Nashville May 01, 2018
10 Divey Diners In Nashville You Should Have Visited By Now
There’s something so nostalgic and sweet about enjoying a meal at a local diner. You’ll meet locals with their coffee mugs in hand, indulge in a big plate of pancakes and maybe even slip a second biscuit in there, if you’re lucky. Nashville has earned its moniker as Tennessee’s, “big city,” but we love finding small ways that our sweet town stays small, too. These ten diners will help you get in touch with your childhood, your old first dates, and those Saturday mornings you spent with your kids, sticky Formica table and all.
1. Brown's Diner - 2102 Blair Boulevard
Brown's Diner has been a Nashville institution since 1927, and has remained a family owned space that offers up some of the best burgers in the city. This low-key, no-frills eatery has fabulous hush-puppies and pork barbecue, so don't skimp!
2. Hermitage Cafe - 71 Hermitage Avenue
Located just outside of Nashville's downtown area, Hermitage Cafe is a fun late night spot if you're looking for post-Broadway drinks. Come hungry, because you aren't going to want to stick to the diet with the hashbrowns and fluffy pancakes on the menu.
3. Athens Family Restaurant - 2526 8th Avenue S
Athens serves breakfast, lunch and dinner in a low-key and friendly space just off of 8th Avenue. Their menu is just as expansive as their hours - try out southern comfort food, classic Greek dishes or indulge in a cup of hot cocoa. The options are endless!
4. Arnold's Country Restaurant - 605 8th Avenue S
The ol' southern meat-and-three is reinvigorated at this classic Nashville restaurant. The cafeteria-esque setting and endless rows of indulgent desserts makes Arnold's a must-visit for any local or tourist.
5. Nashville Biscuit House - 805 Gallatin Avenue
Nashville Biscuit House may not look like much, but its drive-thru option and insane lunch and breakfast meals (those. BISCUITS.) reignite our love for a classic greasy spoon any day. We'd recommend you come by during breakfast time, because their breakfast biscuit sandwiches can't be beat.
6. Bellevue Diner - 7071 Old Harding Pike
Quality meals and quick eats are the name of the game at the Bellevue Diner, tucked away in the heart of Nashville's western neighborhoods. It was also featured by Food Network's, "Ginormous Food" show, which only serves to increase our need to go -- ASAP.
7. Wendell Smith Restaurant - 5300 Charlotte Ave
Located in west Nashville, Wendell Smith's has all of the low-key charm you've always imagined in a southern diner. The sweet tea paired with a side of mac 'n cheese goes down real easy, and you can't miss out on a good, Wendell Smith burger. You can visit from 6am to 730pm Monday through Saturday, but don't show up on Sunday! It's a day of rest.
8. 417 Union - 417 Union Street
Located in a historic building in the heart of Nashville's downtown, 417 Union is a family-owned diner that serves up southern comfort with every plate. It's easy for businessfolk working downtown to indulge in an easy breakfast at 417, and you can be sure the expansive menu offers plenty of filling options.
9. Rotier's Restaurant - 2413 Elliston Place
Rotier's is a Nashville institution: the kind of place Charlie Daniel's calls his favorite in the city (!!!), and where you can order a burger served on a now famous french bread bun. Don't just stop at dinner, though. This city gem serves a thick milkshake that will leave you on the best kind of sugar high.
10. Elliston Place Soda Shop - 2111 Elliston Place
Elliston Place Soda Shop is the second oldest restaurant in the city behind Varallo's. Pitch up for breakfast, lunch and dinner six days a week, but steer clear on Sundays. This neighborhood eatery still hosts all sorts of regulars who indulge in daily specials and the table jukeboxes.
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