Brunch is the best of both worlds: the sweet and savory choices of breakfast and lunch with the timestamp of early afternoon. If mornings aren't your cup of tea, opt to sleep in and then use the below as your brunch travel guide on where to go for a great meal in Tennessee. It's brunch done right.
The Outpost in Savannah is a general store, restaurant, host of regional word workers, a bed & breakfast, event venue and creamery. Locals love the Outpost Restaurant, including the breakfast served. Waffles, pancakes, omelets and biscuits with gravy top the menu.
The '50s-style Beauty Shop (where Priscilla Presley previously got her hair done) has been converted to one of the hippest restaurants in town. Served 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays, brunch can start off with beignets with preserves and mimosas followed by a grilled steak salad, egg pizzette with cotija, black beans and avocado, and the signature Beauty Burger with provolone, blue cheese and cheddar. Top with bacon, avocado and egg for a delicious addition.
In the picture-perfect small town of Collierville, you can get delicious breakfast and brunch items at Carrington-Oakes Coffeehouse. You'll find strong coffee and brewed tea along with cold brew, house made iced teas and lemonade. Order a made-in-house bagel with flavors including cinnamon raisin, onion garlic, everything, Cajun flavor, jalapeno and cheddar, and seasonal flavors like pumpkin spice and cinnamon apple. Muffins, danish and biscotti along with hearty oatmeal, biscuits with sausage and gravy and English muffins are available.
Brunch in Middle Tennessee
Roll out of bed and greet the day at The Row in Nashville with three buttermilk pancakes topped with bananas and chocolate chips with syrup and whipped butter, a quinoa veggie burger topped with fresh kale and tomato jam with fries, and the Southern classic chicken and biscuits smothers in country gravy. Accent your choices with a Grand Mimosa or Bloody Mary.
Head to Franklin's Historic Main Street for Saturday and Sunday brunch at 55 South. There's a Build Your Own Bloody Mary Bar, beermosas, 2-4-1 mimosas and 2-4-1 sangria to get the day off to a fun start. Choose starters like queso and smoked barbecue brisket, seafood gumbo, raw or char-grilled oysters or house donuts tossed in powdered sugar. Breakfast tacos, eggs Benedict with fried okra, tomato gravy, parmesan and prosciutto style country ham, bacon and cheese quiche, shrimp & grits, and French bread French toast will make your day bright. After brunch, explore downtown Franklin's history, shopping and music.
37 Cedar Restaurant & Bar in Cookeville's WestSide Cultural District serves up brunch with a signature Bloody Mary bar 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Get a fresh, tasty start to your weekend with choices like chicken & waffles, omelets, frittatas, the waffle-bun bacon, egg & cheese sandwich and the must-try bread pudding.
Breakfast is served all day at Marcy Jo's Muletown in downtown Columbia, so start the day with local coffee provided by Muletown Coffee Roasters. Then, order stuffed French toast filled with marshmallow cream cheese and topped with fruit and whipped cream, pancakes or the classic bacon and eggs. You can also order salads, burgers, sandwiches like the delicious turkey melt and more. After brunch, take a walk around Columbia to shop at the boutiques, record store and bookshop that line the square.
Brunch in East Tennessee
The first pancake house in Tennessee, Pancake Pantry, has been serving up fluffy pancakes of all types of varieties since 1960. In Gatlinburg, choices abound with the Sugar ‘N Spice Pancakes made with cinnamon, sweet spices, and served with applesauce and cinnamon cream, Banana Pineapple Triumph (banana wedges rolled up in pancakes and topped with pineapple syrup) or the Smoky Mountain buckwheat cakes served with syrup and whipped butter.
Saturdays and Sundays just got tastier at The Tomato Head, a locally-sourced eatery in Knoxville serving up some serious brunch with breakfast burritos like the Fernando: scrambled eggs, chorizo (or tofu), spinach, pineapple and jalapeno peppers all topped with spicy apple salsa and chipotle crema. Order a breakfast egg roll (pizza dough wrapped around scrambled eggs and Benton's bacon) and some Monkey Bread with vanilla cream cheese. Yes, please!
Start a day of outdoor adventure in Chattanooga with brunch at Milk & Honey. The S.O.S (sausage, spinach, onions and shallots, poached egg, onion spread and white and cheddar cheese all on a scrumptious ciabatta roll) is a great choice or put some Tennessee in your mouth with the TN Ham & Apple: Benton's Country Ham, apple slices, yellow cheddar slathered with honey mustard on a sourdough roll.
Before you begin exploring Tennessee's Oldest Town, pop into the Corner Cup for an assortment of fresh bagels, muffins, scones, crepes and more served with all the vibes of a cozy coffeehouse. Wake up with a crafted Cappuccino, latte, Chai, Americano or hot tea and hot chocolate. They serve cold drinks as well from Italian sodas to iced lattes and teas. Take your coffee along as you browse the many shops in downtown Jonesborough.
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