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Brunch is a big deal in Nashville. Like, make-a-reservation-the-week-before big deal. But despite Nashville’s possibly unhealthy obsession with this midday meal, there are plenty of good-for-you options to choose from — you just have to know where to look. Don't worry, though, we're here to help you steer clear of the biscuits and gravy. Enter: the best healthy brunch spots in the Music City.
Over in Hillsboro Village, Fido serves up all-day brunch seven days a week, and it just so happens to healthy, too. They emphasize organic, fresh, and local ingredients, and they have plenty of vegetarian and vegan options available (cue the Village Scramble with baby spinach, tomatoes, portobello mushrooms, roasted red peppers, and onions). And because they’re part of the Bongo Java restaurant group, you know they have some amazing coffee drinks. Their specials change every day, so they’ll always keep you on your toes. For those in a hurry, Fido didn’t forget about you — they also offer a variety of on-the-go breakfast foods.
Edgefield’s Sky Blue Cafe serves up a traditional-style brunch every day from 7am to 3pm (round of applause, please). Now, you’ll have to look past the likes of Brie French Toast and stuffed pancakes to get to the good stuff, but their homemade, Indian-inspired vegan chili loaded with kidney beans, chickpeas, and fresh veggies, and The Space Captain omelet with spinach, mushroom, veggie sausage, and pesto will not disappoint. Fitt Tip: their space is small for the number of people who love their food and espresso, so if you don’t have a lot of time, get there early or plan to head over on a weekday!
One of the city's top vegan restaurants, this neighborhood bistro in East Nashville serves up healthy brunch dishes you’ll be dreaming about long after you’ve paid your bill and continued on with your day. The menu offers plant-based versions of all of your favorite classic brunch dishes, like a Cauliflower Sausage Biscuit featuring with veggie sausage and tempeh bacon sandwiched between a house-made biscuit, and gluten-free Tofu Rancheros. Plus, Graze is generous with their mimosas pours — there’s orange juice in it, so it’s healthy, right?
Bringing you yet another amazing brunch spot, East Nashville’s Butcher & Bee offers an array of healthy, locally-sourced, and scratch-made brunch delights. Although their portion sizes are not large, everything they have to offer is mouth-watering and will have you asking your friends if you can trade a bite for a bite. Their coffee isn't bad, either (it’s sourced from area caffeine stop Crema). All you have to do is show up anytime between 10am-2pm on Saturday or Sunday to get your hands on this guilt-free grub.
This vibrant taco joint in Midtown offers a fine brunch menu with (healthyish) enchiladas, tacos, loaded salads, and, a Horchata Cold Brew that's hard to top. The smell of fresh-made tortillas will lure you into this warm and inviting brunch spot, and the food will keep you there. For the healthiest options, try the Roasted Wild Mushroom (with crispy kale) or Caramelized Cauliflower tacos, or opt for the Sweet Potato & Farro Bowl. Whatever you choose, you're guaranteed to leave full, satisfied, and plotting your next trip.
This Germantown favorite is clean, modern, and offers plenty of healthy fare for your brunching pleasure. Their menu dials up vegetable-focused meals like Roasted Broccoli Toast and a Beet Salad with everything spice, plus, a few more savory options like Wood Roasted Oysters and a flavor-packed Kimchi Farro Bowl. The one thing they all have in common, though? Everything here is made with simple, fresh ingredients (read: nothing here is artificial). And this is brunch, so expect boozy drinks from a Coffee Milk Punch to a simple shandy.
Open at bright and early at 8am every morning, Cafe Roze in East Nashville makes healthy brunching a cinch. Sure, they've got your regular breakfast staples like eggs and toast, but what they also have is a Roze Bowl with beet tahini, black lentils, red quinoa, seasonal vegetable, kale and pickled beets, and a Pinewood Farms Grass Fed Burger. Fitt Tip: you'd be making a huge mistake, and really, doing yourself a disservice, if you eat here and don't order the Avocado Shake with kale and bee pollen.
Brunch at this neighborhood eatery in The Gulch starts on Saturdays and Sundays as early as 6:30am and goes until 4pm, meaning they've got you covered whether you're an early-riser or the type that likes to ease into the day. Not only that, they have a healthy variety of grain bowls, toasts, and breakfast sandwiches, along with a craft coffee and juice bar that's second to none. Order up a Liquid Gold cold-pressed juice to go along with your Homemade Granola and you may never go back to your typical mimosa again.
A seasonally-rotating, chef-driven menu is what you can expect from the health-focused brunch menu at this fast-casual chain in Vertis Green Hills. Even better, they've got options that your plant-based pals and meat-loving friends can both get down with. We're talking craveable creations ranging from the vegetarian-friendly Teriyaki Quinoa to Grass-fed Steak Tacos. So jump in the group chat and round up the crew, your brunch game just got an upgrade.
**Updated by Kate Wilke, February 2019