The Loveless

We spent the major part of the day today at the Natchez Trace Parkway. It was a glorious day, in the 80's and sunny. We took a hike in the woods with both boys and the dog. We let Shark Boy ride his bike. And we did a quintessential Nashville thing - we ate at the Loveless Cafe. Shark Boy had catfish, I had a BLT made with fried green tomatoes, and Mr. P had a salad and homemade vegetable soup. The food is Southern-wonderful! OK, a lot of it is heart attack on a plate caliber, but they'll give you fruit instead of french fries. And besides, you have to live a little right? Especially at a place where the Saturday Special is Smothered Chicken.

Country music fans will know the Loveless, and for those who don't it is a quaint little cafe that has been there for something like 50 years. The Loveless is famous for biscuits, country ham, red-eye gravy, and handmade preserves. It has an old Route 66 feel to it (the original motel rooms that were part of the Loveless have been turned into a few shops) as well as old Nashville Southern charm. And the walls are covered with autographed photos of all the celebrities that have dined there (mostly, but not all, country music people).

The Loveless Cafe is out-of-the-way, off-the-beaten-path. It sits on Highway 100 at the entrance to The Natchez Trace Parkway, far from The Grand Old Opry, The Ryman, and Music Row. But if you're ever in Nashville, country music fan or not, be sure to visit the Loveless. It's adorable, the food is fantastic, and it's more real Nashville than Opryland ever will be, in my opinion.


Frommer's Review
For some of the best country cooking in the Nashville area, take a trip out past the city's western suburbs to this old-fashioned roadhouse and popular Nashville institution. People rave about the cooking here -- and with good reason. The country ham with red-eye gravy, Southern fried chicken, and homemade biscuits with homemade fruit jams are made just the way Granny used to make them back when the Loveless opened nearly 40 years ago.

Note: Sometimes there is a wait, and it can be a long one. Call ahead of you're on a schedule or have little ones to occupy.


Anonymous said...

Being from the Memphis area for over 40 yrs., I know it well... Country biscuits, red-eye gravy, "heart-attack on a plate" and all... Ah....

BlondeMomBlog (Jamie) said...

LOVE The Loveless. One of these days I'm going to get one of their Got Biscuits pink t-shirts. ;)

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