If there's one iconic restaurant in Nashville, it's gotta be The Loveless Cafe. Located on Highway 100 just on the fringe of town, The Loveless Cafe serves up legendary biscuits that are quintessential Nashville cuisine.
In 1951, Lon and Annie Loveless began serving [fried chicken and biscuits] out the front door of their home to travelers who passed by on US Highway 100, the then primary route between Nashville and Memphis, Tennessee. Weary travelers found comfort and refuge at the cozy home and in the food the owners served to them while seated at picnic tables in the front yard. As the tiny house became a planned stop for treks along the Trace, Lon and Annie Loveless expanded their private home into the Loveless Motel and Cafe. Lon Loveless built and ran the property’s motel and was responsible for smoking the meats while Annie whipped up batches of her homemade preserves and scratch-made-biscuits - a secret recipe that remains unchanged to this day.After a bit of a drive, we arrived to this property that houses the restaurant, as well as the hotel, event venue, a few shops and more. But, first, we went to the main restaurant, expecting a lengthy wait. Fortunately, we had no wait and were seated quickly.
Biscuits are immediately brought to the table with sides of peach preserves, strawberry preserves and blackberry preserves. The peach was my favorite, followed closely by the strawberry. Nice hunks of fruit atop a buttery, airy biscuit. Yes, please. And, you can get as many as you want - it's the free appetizer that keeps refilling.
I clearly couldn't get enough biscuits because I also ordered some for my main meal. The "Biscuit Sampler Platter" comes with your choice of four biscuits: Fried Green Tomato & Pimento Cheese, Barbeque, Country Ham, Fried Chicken, Bacon, Sausage or Steak.
I went with a fried green tomato & pimento cheese, BBQ, fried chicken and bacon. And, for my side, I got the hashbrown casserole.
All of these were tasty, though the fried green tomato and pimento cheese took the cake. It was different, and it pleasantly surprised me. Cheesy & fried - what is better? Next would have to be the fried chicken because I just can't get enough fried chicken biscuits in my life. The BBQ was good, not amazing. And the bacon was plain. I should've shoved some of that hashbrown casserole on it. That, by the way, was exactly what I was hoping for. It's your aunt's cheesy ambiguous dish at the family reunion that seems as though it has crack in it. ... Wait, is that just my family, or...?
This place is down-home, comfort breakfast food. Freshly baked biscuits? You got it. Everything with an added slab of butter? Definitely. Rich flavors, kinda hospitality and feeling like you're in your grandma's kitchen? Yep.