The Famous Loveless Cafe

The Famous Loveless Cafe

No visit to Nashville would be complete without a stop into Loveless Café. It is a Nashville institution known for its biscuits and down-home Southern cooking. These staples have been a part of Loveless Cafe’s history for more than 60 years. It has a similar history to that of Mrs. Knott’s, the restaurant that started the theme park we know as Knott’s Berry Farm, in Buena Park, CA. In 1951, Lon and Annie Loveless began serving fried chicken and biscuits from their home to travelers that passed by on US Highway 100. Over the years, 14 motel rooms were added to accommodate weary travelers which have since been converted into small shops to purchase Loveless food and apparel as well as home to several artists and antiques.

Biscuits with Strawberry, Blackberry & Peach Perserves

Biscuits with Strawberry, Blackberry & Peach Perserves

Although Loveless has changed ownership several times, the biscuit recipe remains unchanged. Biscuits are made-from-scratch all day and offered to diners with homemade peach, strawberry and blackberry preserves.

Smoked Prime Rib with Mashed Potatoes & Hash brown Casserole

Smoked Prime Rib with Mashed Potatoes & Hash brown Casserole

One of the recent improvements to the property was the development of a smokehouse. We took the opportunity to order of their specials, pit-smoked prime rib with sides of hashbrown casserole and mashed potatoes. The prime rib was tender and smoked to perfection. Hashbrown casserole, like the name implies, are hash browns, butter, cream of chicken soup, sour cream, cheddar cheese, (and we think rendered bacon fat), baked in a casserole dish. It is the true definition of comfort food.

Loveless Cafe Pit

Loveless Cafe Pit

Fried Chicken with Cheesy Grits & Fried Okra

Fried Chicken with Cheesy Grits & Fried Okra

We also ordered the fried chicken with sides of fried okra and stone-ground grits with cheese. The chicken was fried crispy with simple but great seasoning. The crunchy exterior contrasted with the juicy meat inside. Fried okra can be off-putting to many people due to its sometimes slimy texture. But when fried properly, and Loveless sure knows how to fry, it is quite delicious.

We were too stuffed to save room for their homemade desserts. We will have to try them next time.

Loveless Cafe Bloody Mary with Moonshine

Loveless Cafe Bloody Mary with Moonshine

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