Brunch is the best of both worlds: the sweet and savoury choices of both breakfast and lunch with the added bonus timestamp of early afternoon. If you opt to sleep in on your holiday then make a note of some of these Tennessee brunch spots.
The Row – Nashville
Roll out of bed and greet the day with three buttermilk pancakes topped with bananas and chocolate chips with syrup and whipped butter, or a quinoa veggie burger topped with fresh kale and tomato jam with fries or how about the Southern classic chicken and biscuits smothered in country gravy. Then finish of your choices with a Grand Mimosa or a Bloody Mary.....it is nearly lunch after all!
(Photo above: The Row)
The Tomato Head – Knoxville
Saturdays and Sundays got tastier when this locally-sourced eatery started serving up some serious brunch with breakfast burritos. Try the Fernando: scrambled eggs, chorizo (or tofu), spinach, pineapple and jalapeno peppers all topped with spicy apple salsa and chipotle crema. Or order a breakfast egg roll (pizza dough wrapped around scrambled eggs and Benton's bacon) and some Monkey Bread with vanilla cream cheese. Yum!
(Photo above: The Tomato Head)
Milk & Honey – Chattanooga
Start a day of outdoor adventure in Chattanooga with the S.O.S (sausage, spinach, onions and shallots, poached egg, onion spread and white cheddar cheese all on a scrumptious ciabatta roll) or try a local favourite with the TN Ham & Apple: Benton's Country Ham, apple slices, yellow cheddar slathered with honey mustard on a sourdough roll.
(Photo above: Milk & Honey)
Biscuit Love – Nashville
If you want biscuits, a regional commodity, why not go to the place where it's their specialty? Start the day with their Bonuts (biscuit dough stuffed with lemon mascarpone and topped with blueberry compote) and the Southern Benny: a biscuit topped with country ham, two fried eggs and dressed with sausage gravy. Compliment your meal with a mimosa or The Bloody (their take on a Bloody Mary), beer or Americano or espresso coffee.
(Photo above: Biscuit Love)
Beauty Shop – Memphis
This '50s-style beauty shop (where Priscilla Presley previously got her hair done) has been converted to one of the hippest restaurants in town. Serving from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays, brunch can start off with beignets, preserves and mimosas followed by a grilled steak salad, egg pizzette with cotija, black beans and avocado, then a signature Beauty Burger with provolone, blue cheese and cheddar. Choose to top with bacon, avocado and egg for a delicious addition....then opt for a lay down!
(Photo above: Beauty Shop)
Pancake Pantry – Gatlinburg
The first pancake house in Tennessee has been serving up fluffy pancakes of all types of varieties since 1960. Choices are abound with the Sugar ‘N Spice Pancakes made with cinnamon, sweet spices and served with apple sauce and cinnamon cream, or there's Banana Pineapple Triumph - banana wedges rolled up in pancakes and topped with pineapple syrup, or how about the Smoky Mountain buckwheat pancakes served with syrup and whipped butter.
(Photo above: Pancake Pantry)
Cafe Lola – Johnson City
Order an Unlimited Bellini or Mimosa and start brunch with a bang! Choose from Lola's Mac and Cheese including three cheeses and topped with crispy shallots, a toasted goat cheese salad with candied walnuts and raspberry-walnut vinaigrette, a breakfast panini with scrambled eggs, bacon, lettuce and Muenster cheese or the classic egg benedict.
Gray's on Main – Franklin
The pharmaceutical landmark for more than 65 years on Franklin's Historic Main Street is now a culinary dream, serving up handcrafted dishes and cocktails. Spend a leisurely Sunday from 11am to 4pm with a smoked salmon sandwich, some banana nut French toast or some shrimp and grits with hash browns and country ham. Enjoy these tasty selections with a seasonal cocktail or signature crafted drink.
(Photo above: Gray's on Main)
37 Cedar Restaurant & Bar – Cookeville
37 Cedar Restaurant & Bar in Cookeville's WestSide cultural district serves up brunch with a signature Bloody Mary bar 11am to 4pm. Get a fresh, tasty start to your weekend with choices like chicken & waffles, omelettes, frittatas or the waffle-bun bacon, egg & cheese sandwich plus they have their must-try bread pudding too.
(Photo above: 37 Cedar Restaurant & Bar)
Blind Bear – Memphis
Have a breakfast shot - Jameson and butterscotch Schnapps with orange juice and finished with bacon - then sit down to a delicious brunch 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays with a breakfast burrito, chicken and waffles, omelettes or the Crawfish Mac (crawfish, asparagus and pepper jack mac and cheese). The ingredients are fresh and the dishes are plenty. It's the brunch spot you don't want to miss.
(Photo above: Blind Bear)
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