Nashville Restaurants and Food
Nashville Biscuit House
805 Gallatin Avenue
East Nashville deserves a good, hot breakfast and these days they’re getting it thanks to new management at the Nashville Biscuit House. It’s the second-year anniversary for the owners in this latest incarnation of the old Knife and Fork building, which has seen far too many proprietors in the last 10 years. It has always been a breakfast and lunch diner. While that concept may seem simple, it requires spot on execution and that hasn’t always been the case.
The Nashville Biscuit House staff is hopping on our Sunday morning visit. Folks are lined up in the parking lot waiting for a table. We see at least 15 people ahead of us and yet the wait actually is the promised 15 minutes. Inside you see why: the energy level of the wait staff is highly caffeinated and best of all: they never lose those smiles. It’s what a diner should be.
The menu is simple. You won’t find lingenberry pancakes or avocado eggs Benedict here. It’s all the Southern classics, piled on high. The sausage gravy is sticky and peppery. It’s a tasty partner for those biscuits, which are fine, if not a bit dry on this day. Grits are served swimming in butter. They’re an upgrade from the cream of wheat stuff served in some joints. A pancake is thick and satisfying. The Supreme Omelet rolls up three types of meat, although they’re finely chopped and grilled crispy. The cheese is decidedly of the Velveeta school, which is fine with us for a diner.
Veggie Eater: Let’s start with the disclaimer-I do not have enough tattoos to be permitted into this place. That being said, once I got the golden ticket and won the wait list lottery, no one seemed to mind. No fru fru food here. The veggie omelet is a flat, burrito like affair, generously stuffed with fine diced mushrooms, peppers, tomatoes, scallions; it oozes with processed cheese. The home fries are large chunks that are crispy and simply seasoned with salt. The syrup is of the corn syrup variety. That being said, all food was well cooked (including the grits) and is a vast improvement over the previous incarnation.
Meat Eater: This place is beyond popular on a weekend morning. Some of that may be due to the lack of breakfast joints in East Nashville. But clearly the Nashville Biscuit House is providing that old-school diner breakfast that everyone seems to crave after a big Saturday night. We’re glad we could revisit. And as always, if you know of a restaurant that we have reviewed in the past that has gone through big changes or has new management, please let us know.