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Elliston Place Soda Shop

2111 Elliston Place, Nashville, TN - (615) 327-1090
Posted By Lynne Vogt on 12/14/2003 11:41:00 AM
Elliston Place is kind of an oasis in a small, funky strip of business very close to downtown Nashville.

Unassuming from the outside, it has just enough neon to beckon small town folks looking for a bite of home.

The decor is classic soda fountain with just enough dirt to turn away more highbrow eaters. And the food echoes the atmosphere...funky, and just like home.

I first spotted the place as a homesick college student. I missed the soda fountain in my hometown's drug store so much I just had to get a shake. I stayed so long I missed a class.

The turkey plate is terrific. But I have to admit, the cheesburgers and fries are what kept me going back. And the chocolate shakes are textbook: creamy, thick and very chocolaty.

The burgers and fries were what I'd expect: hand-pattied and fried with onions...and fries from the store, sizzled up in a big vat of grease. They're excellent.

When I was there, there treats were served on oval plates with the usual lettuce garnish. To top it off, the banana splits were sensational, with hot, hot fudge melting a gooey drool into the ice cream. The best part: it's not soft-serve that melts when you look at it sideways, it's great traditional ice cream (Breyers?) that holds up well under the toppings.

I have since moved away and really miss the place and am sad I never had a chance to sample a breakfast. It's just another good reason to head back to Nashville!

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3 - Overall: Excellent - Worth a Detour
Overall: Excellent - Worth a Detour
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Streaks of cloud-light meringue make this very rich banana pudding paradoxically lightweight.
"Streaks of cloud-light meringue make this very rich banana pudding paradoxically lightweight. "
Michael Stern





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


Country ham, grits, biscuits, and eggs:  here is breakfast sure to get you whistling 'Dixie.'
"Country ham, grits, biscuits, and eggs: here is breakfast sure to get you whistling 'Dixie.'"
Michael Stern


In the world of 'breakfast sandwiches,' this country ham and egg on a buttermilk biscuit is king. Note that there is a slab of ham both above and below the egg.
"In the world of 'breakfast sandwiches,' this country ham and egg on a buttermilk biscuit is king. Note that there is a slab of ham both above and below the egg."
Michael Stern


Artifice exalted: Key lime icebox pie. There is no better denoument for a meal of salty country ham.
"Artifice exalted: Key lime icebox pie. There is no better denoument for a meal of salty country ham."
Michael Stern


We love the interior of the Elliston Place Soda Shop, with its tiny-tile checked floor, vintage counter, and nostalgic signs touting favorite soda fountain specialties.  Among the decorative charms is a 'stereophonic' juke box at every booth.
"We love the interior of the Elliston Place Soda Shop, with its tiny-tile checked floor, vintage counter, and nostalgic signs touting favorite soda fountain specialties. Among the decorative charms is a 'stereophonic' juke box at every booth."
Michael Stern


Note the tiny-tile floor and vintage upholstery.  Elliston Place is genuine Americana.
"Note the tiny-tile floor and vintage upholstery. Elliston Place is genuine Americana."
Michael Stern


This is an interior picture of the Elliston Place Soda Shop in Nashville, TN.
"This is an interior picture of the Elliston Place Soda Shop in Nashville, TN."
BEARLEY


Below this handsome sign is one of the Music City's premier cafes.
"Below this handsome sign is one of the Music City's premier cafes."
Michael Stern


Oh, yeah!
"Oh, yeah!"
Michael Stern


10am: a pan of banana pudding, still warm from the oven
"10am: a pan of banana pudding, still warm from the oven"
Michael Stern



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