Eat Nashville in a Day

39 MILES | 1 hr 14 min | by Michael Stern

After many happy weeks eating our way around Nashville. we’ve created a one-day eating plan that presents you with the best of the best: five fantastic meals in memorable eateries that will be the highlight of any visit.

Don’t be discouraged by the line of customers waiting to get in the Pancake Pantry. It moves fast, and forking into sweet potato pancakes with ginger cream syrup makes the wait worthwhile. Lunch at Arnold’s Country Kitchen is a taste of mid-south meat-and-three at its finest; a counter stool at the Elliston Place Soda Shop is a blast from the past (try the banana pudding!). A short trip to the edge of town takes you fried chicken and country ham at the red-checked tables of the Loveless Cafe; and for a nightcap (and a superb cheeseburger) to round out the day, stop into Vanderbilt students’ favorite hangout, Rotier’s.


Pancake Pantry

Best pancakes in Nashville, Tennessee: pancakes of sweet potato with cinnamon cream; Caribbean buttermilk; wild blueberry; Swiss chocolate ... and so much more.


Arnold’s Country Kitchen

Arnold's is one of the best restaurants in Nashville, Tennessee, for a meat and 3 meal, from fried chicken and veggies to chocolate pie and banana pudding.


Elliston Place Soda Shop

A soda shop and meat-and-three lunch room, Elliston Place serves a full Southern repertoire from country ham and biscuits to fried chicken and delightful lemon icebox pie.

Must Eats
country ham , biscuits, chess pie, milk shake, Burgers and fries, Ham & Egg Biscuit , Grilled Cheese Burger, Banana Pudding , Key Lime Icebox Pie

Loveless Cafe

The Loveless Cafe is the quintessential country-western eatery: wood-paneled walls, red-checked tablecloths, waitresses with sweet mountain accents, and out-of-this-world downhome vittles that include fried chicken, country ham, and biscuits served with the Loveless's legendary preserves.

Must Eats


Rotier’s burgers, served on French bread, are monumental, but don't ignore excellent plate lunch at this beloved Nashville institution.