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Elliston Place Soda Shop

2111 Elliston Place, Nashville, TN - (615) 327-1090
Posted By Robert Clark on 1/28/2013 9:22:00 PM
I was in Nashville visiting relatives and wanted to check out some of the Roadfood/Chowhound/DDD/Holly Eats-type places. So my wife, her sister and husband, and I went downtown. When we got to the Soda Shop, my wife's sister looked at it and said it was a place she went to while she was in nursing school in the 60s.

We got there early afternoon and there was no one there but us. We took a table against the wall. The bench seats had no stuffing and were extremely uncomfortable. The table was unsteady and rocked whenever someone put their arm on it. There wasn't enough room under the table for me to sit across from my brother-in-law unless we hit knees (we are six feet tall). OK, the place is old and classic so I am trying to overlook these issues.

The menu is very limited so we all had the BLTs. We waited quite a while for this simple order. When they arrived I was shocked at what I saw. For the price, I expected a classic BLT. We got limp lettuce, nasty bacon, tasteless tomato, and terrible fries. The sweet tea was good. Bottom line: the food was terrible and cost way more than it should have.

The place itself was not being cared for and it was hard to overlook this and get into the old soda shop vibe. The topper was when I went to the unisex bathroom as we were leaving. You have to walk by the kitchen. Ugh; dirty pots and pans all over the place, greasy looking floor. Stains all over the walls. And then the topper, the bathroom itself. Not to go on and on, but if I was a woman I would not enter. Gross.

Maybe if you go and have a milkshake at the counter your experience will be satisfying. Unfortunately ours was completely negative.

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"Streaks of cloud-light meringue make this very rich banana pudding paradoxically lightweight. "
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Fans of Elliston Place had a scare in 2011 when it almost went out of business, but an agreement was reached with the landlord for a 5-year reprieve.
"Fans of Elliston Place had a scare in 2011 when it almost went out of business, but an agreement was reached with the landlord for a 5-year reprieve."
Michael Stern


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Michael Stern


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"Note the tiny-tile floor and vintage upholstery. Elliston Place is genuine Americana."
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This is an interior picture of the Elliston Place Soda Shop in Nashville, TN.
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"Below this handsome sign is one of the Music City's premier cafes."
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"Oh, yeah!"
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10am: a pan of banana pudding, still warm from the oven
"10am: a pan of banana pudding, still warm from the oven"
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