Brunch is a big deal in Nashville.
Like, make-a-reservation-the-night-before big deal. But despite Nashville’s possibly unhealthy obsession with brunch, there are plenty of healthy options for early dining. Just try to steer clear of the biscuits and gravy (and go easy on the mimosas).
When in doubt, head to these healthier choices to get your AM grub on.
At Silo, even the furniture and décor are locally sourced. Their farm-to-fork menu takes advantage of the multitude of local farms and regional artisans, and everything they do speaks to the “Southern traditions of working hard, having fun, and enjoying what you’ve grown or raised around a shared table.” The Germantown spot offers brunch on Sunday starting at 10:30am.
Speaking of pink restaurants, Le Sel’s brunch rules French cuisine in Nashville. This Midtown bistro serves beignets for breakfast (okay, so maybe those aren’t so healthy). However, they do offer brunch dishes like bistro greens, farm trout, avocado toast, and a salmon omelette.
Operating out of a renovated vintage house, Husk offers an amazing brunch experience. Like, if you want to dress up, and make a day of it. While their focus is on creative Southern-style meals, it’s not just your average chicken and waffles. No, their brunch menu pushes creative lines and isn’t afraid to get weird with dishes like “Crispy Pig-Ear Lettuce Wraps” (paleo-friends, I’m looking at you). They always have some gluten-free and vegetarian options available, and everything is sourced regionally. Sadly, brunch is only on Sundays from 10am to 2pm, and you definitely want to make a reservation.
Marché Artisan Foods
Marché is a European-style cafe over in Five Points, and they’re known for their amazing selection from a variety of local artisanal producers. Their brunch menu changes weekly depending on what’s fresh and available — are you seeing a pattern here? — so be sure to check their website or Facebook before you go. Their brunch cocktails earn them bonus points, too, as they use fresh fruits and juices. They also encourage that you start your weekend early, and offer brunch on Fridays too!
Sky Blue Cafe
Edgefield’s Sky Blue Cafe serves up traditional-style brunch every day from 7am to 4pm (round of applause, please). Now, you don’t have to go healthy here, but you definitely should try out the homemade, Indian-inspired vegan chili—it’s loaded with kidney beans, chickpeas, and fresh veggies. 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 try a weekday!
Butcher and Bee
Bringing you yet another amazing brunch spot, East Nashville’s Butcher and Bee offers an array of healthy, locally sourced, and creative brunch options. 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. And their coffee ain’t bad either. All you have to do is show up anytime between 10am-2pm on Saturday or Sunday for one of Nashville’s most gorgeous brunches!
This Germantown favorite is clean and modern and offers plenty of healthy fare. Henrietta Red’s brunch menu dials up favorites like Field Pea Toast or a Baked Egg (with creamed kale, butternut squash, mushroom, and goat feta). And this is brunch, so expect boozy drinks from a Coffee Milk Punch to a simple shandy.
This modern diner, also in the North Gulch, features classic American brunch with a global twist. Popular menu items that lean toward the healthier side include the A-Tuna Frittata with prickly pear greens, the Kiss My Grits with mushrooms and spinach, or the Three Eggmigas — eggs “migas-style” with tomato and onion.
Over in Hillsboro Village, Fido serves up a healthy all-day brunch, every day. They emphasize organic, fresh, and local ingredients, and they always have plenty of vegetarian and vegan options available. 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. And for those in a hurry, Fido didn’t forget about you. Fido offers a large variety of vegan and vegetarian on-the-go breakfast foods! Fitt Tip: buy a bunch to stock up for the week.
One of Nashville’s top vegan restaurants, Graze serves up the best options in vegan brunch. Brunch is served from 9am–3pm every Saturday and Sunday in East Nashville. The menu features all of your favorites, but the plant-based cauliflower sausage biscuit (made with veggie sausage) and tofu rancheros steal the show. Plus, Graze is generous with their pourings of mimosas for a minimal price — there’s orange juice in it, so it’s healthy, right?
This vibrant taco joint is new to Midtown and offers a fine Mexican brunch menu with (healthyish) enchiladas, tacos, loaded salads, and, of course, juicy brunch cocktails. The bright yellow entrance lures 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 a Grilled Shrimp and Sweet Corn Salad.
Chauhan Ale & Masala House
The North Gulch’s chic new Indian restaurant proves how delicious and creative Indian food can truly be. Truthfully, you must make dinner reservations at Chauhan—it’s just too good to pass up. But, their brunch menu does not disappoint either. Begin with the tandoori bread and daily selection of chutneys, and make a point to try the Indian brunch staple,Amritsar — a spicy chickpea sauté with spicy onion stuffed bread and desi salad.