While the Loveless Cafe has been featured on prominent television shows like Ellen, I had not heard of it until I started searching Instagram and Google for yummy places to eat in Nashville. Needless to say, when I read the words “best biscuits in Nashville” I was intrigued. When I saw photos of the vintage neon Loveless Cafe and Motel sign I knew we had to check it out, even if it meant we would need to wake up at 6 am.
I’m a foodie. Seriously, my body has been sponsored by way too many yummy foods (which is why it is probably time to end some of those one-sided sponsorships), and now I am looking for ways to add another food to my sponsorship roster, biscuits from Loveless Cafe in Nashville.
Located just outside Nashville’s city centre on Highway 100, the Loveless Cafe opened its doors in 1951 when Lon and Annie Loveless converted their home into a cafe/restaurant and then built a 14-room motel to accommodate travellers.
With Lon taking care of the motel and ham smoking duties, Annie was busy making her now famous homemade biscuits (and preserves, yum!). Both of which have made this charming country restaurant into a Nashville icon.
I doubt that in the 1950s Annie dreamed of making up to 10,000 biscuits each day, or that her restaurant would welcome roughly half a million people each year.
Eating at Loveless Cafe
Sitting at a small white and green gingham covered table, we took the smallest of moments to look around the restaurant before diving into the menu. To be honest, I may have started salivating the moment we sat down. We had a long day of driving ahead of us and this would likely be our only real meal so I wasn’t about to order something small and light.
Fried. Chicken. And. Waffles.
Seriously, I’m in the south, where fried chicken and waffles were born, I cannot leave Tennesse without trying them at least once (I made a few attempts but failed due to places being too busy).
The waffle took up an entire dinner plate and the fried chicken breast was about two or three times the size of what you would find at KFC or Popeyes.
While the fried chicken and waffle was delicious and incredibly filling, it was the biscuits that had me swooning. They were soft with a buttery top and good with butter or preserves and completely naked.
Why am I waxing poetic about biscuits? Because while they were delightful when warm, they were just as good almost five hours later when we dove into our stash of leftover biscuits (our amazingly friendly waitress gave us a rather impressive stash of biscuits at no extra charge!) while driving through Arkansas.
Plan a visit to Loveless Cafe
We arrived around 8am on a Sunday, which was perfect, however, this is one busy place so be prepared for a wait! If you have time, visit their shop for yummy preserves, and of course, to pick up some of their biscuit mix to take home. Yum.
To find this gem, travel on Highway 100 towards Memphis and be on the lookout for the vintage blue and pink neon sign on the right-hand side of the road.
8400 Highway 100 • Nashville, TN
Open daily: 7am – 9pm