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Loveless Cafe

8400 Highway 100, Nashville, TN - (615) 646-9700
Posted By Ken Riddle on 2/14/2006 11:47:00 PM
The Loveless has been destroyed. This was one fine place, home of some of the best ham, biscuits, chicken, and preserves you would find anywhere, and I know what I am talking about.

The "NEW CORPORATE OWNERS" have taken this fine place and turned it into a low-grade Cracker Barrel. The biscuits are sorry and they don't give you enough sorghum syrup to get one damp, and the preserves would be rejected by Wal-Mart. The chicken (my favorite restaurant chicken since Buster Holmes quit making garlic chicken) was not given the old buttermilk-and-seasoning treatment it always had before and to top it off, it was so overcooked it was too dry to chew.

The ham was less disappointing, but when I asked for more redeye and another biscuit the waitress had to go see how much more she should charge me. I don't care what it costs, bring me my gravy and bread! I was so very disappointed as this had been one of the absolute food jewels of the south. I work the entire South for a large company, and have been doing so for many years, so I know where the good groceries are. R.I.P Loveless Cafe.

You know, I am old enough to have seen a lot of great things go away but this one really hurt. I won't be back.

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A pair of hot biscuits, one dolloped with blackberry preserves, the other with peach
"A pair of hot biscuits, one dolloped with blackberry preserves, the other with peach"
Michael Stern





The Loveless never used to serve dessert. Now it serves some of the best anywhere. This is banana pudding. Pastry chef Alyssa Huntsman doesn't like store-bought vanilla wafers, so she makes her own!
"The Loveless never used to serve dessert. Now it serves some of the best anywhere. This is banana pudding. Pastry chef Alyssa Huntsman doesn't like store-bought vanilla wafers, so she makes her own!"
Michael Stern


Heaven in mid-Tennessee: a Loveless Cafe ham breakfast. The small cup atop the country ham holds red-eye gravy. Those are grits to its right, fried eggs, tomato, and biscuits in the back. And behind the plate is a dish of blackberry preserves.
"Heaven in mid-Tennessee: a Loveless Cafe ham breakfast. The small cup atop the country ham holds red-eye gravy. Those are grits to its right, fried eggs, tomato, and biscuits in the back. And behind the plate is a dish of blackberry preserves."
Michael Stern


Biscuits with a selection of preserves.
"Biscuits with a selection of preserves."
Whitney Harper


An unimproveable combination of two of the signature foods of the South.
"An unimproveable combination of two of the signature foods of the South."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


Not a regular on the menu, but if they have chicken and dumplings as a special, it's a must!
"Not a regular on the menu, but if they have chicken and dumplings as a special, it's a must!"
Whitney Harper


Carol Fay Ellison, who passed away in 2010, joined the Loveless team 26 years ago. Her legacy endures in the great biscuits and a spirit of welcoming hospitality.
"Carol Fay Ellison, who passed away in 2010, joined the Loveless team 26 years ago. Her legacy endures in the great biscuits and a spirit of welcoming hospitality."
Michael Stern


Fried chicken, with mashed potatoes and the hashbrown casserole on the lower left next to the chicken.
"Fried chicken, with mashed potatoes and the hashbrown casserole on the lower left next to the chicken."
Whitney Harper


Tender biscuits, with gravy that has just enough of a hint of pepper.
"Tender biscuits, with gravy that has just enough of a hint of pepper."
Whitney Harper


Great uniforms.
"Great uniforms."
Whitney Harper


Screened-in smoke shack where those pork aromas come wafting out of...
"Screened-in smoke shack where those pork aromas come wafting out of..."
Whitney Harper


Store next to the Loveless Cafe, which sells souvenirs, and hams and jams as the name implies.
"Store next to the Loveless Cafe, which sells souvenirs, and hams and jams as the name implies."
Whitney Harper


Before it was the Loveless Cafe, this little building was a tea room, and before that a private home. Nowadays, it is rare to see it without people waiting at the door for a seat.
"Before it was the Loveless Cafe, this little building was a tea room, and before that a private home. Nowadays, it is rare to see it without people waiting at the door for a seat."
Michael Stern


The motel was closed years ago, although the 'Vacancy' sign still glows.
"The motel was closed years ago, although the 'Vacancy' sign still glows."
Michael Stern



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