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Loveless Cafe

8400 Highway 100, Nashville, Tennessee 37221 USA

Open Now
Wed 7a-9p
  • Independent
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Pet Friendly
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Public Restrooms
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“Hot Biscuits & Country Ham... Need we say more?!?”

Fried chicken and biscuits. These tried and true Southern food staples have been a part of Loveless Cafe’s history for more than sixty years. In 1951, Lon and Annie Loveless began serving them right out the front door of their home to travelers who passed by on US Highway 100 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Beginning as a party house in the forties, the little white structure that sits next to what is now theNatchez Trace had one of the largest hardwood living room floors around – perfect for dancing the night away. Weary travelers found comfort and refuge in the cozy home and in the food the owners served. As the tiny house became a planned stop for treks along Highway 100, the then private home became known as the Loveless Motel and Cafe. Lon Loveless built and ran the property’s 14 motel rooms while hungry crowds were drawn to Annie’s homemade preserves and scratch-made-biscuits – a secret recipe that remains unchanged to this day.

Although the motel rooms no longer house guests for overnight stays, they are always open to any visitor that wants to stop by during the day! The Retail Shops at the Loveless Cafe are located in the buildings formerly housing the 14 rooms of the Loveless Motel and open to the public virtually every day with a variety of privately-owned shops.

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  • 2 Reviews
  • 7 Helpful
July 9, 2014
Rated 5.0

Hands down the best restaurant in Nashville. Featured by everyone from Martha Stewart to Bobby Flay, this is entirely authentic Southern cuisine. And although the institutional biscuit lady has passed, the place still churns out thousands of biscuits daily. Be careful if you go on Sunday for lunch though. A 2 hour wait is considered short.

6 people found this review helpful

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  • 2 Reviews
  • 3 Helpful
November 11, 2015
Rated 2.0

This place was somewhat cool to visit, but the food was terrible. I ordered the fried chicken with garlic mashed red potatoes (the "vegetable" of the day) and turnip greens and my mom ordered chicken fried steak with gravy and green beans. The gravy that came with her steak had NO pepper in it whatsoever (a main component of chicken fried steak gravy), and my gravy tasted like it came out of a box. The meat was cooked perfectly - crispy and juicy - but had hardly ANY seasoning. The vegetables were a bit overseasoned (super salty and spicy) but I much preferred that to the bland chicken and steak. The biscuits and jam were good, but not being a biscuit person, I was severely disappointed after reading all the rave reviews. This was definitely not worth a 30 minute (there and back) detour off of my trip.

That being said, the moonshine fueled drinks are delicious and strong (I got the "Blue Moon") and the area is cool to check out. There are a few little souvenir and food shops, plus a gallery that was closed when we arrived at 5PM on a Monday. Go for the atmosphere if you must, but don't get your hopes up about dinner. Maybe the breakfast is better.

Go for the drinks and atmosphere, but don't expect amazing southern food.

2 people found this review helpful

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  • 21 Reviews
  • 9 Helpful
August 24, 2015
Rated 5.0

Delicious biscuits and fun atmosphere. Even as vegetarians, we were able to find some tasty options to get a good sampling of southern cooking. My son ordered the pancakes for dinner (they're huge!), Which I got a chance to try. They were the best pancakes I have ever tasted! Wish we had more time to go back for breakfast!

2 people found this review helpful

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  • 29 Reviews
  • 6 Helpful
August 22, 2015
Rated 5.0

Directed here by a local State Trooper so we knew it would be great. A 5 mile jaunt off of I40 and 45 minute wait (on a Friday) were well worth it. Had fried chicken and biscuits of course. The jams and preserves are delicious. Don't miss it. Lots to explore and do while you wait ;).

2 people found this review helpful

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  • 6 Reviews
  • 3 Helpful
August 6, 2015
Rated 5.0

Stopped here and it had a 45 min wait which we expected. What we didn't expect was the little shops to be able to go in with the table beeper while we waited. Really made the wait time go by quick!! Great customer service and of course awesome food!!

2 people found this review helpful

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Katrina W.

  • 12 Reviews
  • 10 Helpful
July 17, 2015
Rated 5.0

We stopped here on our way out of Tennessee. It was absolutely delicious! Wish we lived closer! We actually didn't have a long wait time (August 2014). We had breakfast items, of course! Would highly recommend stopping and eating here.

2 people found this review helpful

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  • 8 Reviews
  • 4 Helpful
April 26, 2015
Rated 5.0

If you're in Nashville, you have to go to Loveless! Places like this make Nashville. ♡♡♡♡♡

2 people found this review helpful

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  • 28 Reviews
  • 15 Helpful
February 26, 2015
Rated 3.0

Long ride out to the cafe, long wait for food, but fun to walk around the motel and drive down the Natchez Trace.

2 people found this review helpful

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November 18, 2014
Rated 4.0

Touting the Southern tradition of ham and biscuits and golden-fried chicken, the Loveless Café is worth the 30-minute back-road drive from Downtown. Fill up on classics like fried catfish or chicken livers, then pop into the neighboring country market and pick up some biscuit mix to take home.

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  • 4 Reviews
  • 3 Helpful
February 17, 2016
Rated 4.0

Biscuits with homemade blackberry jam yummy. Its a must stop just to cross off your list

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Loveless Cafe

8400 Highway 100
Nashville, Tennessee
37221 USA

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  • Independent
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Pet Friendly
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Public Restrooms
  • Outdoor Seating
  • No Wifi
  • Private Parking
  • Free Parking

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