nashville, TN 37210
    This downtown palace of grease caters to the late night/early morning crowds, opening at 10 p.m. and closing at 1:30 p.m. the following day. You'll find an eclectic crowd in the wee hours, from drunk food aficionados to cooks just getting done with their evening shifts (plus the occasional star sighting). Order eggs with biscuits and gravy if you are in the mood for breakfast, or the hamburger or patty melt with fries if you need to "grease load."
    71 Hermitage Ave
    Nashville, TN 37210

    6. Loveless Cafe

    8400 Highway 100, Nashville, TN 37221

    7. McCabe Pub

    4410 Murphy Rd, Nashville, TN 37209
    Meat and three. Sports bar. Neighborhood watering hole. McCabe Pub is many things to many different people. Considered by some to be Nashville's answer to "Cheers," this Sylvan Park staple, founded in 1982, serves up an eclectic menu of traditional Southern cooking, along with more contemporary dishes and rotating daily specials. Order the pork chop sandwich with a side of crispy fries.
    4410 Murphy Rd
    Nashville, TN 37209

    8. Monell's Dining & Catering

    1235 6th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37208
    It doesn't get much more Southern than Monell's. Housed in a 19th century Victorian in historic Germantown, classic dishes are passed around the table family-style. Head there on the weekend for their legendary country breakfast, or drop by on a weekday for their skillet fried chicken with all the fixins.
    1235 6th Ave N
    Nashville, TN 37208

    9. Rotier's Restaurant

    2413 Elliston Pl, Nashville, TN 37203
    This West End gem has been satisfying customers since 1945 with its traditional diner and meat and three fare. Sandwiches are the star here, and the cheeseburger on French bread in particular. Be sure to save room for what many consider the best milkshakes in Nashville.
    2413 Elliston Pl
    Nashville, TN 37203

    10. Silver Sands Cafe

    937 Locklayer Street, Nashville, TN 37208
    It's nothing but the down-home Southern classics at this downtown establishment, and that's not a bad thing. Formerly known as Sands Soul Food Diner, it's hard to go wrong when ordering, but make sure you end with a slice (or two) of fried pie.
    937 Locklayer Street
    Nashville, TN 37208

    11. Swett's

    2725 Clifton Ave, Nashville, TN 37209
    Swett's has been making customers feel at home with their classic family recipes since 1954. Order the pig's feet if you are feeling a little more adventurous. Otherwise, try some offerings from their smokehouse, such as the beef brisket.
    2725 Clifton Ave
    Nashville, TN 37209

    12. Wendell Smith's Restaurant

    407 53rd Ave, Nashville, TN 37209
    This landmark meat and three on Charlotte Pike has been in operation since 1952. Redecorated in the 1970s, it's apparent that not much has changed since then. While there is not one particular "go-to" dish, the hot fried chicken specials are always a popular choice.
    407 53rd Ave
    Nashville, TN 37209

    13. Dandgure's Classic Southern Cooking

    538 Lafayette St, Nashville, TN 37203
    Dandgure's Classic Southern Cooking has been serving up the goods cafeteria-style since 1991. Located just south of downtown Nashville, this restaurant serves up some of the best fried chicken you'll ever have.
    538 Lafayette St
    Nashville, TN 37203

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