A few weeks ago I was able to spend the weekend in Nashville (while I was traveling for work). Nashville is quickly becoming one of my favorite cities the more time I spent there. On my list of things to do that weekend in Nashville was to eat at the Loveless Cafe. Yes, the majority of my list included restaurants to try! The great food in Nashville may play a small role in why I like it so much. Anyways, I had heard about the Loveless Cafe from several people telling me I had to try it, so the Saturday morning I was there my co-worker and I made the trip out to Loveless Cafe (its about 20 minutes from downtown). Somehow the GPS sent us on the scenic route there which was really nice because we were able to see a little bit more of Nashville including the trees which were just barely starting to turn orange and yellow. It really was such a pretty drive out to the cafe!
Pulling into the parking lot I could tell it was going to be a long wait. There were a ton of people wandering around the property and we had to wait a little to find a parking spot. Once we checked in with the cafe, we found out the wait was going to be about an hour and a half. I was expecting a long wait but not quite that long of a wait. But I figured if a restaurant always has a crazy wait, it must be really good. Luckily, the owners of the cafe have set the area up for a long wait. In addition to the cafe, they have a gift store, a barn out back, and a country market called “Hams & Jams” that sells some of the homemade jams and has cute homemade snacks such as cheesecake in a jar to snack on while you wait. They even have a couple sets of cornhole out front to pass the time. It’s really great that they have so many things set up to make the wait go by quicker.
The actual Loveless Cafe is located in a little house that is in the center of the property. The house was renovated a few years back to accommodate the mass amount of diners that visit each year. When we were finally seated (they were pretty spot on about the wait time) I was definitely ready to eat! I already knew I wanted the fried chicken (it’s one of their specialties) and I was definitely looking forward to trying out the biscuits. Our waitress quickly brought out the homemade biscuits and jam (peach, strawberry, and blackberry) for us to try. The biscuits were pretty great and I thought the homemade jams they came with were even better! I ordered the half plate of fried chicken with mashed potatoes and gravy and fried okra as my two sides. My co-worker also ordered the fried chicken but she ordered the full order – it was massive so I was defintiely glad I had ordered the half. The fried chicken was pretty good and you could tell that the sides were homemade from scratch. Taking the drive out to Loveless Cafe was definitely worth it. Next time I’m in Nashville I will plan on taking another visit to the Loveless Café.
^^ The biscuits and amazing jams
^^Fried Chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, and fried okra