Another Broken Egg Cafe — a growing, Louisiana-bred breakfast, brunch and lunch chain — is opening its first Nashville location on August 3. And they have a fun and impressive soft launch going, starting Friday, July 31.
If you’d like to get an early taste of the Broken Egg offerings, you can do so, for free, by heading to their downtown location at 208 Commerce Street, and donating to a local charity. On July 31 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Another Broken Egg will be collecting donations for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Nashville. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday August 1, donations will be going to The Nashville Food Project. So you can give, eat and enjoy.
Have to say, this a pretty smart and fitting way to say hello to the capital of The Volunteer State, which happens to be a city that truly, passionately loves a brunch.
Since we are, indeed, a brunch-friendly city, you probably have a good baker’s dozen of favorite local brunch stops on standby, including longtime favorites like Marche and the Loveless Cafe. Just in case you’re always on the lookout for newer places to explore the most important meal of Sunday, like I am, figured I’d share some of what I think are the more interesting newer additions to the Nashville brunch scene:
A really new player — they opened in June — Little Octopus is the new concept from Otaku South’s Sarah and Brad Gavigan, taking over Otaku’s regular slot inside the Gavigans’ East Nashville pop-up space POP. They serve upscale, globally influenced food for diners who like a healthful meal, and they just added brunch to the equation. It definitely strays from the norm, swapping your eggs-and-pancakes kinda stuff for fresh gazpacho and cachapas (Venezuelan corn pancakes).
Representative brunch option: tomato with french feta, tarragon, shallots and olio verde
Newer Germantown favorite Butchertown Hall gives equal play to the “German” in Germantown and the “butcher” in Butchertown, plus some Texas in there for good measure, with rustic smoked meats and a beer hall vibe.
Representative brunch option: steak a la plancha, corn cake, poached egg, sautéed peppers and onions, chipotle crema, cilantro gremolata
This warm and wood-clad spot opened in April, aiming to “convey the warmth and camaraderie of a ski lodge right in the heart of Nashville.” Their brunch is fittingly cozy, with hash and hotcakes, omelettes and a little reindeer sausage.
This multi-purpose space has been open a few years now, but if you mostly think of it for late-night cocktails and bowling or a little lunch and in-the-city swimming, you might want to consider Pinewood Social for brunch, too. They make what might be the city’s best coffee cocktail (the Southern Limerick, with rye, Amaro and heavy cream) and the food’s a welcome mix of familiar and special-twisted, like goat cheese omelettes and pot roast hash.
Representative brunch option: “The Graceland” — a waffle with peanut butter mousse, bacon and banana
Indian food might not be your first brunch thought, but Chauhan Ale & Masala House's brunch menu has more Nashville flavor than some might assume. The restaurant opened late last year and started serving brunch in late June, and the brunch menu puts cool twists on familiar dishes, like biscuits and gravy (but curried) and chicken and waffles (hot chicken pakora style, with lavender syrup).
Representative brunch option: Breakfast Parantha Taco with vindaloo sausage, scrambled eggs, malaysian parantha, kachumber and mango mint chutney
Biscuit Love started off as a food truck, but they’re all grown up now, with a breakfast and lunch-focused restaurant in The Gulch. Which means you don’t go there for a special "brunch," per se, but when you go there… there’s brunch. And very good brunch, involving very good biscuits.
Representative brunch option: Bonuts — a biscuit/donut hybrid with lemon mascarpone and blueberry compote
Yeast Nashville is best-known for being Nashville’s providers of kolaches, a Tex-Czech pastry that’s stuffed with fantastic sweet or savory stuff. YN does that very well. They’ve also been cranking out some other great breakfast/brunch items on the weekend, like breakfast pot pies (stuffed with bacon and eggs) and breakfast tacos.
Representative brunch option: hot chicken and waffle sandwiches